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London | Half Term Treats with the Kids! – Part 2

London | Half Term Treats with the Kids! – Part 2

London has plenty of fun lined up this February half-term break, so there’s no excuse for family boredom! Perhaps you fancy spending a family friendly day at one of London’s museums or attractions such as the iconic Tower of London or the London Dungeons. Or maybe your kids fancy embracing all things spring and getting involved in the outdoor events.

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So if you missed yesterday’s ‘Half Term Treats in London with the Kids! – Part 1‘  then read it here for a selection of our ‘kid friendly’ ideas for half term in London.  Or if London’s not grabbing you then why not check out our family focused reviews of over 40 European Cities here and starting planning your next family city break… perhaps Porto in Portugal or Dubrovnik in Croatia?

But if you are thirsty for some British History and how it’s currently being brought to life, then read on below!!!

So although February half-term maybe a time to explore different parts of the UK, e.g.  Wales at it’s wildest with spring lambs and waterfalls in full flow like we saw at Bluestone Wales.Nothing ever beats London for us!

The tangible sense of history, adventure and family fun starts from the very moment you board the metro into the big smoke! So where better to start any day in London than with a trip to the imposing ‘Tower of London’!

But be prepared for those ‘Yeomen of the Tower’ in their customary ‘Beefeater‘ uniform, you’ll be amazed at some of the tales they tell!

For newbies to London, the Tower of London is situated within touching distance of the Thames and ‘Tower Bridge’ near to Tower Hill tube station. Whilst its history rivals that of any novel written. It dates back past 1066 (William the Conqueror was critical to it’s growth.) and has been adapted over many centuries. A fearful prison to be imprisoned, it housed much more than these 6 famous inmates – Anne Boleyn, Guy Fawkes, Lady Jane Grey, Rudolf Hess & the Prince in the Tower)

You won’t fail to be impressed but the Glittering ‘crown jewels’

But it has been transformed since we last visited it over 25yrs ago… Then a dark forbidding prison brightened only the world famous glittering ‘Crown Jewels‘, it has now been improved immeasurably… A brilliant interactive, practical and engaging place to bring children. Our girls loved every minute of ‘Billy the Beefeater‘s tour of the key points of interest. A truly irreverent take on British History through the ages!

A quick visit to the  impressive science museum

Heading to South Kensington tube station, we heaved ourselves from olden day British history straight into modern day science at the impressive Science Museum. No longer the utterly free visit that it once was… you now get free entry but the best experiences and workshops cost once inside…That said, if you’re prepared in advance you can budget accordingly as the exhibits are worth the money and are brilliant.

You’d be excused for wondering just why the below pictures feature… but read this newspaper article and you’ll see just what happened to us after only 5mins inside yesterday!!! A full evacuation due to smoke inside the building!!! Thankfully, the fire brigade, police and Science Museum staff were truly brilliant. Such efficient organisation was brilliant to watch! So within the hour, we returned inside to discover more….

With less than an hour left to visit, we made a beeline immediately for Tim Peake’s Spaceship… a really inspiring piece of current world history that the girls loved reading about… But not wishing to lose sight of today’s historical focus… we went full circle, right back to the times of old… steam power and the incomparable ‘Stephenson’s Rocket

The Science Museum really is an enormous place. Allowing for fantastic IMAX cinemas or Red Arrow’s Flying Simulators… even interactive half term displays on bubbles and natural pattern!! But both girls had their sights set on something that really inspires them…. the chance to see a glimpse into their future… so where better than the brilliantly family friendly ‘Engineer Your Future‘ exhibition…

So what else is on in London during the February 2017 Half term?

If you’re interested in looking further afield for ideas and running out of ideas, why not check out the variety of others tours, workshops & exhibitions across London.

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Richard

Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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