Give Netflix a day off and rediscover this most family-friendly of neighbourhoods this February.
With parents just recovering from the not small task of packing the Christmas holidays full of family activities, the February half term appears in the calendar to test the imagination of even the most creative Mums, Dads and carers.
Fortunately, the London Bridge area is blessed with an abundance of things to do, all conveniently close to trains, buses, boats and tubes, and with plenty of nearby ice-cream opportunities.
If there ever was such a thing, HMS Belfast is a family friendly warship! Dominating our stretch of the river for over 50 years, the ship has 9 decks to explore; they’ve even bothered to recreate the smells of the wartime galley! They are hosting Life at Sea: Meet the Crew all half term, where all those aged 7+ can explore previously unopened parts of the ship and create their own ship badges! There is also We Were There on Friday 16th February, where families can gain a unique insight into the impact of war on people’s lives.
To the stern of HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge beckons. You might already know about the £1 entry tickets on offer for Southwark residents, but did you know about the free family trails app and booklets, and free creative activities, including a scavenger hunt? Complete the Tower Bridge Cat Trail or come along to Solar Power! on 10 and 17 February, 10:00 to 16:00, to discover how Tower Bridge is powered by renewable energy sources. Even those who have been before can find a new way to appreciate this world-famous landmark.
But there’s more to the area than old Father Thames. The Fashion and Textile Museum on Bermondsey Street is running a Young Designers Portfolio Workshop for ages 12-18 on 13-15 February, while the Old Operating Theatre will have February Half Term Family Workshops on 12 February for SEN families only and then workshops open to all on 13 and 14 February. If that gives them a taste for all things bloody and gory, they need to be taken swiftly over to the London Bridge Experience where the scares come thick and fast, as do the delicious milkshakes in Creams next-door.
And no day in the area is complete without a visit to The View from The Shard to see if you can spot where you live as the city unfolds itself beneath you. It’s the ultimate London game for eagle-eyed little ones. Another ‘must’ for any visiting family is the Unicorn Theatre, where two shows are available over February half term 2024, Ready, Steady, Lift Off! for 3-8 years and Three Billy Goats Gruff, ages 3-7.
If you’re travelling around the capital on your day out, there is no better way to see the London skyline than from the River Bus on a Uber Boats by Thames Clippers service using a Family River Roamer ticket. Services stop all day at London Bridge City Pier.