Kids from 11 to 15 years old
Bank of England Museum, City
The Museum is housed within the Bank of England itself, right at the heart of the City of London. It traces the history of the Bank from its foundation by Royal Charter in 1694 to its role today as the nation's central bank. There are gold bars dating from ancient times, to the modern market bar (you can actually handle a real gold bar), coins and a unique collection of bank notes, as well as many other items you might not expect to find - such as the pikes and muskets once used to defend the Bank. On display are documents relating to famous customers such as the Duchess of Marlborough, George Washington and Horatio Nelson.
The NEW London Dungeon
It has all the ghastly gore and black comedy of the old Tooley Street attraction in a bigger and more high-tech package. A jokey celebration of torture, death and disease, visitors can journey back in time to London's plague-ridden streets (rotting corpses, rats, vile boils and projectile vomiting all come as standard) and meet some of the city's unsavoury characters, from Guy Fawkes to demon barber Sweeney Todd. A cast of blood-splattered actors are joined by 'virtual' guests, such as Brian Blessed as Henry VIII, and as well as the 18 different shows and 'surprises' – which could see you on the run from Jack the Ripper or getting lost in London's Victorian sewers – there are two rides to raise the adrenaline: a turbulent boat trip down the Thames towards execution, and a dark drop ride plunging three stories in the pitch black. Note that the London Dungeon is unsuitable for young or easily scared children.
The View from The Shard - London’s newest and most eagerly awaited attraction is now open.
TheView is situated at the top of The Shard, on floors 68, 69 and 72, and almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London. Prepare to embark on a multi-sensory journey to 244m (800ft) above one of the greatest cities on earth. On arrival at Level 00, you will be drawn into the tapestry of London with glimpses of the city laid out before you. Travelling skyward in two high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts, you’ll swiftly reach Level 68 - a cloudscape above the world.
Mudchute's 32 acres offer a great green escape in the city. It is home to 200 animals, stables, allotments, education projects and the homely Mudchute Kitchen café.
A Magical Toy Shop Party at Hamley’s
Have you ever dreamt of having a whole toy shop to yourself? Hamley’s can open especially for your kid’s party on a Sunday morning for a couple of hours before they let anyone else in. No two adventurers are the same, so they’ll work with you to create the party of your dreams. And of course there’ll be party food, birthday cake and a goody bag for everyone.
Victoria & Albert Museum
The V&A's collections span 2,000 years of art in virtually every medium, from many parts of the world. Visitors have the opportunity to reflect on some of these treasures, their history and the people who inhabited them.
Portobello market is a vibrant interesting London market, selling a wide variety of things. Portobello is a great place to browse for antique and beautiful jewellery; there are loads of cheap and second-hand clothes, with handmade designer garments and lots of vintage denim and leather on offer.
There are 6 markets in Camden, but the famous Camden Lock and Stables Markets take centre stage. Everything from handmade jewellery and boutique fashion to sculpture and furniture imported direct from Africa, there is something for all tastes.
The Duck Tours
A unique and exciting amphibious tour of London that will launch you straight into The Thames.
Dennis Severs House
The house is a time capsule. Its creator, Dennis Severs, used his visitors' imagination as his canvas and lived in the house in much the same way as its original occupants might have done in the early 18h century. The game is that you Interrupt a family of Huguenot silk-weavers named Jervis who, though they can still sometimes be heard, seem always to be just out of sight. As you journey off in a silent search through the ten rooms, each by fire and candlelight, you receive a number of stimulations to your senses. It is the smell of food that aligns your imagination with the faces around you in portraits; then... Mr Jervis’s meal is only half eaten; did he abandon it when he heard you arrive?
Shakespeares Globe Exhibition and Tour
Open all year round, the Globe Exhibition & Tour gives you an opportunity to learn more about this unique building and its’ most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. Based under the Globe Theatre, our engaging and informative Exhibition explores the life of Shakespeare, the London where he lived, and the theatre for which he wrote. Imagine the Globe as it would have been: the centre of what was once London's most notorious entertainment district, surrounded by raucous taverns and bawdy-houses.
All Star Lanes
All Star Lanes is a great place for the whole family and very experienced in keeping your young ones entertained! They offer reduced rates on bowling for under 12s and have a range of facilities to accommodate kids including extra light bowling balls, Bowling ramps, Bowling bumpers
The last surviving tea clipper and the fastest and greatest of her time, she is a living testimony to the bygone, glorious days of sail and, most importantly, a monument to those wholost their lives in the merchant service. Venture aboard and beneath one of the world’s most famous ships. Walk along the decks in the footsteps of the merchant seamen who sailed her over a century ago. Explore the hold where precious cargo was stored on those epic voyages then marvel as you balance a 963-tonne national treasure on just one hand.
