Half Term happenings for the kids
Wondering what you can possibly do to entertain the little ones for an entire week! Fear not, we’ve looked into it and come up with some great ideas for you:
Sensational Butterflies – the Natural History Museum
A mesmerising tropical butterfly house has now been put up on the museum lawn. With reasonable prices and all-day opening hours it’s great for both you and the kids. They can even watch butterflies breaking free of their chrysalises through the hatchery window!
Baby Disco – London Wonderground
London Wonderground is a fantastic and quirky venue on the Southbank. It’s for under 5s only and babies under 6 months get in free with a paying adult (£8). Dancing, laughing and messing around to retro, pop and nursery tracks for a full 50 minutes is sure to wear your tricksy toddler right out!
Hedgehog Heroes – Hyde Park
Held in the Isis Education Centre Hedgehog Heroes is operating on a drop in basis (11am – 3pm) and is on for one day only (28th May). Kids will get to create their own hedgehogs from paper plates, make a clay model hedgehog, follow the Discovery Trail, learn lots of great hedgehog facts, learn how to help them in your garden and lots more besides.
Soft play – The Old Sorting Office Arts Centre
Who doesn’t love a good soft play session? The OSO’s soft play studio is open for most of the week and is a fantastic way to let the children have a good run around on a rainy day. The OSO also offers the occasional children’s classes.
The good news is that this is London and there’s always lots to do and half term is no exception! There’s many more events and bits and bobs on during May half term – we recommend you look at the Visit London and London Town websites for some inspiration.
London Wine Week is back!
Glasses at the ready – London Wine Week is coming! This year it’s running from Monday 18th May to 25th May. London Wine Week is on it’s second year and is back to join you all in a wonderful celebration of London’s wine scene.
You need a wristband to participate and luckily for you they cost a bargain £10. The collection point for the wristbands and free London bar guide is The Nyetimber Hub at Devonshire Square. Wristband wearers will receive £5 wine taster flights and discounts in many of London’s fantastic venues – Whyte and Brown included!
This year we’ll be offering a light mixed flight; a Viogner with beautiful pronounced fruit flavours, herby aroma, a cherry flavoured rosé and a fresh Chardonnay. We suggest you pop by the London Wine Week website, pick yourself up a wristband and stop by the restaurant!
During the week you can participate in a selection of events details of which you can find on the website. They include a fantastic array of masterclasses, tutored tastings, supper clubs, parties and pop ups. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply a wine lover you’ll be sure to have a fantastic week.
Celebrating St George
Saint George is England’s patron saint. His emblem is the instantly recognisable English flag (a red cross on a white background) which also features on the British flag. But do we know who Saint George really was?
The most well known story surrounding him, of course, is that of ‘George and the dragon’. The story goes there was a people-attacking dragon terrorising a city. The locals had resorted to sacrificing two sheep per day in order to keep the dragon from attacking. Soon this ceased to work and the locals began offering up one sheep and one human. Saint George came upon the dragon, rode at it and killed it with his spear.
Exciting as it is, this is certainly a myth. In 1483 a book detailing the story of Saint George’s dragon slaying was published. It took off and since then the story of George and the dragon has always been associated with the patron saint.
Little is actually known about Saint George as the facts are somewhat fuzzy but what we suspect to be true is that he was born in Cappadocia (an area which is now in Turkey), that he was from a Christian family, that he was alive in 3rd century AD, that he was a Roman soldier and that he showed incredible strength by standing by his Christian faith. He was imprisoned and tortured for his religion and he was later beheaded at Lydda in Palestine.
Happy St George’s Day – 23rd April.
See Cats the Musical at the London Palladium
One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the record-breaking musical Cats has returned to the West End for a strictly limited 12 week run at the London Palladium.
Watch glamourpuss Nicole Scherzinger (ex-Pussycat Doll) hit the high notes in spectacular outfits and glamorous style. But don’t take our word for it, read Cat’s glowing reviews.
‘PURRFECT – Not to be missed’ Metro
‘Shows don’t come better than this – it’s absolutely brilliant!’ Daily Express
‘Go on… Purr with pleasure… A brilliantly imaginative show!’ Daily Mirror
‘You leave the theatre feeling like the cat that got the cream’ Times
Book your ticket before the show ends in February and make sure you see us for a pre-theatre dinner on the night.
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