Where does the time go? Who really knows? We don’t. But one thing we know for sure is that we’re in the heart of a proper British summer and the school holidays are coming around the bend with speed.
Now, if you have the tikes for most of these summer holidays and you’re looking for cool things to see and do (the kind of things that will get you into your kid’s cool books) in or around the good old London Borough of Southwark, don’t sweat it – because we’ve got a some lovely summer holiday ideas up our sleeve just for you.
The South Bank
One of the Big Smoke’s most iconic, exciting and wondrous stretches of river, even taking the kids down here for a casual summer stroll along the South Bank will excite, inspire and entertain.
Not only will you see some of London’s most iconic sights and landmarks from the South Bank, but there are always plenty of street performers to enjoy. Plus, you can go up on the London Eye from this area of town, check out the London Film Museum, go to the aquarium or if you’re feeling artsy-fartsy, take the tikes to the Tate Modern. The choice, is yours!
If you’re in Southwark, taking the little ones Borough Market will make a real summer holiday treat.
While going to a food market may not sound like a kid-friendly excursion, there’s little doubt that your kids will love the hustle, the bustle, the stalls and weird and wonderful stuff on display here. And, once you’ve bought them some tasty grub from one of the seemingly endless food stands, we expect you’ll be the most popular parent in town. If not, we’re sure you’ll enjoy your meal at the very least.
Found in the heart of the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, this magical play den is great for a rainy summer’s day, or if you just want to get out of the heat for a while.
With lots of fun obstacles and play apparatus on offer plus a neat little cafe for the grown-ups, you can take a load off for a short while (or join in!) while the kids burn off all of their excess energy.
One of Southwark and Bermondsey’s best green spaces, Burgess Park is not only home to the official annual carnival, but it offers a host of idyllic walking paths, places to kick a ball or throw a frisbee, a kiddies play park, a BMX track and some wonderful spots to kick back and enjoy a lovely teddy bear’s-style picnic with the little ones – perfect for a day of maximum summer holiday fun.
We hope these suggestions have helped give you the burst of summer holidays inspiration you need and if you feel like venturing somewhere else in London, why not check out our Camden summer holidays guide for you and the kids.