Explore London: Things to do for kids and families this August
Despite the weather, despite the pandemic, we still want this summer to be fun, right? It’s a good thing London has us covered here. If you’re having a stayaction in the capital this summer – as as local or from out of town – add these fun family activities that suit all budgets to your list of things to do…
Photo: Kids Week, Society of Theatre London
1 Use the redesigned London TFL map as a guide, central London
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, also wants families to have fun in London this summer. So much so, he’s launched the Let’s Do London’s Family Fun season, a programme of mostly free or low-cost things to do. As part of the campaign, he and his five young Mayors of Play have redesigned the Tube map highlighting fun things to do in central London. This includes firm favourites such as firm favourites such as ZSL London Zoo, to the hottest new tickets in town including Sketch on the Square by the National Gallery and Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A. Also, good to note that children under five travel free across London when with a fare-paying adult. Children under 11 can travel free on buses and trams anytime, and on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and some National Rail services with a fare paying adult.
2 The Dentist at London Dungeon
Truly a nightmare for many, a trip to the dentist is not much fun, usually. London Dungeon’s latest show The Dentist is probably be more entertaining than getting your cavities checked by your regular dentist, but probably more gruesome too. It brings to light terrifying dentistry from the Victorian era, which no doubt is pretty grim.
Running until August 31, entry is included in the standard ticket price, which are £30/£24 adult/child on the door, but book ahead for discounts, or as part of a package with other attractions with lastminute.com; The Queen’s Walk, SE1 7PB; thedungeons.com/london
4 Outdoor Art, Workshops and Activities in Belgravia
There’s quite a bit going on around Eccleston Yards and Belgravia this summer. Japanese-Nordic centre Pantechnicon are hosting a series of origami and ceramics workshops for youngsters, and there’s also a creative summer day camp for children filled with pottery classes and painting sessions. Alma Kids has a range of wellness classes for young people to try out, and Wander Art – a long and colourful walking trail around Mayfair and Belgravia just got a little bit longer. Already on the trail are installations and works by the wonderful Yinka Ilori, Morag Myerscough and Emily Forgot (and more). Adding to this is ‘Have You Seen The Lions’ by Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo – explore the neighborhood and enjoy the creative, bright designs.
The origami workshops (free) are on Tuesday, August 17, and the ceramics workshops (£40) are on Wednesday, August 18; times vary; 19 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8LB; pantechnicon.com; MasterPeace Kids Creative Summer Camp; Thursday, August 12 and 19; from £99; MasterPeace Creative Studio, 12 Eccleston Yards, 21 Eccleston Place, SW1W 9NF; more information here; Wander Art is free and on display until September, view the map here; belgravialdn.com
6 Kids Week at Leicester Square Gardens and West End
Kids Week sees children under 17 years go free to a West End show when accompanied by a full paying adult and additional children go half price. Actually, the name is a little misleading as this offer is available all throughout August. For an actual week however, there is a bunch of free outdoor theatre activities for families in Leicester Square Gardens including theatrical storytelling, singalongs, dance, demos and puppet workshops.
Free outdoor programme takes place August 23-August 27, details yet to be announced, but sign up to the newsletter here for updates. For more information on the theatre discounts, head here. officallondontheatre.com