What to do in London during October Half-term 2023

Hope you and your little one are settled in school days by now. Feels like the summer has just finished, but it’s already half-term around the corner!

I’ve put together a fantastic list of family-friendly events happening at some of London’s finest museums and cultural spots.

Some of these events require advance booking! So, why not take a peek and discover the ones that attract your interest for a fun and educational day out with your little ones next month? Get ready for some family fun in the heart of London! 🌟🏛️👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

And for your convenience, it is listed by region!


1. British Museum WC1B 3DG (FREE drop-in | 5+)

Image from British Museum website

2. Bank of England Museum EC2R 8AH (FREE drop-in)

Many people would not know Bank of England has a museum and that it is very child-friendly! They host family events every half-term and it is very educative and you will want to visit one of their sessions if you are thinking of teaching your children about money and saving!

Image from Bank of England Museum website

3. Postal Museum | WC1X 0DA (Free with entry ticket | 5-11 yo)

Image from Postal Museum website

Crafts, making, and storytelling with a theme of Dressed to Deliver exhibition

4. National Gallery WC2N 5DN (FREE drop-in)

Image from National Gallery website

5. London Transport Museum WC2E 7BB (Free with entry ticket)

Image from London Transport Museum website

6. Museum of the Order St John EC1M 4DA (FREE | 3-10 yo)

Family activities below take place in their Learning Centre (EC1V 4JJ), which is over the road from the museum. Both are recommended for 3-10 yo, but siblings & babies are welcome.

7. Westminster Abbey SW1P 3PA (Free with entry ticket, suitable for 3+ and younger children are welcome.)

Image from Westminster Abbey website


1. Young V&A E2 9PA (FREE drop-in | all ages)

2. Museum of London Docklands E14 4AL (FREE, some require sign-up on arrival)

There are so many events prepared for children over the week of half-term (21-29 Oct ), so check out the specific dates on their websites if you like any from the list below!

Image from Museum of London website
  • Cookery creations workshop (Sign-up required on arrival)
  • Story of an East End champion boxer (Sign-up required on arrival)
  • Ilana Banana toddler party
  • Digital fashion design
  • Button it! Stich it! Dress it!
  • Decorate our succah
  • Song and dance performances from Jewish schools
  • Zingt: Yiddish family sing-along!
  • Jewish schools art installation
  • Jewish Museum object handling
  • Migration stories
  • Who Jew Think You Are?
  • Object handling
  • Cover your heads!
  • Tots at the Docks – Little Fashion City
  • Clay charity pot making


1. Old Naval College SE10 9NN

Image from Old Naval College website

2. Royal Observatory SE10 8XJ

Image from Royal Observatory website


1. Natural History Museum SW7 5BD (Booking in advance)

Image from Natural History Museum website
Image from Natural History Museum website

2. National Army Museum SW3 4HT (FREE drop-in, suitable for 5+ yo)

Image from Natural History Museum website

3. Mosaic Rooms SW5 0SW

Image from Mosaic Rooms website

4. Tate Britain SW1P 4RG

Image from Tate Britain website
Image from Tate Britain website

5. Polka Theatre SW19 1SB

Image from Polka Theatre website
Image from Polka Theatre website
Image from Polka Theatre website

6. Kew Garden TW9 3AB

Image from Kew Garden website

7. Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery W5 5EQ

27 Oct 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm | Mini Makers (£5, Booking in advance, 6 mths – 8 yo)

Image from Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery website


1. Chickenshed Theatre N14 4PE

Image from Chickenshed Theatre website
Image from Chickenshed Theatre website

2. Little Angel Studios N1 2EH

Image from Little Angel Theatre website

Hope you guys have a lovely half-term and for more information on what to do with kids in London, please visit our Instagram account, instagram.com/londonful_kids!

2 Replies to “What to do in London during October Half-term 2023”

  1. Hi. I am a teacher at a primary school. This will be amazing to share with our parents. Is there any chance you can email me a flyer or something with all of this? That will be amazing!

    1. Hi Suana, I’m so sorry that I missed your comment! It would have been nice if the information had been shared with the parents for their use! My apologies, and let me know if you need something like this for my future posts! Best wishes, Eunjin

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