Are you struggling to find things to entertain the kids with on the weekends now they’re back at school? Having spent the whole summer trying to keep them amused it’s that dreaded time of year where they expect you to bring out the goods every Saturday and Sunday. Well don’t panic, we’ve come up with some brilliant ideas to get you all out of the house affordably.
Scare the kids into doing their homework with a trip to the London Dungeon. The Live actors and frighteningly realistic special effects make for an unforgettable trip that will take you back in time to London’s torture years. But it isn’t all gore. The Dungeons are awash with information about London’s history, featuring the UK’s first 5D ride and a whole host more of interactive learning opportunities.
28-34 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2SZ, United Kingdom
020 7403 7221
Missing the excitement of being abroad over the summer? Planet Hollywood offers a unique dining experience that will make you feel as though you’ve really travelled to get there. Located in Piccadilly, this set-up displays some of the most famous artefacts in the history of cinema. Launched by Hollywood megastars Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Swarzenegger and Demi Moore, this inspired dining experience has some real treats on the menu. So why not spare yourself the washing up and embark on a culinary adventure?
57-60 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QX, United Kingdom
020 7437 7639
Are the kids potty about Potter? Or maybe you have a secret passion for J.K. Rowling’s magical books. Then get out of the house this weekend and take in the film locations of London from the comfort of a luxury mini coach. This tour is made all the more exciting by lots of little trivia nuggets, giving you great behind-the-scenes insight. See London transformed into a magical world where you will visit Gringotts Bank, the Leaky Cauldron and everybody’s favourite – Platform 9 and three quarters.
Temple Tube London Underground Station, London, United Kingdom
0844 2471 007
Whether you’re football mad or not the Chelsea Stadium Tour is a great day out for you and the kids. Guided throughout, you will experience an informative and fascinating adventure into some of the Stadium’s normally restricted sections. Practise your interview technique in the Press Room and imagine you are getting changed and ready for a big game in the players’ Dressing Room. You can even walk through the tunnel onto the pitch and feel the nervous excitement as you enter the 42,000 capacity arena.
Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS, United Kingdom
0871 984 1955
If adventure is what you and the kids want then London’s Golden Hinde is the place to find it. A full-scale replica of the ship that Sir Francis Drake sailed to circumnavigate the globe in the 16th Century, the Hinde is truly a marvel. Indulge in some history and climb aboard to experience the ways of Tudor naval life and the enormous variety of cargo that Drake collected on his extensive and ground-breaking voyages. Why not get your eye-patches on and swash-buckle your way through the weekend?
1 & 2 Clink Street, London, SE1 9DG, United Kingdom