Your name – Jeni, Luke and Elliot
Nationality – Australian
Children’s ages – Elliot – 17 months
Location – London
How long have you lived there? – 10 years
Websites for keeping up to date on what is happening in the area Mummys Gin Fund and Olly Olly
Hint 1 – Greenwich park. A quick wander round the markets and village followed by a play in the amazing playground at the bottom of the park. If it’s awful weather the Maritime Museum has something for all ages. Then if your little traveller still naps in the buggy, a walk up the hill to take in the view of London, and finish off by walking to Blackheath. Here you’ll find the fabulous Brockley Deli tucked in behind Blackheath halls which has a sandpit so you can watch the kids play and enjoy their fab coffee and food… Or even a vino!
Hint 2 – Tate Modern for International modern and contemporary art. Need I say more? It’s huge, kid-friendly, has a beautiful selection of kids books in the shop and the top floor has a bar/cafe with views over London. Plus free entry for the entire family.
Hint 3 – Rug rhymes for under 5s. On a Friday morning at 1030am at the Poetry Library in the Southbank Centre fab library staff entertain and delight with singing, stories, puppets and music. Be sure to take the super special singing lift to the 5th floor where its held! Afterwards check out the skate park under the building – kids are fascinated by the skateboarders and then swing by the log playground behind the London eye. Easily missed as it’s set back from the main river path.
Hint 4 – Fancy an adult day out but can’t find a babysitter? Head to Polpo (or any of their sister restaurants dotted around the city) even though they are small, cool looking restaurants they have high chairs available and are lovely with the little ones. Have a civilised lunch and some prosecco then take the little one to the tiny tucked away playground on Drury Lane (Drury Lane Gardens) before checking out some shops.
Hint 5 – Come south east! We’ve got lots going on down here. The Horniman Museum is a spectacular building in Forest Hill, a short train ride from central London, with huge gardens, a mini farm, an aquarium, music room and much more. Plus a great cafe and views over London.
Hint 6 (Bonus!) – Surrey Docks Farm, Spitalfields City Farm and more – google the area you’re staying. Volunteer run farms with animals and gardens. You can feed and pat the animals but my little boy much prefers the vege patches – the cows scare him!