Travelling at home

30 Mar

We are lucky that we live in one of the finest cities on earth and we love making the most of it.  One of the trickiest things about living in London is deciding what to do.

Our perfect family day would go something like this:

Two double-decker Routemaster buses, London by Salim VirjiWe’d start with a bus or train ride for Dickon.  He’s a typical, transport mad, two year old, who is happy sampling any of London’s many public transport options.

Eve’s favourite outing is to one of the Royal Palaces, especially when they have actors playing former kings and queens.  Last weekend, Queen Victoria showed us around her childhood home, Kensington Palace, and we learnt all about her difficult relationship with her mother and how lonely a princess’ life can be.

We all like Asian food for lunch, particularly conveyor-belt sushi, which has the advantage of being instant and entertaining.  Dim Sum is also popular, with Edward choosing the most unusual things from the menu.  Jellyfish anyone?  For pudding, we might visit Oddono’s , where you can watch delicious, Italian ice-cream being made, while you eat.

dsc01170Edward loves being outdoors and we are lucky that we live near some beautiful green spaces.  The Princess of Wales playground in Kensington Gardens is always popular, but if we feel like a walk in the woods, then Wimbledon Common or Richmond Park fit the bill.  Both are perfect for paddling in streams, climbing trees and building dens.

I am a huge fan of London’s many museums, most of which are free and have brilliant children’s activities every weekend.  Two favourites are the V&A, an arts and crafts museum with a separate children’s branch, and the Geffrye Museum, which recreates living rooms from different periods British history.

We might round our unfeasibly long day off with a trip to the Polka Theatre, which produces quirky, imaginative shows for children.  Next week we are seeing a flea circus!

Obviously if we really tried to pack all this in to one day, we would all be exhausted wrecks with three tantruming children on our hands.  So I’m not suggesting that you try and do all these things in one weekend.  If nothing else, the world’s oldest underground system could end up stymieing your plans.

As our children grow, we love sharing our affection for our home city with them.  Foreign travel is great, but staying at home is good too.

London Parade by andyconniecox


2 Responses to “Travelling at home”

  1. Lucia 03/04/2009 at 2:39 pm #

    Bookmarking this because I am hoping we will make it to London in the coming year. And you are right…staying home can be fun,too. Especially when you live in an exciting city like London!


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