London waterbus canal trip
Cruise along the historic Regents Canal as it slips quietly along the green and leafy fringes of Regents Park. Trips from Brownings Pool at Little Venice, where the island is surrounded by the elegant graciousness of regency architecture, through the damp dark mysteriousness of the Maida Hill tunnel, to the lively bustle of Camden Lock , the famous market for everything from craftshops and clothing to the interesting and unusual. Trips are on traditional canal narrow boats, three with historic Ship certificates, and all with weather protection and large opening windows for sunny days.
Web Lab - Science Museum Until June 1 2013
A year-long exhibition devised by Google and the Science Museum with the hope of inspiring the next generation of computer scientists and enthusiasts. Visitors can take part in five experiments (also available online at www.chromeweblab.com): 'Universal Orchestra', an internet-powered, eight-piece robotic orchestra; 'Sketchbots', a series of robots able to take photographs and then sketch them in sand; 'Data Tracer', a map that traces where the world's online information is physically stored; 'Teleporter', a series of web-enabled periscopes giving instant access to sites including a 24-hour US bakery; 'Lab Tag Explorer', a real-time visualisation of all 'Web Lab' visitors around the world.
ONE HOUR AWAY:
Harry Potter Studio Tour
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides an amazing new opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films – one of the most successful film series of all time. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.
Bay Sixty 6
A fantastic skateboards and BMX park in Ladbroke Grove. Bring your board and make like Tony Hawk.
A DAY TRIP:
Brooklands & Mercedes Benz World
For a real on or off road driving experience in a Mercedes A Class, 4x4 and bigger for kids over 1.5 meters or 4ft 11ins tall.
You'll find loads of rides created just for the kids, as well as features to make your family day out at Thorpe Park even easier.
Chessington World of Adventures
There's nothing like a sense of wild adventure to really make you want to dig deeper and discover more. And at Chessington World of Adventures, you can let your intrepid explorers loose on the wildest lessons of their lives! Go on a journey of exotic exploration together and unearth the secrets of far-flung lands and the untamed inhabitants that lie within...
Dickens World has an assortment of attractions to keep the whole family entertained; jump on board the Great Expectations Boat Ride for splashing good fun, take a trip back in time to a Victorian School complete with nasty schoolmaster or get spooked in The Haunted House of 1859. Visitors will get the chance to come face to face with some of Dickens' literary characters in their magnificent rendition of a Victorian town courtyard! After all the excitement in the Dickensian courtyard, visitors can take a rest in the 4D cinema show at Peggotty's Boathouse or at the animatronic show in the Britannia Theatre - sit back and enjoy the story of Dickens' life and his literary works...
Seven Park Place
William’s dishes are modern-French in style but are made up of primarily British ingredients. He is passionate about using the best seasonal ingredients from specialist suppliers and will create a special Seven Park Place Signature Dish.
The Electric Brasserie is always full of interesting customers and its menu caters for most eventualities. Try the small plates of Crispy Squid with aioli or smoked haddock fishcakes, or the daily changing special or one of the specially prepared sandwiches.
Mayfair meets Lexington Avenue at this US diner inspired experience. American classics as well as Steak Tartare should hit the right note with everyone.
Adapted from the popular British film, Billy Elliot is a funny, heart-warming, feel-good celebration of a young boy's dream in a tale of triumph over adversity. Like the film, the musical, contains strong language and some scenes of confrontation between police and miners. Please consider the film version of Billy Elliot was rated 15 and whether this would be suitable for all members of your party. The producers recommended minimum age is eight.
Wicked tells the story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
War Horse (Booking until October 2013)
New London Theatre
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical.
The show charts the journey of a girl and the people around her she loves, as she's propelled into the superficial world of 'Starmaker', a TV talent show that offers the fame and fortune she thinks she craves. But life in the spotlight isn't everything it's cracked up to be, for the contestants, their families or even those who have the deciding votes!
Singing in The Rain
It’s the roaring ’20s and silent movie stars are the biggest names in the world. Don Lockwood has it all, a string of hit films and a studio-engineered romance with the most beautiful actress in town. But with the new phenomenon of the talking picture on the way and a chance meeting with a talented young chorus girl set to steal his heart, things
are about to change for Don and for Hollywood forever.