Our Expat Guide to spending your Summer in London - With Kids
Three children living out of a suitcase in someone else's home for 7 weeks. My kids are 4yrs and 2yr old twin boys, hopefully some of these things will be useful for you if you are heading to London, I would love to know what are your highlights of going to London are and what you always bring back with you, leave comments below.
Top Day Trips
London Transport Museum - Covent Garden
If your kids are anything like mine who LOVE a bus or a train ride - this will be heaven! Whilst its smaller than the other museums and you have to pay to enter (£16 for annual pass), there is so much for them to engage with such as driving a bus and a tube train simulator. Brilliant location, really easy to get too just over the bridge from Waterloo and then straight out to see street performers in Covent Garden.
Victoria Park - Hackney / Bethnal Green / Strafford
This park made our trip! It has everything, a beautiful cafe - the Pavilion set on stunning lake with swans, ducks, and peddle boats, even had live music at the weekend, 2 incredible play grounds (same design as the olympic park but bigger and better) suitable for children from 1 - 10yrs, paddling pool/ water park, skate park, wide paths to run, cycle or scoot around, and then Regent's Canal which is another one of London's best kept secrets. Kids loved looking at all the house-barges moored, greeting the owners who were often cooking a bbq on deck. The canal path takes you right into the Olympic Park. Where you could go swimming at the aquatic centre.
This was by far my favourite discovery of our trip
We had two day trips to beautiful gardens, first Wisley, lots of lovely cafe’s to pick up coffee or tea and cake! We sat on the lawn to eat our picnic, and then walked around with the pram hardly seeing another sole (incredible being as it was school holidays), just a very tranquil and lovely place, with lots of paths to explore and plants and flowers to look at. Once again another fabulous playground.
Our second day trip was a Claremont (National Trust property), much smaller than Wisley, but great variety of environments for the kids to explore, from hidden victorian thatched cottage filled with games, toys, picnic rugs and dressing up costumes, to large amphitheatre which the kids loved rolling down and playing on the wooden castle in the playground. It has a nice walk around the lake, which is full of fish, swans and waterfowl. The walk around the lake is pleasant and has numerous side trails into the trees for kids to explore as well as all the fish, swans and waterfowl in the lake itself. Another great day out for all the family.
Great Purchase - was the Gruffalo Summer Nature Trail
Our daughter absolutely LOVED all the activities, stickers and information - we couldnt leave the house without it, just in case we found some more treasure.
You are always guaranteed that something is happening, great walk along the thames, play in the big playground or currently the beach, street entertainers, food outlets, cafes, just great community hub of London with people all ages/ background having fun! Go find the statue Nelson Mandela - which is very
- Buses - get on middle doors, let driver know and then go to front to pay on oyster card or contactless cash cards
- Most days we had a Pack lunch (wraps/ rolls, carrot sticks, cheese, cumber, yoghurt tubes, bread sticks)
- Great App - city mapper