Visit London this February half term and enjoy a fun-filled school holidays in the city.
Explore the interactive exhibitions and brilliant theatre shows, you’ll find plenty of things to do during the half-term week in London to suit all budgets and ages.
BOOK a night stay now and enjoy these fantastic attractions in the city.
Take advantage of our favourite attractions in Paddington:
Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum
Hyde Park - Once the hunting ground for Henry VIII, the huge spacious royal park is most well known for it's famous Speakers' Corner, where people speak their minds, Rotton Row, a famous horse-riding area and Serpentine Lake, home to waterfowl and oarsmen.
Santa has swapped his sleigh for a boat and is travelling up and down the Thames from 7th to 22nd December, looking to meet budding young adventurers! Experience the magic of London at Christmas with an hour-long cruise past the capital’s most iconic landmarks, whilst little ones have their festive dreams come true by meeting Father Christmas himself!
Take your little monsters to ZSL London Zoo this October half-term for some Halloween-themed fun. From 19th to 27th October, enjoy a host of activities celebrating the more gruesome side of nature, from weird and wonderful creepy crawlies to pumpkin patch selfies!
The capital’s biggest Christmas celebration, Winter Wonderland, returns to Hyde Park 21st November to 5th January! Now over 10 years old, this extravagant celebration of everything wintery has rightly become a London stalwart: with unbeatable Christmas markets, top-notch entertainment, fairground rides and a host of festive attractions, it’s little wonder it attracts over 3 million visitors each year!
Bonfire night in London boasts some spectacular firework displays, and Battersea Park’s fireworks are some of the best. Designed by award-winning pyrotechnicians, this breathtaking 22-minute display delights thousands of revellers each year; and, situated on the banks of the Thames, there couldn’t be a more picturesque backdrop for this dazzling light show!
Frieze Art Fair returns to Regents Park from 3rd to 6th October: the UK’s most prestigious contemporary art fair, Frieze London showcases art from more than 160 leading galleries from around the world. Whether you’re looking to buy a new piece, or simply admire some exceptional contemporary art, Frieze Art Fair is well worth a visit.
Head to London’s iconic river this September to experience Totally Thames – a month-long, annual arts and culture festival, celebrating everything about the River Thames. Different events pop up along the length of the Thames, with a diverse programme planned to inspire, connect and delight!
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s cult television comedy-drama Fleabag returns to the West End stage next week, straight from a sold-out run in New York. Best known as a BAFTA-winning BBC series, Fleabag actually started as a stage show back in 2013, and Waller-Bridge returns to perform her one-woman show for this last, limited run. As it’s been announced there will be no Fleabag season 3, this really is your last chance to catch one of the country’s most-loved characters in action!
On Saturday 3rd August, London’s central roads will once again be closed to vehicle traffic for one of the world’s leading cycling events, Prudential RideLondon. This free event offers families and friends the opportunity to enjoy a traffic-free cycle past some of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, providing the chance to see London from the saddle like never before!
Suns Out, Guns Out! The summer is finally here with a bang and its time to flaunt our summer bodies with it. We live in the 21st century and by now it's quite prominent that there is no measurement pf a perfect body. But when it comes to health and fitness, we ought to be at the top. Who else would you prefer other than the sensational Jade Joselyn herself! Join her absolutely free workshop everyday Tuesday at the Floating Pocket Park at Merchant Square!
Busking around the country has been always been one of the primary ways for musicians to market their solos and gain popularity with the masses. The London Busking Company has always had a prestigious name around the people of London and this time, they're bringing out singer/song writer, Hattie Briggs, live, at the Merchant Square as part of the Summer Of Fun programme.
Is there a better way to enjoy a film than under a starry sky? From 8th to 21st August, Somerset House’s outdoor courtyard will once again be transformed into a beautiful open-air cinema, showing films on London’s largest outdoor screen. There’s no scrimping on quality: cinema-quality surround sound ensures you experience every moment of these unmissable films to the max!
Summer is finally here and there's no way we aren't going to be making the most out of it! Gaming has taken a fast rise all around the world in the past decade. People of all ages have been playing games during their leisure time and a few are even seen making a career out of it! So it's quite obvious that gaming can lead to an income and a good recreational activity.
ANNUAL CHARITY REGATTA RETURNS FOR TWELFTH YEAR
July 2019: The annual COSMIC Dragon Boat Race will return to the Regent’s Canal for its twelfth year. The first starting pistol will sound at 17:00 on Thursday 25th July at St. Mary’s Bridge where traditional Chinese Dragon Boats will race for 100 metres until the finish line at Paddington Basin.
Looking for something completely different to do over the summer? Put your detective skills to the test with adventure game CluedUpp – a Cluedo-style, crime-solving, live murder-mystery event like none other! The action unfolds virtually, through an award-winning app that will take you across London in your quest to find witnesses and solve clues.
