Half Term Breaks to London
We have some great ideas and some great deals for autumn half term breaks to London, so think ahead to next term and plan your October half term break for the perfect short break or theatre break for your family or maybe just for the two of you.
Half Term Theatre Breaks for Families
London’s West End
May 2016 saw Disney’s new show in London Aladdin opening – it is already a popular choice so book early for your half term theatre break. With a musical score just as well known as The Lion King, it promises to bring even more family fun to the West End! Why not treat the family to this breath-taking, dazzling show this Autumn (or Christmas)?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda
There are four main family shows that are permanently in the West End at the moment. This year will be your last chance to catch the outstanding Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as it takes its final curtain call in early January 2017. Over the three years since opening in 2013, it has already become a firm favourite for London theatre goers, winning a glut of awards, and represents the perfect highlight to a London theatre trip for the whole family. It closes after Christmas so this is your last chance.
Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book Matilda is also a spectacular success. Having opened to rave reviews in 2012 it has become a “must see” show for adults and children alike. Watch out the kids are REVOLTING!
NOTE: just because children love these shows please don’t think that grown-ups will not. I consider them to be possibly two of the best shows to have opened in the West End for several years – and if you have read this far then surely you must trust me a little
The Lion King
Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre is also a show for both young and old. In fact, like Wicked it is probably not for the very young in that it is quite sophisticated and pretty long. But as London hotels recognise children up to the age of 16 so should we! They are also not cheap shows so you don’t want to run the risk of having to spend the second half in the foyer with your child because they don’t like the Hyenas!
Wicked seems to be the perfect show for teenage girls – they go crazy for the characters and the plot – not to mention the awesome singing! Fortunately it is also a great show for Mum and Dad who have to come along cos it’s their credit card!
It is a clever behind-the-scenes story to The Wizard of Oz from the angle of the two young witches growing up together: the witches story, what made them “good” and “bad” and what choices they have to make along the way.
Half Term Breaks for Older Children
Very current for the style conscious teen is hip-hop musical In The Heights at the specially built Kings Cross theatre plus some very good plays including the hilarious The Play That Went Wrong and the fantastic staging of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time . You can catch previews of hit- Broadway transfer School of Rock which begins performances at the New London theatre from 24th October 2016.
If the school half term falls in the first week of November, or you are lucky enough to get two weeks off, you can have a brilliant London theatre break with Stephen Daldry’s award winning production of An Inspector Calls which begins its previews at the Playhouse theatre from 4th November 2016.
Half Term Breaks – taking mum and dad
Of course your “family” heading to London next half term may not include children. If you are going with the in-laws or mum and dad then consider Jersey Boys, Sunny Afternoon or Beautiful – all great shows without a child in sight!
Other Short Half Term Breaks
Harry Potter Studio Tour
My first choice for a wet Half Term Break is to go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers. The Making of Harry Potter is a super day out. Those in the know say try and book the 10am entry time – which means getting up early or staying over night the night before – but there we have tour times throughout the day.
If you are driving, pick one of the hotels with carparking because you can drive to the studios and the parking there is free. If you are getting the train, chose a hotel near to Watford Junction tube station as there are shuttle buses that go backwards and forwards between station and studio.
Regarding the studios themselves, apart from a few people who say it is expensive I haven’t heard a bad thing said about it (apart from the lady who complained that there used to be trees and countryside there before the studios ruined it – you could say the same about London really!). As far as I am concerned, the tour costs less than it does to park your car in London for 24 hours so by my reckoning that is a bargain!
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