Half term in London can’t promise you great weather, but what it lacks in sun it more than makes up for in thrilling family days out. Go for wild adventure, even wilder animals, haunted zoos, human badgers and bloodthirsty history. Remember, everyone loves London for half-term. So book tickets online when you can - saves money, long queues and sad little faces.
Not only is London Zoo almost right in the city centre, it’s one of Europe’s top five zoos and a sure thing all-year-round for at least one or two cute new babies. But this autumn it’s going into overdrive and every day is packed with events from Giraffe High Tea to Tigers Live, Penguin Beach and plenty of leaping, jumping, flying and pouncing from Animals in Action.
Not content with that avalanche of activity, the zoo’s also celebrating half-term and Halloween with the return of deliciously scary Boo at the Zoo. Earth’s most fearsome creatures will become more terrifying than ever for an entire week. There are all sorts of creepy goings-on involving wolves and bats - naturally. And some surprises are just so shocking they have to be seen to be believed. Book in advance for this one, it’s great fun and very popular.
When: 22-30 October from 10am-5pm. Last entry 4pm
Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY, 15 minutes walk from Camden Town tube station
Price: adult £24.25, child (5-15) £17.60, family tickets from £75