Choosing what to do this summer with the kids can be a real pain - but fear not as we have found some of the best events going on in the capital for the school holidays.


Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre

Take to the water with open sessions Monday, Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer (£10 for non members) and go sailing, windsurfing, kayaking or rowing.

There is also the Youth Afloat programme (£65 for non members) for 8-16 year olds or start sailing courses (£170 for non members).

Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre, throughout the summer, various times.


The UK’s largest urban beach is a great place to take the kids to the build sand castles without trekking down to Brighton - with 1,000 tonnes of sand alongside a paddling pool and a funfair.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, until August 31, 10am - 10pm, free.

BeachEast at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Gallery @ Half Moon Theatre

Support GCSE students from George Green’s School on the Isle of Dogs as they present their work at Half Moon in Limehouse through their Above and Below exhibition.

Using nature, people and places as their starting points the exhibition explores thematically ‘Above and Below’ and what that means.

Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse, until August 28, free.


ArcelorMittal Orbit

Get crafty at the orbit where there will be the chance to create flying machines, parachutes, flying finger puppets and kites for some adventures in the sky.

There will be a range of daily activities curated by visual artist and art educator Natalie Ryde.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, August 8 - 23, 12pm - 4pm, children £5.95 and adults £11.95.

A bull at Mudchute farm, with Canary Wharf in the background

Mudchute Farm

On August 7, children have four hours to make their own Go-Kart out of a pile of wood, some wheels and bits of metal - then there will be time to test it out in a race.

Then on August 29 there will be wool crafting where visitors can bring their own creations or get inspired by discussions with the group.

Mudchute Farm, open everyday 9am - 5pm.

There’s also Stepney City Farm and Surrey Docks Farm nearby.

Ride London

Either watch experienced riders set off from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or head to Canary Wharf to see them race past towards the City on the route made famous by the London 2012 Olympics Road Race.

Or, take part yourself in the Free Cycle, which you can join anywhere along the route.

Numerous events and racing will be going on throughout the weekend from August 1-2 as part of a cycling celebration of the London 2012 Olympics legacy.

Ride London, various locations in London, August 1 - 2, free to watch.

Notting Hill Carnival on children's day

Notting Hill Carnival

Head there on Sunday - that’s family day and so therefore more chance to avoid the crazy ravers. There will be a children’s parade, live music from the World Music Stage at Powis Square, performances from the Association of British Calypsonians, and a variety of Caribbean food and drink.

Notting Hill, August 30 - 31, free.

Museum of London Docklands

Have a snappy happy summer with the museum’s free events exploring the work of Christina Broom who was Britain’s first female press photographer.

There will be art workshops, history sessions and the chance to see Broom’s images of London from more than 100 years ago.

West India Quay, August 15 - 22, various times, free.

Places to take the kids for food in Canary Wharf

Amerigo Vespiucci

Even the fusiests of little ones can’t say no to proper Italian food surely? Well Amerigo Vespucci has plenty of tasty dishes to calm the kids, but there are also plenty of ‘grown-up’ meals too like Chateaubriand (£43 for two).

Mackenzie Walk,

Amerigo Vespucci in Canary Wharf

Slug and Lettuce

For kids eight years old and under there’s a two course meal and drink available for £5.95 - and they even get a puzzle sheet too to keep them busy.

Reuters Plaza,

28 West Bar and Grill

Right by the River Thames, this restaurant offers chunky slabs of meat and delicious BBQ that will be great for kids and adults. There are also a few summer cocktails that may take your fancy too.

Canary Wharf Riverside, near Westferry Circus,