Make the most of these final days of summer and family time with these fun things to do in London this bank holiday which every family member can enjoy…
Lead Image: Phantom Peak
1 Theater on Kew’s The Twelfth Night
Enjoy a family version of Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity (one of them) over a picnic at twilight in Kew Garden’s delightful surrounds. The open air show goes for two hours and brings the classic tale into the 1930s for some evening-time family fun. Pack your blanket, seating and picnic.
Dates: Friday – Sunday, August 26-28
Tickets: From £43/£15
Address: Royal Botanical Gardens, Richmond, TW9 3AF
2 Superbloom, Tower of London
One to catch before this heat spoils its beauty and before it dies down for the winter, Superbloom is a floral installation made up of more than 230 million flower seeds sown into Tower of London’s moat. Not only is it pretty, it’s alive with bugs and insects and pollinators all doing their thing. There’s a free viewing platform, or alternatively, you can stroll through the installation, and even pop into the Tower of London after.
Times: Sat 9am-8pm; Sunday & Monday 9am-5pm
Tickets: From £12/£9.60 adult/child
Address: Tower of London, EC3N 4AB
3 LEGO Mission to Mars, Fitzrovia
Suitable for children aged 4-12, this world-building activity sees your child go on an adventure to Mars and creatively solve problems while they are at it. The adventure starts at a secret agent location, disguised as a comic book store, where children acting as secret agents must build a space shuttle destined to Mars.
Date: Friday & Saturday, August 26 & 27
Time: One hour slots between 10am-7.30pm
Address: City Comics, Noho Studios, 46 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QA
4 Swingers City’s Sixth Birthday, City
Come bank holiday Monday, crazy golf just got crazier, when Swingers City opens its doors for free crazy golf, all day. But wit, there’s more. You’ve also got a special birthday cocktail to slurp down and half price Perrier Jouet Champagne to quaff too, as well as £6 dishes available from Swingers’ street food vendors. The free slots are for walk-ins only and on a first come, first served basis.
Date: Monday, August 29
Address: 8 Brown’s Buildings, EC3A 8AL
5 This Bright Land festival, Somerset House
Catch the final week of Somerset House’s This Bright Land Festival. Round up the kids to ride on the 35 meter and enjoy family-friendly Sunday street party, or just head down to Somerset House’s courtyard and soak up the atmosphere. Watch weekend takeover performances by creative collectives such as Drag Syndrome and Figs in Wigs, or catch a flick at the Everyman Pop Up cinema.
Dates: August 1-29
Tickets: Free -£22.50
Address: Somerset House, Strand, WC2r 1LA
6 Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Royal Docks
For dinosaur lovers and fans of the blockbuster film series, this is your chance to rub shoulders with your most loved and feared prehistoric reptile. Jurassic World: The Exhibition opens August 25 at ExCel London, on the Elizabeth line. Visitors can roam through the exhibition – which takes up a whooping 20,000 square-feet – and encounter prehistoric animals, including a life-sized Velociraptor, Brachiosaurus and T-Rex, which are also wandering around.
Date: Closed bank Holiday Monday
Opening Hours: Sat 10am-8pm; Sunday 10am-6pm
Tickets: From £15
Address: Excel London, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL
7 Stranger Things: The Experience, Brent Cross
Step into 1986 and the supernatural world of Stranger Things. In another immersive experience for London, get caught up in 80s nostalgia, other-worldly mystery and enduring friendship as you embark on a perilous adventure through the darker side of Hawkins and the Upside Down.
Date: Closed Bank Holiday Monday
Time: Saturday & Sunday 11am–9pm
Tickets: From £41
Address: Troubadour Brent Cross Studios, Tilling Road, Brent Cross NW2 1LW
8 Phantom Peak, Surrey Quays
This fully-realized Western town is conveniently located in south London. It comes with a flowing waterfall, and bars and eateries serving up vegetarian and plant-based food only, immersive shops, a bowling alley and a boating lake. Guests are invited to go on the network of trails to discover the fully immersive world that is brought to life by actors and elaborate sets. Block out an evening, afternoon or morning for this.
Dates: Closed Bank Holiday Monday
Times: Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm & 5pm-10pm
Tickets: From £34
Address: Canada Street, Surrey Quays Road SE16 7PJ
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