With the Summer holidays now fast approaching it’s time to think how to fill all those lazy hazy days. I’m planning lots of doing nothing, plenty of sailing, a bit of crafting and some wonderful days out. I’ve promised to take them all to London and have been researching things to do and places to go which will keep us all happy. I’ve browsed Hotel Direct for a place to stay and come up with my London With Kids Wish List – what would you add to it?
1. A Barefoot Walk at Kew Gardens
Kew’s Summer Festival, ‘Plantasia’, looks perfect for us. With a barefoot walking trail, Mrs M’s Cart of Curiosities, Plant Family Croquet and a Healing Giant as well as acres of beautiful gardens, those wonderful glasshouses and a Pagoda to climb we’ll be in our element!
2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Drury Lane
I have never been to a London show so I would absolutely LOVE to take my lot along to the most famous theatre of them all to see one of our very favourite children’s stories brought to life on stage – wouldn’t than be amazing?!
3. Matisse at Tate Modern
I stole two hours to myself a few weeks ago and treated myself to a ticket to the Matisse Cut Outs exhibition which is on at Tate Modern until 7 September. It’s a remarkable show and I’d love to go again taking the children with me, I know they’d love it too!
4. The London Eye
We could tick off all the key London sights on our ‘done that’ list with a 30 minute wheel ride on the London Eye. Each pod has a touchscreen which will tell us what we are looking at so I won’t look silly when I don’t know – marvellous!
5. A Visit to the Houses of Parliament
My eldest and I visited the Houses of Parliament together and he was lucky enough to get a ticket to PMQs on the day the hacking scandal broke. I’ve been several times since for work but I love that we can all just pop in and visit this incredible historic palace! I’m hoping that if we all go together we may be able to spot the statue of Stanley Baldwin – my Great, Great (and possibly another Great) Uncle on my paternal Grandmother’s side.
6. The British Museum
London is bristling with museums and I think they’ve all visited the science museum, the V&A and the Natural History Museum either with me or with school, but none of them have been to the British Museum. I used to take classes there when I was a teacher and we were studying the Egyptians – I know my own children will absolutely love the Mummies and more so this one is top of my list this summer!
7. Hyde Park
A leisurely day in the park is very appealing and Hyde Park is fabulous. I really fancy a bit of boating on the Serpentine (can’t keep us off the water ;-)) and a visit to the Lido for a swim followed by a picnic in the sunshine. Perfect!
8. The Japan Centre
All being well my eldest will shortly be leaving home to study German and Japanese so a visit to the Japan Centre is an absolute must do! I suspect we will come home with bags full of ingredients for a bit more experimental cooking as well as several books which we simply ‘must have’!
So – what else should we do? What would you add to make a Top Ten Must Do Activities for Kids in London list?