London’s South Bank is always a sure bet for family fun with multiple attractions beside the mighty River Thames. This summer, there are even more reasons to go now that the Underbelly Festival is up and running.

This mini festival, just a short walk from Waterloo Station, is an oasis of summer fun with a cracking line-up of comedy, circus, cabaret and special family shows. If you want to wow your kids, book tickets to see ‘Catch Me’, a thrilling modern take on circus skills by Flip Fabrique, a group of young circus artists from Quebec, Canada.

 

 

You simply will not believe what they do is possible, whether it’s gravity defying trampolining or synchronised Diabolo tricks. Whilst being on the edge of your seats, this show is also moving and funny, and will no doubt inspire your kids to join circus school.

Performances take place in The Belly Theatre, and afterwards you can stroll around the festival enclosure with its fab food stations and Pimms counter. There are leafy glades to sit and eat and a SNOG double decker bus just outside by the river for frozen ice cream.

Hilton is sponsoring the festival this year. Don’t miss the chance to visit its Holipod – three interactive hotel-like spaces where families can swing on luggage trolleys, bounce on hotel beds and encounter massive blow-up ice creams and have it all recorded on film. There’s also the chance to win holidays to Hilton resorts in the Seychelles and Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE.

Hilton has a great selection of hotels within easy reach of the Southbank including Hilton London Tower Bridge and Hilton London Angel Islington. Both offer spacious family rooms with sliding doors between the main bedroom and the lounge where children can sleep on a sofa bed. There are sweet treats on your arrival and a very friendly welcome.

Fun at the Hilton Holipod at the Underbelly Festival

Hilton London Islington has spacious family rooms

The Lowdown: Hilton Underbelly Festival Southbank

Tickets for ‘Catch Me’ start from £19.50 per person. The Hilton Underbelly Festival Southbank runs til 30 September, 2017.

A family room at the Hilton London Angel Islington starts from £225 per night.