The Summer Holidays are finally here, the weather is set to improve, the August Bank Holiday is on the horizon and London has some of its old buzz back. Thankfully memories of home schooling are behind us but you may be counting the day until the little ones go back to school or looking for a London escape to keep them occupied, if so I hope some of these suggestions will score 10/10.
Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition in Covent Garden Located in Covent Garden, this brand-new attraction will showcase hundreds of exclusive images never seen before. I took my young brother there last week and it was really good. It takes fans behind the camera during key moments in the film series and the exhibition is also home to London’s only bottled Butterbeer bar. So, why not make the ultimate school trip to Hogwarts and get your photo taken on a broom!
The London Mithraeum in the City of London This Roman mithraeum was discovered in Walbrook Street in the City of London, during a building construction after the blitz. The temple has been restored to capture the mystery and intrigue of the Roman cult of Mithras, who used to meet on this site. Haze, light and the sound of footsteps, chanting and secret whispers will transport you back to London AD 240. Discover over 600 objects left or lost by the first Londoners, including the earliest recorded written document from Britain.
Lords Cricket Ground Tour in St Johns Wood Visit the most famous cricket ground in the world and go behind the scenes at 'The Home of Cricket'. Led by an expert guide, who will lead you through iconic parts of the ground including the Grade II listed Pavilion, the world-famous Long Room, the Players’ Dressing Rooms, and the MCC Museum the home of the Ashes Urn. For budding young cricketers it’s a must see.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane Tours Nestled in the heart of Covent Garden, Theatre Royal Drury Lane has survived tragedy, fire, bankruptcy and even murder. This new incredible guided tour of the West End’s most iconic theatre discovers hidden tales that date back 400 years. From ghosts to Royal scandal, step inside and unearth the secrets of the West End’s oldest theatre site. Journey behind-the-scenes as the expert guide surprises you with insider secrets. The historic Theatre Royal Drury Lane has just undergone a £60 million restoration and the guided tour lasts approximately 1 hour.
Concerts by Candlelight at St Martins in the Field Luckily the best way to learn about great music is to listen to some and there is always something worth hearing at St Martins, with the added attraction of some great spaces to listen to it in! For the schedule click here.
Dr Johnson's House on Fleet Street Dr Johnson's House is a charming 300 year old townhouse, nestled amongst the maze of law courts and alleys in the historic City of London. Samuel Johnson, the writer, lived and worked here and it was in this building that he compiled his now famous dictionary of the English language. A nice step back in time.
Grant Museum of Zoology in Fitzrovia Established in 1827 as part of University College London, this museum is a space for exploring the animal kingdom and making ground-breaking new discoveries. It is a truly fascinating collection and has a wide range of specimens ranging from skeletons (including those of extinct animals), skulls, stuffed animals and preserved animals.
Now, for those that have not behaved well so far during the Summer Holiday, maybe broken the household rules, had a lingering sense of rebellion, have spent some time in detention on the naughty stool this one may well appeal;
BEANO: The Art of Breaking the Rules - Somerset House on the Strand From 21st October until 6th March 2022 Come face-to-face with the Beano gang - including Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx, Banana man and the Bash Street Kids – through original comic artwork and amazing artefacts, plundered from the Beano’s archive. Calling all mayhem-makers and rule-breakers, Beano is taking over Somerset House.
Why not get in touch and I’ll put together a timetable for your visit.