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What’s on During the School Summer Holidays in London

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This summer, London is bursting with exciting activities and events that are perfect for kids of all ages.

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Whether you’re looking for fun-filled adventures, creative workshops, or outdoor thrills, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Check out this must-do guide to discover the best things to do and make the most of those sunny school holidays.

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2024 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, 18 June - 18 August 2024. Photo: © Royal Academy of Arts, London / David Parry

Royal Academy of Arts

Visit the Royal Academy of Arts and join their Family Studio workshops.

This August, try out "Paper Creations"—a fun workshop where you can explore paper, collage, and stencils. Join artist Amy Barnes and experiment with different materials like paper, lace, and found objects to make your own stencils.

Get inspired by natural forms and patterns as you use your stencils and shadows to create your own drawings.

The Family Studio program offers monthly art-making workshops that are open to families with children of all ages. It’s a great way to spend time together and try something new.

Sofitel London St James

Explore a fun and imaginative take on the classic afternoon tea with Sofitel London St James’s special Children’s Afternoon Tea at The Rose Lounge. This delightful experience is designed to spark creativity and bring joy to little ones.

Your children will enjoy a whimsical afternoon with smoothies, finger sandwiches, and a biscuit canvas with edible paint, where they can create their own delicious masterpieces. At The Rose Lounge, even the youngest guests can enjoy the charm of this grown-up tradition.

Fortnum and Mason

Head over to The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason for a delightful ice cream experience. Fortnum & Mason takes pride in their ice cream expertise—after all, they were the first in the UK to serve the famous Knickerbocker Glory!

Whether you're looking to cool down on a sunny day or treat your little ones to something special, The Parlour offers the perfect selection of scrumptious ice cream creations. Come and enjoy a classic favourite or discover a new tasty treat.

The National Gallery

This summer, get ready for a creative adventure at Summer on the Square at The National Gallery, in partnership with Westminster City Council.

From 3 July to 7 September, Trafalgar Square transforms into a vibrant hub of free, daily creative sessions and activities. It’s the perfect opportunity for families to unleash their artistic talents and have a great time together.

Join The National Gallery for a variety of drop-in activities where you can explore, craft, and enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting of Trafalgar Square.

Spaces are first-come, first-served, so be sure to arrive early to make the most of your creative day.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Step into the world of Judith Kerr’s beloved picture book with The Tiger Who Came to Tea—an Olivier Award-nominated show now running at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Join Sophie and her mummy as they meet a big, stripy tiger who shows up for a surprise visit. This enchanting family show is packed with catchy songs and fun for everyone.

National Portrait Gallery

Head to the National Portrait Gallery and immerse yourself in a world of art and culture right in the heart of the West End. This summer, there’s something exciting for everyone with a variety of events that make for a perfect family day out.

Little Explorers: Bring your little ones to the gallery’s free monthly session for Under 5s. Families can explore the gallery’s collection through fun stories, songs, and creative activities.

Summer Family Festival: Framing Faces: Dive into hands-on, interactive activities as part of the 2024 Herbert Smith Freehills Portrait Award. It’s a great chance for everyone to get creative and have fun!

Summer Family Festival: Time for Tudors: Enjoy a five-day festival filled with family-friendly activities inspired by the exhibition Six Lives: The Stories of Henry VIII’s Queens.

From exploring and creating to discovering and learning, the National Portrait Gallery has a fantastic summer adventure waiting for your family.

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Royal Academy of Arts


The Royal Academy of Arts is a world-renowned art institution based in Burlington House on Piccadilly, London. For over 250 years, the RA has existed to champion art and artists and offers a place where art is made, exhibited and debated. Enjoy their expanded campus with free displays, new spots to eat, drink and shop, and much more.

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Fortnum & Mason


Since 1707, Fortnum & Mason has been home to extraordinary food, joy-giving things and unforgettable dining experiences. Situated on Piccadilly, it's the most luxurious department store in the world. Offering full range of luxury signature hampers and gift boxes, sweet and savoury treats, and gifts for every occasion.

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Sofitel London St James


A Grade II listed building, the five-star hotel, Sofitel London St James lies in the heart of the prestigious district of St James’s. Combining traditional British design and contemporary French elegance, the hotel boasts 183 bedrooms, and an all-day café restaurant, Wild Honey St James; an elegant Rose Lounge, ideal for afternoon tea, and the chic St James Bar complete the experience along with an award-winning spa. With 12 versatile function rooms, the luxury hotel is equally perfect for leisure and business guests.

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