The School Holiday Guide

Searching for school holiday inspiration? London Bridge is the perfect area for a fantastic family day out. From warships to workshops, you’ll find activities galore to suit all ages and interests – plus you’re spoilt for choice for restaurants and cafes to keep you fuelled for fun.

Test your sea legs aboard HMS Belfast

You don’t have to have a fascination in the military to have a great time on our most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship. With interactive displays, stunning views of the Thames and family activities running every day through school holidays, HMS Belfast is guaranteed to be an unforgettable day out. Take part in the new family trail Life at Sea: Lost Laundry from May 27th.

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Hit the half pipe at Hop Kingdom

Open from 12pm, Fri-Sun, Hop Kingdom is the perfect environment to try skateboarding for the first time. Lessons are available, as is board, helmet and pad hire, so you needn’t pay out for expensive gear before giving it a go.

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Family Fun at Tower Bridge

The most famous bridge in the world isn’t just for looking at, you need to get inside and explore it. Children love the glass floored walkways that suspend them high above the river and there’s usually a free Children’s activity or two included in the admission price, plus under 5’s are free!

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Get creative at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Visit the Fashion and Textile Museum and pick up a Museum Explorer Kit to help kids engage with the exhibition and have fun in the gallery! The kits have a variety of activities to suit primary school aged children, from fashion illustration to fabric swatch books there is something to keep busy hands entertained. The museum also host regular workshops for young people, including their Young Designers Portfolio workshop on May 30th – June 1st.

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Take a trip to the Unicorn Theatre

The Unicorn Theatre never fail to disappoint with their fantastic productions for young audiences. There are two family shows on stage this season, The Invisible Man for ages 5 – 11 and Squirrel for ages 6 months – 4 years. You can also experience their free audio adventure Attack of the Wolfdogs which is free to download and enjoy any time for ages 8+. 

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Visit the capital’s highest viewing deck

Take in the striking 360° panoramic views of London from the tallest building in Western Europe! Make a game out of spotting famous landmarks as the capital unfolds beneath you.

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Head out on an adventure with the London Bridge Explorers Map

This fun, easy to follow trail designed for children takes your little explorer on an adventure through London Bridge. Stroll through Potters Fields Park and take in unbeatable views along the River Thames as you search for amazing artworks and landmarks along the way. 

Open on your smart phone or download and print here.

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Explore The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

The oldest surviving surgical operating theatre in Europe reopened to the public this April. Entry for children 6-16 years is only £4.50 and a family ticket just £18, so the visit won’t cost you an arm and a leg, unlike some of the Victorian patients who frequented this fascinating old church tower…

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Hop on an Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

London’s river bus departs from London Bridge City Pier and gives a totally different perspective of the city.

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London Bridge Experience

If your kids like a fright then you’re in the right place! Take an interactive walk with live actors that play characters from the past 2000 years of London Bridge’s History. It is funny, historical and more than a little bit scary! Not one for the faint-hearted…

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Explore London Bridge Parks and Gardens

From the landscaped riverside lawns of Potters Fields Park, to intimate secret gardens like Gibbon’s Rent, London Bridge has plenty of green spaces for play and picnics. Younger ones will love the recently refurbished playground in St John’s Churchyard, just off Tooley Street.

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