February Half-Term Ideas
Not going away for February Half-Term? Never fear, London is one big interactive theme park with countless activities to amuse families on a staycation, whatever the weather!
The boy magician may be grown up now, but his popularity lives on, and for those missing the magic of the Harry Potter books and films there is the the Harry Potter London Walk or the Harry Potter Bus Tour to help you relive the wonderful world of wizardry that captivated fans of all ages. The walking tour also includes a 15 minute river cruise passing locations like the Leaky Cauldron site and the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in Half Blood Prince. The cobbled glass roofed Victorian Leadenhall market, used as Diagon Alley in The Philosophers Stone is a highlight of the tours, and both are lead by Potter potty guides who will regale you with anecdotes and HP trivia with some history of London thrown into the spellbinding mix, and there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way, including the famous platform 9.3/4. Fancy dress is optional, and both magicians and muggles are welcome!
The sole remaining Routemaster bus left after fire destroyed the 19th century Necropolis Bus Company depot, which specialised in transporting mourners to funerals, has been reincarnated as the vehicle for the Ghost Bus Tour. Modern theatrical trickery adds to the eerie atmosphere and a creepy conductor provides the commentary as you travel around London’s spookiest spots. There’s definitely something strange in the neighbourhood, and this night tour will rattle all the skeletons in the capital’s cupboard!
If you have younger children, the natural world might be a better choice than the supernatural, so why not take them to the family friendly London Sea Life Aquarium, home to over 500 species in 14 themed zones. A colony of Gentoo penguins are feeling quite at home in their recreated Arctic habitat – it’s fff-freezing! There is also a new extended glass walkway above a tank containing a shoal of 16 sharks, as well as the usual underwater tunnel, and plenty of beautiful smaller creatures like starfish and seahorses to capture their attention. Feeding times are very entertaining, and there are educational displays and talks to interest your budding marine biologists.
There are also many West End shows aimed at families available, and don’t forget to check out combo offers and fast track tickets to save you time and money this February Half-Term.