23 July 2017

Kid's london


We just got back last night from a week in London with the tots. It was pain and pleasure in equal measure! I had work and deadlines to complete at the workshop, and we also needed to bring our van to take back lots of vintage junk that we have stored at our workshop too.

I think it's a great opportunity for kids to come and see that sights in London so we try to squeeze in as much for the kids as we can. Luckily P LOVES museums and tells all her pre-school friends about it when she gets back.

It was not as hot as our last trip there, but we did promise that we would find some water jets somewhere. After a quick look on google, we found out about these water fountains at the South Bank Centre which is actually an art installation.


It's a great location and they are serving Pimms and G&Ts on the terrace.

Inside the building is absolutely gob smacking. Built in 1951 to celebrate the Festival of Britain, I think it has had a lot of modifications, but still has the mid-century feel in all the right ways.




There is so much seating and cafe's and bars, with highchairs and space for the littles to run around. Spacious toilets, kids library with toys and cushions, and a lift that plays modern opera when you go up or down! Yep, if you are stuck with how to spend a day with your little ones in London, then this IS the place to come! There is a diverse and intriguing calendar of arts events and entertainment during the year as well. Plus the shop is excellent, I wanted everything in it!
I can't believe I hadn't been here since about 1998!






Mr Leafy can spot a book about cars amongst 2500 other kids books.

P and I, dramatising the lift music.

As per usual, Spitalfields on a Thursday...





We usually park in this square in the West End as it is near to Nao's favourite Japanese grocery shop 

The trouble is when we are driving or walking about town, it means the littles are confined with straps most of the day, so we have to give them short run-a-rounds to stretch their legs.


Another regular haunt of ours is Exmouth Market and surrounds. It is quite near to our workshop and boasts many nice cafes, some favourite shops and most importantly, P's favourite playground.

We normally have lunch here.

...and visit Botanique shop, where I may have accidentaly bought a few extra additions to our jungle.


We managed to pack in an educational trip to the Museum of London. I came here with my primary school back in the 80s, a lot has changed since then!


It is amazing, truly inspiring and creative exhibits. Beginning with the Romans, it literally brings alive every layer of London's culture history right up to the present day, in all its dirty, deprived and gruesome detail. London is such a unique city, and it is because of all it's varied culture and history, tragedy and celebrations, that make it what it is today...amazing!




(that is the first ever motorised London Taxi)



The Victorian high street was incredible, I felt like I could have bumped into Dickens himself!




...I always thought dresses of this era, fastened down the front! but I was mistaken. Also analysing that this dress was made for someone as short as me!

Packing up all our vintage junk to take with us, then finally just managing to squeeze in the tots, it is alway a bit sad to go home, but it was a very tiring trip indeed!

p.s. P steels the buggy seat from Mr Leafy at any given moment.