How to spend school holidays in London

London is a magical city in which to live and study, offering plenty of enriching and entertaining experiences for people of all ages to enjoy.

The school holidays are the perfect time to get out and explore London, with plenty of things on offer to support a child’s education, as well as giving them an opportunity to relax and have some fun. We’re proud to be a London school, which is why we’ve listed some ways you can make the most of the city during the school holidays this year.

Visit a city farm

New experiences are important for children, and for those based in the city, animal experiences and a chance to connect with nature can be few and far between. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case. London school holidays are the perfect time to visit one of the many city farms, which can offer adults and children alike the chance to get up close and personal with a host of different animals. Many offer workshops and hands-on activities, allowing people to learn more about how the farms are run, how the creatures are looked after, and what they need to survive.

Some of the favourites are Mudchute Park and Farm, the largest inner city farm in the country, and Deen City Farm, with residents including a barn owl, alpacas, chicks and lambs – which (at certain times during the year) you can get involved in feeding.

Take in some culture

London boasts some of the world’s most impressive museums and galleries, offering up a rich tapestry of exhibits and artefacts designed to appeal to almost anyone. Free favourites like the V&A are perfect for exploring some of the greatest art and design collections in the world, or head to the British Museum to enjoy over 50,000 objects on display.

Bring history to life at the Natural History Museum, home to around 80 million specimens, or visit the seven floors of the Science Museum for tons of hands on exhibits – perfect for keeping kids of all ages entertained. These activities can prove to be not only enjoyable, but also supportive for a child’s education – helping them to put theories and teachings into practice, and apply them to real life.

Get outside

People may think of the hustle and bustle of the big city, but there is in fact plenty to see outdoors. London has some famous parks that are perfect for exploring, from cycling around Hyde Park to spotting wild birds in Regent’s Park. Richmond Park is another firm favourite, with over 600 free roaming deer, and plenty of rare wildflowers to spot and identify. If animals are of interest, then you could also pay a visit to the Children’s Zoo in Battersea Park for a day of family fun.

Alternatively, head to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, which span over 300 acres, and take in all of the different areas – from the Victorian Palm Garden to the Chinese Pagoda. Or, head to the treetops for the 18 metre high Tree Top Walkway to get a whole new view of the wonderful gardens.

Enriching opportunities at St. Nicholas Prep

London school holidays aren’t the only time to explore the city. At St. Nicholas Prep we think that extra curricular activities play an important role in a child’s life, which is why we have an extensive clubs and enrichment programme for our pupils to enjoy at all times of the year. This includes clubs such as Cookery, Ballet, Chelsea Young Writers and Robotics.

We also believe that school trips can prove important when it comes to supporting the curriculum, and make the most of our London location when it comes to getting children out and about. Our private school pupils visit places like Battersea Zoo, the V&A, and Natural History Museum, as well as residential trips in both the UK and Europe. Find out more about our extra curricular activities, or get in touch with our team to find out how we can support your child in their education at our wonderful private school in London.