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Things to do during October half-term in London

Take the kids to The View from The Shard this October half-term. Credits: McElwee Studio Limited.

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Treat the kids to top family-friendly attractions, interactive activities and fun October events in London during the October half-term school break. Read More


Keep the kids entertained (and on your side) during October half-term 2020 in London with our pick of the capital’s best family activities and events over the school holidays.

Whether it's with teenagers or toddlers, pack your London October half-term holiday or staycation with fun activities, Halloween events and unique experiences. There are so many things to do over half-term in London, that you can easily fill the whole break: these family-friendly hotels and top restaurants for kids will help you plan your visit.

When out and about, make sure to share your half-term fun using the #BecauseImALondoner hashtag!

The week-long half-term holiday differs across the UK, with some regions choosing one week and other regions opting for the following week.

Many London attractions have reopened with appropriate social-distancing and safety measures in place, so you can bond with the kids in a safe environment. Book tickets to family-friendly attractions in advance, to save money and guarantee entry. 

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October half-term activities in London for younger kids

  • Head to the child-sized city of Kidzania in Westfield London, where little ones can enjoy more than 60 interactive activities.
  • Say hello to some of your favourite big-screen stars with Scenes in the Square, including Harry Potter, Paddington and Mary Poppins. 
  • Step into the magical world of Hamleys and browse the shelves of London's largest toy shop this half-term. 
  • Look out for school holiday activities at more of London’s children's museums and attractions during the half-term break, including sleepovers and arts and crafts.
  • Fill a scrapbook with autumnal leaves from some of these City of London's parks and green spaces
  • Set off on a Gruffalo Adventure around Kew Gardens, as you look for the character hiding in the dark woods this autumn. 17 Oct-1 Nov
  • Head to the London Transport Museum this half-term and track down Billy Brown from London Town on a family trail. 17 Oct-1 Nov
  • Explore an architectural London icon, St Paul's Cathedral, with free entry for kids during half-term and learn about the cathedral's history on four family trails. 17-31 Oct
  • Explore 100 years of model-making at Brass, Steel and Fire exhibition at the Science Museum. 22 Oct
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show has wiggled back to London this half-term for a socially distanced run at artsdepot in North Finchley. 24-27 Oct
  • Make your own designs reality in a t-shirt, skeleton mask or lantern-making workshop at the Foundling Museum. 27-30 Oct
  • Take on the Robot Coding Challenge (27-31 Oct) to fulfil a mission, dive into the inventions of WW1 in a short family show (27-29 Oct) or visit the National Army Museum at a special, sensory-friendly opening (31 Oct).
  • Listen to tremendous tales and get stuck into DIY projects at Westminster Abbey's Family Day: Building History. 30 Oct

Discover more family fun with our 101 things to do with kids in London

Get your spook on at Halloween in London

  • Encounter unsavory characters from London's past at immersive The London Dungeon.
  • Travel to some of the city's creepiest spots with The Ghost Bus Tours.
  • Prepare for the ultimate scare as you navigate the Tombs at the London Bridge Experience.
  • Get on a quest for magic potion ingredients hidden around the Whitehall Historic House on a treasure hunt. 24, 29 and 31 Oct
  • Or polish up your broom-flying skills before making your own. Then join the special Halloween ‘broomstick ride’ around the garden. 25 Oct
  • Go on a Spooky Family Tour around Chelsea Physic Garden in sarch of herbs to save Professor Bella Donna Sneeze Wart's beloved cat! 29 Oct

Look out for other spooky children's Halloween activities across the city.

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Things to enjoy from home

  • Learn about artist William Hogarth and philanthropist Thomas Coram through online storytelling or get crafty with virtual workshops from the Foundling Museum.
  • Go potty for crafts and entertaining learning with Disney-themed online workshops to enjoy on your half-term afternoons.
  • Fill your days with virtual voyages to space with activities from Royal Observatory Greenwich
  • Support the Pleasance Theatre by tuning into a virtual reimagining of The Snail and the Whale, based on the tale of a snail travelling the world on the back of a whale. 26 Oct
  • Find out what hides behind the doors of the opulent Westminster Abbey on a free online tour28 Oct

If you're visiting London in and around half-term, check out our pick of the best things to do in autumn, including key October events. And keep an eye out for family-friendly activities with our guides to what's on this weekend and things to do today.

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