School's out for Summer! | South Bank London
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School's out for Summer!

The school bell has run for the last time and children across the land rejoice as the long hot summer stretches before them! Frazzled parents, don’t be daunted by the task of keeping the kids entertained for the next six weeks: check out our new guide and head to the Southbank for some fabulous days out!

Family Fun

If you enjoyed Disney Pixar’s latest release, Finding Dory, dive into the SEA LIFE London Aquarium to learn all about real life clownfish and blue tangs from a new interactive exhibition, Dory & Friends.

Avoid sweaty tube trains by staying cool and calm on the river with MBNA Thames Clippers. With a Family River Roamer you can hop on and hop off at your leisure, and enjoy the sights of the city as your travel between attractions.

This summer Shrek’s Adventure! London has been overtaken by the Vikings of Berk! After your thrilling encounter with the green ogre and all his friends, enter the Dragon Training School and learn how to tame the formidable beasts with these fearsome yet friendly Vikings.

Who knows what really happened in Thomas Farriner’s Pudding Lane bakery on that fateful summer evening in 1666? Experience the sights, sounds and smells of that terrifying night as you attempt to Escape the great Fire at the London Dungeon’s newest exhibition.

All age groups are catered for at the Florence Nightingale Museum which is dedicated to the life and work of the Lady of the Lamp. They've got a host of great summer activities on offer, from craft workshops, storytelling and activities for the children to evening lectures (with wine) for the grownups.

Hop aboard a WW2 amphibious vehicle for a Classic Sightseeing Tour which takes in iconic landmarks including Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, then hold on to your hats as you splash down for a river cruise.

Culture Vultures

For the 9th year, gallery@OXO Tower Wharf presents Focus on the wild - a stunning free exhibition of wildlife photography by Roger Hooper.

To make the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Real to Reel is an interactive exhibition at the Imperial War Museum offering a glimpse behind the scenes of classic war films from Casablanca to Saving Private Ryan.

Culture Vultures of all ages will be spoilt for choice at the Southbank Centre this summer. The annual Festival of Love returns to explore all matters of the heart; Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book is brought to life for the 21st Century in a mesmerising production featuring street dance and circus; children with autism and additional needs can experience a special production of The Tempest which allows them to sit and play with the actors; the very youngest members of the family will adore Pram Jam, an early years dance workshop in the Clore Ballroom; and the whole family will find something to entertain them at Wonderground which returns to the riverside for a fifth consecutive year with a dazzling programme of comedy, cabaret, circus and music.   

River Stage is a free outdoor festival brought to you by the National Theatre, bringing the very best in theatre dance and music to the riverside. The line-up includes performances from Rambert and the NT’s own company, we well as highlights from this year’s Latitude Festival.


They’re notoriously difficult to please but even the most recalcitrant teen will unplug his iPod when he finds out what’s on offer this summer!

Teens can discover their inner rebel (while parents relive their youth) at Punk.London, a celebration of the outrageous movement that shaped music, film and fashion forever.

Impress your teen with a day at the (free) House a Vans, a venue that is both literally and metaphorically cool. Tucked away underground, the UK’s only indoor skate park provides blessed relief from the sweltering summer sun and the chance to show off your Butter Flips and Caspers.

The Old Vic Theatre’s world premiere of Groundhog Day, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, brings the classic movie to life onstage for a new generation.

The UK’s biggest cinema screen, BFI IMAX, is showing an all-new version of ‘80’s classic Ghostbusters in which an all-female line-up fight to save the city from a deadly ectoplasm invasion.

Something for the Grown Ups

Adrenaline junkies will love City Cruises ThamesJet Experience: a white-knuckle ride past the city’s best-known sights, zooming all the way to Canary Wharf.

Celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday aboard the Coca-Cola London Eye with a Royal Warranted Gordon’s Gin and Schweppes Experience. Raise a glass to Her Majesty whilst gazing down to Buckingham Palace on this limited-edition experience.

Get yourselves a babysitter and head to Skylon to taste the Food of Love. This aphrodisiacal-inspired 5-course menu is definitely not for kids!

Eating & Drinking & Where to Stay

Overnight stays with the children needn’t mean forsaking luxury at Mondrian London. Their Special Family Deal offers 20% off room rates and complimentary children’s movies!

Park Plaza Hotels also have a Family Getaway Package allowing little ones to stay and eat breakfast for free! They’ll also receive a special activity pack to keep them occupied.

Celebrate the end of exams or an outstanding report with Children's Afternoon Tea at OXO Tower Restaurant. Kicking off with a banana milkshake, the special menu serves up a medley of sweet and savoury treats to tantalise young taste buds.

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