London

As London Ambassadors during the 2012 London Olympics we were able to help people get to know our city. Here are some of the great places that you can get to know with your Mayhems.

London

  • Best London Bus Journeys
    My mother was a great explorer and when I was a little girl she used to buy a bus Red Rover ticket. We would go to The Green Man Roundabout at Leytonstone and ride on the top of a bus into Central London. Papa Joe and I plus The […]
  • Experiment at The Science Museum
    The Science Museum in London has been one of our favourite museums and always made a great outing with our daughters. Papa Joe introduced our Mayhems to the museum when they were 4 and they loved exploring the Pattern Pod and the […]
  • Quiz Walk: Monument and Tower
    Explore the fascinating buildings, narrow streets and passageways of The City of London between The Monument and The Tower Of London. Enjoy the superb views as you walk along The River Thames. A circular walk about 1½  miles in […]
  • Quiz Walk : A Great Fire of London Walk
    Go back in time to 1666 and imagine walking through the narrow streets as the Great Fire of London starts. Discover which buildings were rebuilt after The Fire ended. The walk is circular and about 1½ miles long. Ideal to combine […]
  • Living Paintings – Fun At The National Gallery
    20 ‘Mayhems’, all under the age of 5, sitting enthralled in front of a family portrait in an art gallery – amazing! The children were sitting in front of  ‘The Marquise de Seignelay and Two of her […]
  • On The Thames – Thames Clippers
    Think London, think the River Thames. There are so many exciting ways to explore the river. One of our favourite ways is to take a Thames Clipper catamaran along the Thames.  We managed to pick a glorious day and spent the whole […]
  • The Great British Toilet Map
    I wish I had a pound for every time my children desperately said ” I need the loo” while we were out.  Now as my Mayhems are becoming nappy free I am hearing the refrain again. My mother would refuse to pay for […]
  • Museum of London – Barbican
    Our sophisticated  4 year old ‘Mayhems’ brought up on a diet of Peppa Pig etc. could not understand why Papa Joe and I were delighted to watch a Flowerpot Man saying ‘Weeeed’ and ‘Flobbadobba’. […]
  • Flying high at the RAF Museum, Hendon
    Papa Joe is a volunteer tour guide in the flight gallery at the Science Museum so was intrigued to find out that the volunteers at The RAF Museum at London have a totally different role. We had arrived early and were just having […]
  • Old Operating Theatre
    If you have a budding Harry Potter who wants to mix potions with herbs,  or a doctor-to-be, I have just the place for you. Tucked away near London Bridge is the Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garret.  This little museum is a […]
  • Expand The Imagination at ‘Discover Children’s Story Centre’ – Stratford
    The Discover Children’s Story Centre is a magical place, full of activities to stimulate story telling and creativity. They even have an online story library. The Indoor Story Trail and The Outdoor Story Garden are designed to […]
  • Museum of London Docklands
    It is lovely when you show your friends a place you really like and then they in turn share it with their family. Papa Joe and I took our friends to The Museum of London/Docklands which is housed in an old sugar warehouse at West […]
  • Museum of Childhood – Bethnal Green
    Papa Joe and I took the Mayhems with their mother to The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. We carefully timed our visit so that we were in time for the Animal Magic sensory storytelling session. It certainly worked its magic […]
  • The Science Museum Basement – where science comes alive!
