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Top Things to Do in London this Half Term

8 February 2023

Family-Friendly Activities

Some of the best things to do in Canary Wharf this half term

  • Get Your Skates On

There’s still plenty of time to take to the ice this February and skate beneath Canary Wharf’s twinkling skyline in Canada Square Park. Open every day until 25 February and for ages four plus, there’s no need to worry about inclement weather either as the ice rink is covered.  Book your tickets here.

Ice Skating at Canary Wharf

  • Big Inspiration for Little Minds

There’s nothing like getting inspiration from one’s surroundings, especially when it involves art. Go on the Children’s Art Trail, which features 12 pieces of art dotted around the Canary Wharf Estate – simply follow this handy map to pinpoint where they are.

Camille Walala, Adams Plaza Bridge

  • The Need for Speed

Have they got ideas of being the next Lewis Hamilton? Get the adrenaline pumping at the UK’s fastest indoor go karting track at Capital Karts. Open every day at Cabot Place, pick from Junior Go Karting – where kids aged from 10 to 13 can navigate the track’s challenging corners and smooth straights – or Family Go Karting, in electric karts that can reach speeds of up to 45mph.

Indoor karting at Capital Karts Canary Wharf

  • Watch a Film on the Big Screen

The latest Marvel blockbuster hits the screens from 17 February; watch it at Everyman Cinema complete with comfy sofa-style seats and a full food and drink menu that can be delivered to your seat. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has a 12A rating and involves a tunnel to a secret underground universe, strange creatures and adventures that go beyond the limits of what the superhero characters thought possible.

People watching a film and eating popcorn at Everyman Cinema

  • Ping Pong

There’s nothing like a good dose of healthy competitive spirit between family. Situated at Montgomery Square and Union Square, the ping pong tables are free to use and operate on a first come, first served basis. Players just need to bring their own bats and ball.

People playing ping pong in Montgomery Square

  • In2Sports

Do the kids need to burn off some energy? Head to In2Sports, a purpose-built sports and leisure centre in Harbord Square that’s equipped with a state-of-the-art Sports England-designed sports hall, multifunctional gym and fitness studios and training suite. It’s ideal for hosting all types of sports-based events, from football tournaments to dodgeball, so why not get a team of friends together and try it out.

People playing badminton at In2Sports

Family-Friendly Eats

After burning off the excess half term energy with these activities, here’s our pick of some of the best child-friendly restaurants where you can refuel

For finger-licking crispy chicken, dine at Seoul Bird, where chef Judy Joo specialises in double-fried Korean-style chicken. Or you can take the kids on a journey of the Med with the colourful dishes served up at Gallio.  Patty & Bun brings its delicious burgers to Canary Wharf and has vegan options on the menu too. And for those with a love of freshly made pasta, head to Emilia’s Crafted Pasta.

Food from Seoul Bird

Now open in Cabot Place is Ca’puccino, dishing up home-made pizzas, fluffy focaccias and sandwiches. Also new to the Wharf is Pho, serving up fresh, healthy, delicious and great value Vietnamese food.

Noodles from Pho

Finally, young ones can explore the flavours of Mexico’s markets through Wahaca’s kids’ menu, while Zizzi is always a sure-fire family favourite.

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