We lived in London for many years before relocating to Leeds a year ago and like to head back and see our friends on family breaks when we can. I still often work in the Big Smoke but this break was purely for family time and fun and the little man loved every minute.

The weather wasn’t as sunny as it is now but it was mild enough to spend tonnes of time outdoors at the wonderful parks London has to offer. Here are our highlights…

Richmond Park

Richmond Park, London

We still have our place in nearby Barnes and always head back to Richmond Park when we’re visiting for long walks and fresh air. It’s wonderful for kids with outdoor play areas, deer spotting and quaint cafes in beautiful surroundings: a real haven in London. Oliver loved hanging out in the woodland areas-luckily, the stick didn’t come home with us…

I love my holiday

Here’s Oliver working the camera, clearly loving his London holiday…


Wisley RHS Gardens

An hour’s drive from London, Wisley is the flagship RHS garden in the UK and is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s absolutely perfect for kids of all ages with outdoor woodland play areas and so much to see indoors and out from a huge greenhouse filled with waterfalls and banana trees to themed seasonal horticultural events for all the family. Fabulous!

wisley gardens flower shot

wisley greenhouse

Wisley Play Area

wisley play area wide shot

The Science Museum

A trip to the Capital with Oliver is not complete without heading to the Science Musuem. It’s now getting harder for me to blag my science nouse though, as Oliver constantly asked me what everything was…

“Erm it’s a space shuttle”.

“Yes but what’s that mummy, what does it do?”.

“It’s like a spaceship”.

“What’s space”.

Kid you’re 2 and 4 months, we have time for this….

Luckily, O’s favourite part of the museum (and my saviour) is the basement there: an area dedicated to kids with an educational but fun play area where kids can amuse themselves with water based contraptions pushing boats through tunnels and turnstiles as well as brick based toys and climbing frames-all with an emphasis on science. The staff even brought me a chair so we killed a few hours there as Oliver simply played and played…

Science Museum O 1

Oliver science museum 2

We loved our little break and after living in London for so long, it was lovely to return and really feel like we were on holiday.

All photos by my very talented husband @Peter Broadbent .

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16 Responses

  1. Anet E Johnson

    Woooow! Babies are how cute ! Weather was very cool …….i am imagine this weather by seeing your cool photos.
    Thanks a lot for sharing London things with us.
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  2. Lisa Smith

    Hi Vicki,
    Your post is so so amazing and charming !
    Love your website and your every post very much !
    my 6 years old baby also love your post 🙂 have a happy blogging ! Thanks …………………

  3. Kate

    Do you know something you would neer know this was London from the pictues. Beautiful. I always see London as my own personal New York though it doesnt seem as glamorous when I am squished on the tube. Next time youre down let me know and we should meet for a coffee 😉 xx

  4. mother.wife.me

    I love the Science Museum, especially the toddler garden. Sorry, I mean my daughter loves the toddler garden!! Oliver just keeps getting more gorgeous each time I see another pic of him – and that is not something that I trot out to every mum about her son!

    My friend is moving back to Leeds from London later this year, I must virtually hook you up, am sure you’d get on. Her lil boy is actually v. gorgeous too, they’d make a right pair together!

  5. Susan Mann

    Such cute pictures. Looks like he is having a ball. We have science centre here with those water type things. Will need to go again soon. Glad you had a lovely time. x

  6. Colette

    Its wonderful to see Londing being seen as a holiday and not a place of dread for work for many!
    I was lucky enough to spend 6 hours seeing London on foot by night recently and it really was an amazing place.


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