Half Term Theatre Breaks in London
Whether you are planning a family outing for the Easter Half term at Whitsun, or an escape for two, a London theatre break is a great thing to consider.
You may be taking the whole family or it may be that just the two of you are escaping for a well-earned rest: but whatever your plans are London has something to offer.
Family Shows in London
Well, of course there’s always the fabulous family shows in London, which make the perfect highlight to any London break.
How about catching stunning new musical Disney’s Aladdin which is currently delighting London theatre go-ers at the Prince Edward theatre. Based on the 1992 animated film, this larger than life production has some amazing mind-bogling special effects and prices for a one night break start from just £101 per adult.
There’s also “new kid on the block ” School of Rock . Based on the popular Jack Black film of the same name adults and kids alike will marvel at the talents of the musical instrument playing by pre-teens on stage! Prices start from £90 per adult.
Of course, there’s also the established family favourites which never grow old, including:
- Disney’s The Lion King Prices start from £97 per adult;
- Matilda the Musical Prices start from £83 per adult.
All with EXTRA SAVINGS FOR THE KIDS sharing a room with 2 adults.
For the older children there is Wicked and Thriller-Live! plus some very good plays including the hilarious The Play That Goes Wrong and the fantastic staging of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time . How about making it a part-educational trip this year with the award winning production of Stephen Daldry’s An Inspector Calls which could possibly help your Year 11 teen achieve an A* in English Literature!
Romantic Half Term Breaks
If you are planning to get away with your partner (Valentine’s Day falls in the school half term this year), then a London musical is the perfect highlight to a London short break.
Les Miserables or The Phantom of the Opera are both very powerful musicals that will get your hearts racing and, of course, there is the “grand-daddy” of them all! But any theatre trip can be a romantic occasion – Wicked was recently voted the most aspirational show by UK theatregoers and is a wonderful musical.
However a word of warning. In many “romantic” musicals in London at the moment, things don’t quite end the way you might want them to! Without spoiling anything, shows with a feel good factor at the end of the night include Mamma Mia!, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Kinky Boots and Half A Sixpence which begins its previews on the last weekend of October.
Free Stuff at Half Term
Of course once you are in London and have your show and hotel booked, there is tonnes of free stuff to do to keep the cost down.
You can do the National History Museum and the Science Museum together (as they are very conveniently housed next door to each other) and then you are only a hop, skip and a jump away from the beautiful Kensington Gardens where you’ll be able to hunt for the one of the park’s most famous residents – Peter Pan.
Other museums well worth a wander around are the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, The National Gallery, the Tate Modern – all free and all educational (probably without the kids even knowing it!!)
The cheapest way to travel around London is with an Oyster card. You can purchase this on-line here and remember children up to 11 years travel FREE when accompanying an adult. The Oyster card can be used on buses, the underground and DLR. Although it may be the slowest mode of transport, the advantage of the bus is that you can obviously taken in the views such as Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, The Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge – all brilliant and a sight to behold for any visitor to London.
Don’t fancy the Theatre this time?
Of course you could fill the day with 4 super attractions as the highlight of your break. The Ultimate London Break (from our sister site) is a one night stop-over with entry to four of London’s premium tourist attractions (for “premium” read “paid“!): Madame Tussauds, London Eye, London Sealife and the London Dungeons (the latter 3 are all a stone’s throw from each other on the South Bank). My favourite deal is at the central 4 star Holiday Inn Kings Cross/Bloomsbury where a one night break with entry into all four attractions is the same price as a three star Travelodge! Plus, it has a lovely swimming pool too!
Of course London is not the only place to go this half term: we can offer you great deals on half term get-aways around the country:
If you want to push the boat out, how about Disneyland Paris?
We hope you have fun wherever you choose to go to entertain the children this half term.