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Fun family holiday & Halloween activities

For a memorable Autumn escape this half-term head to London and enjoy historical sights and fantastic seasonal events to keep you and the kids entertained. Our central London Thistle hotels have a variety of room options to suit everyone, with locations smack-bang in the heart of the action in Piccadilly Circus; adjacent to the beautiful Hyde Park (near the Natural History Museum); or around the corner from the British Museum in Holborn.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has almost 1000 years of tales to tell. Marvel at the Crown Jewels, the ravens, Bloody Tower, Medieval Palace, battlements and an incredible collection of armoury in the White Tower. Discover the many roles the Tower played throughout the centuries – from medieval palace and fortress to infamous prison and execution site. 

This Halloween, spirits of the Tower of London have been released and are roaming the castle. Can you solve this mystery and protect the fortress? A team of Ghost Raiders are on site, but they urgently need your help to investigate spooky occurrences and defeat the spirit trying to capture the Tower!

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Terrible Thames boat tour

Horrible Histories proudly presents a brand-new brilliant tour: Horrible Histories Live Onboard - Terrible Thames!
Take a dive into the stories of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Julius Caesar, the Duke of Wellington, Queen Boudicca, Jack the Ripper and Captain Kidd, in this history of the Thames with the nasty bits left in!

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The London Dungeon

This Halloween, delve into the ancient capital’s most horrible history at the London Dungeon - a walk-through experience that re-creates scenes from London’s scary past.

Everything that you see is based on real historical events from Jack the Ripper, to the Great Fire of London, torture and the plague. With 3 scary rides, the London Dungeon provides a thrilling and fun experience that will leave your family screaming for more!

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Shrek's Adventure! London

Star in your very own crazy adventure to the Kingdom of Far Far Away surrounded by Shrek and his fairytale friends. You’ll experience 10 themed shows, along with a good dose of Donkey’s cheekiness, some amazing Dreamworks animation and of course, captivating storytelling.

Meet everyone from Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots, ‘Gingy’ the Gingerbread man, to Pinocchio and the Three Little Pigs.

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Shopping in London

Yes, even shopping can be an adventure and provide hours of entertainment for your little ones this half-term holiday. Create your own Lego portrait in Lego’s flagship store, moments away from Thistle Picadilly and Thistle Trafalgar Square hotels. Step into the magical world of Hamleys toy store. Or explore the colourful chocolate-filled wonderland of M&M’s World in Leicester Square. Beware, you may have to literally drag your children out of there...!

Natural History museum

Embark on a journey where not all is as it seems, where magical beasts and fantastic animals share abilities and behaviours that allow them to dazzle, attract and escape. 

Celebrate real-world scientists who, like the character Newt Scamander™, help us to understand our planet's extraordinary creatures so we can protect them for the future.  

The Natural History Museum's incredible exhibition, called 'Fantastic beasts, the wonder of nature' is on and we strongly recommend a visit. Discover how the wonders of the real world have inspired myths, legends and magical creatures over the centuries!

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London Zoo

For some real, live animal fun this autumn, why not 'Travel the Tropics’ at the London Zoo over half-term? The closest underground station is Camden Town, and from there it's a short walk to ZSL.

Meet one of their BIGGEST trio in their cosy new home - Dolly, Polly and Priscilla, their massive Galápagos tortoises. Forget about the cooler weather, instead explore the largest living rainforest in the UK, right here in London where you can meet the sloths, marvel at the Butterfly Paradise and even feed the monkeys!

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Theatreland

Enjoy a wonderful family matinee performance at one of the many London theatres. Sing-a-long with Frozen, have a spoon full of sugar with Mary Poppins, or be swept away with the chorus of the Lion King. There is something for every age and taste in London’s theatreland this half term!

Our central London hotels are perfectly situated for easy access to a broad range of popular shows.

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British Museum

Visit the spectacular British Museum, around the corner from Thistle Holborn, and take on a Museum Mission featured in six galleries and challenge your family to a variety of tasks. At the weekends pick up an activity backpack, or a Museum explorer trail, from the Families Desk to guide you around the galleries on an in-depth exploration of the different times and cultures on display.  

During school holidays the museum runs a range of playful and inspiring workshops that bring the stories in the Museum collections to life, suitable for kids of all ages. 

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