It’s a London Thing…

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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