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Papa Joe and Grandma Jacqui are the proud parents of two daughters and three granddaughters, and a grandson.

Our eldest daughter and her girls live in Hong Kong but often stay with us when they are visiting London.  Our younger daughter and her family live nearby in northwest London. 

All in all, this means that we are often on call to babysit and entertain our lovely grandchildren. 

We have always loved to travel and explore, both in our home city of London and overseas.  Our retirement has permitted us to indulge this hobby, to the limits of our Freedom Passes and beyond! 

During the summer of 2012 we were volunteer London Ambassadors, helping visitors to enjoy their time in our city.  We also volunteer for London museums.  You may see Papa Joe running tours of the Science Museum or you might find Grandma Jacqui manning the Quiz Desk at the Geffrye Museum.  In our spare time we also love designing and taking part in walks with our local walking group, and taking courses in local history.  

 When our daughters were young, every weekend in London was spent on the tubes and buses exploring the cultural heritage and fun days out that the city has to offer.  Now that we are grandparents we are loving the opportunity to do this all over again, and we hope that you enjoy sharing in our experiences. 

We don’t profess to ‘know it all’ when it comes to the art of grandparenting, and we don’t intend to offer advice on how best to navigate this exciting time, how to manage your relationships with your children, and even on how to change a nappy!  Rather, we simply want to share the fun and pleasure we enjoy in making new discoveries with the next generation in tow.

We often exchange tips with friends about fun things we can do with our grandchildren, so we thought we would put all our knowledge in one place. And so Papa & Mayhem was born.

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