Make the Most of London
Rather than feeling as though we need to make a run for the nearest airport, brave airplanes and long exhausting journeys especially with children why don't we take advantage of what is right here.
London is one of the greatest cities in the world. But, I can completely see how overwhelming it could be to face the hustle and bustle with a family especially if you are not used to the crazy speed at which this 24 hour city works. As a mother and the greatest lover of London I can recommend how to spend some of your time here with your family so that you enjoy it.
1. Visit the London Eye
You have to visit the London Eye at least once in your lifetime. I'm up to visit number three, the view is breathtaking and like no other that you will find of London unless you are privileged enough to take a helicopter ride of the city. On our last visit we took the girls to see the city that they adore from up high in the sky. It was amazing to be able to show them all the landmarks that we so often visit or they read about all at the same time. The experience is certainly a toddler pleaser.
2. Take a Stroll down the South Bank
Taking a stroll along the south bank could very nicely follow a visit to the London Eye. It's atmospheric, busy and makes the perfect location to watch the boats along the river Thames. Not only will you see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Oxo Tower and the Tate gallery there is a more than substantial row of restaurants to choose from. If you're with children, you would probably be wise to select Giraffe as the restaurant to eat in. They cater for the little ones so well, balloons, colouring in and a good children's menu which is imperative for keep them entertained. The adult menu is not bad either and the food is a little better than the average child-friendly chain restaurant.
3. Have an English Breakfast
This is only right, when in London do as a Londoner would do. I know for those that reside elsewhere in the UK an English breakfast is not something unfamiliar but there are some really great places to enjoy an English breakfast here in London.
Try Mike's Cafe just off of Portobello Road on Blenheim Crescent. It's not fancy, but it does a good English breakfast at a good price. The service is good without being overly cheery and the location is great. If you're not in the mood for an English breakfast they do lovely pancakes and french toast.
4. Wander along Portobello Road
Take a wander after your English breakfast. Even if it's not Saturday when Portobello Market is in full swing it's still a great location to take a wander. Be inspired, spot pretty roads of stunning colourful houses with contrasting doors and enchanting knockers. I promise your camera will not get a break. There are so many kodak moments. Dip in and out of antique stores and grab a coffee and cake as you work up an appetite.
5. Say Hello to the Queen at Buckingham Palace
She may not be home but isn't everyone curious to see the Queen's residence? It's also something that the children will enjoy. They read about her in books and learn about our Queen in history, being able to picture where she lives is important to them. The most interesting part of the trip is undoubtably coming face to face or as close as possible to the Queen's guard as you will ever be able to. If you walk through St Jame's Park to where they carryout the changing of the guard it really is quite something to watch.
If travelling by tube, it's my view that St Jame's Park tube station would be the nicest and safest walk to Buckingham Palace.
This little guide to a family staycation in London is the first of many on Mummy Gorgeous. It's a classic guide, with very expected suggestions. Perfect for those who haven't explored London in a while or visited some of the well known spots with their family. Over the coming year you will find quirky and even more inspirational staycation guides to London.