    When I was a little girl my mother and I used to buy a ‘Red Rover’ ticket for the buses and go to the children’s gallery at the Science Museum in South Kensington. I loved turning the handle to make the water […]
  • Sunshine! Wimbledon! Let’s Pick Some Strawberries
    The sun was shining, the phone rang. ” How about strawberry picking” my daughter asked. “Great idea” I replied. We packed hats, sun cream and insect repellent, and luckily our daughter had baby wipes  […]
  • Bishop’s Park Fulham – ‘seaside’ by The Thames
    If you find yourself in West London on a hot day there is no better place to visit the ‘seaside’  and relax and cool off with the Mayhems at Bishop’s Park.  Papa Joe and I were walking through the park and were […]
  • Crystal Palace Park Walk
    Papa Joe and I love exploring Britain’s industrial heritage. Recently we wandered around Crystal Palace following the Paxton’s Heritage Trail which is a self guided walk around Crystal Palace. Joseph Paxton was […]
  • Dalston Eastern Curve Garden – A Haven in Hackney
    It was only by chance that Papa Joe and I stumbled across Dalston Eastern Curve Garden which has been lovingly developed on the disused Eastern Curve railway line in Hackney (East London). We had just missed our bus, and as we […]
  • London Transport Museum
    It is usually Papa Joe who gets enthusiastic about trains but I must admit I did get excited when I walked into the carriage of an old tube train at the London Transport Museum. I went to school by ‘tube’ every day […]
  • Quiz Walk : Greenwich Meridian and Park
    A delightful walk, 1¼miles long, with fantastic views across the Thames Buggy friendly  – a gentle uphill climb to The Observatory between 2 and 3 – lots of seats to rest at.  Between 3 and 4 is a very short gradient. […]
  • Crystal Palace Park- Monsters and Amazing Mazes
    To sports fans Crystal Palace is a football club or a sporting venue for athletics and swimming.  However as a Girl Guide I always associate Crystal Palace with the girls who came to the first scout rally here in 1909. They gave […]
  • © Geffrye Museum, London’The Geffrye Museum
    The Geffrye is a delightful museum, an ocean of calm a short distance from the bustle of Liverpool Street and Shoreditch. Set in a series of old almshouses, you are drawn both ‘through the keyhole’ and back in time into living […]
  • Spitalfields City Farm
    In 1912 my mother was born in a flat near Petticoat Lane Market in the East End of London. When I was little she used to take there and we would wander the busy streets seeing places she used to play. Imagine how surprised she […]
  • City Farms – in the middle of a town!
      Did you know that there is a farm with pigs, sheep, rabbits, ducks and  three alpacas called Ben, Jerry and Tom just a mile away from The Houses of Parliament. Papa Joe and I were amazed to discover Vauxhall City Farm in […]
  • HMS Belfast – a floating museum in The Thames
    Recently Papa Joe was asked if HMS Belfast,  the WWII Cruiser Museum Ship moored in The Thames, was a good place to take children. So of course he had to go on a reconnaissance to check it out! With 9 decks to explore Papa Joe […]
  • Quiz Walk : Theatreland, Covent Garden and Seven Dials
    A delightful walk around London’s Theatreland.  About 1½ miles Can you spot these theatres – Vaudeville, Adelphi, Savoy, Donmar, Cambridge, Arts, Wyndham, Noel Coward, The Duke of York’s, and  these opera houses – […]
  • Exploring The Stars -The Royal Observatory Greenwich
    “Wow” a little voice was heard to say.  “Is that as old as you grandpa?” We were visiting The Weller Astronomy Galleries at The Royal Observatory and the first thing we saw was this meteorite and yes it is […]
  • Quiz Walk : Russell Square and The British Museum Area
    A delightful walk around some of the squares of Bloomsbury and past The British Museum. About 1¾ miles long, […]
  • British Museum- tips for your visit
    Papa Joe and I always enjoy wandering around anyof the 95 galleries in The British Museum which are full of interesting objects from all around the world. Don’t let it’s name mislead you as the museum is not about the […]
  • The Imperial War Museum (IWM) London
    Recently our friend David took his 7 year old granddaughter Olivia to The Imperial War Museum (IWM) and told us how much she enjoyed it. The museum is themed and explores modern warfare from the First World War through to […]
  • Apples, Shenley Park and The Orchard Cafe
    The orchards and walled garden of Shenley Hospital provided food and therapy for patients before it closed. It now provides a great place for ‘The Mayhems’ to run around. Paths take you around the meadows and through […]
  • Mudchute – a city farm and nature reserve in the heart of London’s Docklands
    Did you know that one of the largest free urban farms in Europe is within a mile of the large office blocks of Canary Wharf. The park covers 32 acres of green open space including a nature reserve and was created out of derelict […]
  • Things to do at Woolwich Arsenal
    Papa Joe and I went to the tall ships festival on The Thames and discovered that The Woolwich Arsenal is being redeveloped and is a great place to take the munchkins. Now served by DLR and trains fron central London it is easy to […]
