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International cultural experiences in London for February half term.

by Laura on January 30, 2017


One of the best things about London is its diversity. The city is home to communities from a range of backgrounds, which makes for a colourful capital. If you’re planning a February half-term visit, why not celebrate this diversity?

There are some great things to do this half term, from Chinese New Year celebrations to exhibitions on Finnish trolls. Try some of our recommendations for things to do and where to stay.

Magic Lantern Festival in Chiswick

Chinese New Year celebrations might be at the end of January this year, but they will continue throughout most of February in London. The Magic Lantern Festival brings some much-needed light to dreary winter days.

Visit Chiswick House to see this year’s display, which is themed around ‘Explore the Silk Road’. There’s also food and drink, an ice rink, and a mini funfair.

For a budget stay right by Chiswick House, there’s a Premier Inn with family rooms available, and kids eat breakfast for free.

premier inn chiswick

Kew Gardens’ Orchids Festival

This year’s celebration of the orchid at Kew Gardens is focused on the vibrant plants and culture of India. If you need some colours to brighten up your holiday, you’re sure to find them.

There’ll be plenty of exotic horticulture, including beautiful orchids from India, film screenings, hands-on sessions, and Indian-inspired food on offer too.

Try the other side of the river for a countryside retreat at the Hilton London Syon Park. The Family Fun Package makes your stay easier.

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hilton syon

Adventures in Moominland on the South Bank

The Imagine Children’s Festival is borrowing from the Southbank Centre’s Nordic Matters series and placing a Nordic focus on a number of activities.

As well as visits from Icelandic authors and illustrators, they also have an immersive and interactive exhibition on Tove Jansson’s much-loved Moomins. The pudgy Finnish trolls are sure to delight all generations this half term.

Just across the bridge from the Southbank Centre, you’ll find luxury hotel The Royal Horseguards.

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royal horseguards family

Choose the Horseguards and Hamleys VIP Family Package and you can also get some shopping in while you’re there.

Shakespeare for Children on the South Bank

For slightly older children, the National Theatre is staging both Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. The former is intended for teenagers aged 13-16, while the latter is for children as young as 8.

Stick to the South Bank for this one and head to Mondrian for your London stay.

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Their Kids on the Southbank deal gets you up to 25% off, breakfast for two adults and two children, and complimentary in-house children’s movies.

There’s lots to do in London this half term that will allow you to explore the world without leaving the city. Enjoy the diverse activities on offer with your family this February.

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Photo credits: Catherine Scott, Premier Inn London Chiswick, Hilton London Syon Park, The Royal Horseguards, Mondrian London.

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