Summer is packed with theatre and music festivals – but did you know one of the best lies in the very heart of London? From now until the end of September, the Southbank has once again been taken over by Underbelly’s iconic upside-down purple cow! Now in its eleventh year, the Udderbelly Festival Southbank brings you world class entertainment, from music and theatre to cabaret and circus, as well as tantalisingly tempting pop up food and beverage stalls.
Paddington teams will take to the water at Paddington Basin for the milestone annual Dragon Boat race on Tuesday 25 July. This year teams will fundraise for COSMIC, Children of St Mary's Intensive Care. Last year’s race raised over £16,000 for COSMIC and this year we hope to raise even more.
This weekly series of Live Music Sunset Sessions is hosted on the most unique outdoor venue in London, Merchant Square's Floating Pocket Park. Expect performances from 17 talented artists from the London Busking Company. Enjoy a cocktail on the canal with drinks from Lockhouse London and street food from local traders.
What better way to unwind at lunchtime than a spot of gaming on the big screen at Merchant Square. For the first time, Paddington plays host to the biggest multi-player gaming screen in London!
If you’re passing through London, make sure to visit Madame Tussauds! Rightly world-famous, this collection of wax figures is about as interactive as a museum can be, and is consistently voted one of London’s top visitor attractions.
Why not spend a few hours following Paddington’s Pawprint Trail? Developed with the creators of Paddington Bear, Paddington and Co., this delightful series of Paddington-themed family adventures takes you on a journey to discover a number of Paddington themed treasures, including four of the Paddington Bear statues that formed part of the Paddington Trail in 2014. Pick up a Pawprint Trail leaflet from the Paddington Bear shop at Paddington Station, and begin your very own journey of discovery.
Ever fancied being a little greener? Why not try your hand at a relaxed, feel-good flower arranging workshop, and bring some greenery into your life? Whether you’re a complete beginner, or your green thumbs are well-practised, you’ll find these workshops accessible, inspiring, and – most importantly – excellent fun!
Every year London Shell Co close for a bit of nautical TLC during the first part of January. Fear not, they come back to Paddington with a special treat for patient fans, offering 50% off food for the rest of January.
GoBoat London is the only self-drive, powered boating experience in central London, and its mission is to make London's canals accessible to all. Throughout 2018 captains and crews have been exploring the Regent's and Grand Union Canals, from GoBoat's base in Merchant Square, Paddington, to Little Venice and beyond.
An alternative Christmas venue is on offer at Merchant Square this December. Step on board the Electric Sledge and enjoy tucking into your Christmas favourites, with a unique South African twist. Created by Braai specialists, Bring & Braai, delicacies include Chakalaka Turkey, Braaied butternut and piping-hot Potjiekos, all cooked on traditional open-wood fires along the tow path.
Join budding entrepreneurs at free workshops helping you to start your own business.
Gather your shipmates for a thrill-seeking pirate themed adventure on board GoBoat London this Halloween.
Head to Merchant Square this Halloween for a free film screening of the cult classic, Hocus Pocus. The 1993 family friendly film combines comedy, horror and fantasy; in a tale about three witches, awakened by a teenage boy after he moves to Salem.
Over the last year, we’ve seen many eateries pushing the boundaries and adding innovative new twists to classic dishes and drinks – particularly here in London.
Delicious pastires await in Paddington at Mille Patisserie, where fresh gâteaux mille crêpes are prepared each day by the on-site patissiere. The mille crêpe, popularised by Kova Patisserie in Soho, consists of layers of gossamer crêpes, separated by flavoured crème pâtissière and stacked to form a delicious cake. The result is simple and sumptuous and an Instagram hit.
A new community-led art installation will open in Paddington Central this September during London Design Festival. This city-wide celebration of design takes place from 15 – 23 September.
For an alternative shopping experience, head to the Grand Union Canal in Paddington between 29 August and 2 September and enjoy perusing the produce on sale at Paddington’s floating market.
The Merchant Square Water Maze has become an enticing playground over the past few weeks; with the shrieks and laughter of children cooling down in the water becoming a familiar sound.
Sign up to take part in the Imperial Health Charity abseil on Wednesday 16 May and raise money for an important local cause.
This month is all about Women. We celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 and Mother’s Day on March 11.
Creative directors and London born sisters Michela and Lois Wilson bring a fully immersive experience of luxury exclusively to Connaught Village.
On Friday 2 March The Paddington Partnership, in collaboration with the Canal & River Trust, is hosting a community clear-up as part of the national Great British Spring Clean campaign.
Enjoy a delicious Christmas with a variety of choice in a semi private or private setting. You can choose three courses from our fabulous festive menu for only £28 per person and with classic favourite on offer that all can enjoy, this isn’t a deal you’ll want to miss.
In September we facilitated an evening reception with Sellar Property Group and Hard Hat Communications for our local hoteliers.
Our free music festival, Paddington Covers, drew thousands of festivalgoers to Norfolk Square Gardens over three, sunny, summery live music events on the last Fridays of June, July and August.