  • The London Underground, with Papa and The Mayhems
    My daughter, Papa Joe and I took three of the ‘Mayhems’ on The London Underground/The Tube, to see the Changing of the Guard. While my daughter and I chatted happily we left the mayhems in Papa Joe’s excellent […]
  • Buckingham Palace – Changing The Guard with Christopher, Alice and The Mayhems
    ‘They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace Christopher Robin went down with Alice.’ When I was little, my mother used to say  A. A. Milne’s poem (see below) to me as we watched the soldiers changing […]
  • The National Maritime Museum – Greenwich
    If you are in Greenwich then visit The National Maritime Museum. It has had a makeover and the galleries with large collections of model ships have been transformed into themed galleries with displays of paintings and […]
  • On The Thames – City Cruises
    Think London, think the River Thames. There are so many exciting ways to explore the river. A great way to explore the river is by taking one of The City Cruise River Boats. The boats are a leisurely way to travel and their […]
  • Adventure Walks For Families – review
    As you might realise from our Quiz Walk section both Papa Joe and I love wandering around different places and combining walks with interesting facts to look out for. Recently one of our walking friends mentioned the Adventure […]
  • A Hidden Gem – The V & A Theatre and Performance Gallery
    ‘The V & A Museum’ I hear the children say -‘ but it’s soooo boring.’ Well they have never been to the enthralling Theatre and Performance Galleries! Tucked away on the third floor the collection […]
  • The Global Treasure App
    Earlier this year we were visiting the excellent Riverside Museum in Glasgow and discovered that you can download a free quiz / treasure hunt to your phone to complete as you walk around. What a brilliant idea! It is just right […]
  • Quiz Walk: Charing Cross to Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus
    A delightful walk around some of the attractions of Central London. About one and half miles Buggy friendly – no steps. Lots of cafes and restaurants on the route  Download a pdf of the walk Start at the forecourt by the […]
  • Quiz Walk : Historic Rotherhithe and The Thames Path
    2 miles long, with fantastic views across the Thames to The City of London and Canary Wharf Buggy friendly- one short flight of steps that can be avoided  […]
  • Quiz Walk : Charing Cross to Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus
    A walk around some of the main attractions of Central London.  About 1½ miles Buggy friendly – no steps. Lots of cafes and restaurants on the route. You can combine it with our Theatre Land Walk […]
  • Belmont Children’s Farm – Mill Hill
    When do you realise that eggs hatch into chicks, which grow into birds? I am not sure that 2 year old Abbie knew but she loved the little chicks in the incubator and it was hard to tear her away from watching them. Belmont […]
  • The Ragged School Museum – Dr Barnardo’s Free School
    Suitable for all age groups – on 3 floors – no lift Sit up straight, don’t fidget, no talking. Are your hands clean? Are you ready to experience a lesson at The Ragged School Museum? Yes –  then try to […]
  • Bank Of England Museum – Bringing Money To Life
    Suitable for 4+, allow 1-2 hours What is the link between hot air and the The Bank of England? When you enter the elegant reconstruction of the 18th Century banking hall, your eye is immediately taken by the model of a hot air […]
  • The Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) – Trent Park, North London
    Suitable for under 5s W.R.A.S is a great charity that runs a rescue centre and hospital for wild animals in North London. The centre is open to visitors every day except for Christmas Day.  We visited the centre and saw a mixture […]
  • Under The Thames – Greenwich Foot Tunnel
    Suitable for over 5s.  Central London. Think London, think the River Thames. There are so many exciting ways to explore the river. A very different way to cross the Thames is to walk under it – through […]
  • Golders Hill Park
    “Its always fun to watch deer scampering around, and see some birds and small animals”. Papa Joe said. When they reached the Park, he realised that he had forgotten to mention the butterfly house, the children’s […]
  • Paddling at Cassiobury Park , Watford
    When I said that I had just been to Cassiobury Park my daughter complained and asked why I hadn’t taken Abbie (age 1 and 355 days) with me.  Well (a) I was looking for a nice place to eat my sandwich and (b) I did not […]
  • Over The Thames -The Emirates Air Line
    Think London, think the River Thames. There are so many exciting ways to explore the river. The Emirates Airline is a cable car with a difference.  Most cable cars are designed to take you up a mountain, but this one sweeps you […]
  • Ally Pally – One Of The Best
    When I was a Mayhem I knew ‘Ally Pally’ as the place where the BBC television news was broadcast from. I never realised it was really called Alexander Palace and includes a magnificent park, ice rink and venue for all […]
  • East or West -The Royal Observatory Greenwich
