If you’ve already got your half term head on and planning how to amuse your tots over the week school’s out, let us lend a helping hand. From biscuit decorating parties to Halloween afternoon tea atop a London bus, we’ve got some tasty ideas we think you’re little ones will love…
Biscuiteers Icing Parties
If snack heaven for your tots is shaped in the form of a buttery biscuit then they’ll be in sweet-treat heaven at Biscuiteers Icing Cafe this October. Visit Biscuiteers Northcote Road Icing Cafe on Thursday 25th October and kids can enjoy icing their very own Paddington Bear biscuit and after they’ve munched their way through a perfect Paddington, there’s face painting and colouring in. Following Paddington is something a little more petrifying – Halloween Biscuit Icing on 31st October! Taking place at both Northcote Road and Notting Hill Icing Cafes, the spooky icing parties bring to life mummies, pumpkins, skeletons galore – pop along for an hour of face painting and biscuit icing.
Paddington Icing Party:
When: Thursday 25th October / 12pm-3.30pm
Where: 13 Northcote Road, London, SW11 1NG
Cost: £20 per child for a one hour session
Halloween Icing Party:
When: Wednesday 31st October / 2-5pm
Where: 13 Northcote Road, London, SW11 1NG / 194 Kensington Park Road , London, W112ES
Cost: £20 per child for a one hour session
Kids Eat Free at HIX Soho, Tramshed and Hixter
Mark Hix has kids covered at his London restaurants with his epic kids eat free all year round offer. We all know that the school holidays can be expensive but dining at HIX is the ideal spot for an early dinner after a day in London this half term. Children under 10 can choose a complimentary main course from the kids menu when accompanied by a dining adult. With a kids menus offering the best of British seasonal food designed specially for our younger diners – expect to see dishes such as kids menu featuring dishes including HIX fish and chips with mushy peas, Glenarm minute steak with chips and Breaded chicken escalope with wild herb salad. Creative ones can also enter the HIX colouring competition to win a voucher for the family to dine at any of HIX’s restaurants.
When: 4-6pm Monday to Friday and 12-6pm on weekends
Where: HIX Soho – 66-70 Brewer Street, W1F 9UP / Tramshed – 32 Rivington Street, EC2A 3LX / Hixter – 16 Great Guildford St, SE1 0HS
Children’s Afternoon Tea with Daunt Books at The Langham Hotel
If your little ones adore books, then The Langham Hotel‘s newest afternoon tea will delight. Launching the week of half term, their Children’s Afternoon Tea with Daunt Books means little literary lovers can select their own new book from a specially curated library before they embark on tasty treats. Specially conceived for creative young minds our tea is interactive; there are jigsaw puzzle sandwiches to un-piece and for the sweet element children can assemble a cake into the shape of a dog before devouring it!
Where: 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, GB W1B 1JA
Cost: Children’s Afternoon Tea at Palm Court costs £29.50 for guests aged 12 and under
Kids Cook at 26 Grains
With the weather turning a little nippy this week, what better way to warm up the kids at cult-status porridge pitstop – 26 Grains. Nestled in the heart of Neal’s Yard, the 26 Grains team will be running two kids cooking classes over half term – Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd from 4.30-5.30pm. Inspired by the Scandinavian concept of ‘hygge’, which loosely translated encapsulates the concept of comfort – kids will learn the art of a perfect porridge and hearty risotto
Where: 1 Neal’s Yard, London, WC2H 9DP
Book: Sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Build Your Own Lunchbox at The Postal Museum
Hugely popular amongst families across London, The Postal Museum’s Postal Play Space is a winner with kids under 8. With an immersive mini-town complete with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes, your little ones are assured sackloads of fun. Sessions last 45 mins starting at 10.00am and last session at 16.00pm. If all that postie play has built up an appetite, kids can create their own lunchbox at Benugo’s Counter Cafe. From Cheddar cheese and honey roast ham rolls to sweet treats or miniature raisin boxes, grab one of their five a day with crunchy carrot batons, juicy grapes and juice. Kids can also ch0o-choo-choose a train pasta with tomato sauce and parmesan.
Where: 15-20 Phoenix Place, London, WC1X 0DA
Daylesford Family Cooking Together in Autumn
A must-visit amongst families across London, Daylesford are a great choice for if you’re searching for a hearty brunch from farm to table. This October, why not escape the hustle and bustle of Half Term in the city and venture to Daylesford’s Cookery School in the heart of Gloucestershire. Their Autumnal Family Cooking Together course is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children (aged 4+) to experience a fun-filled day of cooking and eating. Tapping into their seasonal vales, expect dishes brimming with Autumn flavours and fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from their Market Garden. Cook, create and enjoy the fruits of your labour with a well-earned glass or two of wine for the grown ups and delicious, organic juices for children.
When: 26th October / 10am – 2pm
Where: The Cookery School, Daylesford, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire GL56 0YG United Kingdom
Culinary Kids at Tredwells
If you’re heading to the London Transport Museum and looking for a bite nearby, Tredwells, set in the heart of Covent Garden, is a stress-free spot to enjoy a meal with the kids. From the familiar favourites of the Junior Menu to a gastronomic journey through the seven pint-sized plates of the Culinary Kids Menu, there really is oodles of choice and scrumptious child-friendly bites. The Culinary Kids Menu is a must-try, 7 small courses including a crisp croquette, BBQ pork chop, chargrilled broccoli with almonds, Cornish potatoes and aioli and a very special pear, apple and rhubarb kids cocktail – chin chin! Littleun’s get to keep their very own illustrated recipe card so budding chefs can recreate these wonders of Tredwells at home.
Where: 4A Upper St Martin’s Ln, London WC2H 9NY
B Bakery Halloween Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
If your brood is older and you’re in need of inspiration this Half Term, take tea with a twist thanks to B Bakery’s Halloween Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour. Capture the heart of the city’s culture, landmarks and history on their iconic London Routemaster bus and feast on a deliciously devilish tea including pumpkin tartlets, witch’s finger sandwiches, scary macaroon and freshly baked tomb’scone’ with bloody jam and clotted cream. From the London Eye and Big Ben to Nelson’s Column, and Downing Street, this unique view of London, there’s no sweeter way to take in the sights of the capital.
When: 27th and 31st October at 12:30pm and 3pm
Where: Departing from Victoria coach Station & Northumberland Avenue
Cost: £55 per person
Kids Cook & Eat for Free with Jamie Oliver
With a passion for extolling the virtues of healthy eating and food education to big and little kids alike, Jamie Oliver’s Cookery School is just the place to learn the art of cooking from scratch. Across October Half Term, you can join Jamie’s team for a very special lesson where parents and children cook together and kids go fo free (children must be over 8 years old)! Whether your offspring wants to be the next pasta master or fancies learning how to whip up warming good for you meatballs, the course are plentiful and after you’ve both cooked up a storm, you’ll have the chance to take a seat and feast on the food you just created. No time for getting creative in the kitchen? Let Jamie sort it and serve up free kids food at Jamie’s Italian this half term. Tots get the full three for free with a main, dessert and drink when accompanied by an adult ordering a main course.
When: Across October
Where: Jamie’s Italian, Westfield London Shopping Centre/Ariel Way, London W12 7GB
Cost: £45 adults and kids go free
Halloween Baking Classes at Gails
If you’re little ones love a bone-chilling bite over Halloween, head down to Gail’s for a real treat. They’ll be running spooky baking classes for children in selected bakeries across London and the UK between Monday 22nd October and Thursday 25th October. Find out class dates and which bakeries are hosting classes here.
When: 22nd – 25th October
Where: Gail’s Bakeries across UK