Spring is here, the weather is warming up, and the long weekend is fast approaching. If you’re still wondering how you’re going to spend that extra day off work, university, or school, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. Here are five fun family-friendly things to do in London on the late May bank holiday. From flamenco dancing to baby discos, read on to find the perfect activity for all the family.
Feria de Londres
Wish you could jet off to Spain for the bank holiday weekend? Don’t book those plane tickets just yet — you might be able to get your fix of Spanish culture, cuisine, and entertainment right here in London at the Feria de Londres, a celebration of all things Andalusian. We can’t promise you’ll get authentic Spanish sunshine on the day, but there will be a range of activities for all the family, complete with flamenco dancing and a huge choice of food and drink.
Kids will love the face-painting, hair styling, and arts and crafts, while grown-ups can sample a selection of Spanish wines, sherries, and beers, as well as delicious street food. Live bands will play traditional music throughout the day and, after dark, a DJ will be on duty to keep you dancing all night long.
When: Friday 24th–Sunday 26th May
Where: South Bank, London, SE1 9PH
How much? Free
Tire the kids out with an indoor climbing session
We’re all praying for sunshine this bank holiday but, given that it’s London, the chances of grey skies and drizzle are still pretty high. If the kids are bouncing off the walls and the weather forecast is looking dismal, why not let them burn off some of that energy with an indoor climbing session at Clip ‘n Climb in Chelsea? Kids can tackle 21 colourful climbing walls, as well as a Leap of Faith and vertical drop slide that will put the courage of even the most adventurous child to the test!
No climbing experience is needed, and training and equipment are provided. Clip ‘n Climb is suitable for children aged four and over, and we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
When: Sessions run from 9am–6.30pm during the bank holiday weekend.
Where: 19 Michael Road, Chelsea, London, SW6 2ER.
How much? £17.50 per child.
Solve clues as a family with Foxtrail London
Looking for something that will encourage your kids to get their thinking caps on this bank holiday? Our Foxtrail London trails will get the whole family working together to solve tricky clues, break codes, and work out riddles left by our fiendish Fox.
You’ll have to be quick on your feet, as our trail will lead you all over the city, and allow you to take in all sorts of sights along the way. It’s an interactive, city-wide adventure that will help even the most seasoned Londoners see familiar landmarks in a new light, so it’s great if you’ve done all the big attractions and tourist traps before! To learn more, take a look at our info page.
When: Flexible start times. Book in advance.
Where: The Visitor Information Centre, St. Paul’s Cathedral. Contact us for more information.
How much? £30.00 per person, or £80.00 for a family ticket.
Go for a stroll in the sunshine
If the weather is fine on Bank Holiday Monday, then it’s time to dust off your walking boots and set out exploring the city on foot. We’re blessed with some of the finest parks and walking routes in the world right here on our doorstep, so there’s really no excuse not to get out and about. You can find the best routes through the city in our round-up of the best walks in London, so take a look to start planning your day out.
When: Whenever the sun’s shining!
Where: Across London.
How much? Free.
Take the kids clubbing – no, really
Clubbing with toddlers? It might sound crazy but, thanks to Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco, the whole family can dance like nobody’s watching this bank holiday. Hosted by DJ and producer Monski and her team of talented dancers, this smash-hit party will let children under the age of five (and their parents) dance along to a selection of retro hits and child-friendly pop. There’s even a soft play area where babies who are a little too young for dancing can roll around to the music.
The disco is taking place on the South Bank as part of the Underbelly Festival. The festival is running all summer long, are there are absolutely loads of free events, live shows, and performance workshops for kids and grown-ups alike taking place. So, if you’re still looking for more inspiration, take a look to find more fun things to do.
When: 1.15pm, Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May. Sessions last around 50 minutes.
Where: South Bank, Belvedere Road Coach Park, London, SE1 8XX.
How much? From £8.50.
Here at Foxtrail, we know London inside out, so take a look at our blog to find even more fun things to do. Looking for something a little more off the beaten track? Check out our post on London’s hidden gems you have to visit!