    I know there are plenty of other places to see The Prime Meridian Line – Longitude 0º  –  but it always seems more exciting at Greenwich. You can stand on the path just outside Flamstead House and straddle the line, […]
  • The Horniman Museum Gardens
    The Horniman Gardens are part of The Horniman Museum and have been revamped in 2012.  They are a great place to wander around and although situated on a hill most of the main areas of interest are on level ground just outside the […]
  • The Horniman Museum
    No wonder the Horniman was a finalist in the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013. The Museum describes itself as an inspiring, surprising, family-friendly, free attraction in South London’s Forest Hill.  As we walked […]
  • St Magnus the Martyr Church and Old London Bridge
    ‘London Bridge is falling down, Falling down, falling down.’ – do you remember singing this nursery rhyme.   If you have ever wondered what the medieval London Bridge looked like then you must visit The […]
  • The Monument to the Great Fire of London
    “Only 311 spiral steps to the top, you can do it easily” a little voice said!!  “Not today – we haven’t enough time” we replied. We had just started Papa’s Monument and Tower Hill Quiz […]
  • Cha Cha Cha Cafe at Cassiobury Park, Watford
    What a life saver the Cha Cha Cha Café was.  I had been walking all morning and was desperate for a coffee and was pleased to be able to get a really large tasty latte.  Once refreshed I looked around and saw the child friendly […]
  • Eating out with the grandchildren in Central London
    Taking our grandchildren out for the day certainly involves more planning than we would usually consider, especially when it comes to mealtimes.  Here are our top tips for where to eat in Central London with little ones: * Family […]
  • Soft Play at The Venue Borehamwood
    As soon as we turned into the car park a voice from the back seat babbled ‘Soft Play , Soft Play’  This is one of Abbie’s favourite places and she could not wait to get in. After paying (don’t forget to […]
  • Amazing who you meet in Hampton Court Palace Gardens
    What is the etiquette when you meet a king and his cardinal strolling through their gardens   Should you bow and curtsey or say ‘How do you do Sire?’ It was lovely to meet the owners of Hampton Court Palace, […]
  • Suburban Stories: Golders Green Walk
    London Transport Museum and Barnet Libraries have created three different community-created guided walks.  We haven’t tried them yet but they look interesting and there are 3 worksheets for children to do along the way. All […]
  • Quiz Walk: St Paul’s and Guildhall
    Starting in Paternoster Square, just by St Paul’s Cathedral, this walk explores some hidden places in the City of London.  It combines the modern with traces of Medieval and Roman London and includes a superb roof top view […]
  • Deen City Farm and Riding School
    Spring is here, all the baby animals are arriving at the Deen City Farm and the spring flowers are looking great in their gardens.  What a great time to the visit the farm.  While we were at the there we had great fun peering in […]
  • Vauxhall City Farm
    Vauxhall City Farm is a quiet haven tucked away between the busy streets and high-rise buildings near the bustle of Vauxhall Bus and Rail interchange.  It is such a surprise to see a city farm so near to central London. It’s very […]
  • Morden Hall Park- the countryside in suburbia
      We had a deligtful afternoon exploring the grounds at Morden Hall Park and going to Deen City Farm (see separate post). It was easy to push our buggy on a network of paths and stroll along the River Wandle, a haven for […]
  • Polka Theatre, Wimbledon- watch, perform, pop in and play
    The Polka Theatre is a great place to visit.  It is dedicated to bringing theatre to children and has a range of workshops and shows catering for the very young to early teens. The theatre foyer and cafe are open during the day, […]
  • A real oasis at ‘Oasis Nature Garden’
    Set in the urban landscape of Stockwell, The Oasis Nature Garden truly lives up to its name, providing a taste of the countryside in a town. Just a few minutes walk from Stockwell Station we turned a corner and suddenly were […]
  • Coram’s Fields – no unaccompanied adults Bloomsbury
    The sign says it all – this is the place for children not adults.  Last weekend we finally had a child with us so at long last we have been able to enter and explore all that Coram’s Fields has to offer.  It was well […]
  • Valentines Park, Ilford – memories, memories
    Over 55 years ago my mother used to bring me to Valentines Park and I was amazed to see figs growing there.  A few years later I went to the school adjacent to the park so got to know it well.  You can just spot the school behind […]
  • Clissold Park and Butterflies
    The day we visited Clissold Park the sun was shining brightly and the park was full of families enjoying the afternoon.  Although busy there was plenty of room for everyone to play on the equipment in the large well equipped […]
  • London Tube and Bus concessions for children
    The great thing about living in London (Greater London Authority area) and being of a certain age is that we qualify for a Freedom Travel Pass which allows us to travel free on London’s public transport, and some National […]