Things to Do

RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve

7 minute walk Part of the Thames Estuary, not far from the bustling streets of London, Rainham Marshes is a haven for all kinds of wildlife – birds, water voles, dragonflies and more. Enjoy an adventure into nature, whether you explore this medieval landscape on foot or by bike.

Canary Wharf

25 minute drive Canary Wharf is a busy financial area filled with skyscrapers like the glittering One Canada Square. Canada Square Park hosts summer concerts and a winter ice-skating rink, while the Museum of London Docklands draws families with model ships and hands-on displays. Casual cafes bustle during the day and, come evening, post-work crowds gather in stylish wine bars and pubs. Ferries called Thames Clippers ply the river.

Royal Opera House Production Workshop and Costume Centre

5 minutes Discover the fascinating world of the craftspeople who create stunning costumes, scenery and sets for the Royal Opera House on a tour of the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre.

Tower of London

34 minutes The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London

Lakeside Karting

10 minutes Lakeside Karting offers a 900m long and 6m wide circuit, with a range of cambers and changes in undulation it offers an exciting mix of flat-out straights, flowing corners, 2 hairpin bends, and the thrilling ‘Devil’s Drop’. It is a real test for even the most experienced drivers, and a quick lap time here takes considerable practice.

Brands Hatch

30 minutes One of the world’s most iconic sporting venues, Brands Hatch plays host to a multitude of prestigious motorsport events on both two and four wheels including the Bennetts British Superbike Championship and Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, British F3/GT, British Truck Racing Championship. The circuit also hosts historic racing with the HSCC Superprix and Masters Festivals, which often includes classic Formula 1 and Touring Car racing.

Lakeside Shopping Centre

13 minutes Lakeside Shopping Centre, branded as Intu Lakeside, is a large out-of-town shopping centre and is the 11th largest in Britain. Shops include Apple, Primark, Sketchers, Victoria Secret’s. There is also Vue Cinema as well as a selection of restaurants and cafe’s including Cafe Rouge and Wagamama’s.

Jump Giants Trampoline

12 minutes Jump Giants at Thurrock, one of the first indoor trampoline parks in the UK. It offers over 50,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines with state of the art equipment, including the world’s first 8 lane entry foam zone, dodgeball court, slam dunk lanes, ‘free’ jump area, fitness programs, party rooms and a café area.  

Pure Gym

10 minutes A no frills gym which includes 24/7 access, contract-free memberships, all the essential exercise equipment, and a timetable of more than 50 free gym classes.

O2 Arena

33 minutes (drive), 43 minutes (train, tube) The O2 Arena, the incredible arena part of The O2 entertainment complex in Greenwich where you can find shows, comedy nights, concerts and more. Over the years, Pink Floyd & Fleetwood Mac have taken to the stage while it’s also home to massive events such as The X Factor arena tour, The Brit Awards and ATP Tennis Tour Finals.

Tilbury Fort

21 minutes Tilbury Fort on the Thames estuary has protected London’s seaward approach from the 16th century through to the Second World War. Henry VIII built the first fort here, and Queen Elizabeth I famously rallied her army nearby to face the threat of the Armada. The present fort is much the best example of its type in England, with its circuit of moats and bastioned outworks. Spend a great family day out here as you explore the magazine houses used to store vast quantities of gunpowder or enter the bastion magazine passages and feel what it was like for the soldiers who lived here.