For the second Summer break in a row, thousands of holidays have been cancelled or subject to strict restrictions. There are a few destinations which can be visited without the need to quarantine, but you can expect to pay over the odds for PCR tests and other travel documents. Many families have been making the most of our beautiful country and heading off on staycations to popular UK destinations. UK holiday prices are higher than ever before, and the majority of places have been fully booked for months, making it difficult for those looking for a last minute trip. If you haven’t had the chance to jet off this year, all is not lost! The summer holidays might be almost over, but there are plenty of ways to make the most of this final week of freedom in London.
Explore London’s Best Museums
If you are looking for ways to keep the kids busy for this final week of Summer, then the many museums in London are your best option. The Natural History Museum is a firm favourite among families and there is so much to see and do for all ages. Little ones love staring up at beautiful Hope the Whale in the main atrium, and there are some magical exhibitions taking place right now, including Fantastic Beasts The Wonder Of Nature. For budding scientists, head to the Science Museum, which offers plenty of award-winning exhibitions and stories of incredible scientific achievement. Another must-visit this Summer is the Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum. You and your family can head down the rabbit hole and explore the origins, adaptations and reinventions of Alice’s Adventures over 157 years.
Discover London’s Outdoor Art
London is the perfect city to wander around in the Summer, and you can keep children entertained by going on an adventure to find some of the city’s outdoor artwork. The Sculpture in the City 10th Edition has 19 unique artworks completed by critically acclaimed artists dotted around London’s financial district. If you are in the Kings Cross area, then be sure to visit Granary Square and marvel at the 9.5 metre high, multi-coloured pyramid sculpture, just watch out for the play fountains which are back on after a short break! In Peckham you can discover Arcadia at Bold Tendencies, which is a supercool intergalactic spaceship, broadcasting the public’s predictions for the future. As well as this innovative display, there is a fully working slide which kids will enjoy.
Attend Buckingham Palace Garden Family Festivals
On 26th and 30th August you can celebrate the end of Summer in real royalty at Buckingham Palace Garden. The Family Festival will see hidden areas of the gardens which are not usually open to the public allow visitors for a family tour. You and your little ones can discover amazing stories and the colourful history of the palace. Plenty of other activities will take place on the festival days, including making your own zebra hobby horse to crafting a stunning nature crown. You can end your day with an unforgettable picnic on Buckingham Palace’s lawn; a true once in a lifetime experience.
Head Off On A Teddy Bear Trail
Taking inspiration from Alan Turing’s teddy bear Porgy, this codebreaking trail at Bletchey Park is a great day out this Summer. Available until 5th September, the codebreaking teddy bears are hidden in various secret locations around the park. You will explore all about the famous bears and their owners, and work to decode the puzzle. Little ones are invited to bring their own teddy bears along to help crack the code too!
Whether you live in London or further afield, you can make a proper holiday of it by booking a stay at The Rembrandt. Our location opposite the famous museums puts you right on the doorstep of some of London’s best attractions. The whole family can stay as we have multiple room options for children, including interconnecting bedrooms and sofa beds. Book before the end of August and save 20% with our latest special offer! Book online now.
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