With the UK Easter holidays in full swing, we’ve rounded up some fantastic activities for kids if you’re planning a visit to London with the family.
1.Super heroes as you’ve never seen them before
Are you nurturing a super hero in the making or do you simply have a comics fan amongst your brood? Following the success of the first Art of the Brick exhibition in 2014, LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya is back with a new exhibition – this time inspired by DC Comics’ super heroes! The contemporary art exhibition on London’s South Bank uses nearly 2,000,000 LEGO bricks to create large-scale sculptures of comic book characters including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker. The world’s largest collection of super heroes-inspired LEGO artwork ever, ‘The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes’ opened on 1 March and runs until 3 September 2017.
Top tip: If you’re visiting the South Bank over the weekend and feeling peckish, some of London’s best street food can be found at the outdoor SC Food Market behind the South Bank Centre which runs daily from Friday to Sunday.
2.The Victoria and Albert Museum family events
The Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, is inviting families to come and create their own piece of pop art at their free Imagination Station drop-in event from 8-17 April. For technology whizz kids, their free Digital Kids event also runs from 8-17 April and offers the opportunity to use green screen photography to be transported into a Botticelli painting. The V&A is a 15-minute walk from Jumeirah Carlton Tower (or a 5-minute hop with the hotel’s complimentary Knightsbridge drop-off service in the branded Mini!).
Top tip: Stay at Jumeirah Carlton Tower on a weekend before 1 May 2017 with their Bed & Breakfast package and receive two complimentary tickets to the paid-for exhibitions at the V&A, as well as breakfast in The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant, for the same price as the Best Available Rate.
3.A very first ballet for aspiring twinkle toes
Adapted for ages three and upwards, English National Ballet and the English National Ballet School are bringing ‘My First Ballet: Cinderella’ to Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre from 11-22 April. Featuring a shortened version of Prokofiev’s magical score, the ballet also includes a narrator to help young audiences follow the story. The Peacock Theatre is a 20-minute taxi ride from Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living.
Top tip: Available from 14-30 April, Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living’s family Easter package includes complimentary accommodation for children when booking a One Bedroom Deluxe to a Three Bedroom Suite and daily breakfast, as well as a host of other treats. Kids will love the Easter egg hunt kit, Harrods stuffed Easter toy and children’s Easter movies.
4.Storytelling and music sessions at the Royal Albert Hall
Specially-created for 0-4 year olds and led by seasoned storytellers Paul Rubinstein and Becky Dixon, little ones will love the storytelling and music sessions at the Royal Albert Hall. The sessions incorporate songs, sounds, rhythm and rhymes, using musical instruments, singing, movement and stories, to explore the Hall’s musical history. The Royal Albert Hall is a 10-minute taxi ride from Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel (or a leisurely 15-minute cycle on one of the hotel’s complimentary Belgravia Bikes!).
Top tip: Grown-ups and children who want to learn more about the Hall after the storytelling session can pre-book an exclusive pushchair-friendly add-on tour for just £4.
5.Tall Ships Festival on the River Thames
From 13-16 April, over 30 large Class A and B Tall Ships will gather on the River Thames in Greenwich and Woolwich for the Tall Ships Festival. Two festival villages will be set up on land – one in Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich and the other at the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich – with maritime entertainment, live music, fireworks and food. Visitors will also be able to board some of the ships to look around and talk to the crew.
The festival marks the start of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta which will see the ships sailing from London to Quebec in Canada to mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
Top tip: Whilst in Greenwich, why not also make a visit to the Cutty Sark, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper, or the Royal Observatory where you can explore your place in the universe at London’s only Planetarium or stand on the actual Meridian Line!