Days Out: The Tate Modern, London

Last week, we were invited to London for an event, but seeing as it was only for the morning we thought we’d make the most out of our day (and train ticket!) and remain in London for the rest of the day.

Sadly, Sharon had to head back to work for the afternoon after the event; leaving T and I to our own devices, so we decided to take advantage of this and take a quick train ride to The Tate Modern. This was going to be T’s first visit to the galley. I was so excited!

We don’t usually do many “firsts” without Sharon, but art is one of the few things Sharon and I differ on. It’s not to say she dislikes art, she just doesn’t get it. She can appreciate a good painting or photograph, but that’s as far as it goes. I, on the other hand, really enjoy the arts and feel that it’s an incredibly important subject for children to explore. In fact, the earlier the better.

What do you think?

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Days Out: London Zoo (Review) [AD – Press Trip]

London Zoo was probably one of the first zoo’s Sharon and I remember visiting when we were young, which is no surprise seeing as it opened in 1828! I remember visiting when I was little and seeing a number of rare animals (for that time anyway!) and being in complete awe. From Gorillas to Pandas, London Zoo was one of a kind for many years. I’m also pretty sure I remember riding a camel.

More recently, we were introduced to the wonders of ZSL London Zoo: Gruesome Nature Live! at Camp Bestival, which got us thinking about re-visiting London Zoo. We rarely venture into London, so seeing as we were visiting for something else that day we thought we’d pay them a visit and see how much has changed over the twenty-something years.

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Days Out: The New Goblet of Fire Exhibit at Warner Bros Studio Tour, London. (Review) [AD – Press Trip]

If you follow us on instagram you’ll know that we’re massive Potterheads. If you don’t know what that means, I’ll enlighten you:

Definition: Amazingly cool people who are obsessed with Harry Potter.

We adore the series and ever since Warner Bros. opened their studios in Watford, London we have visited the Harry Potter studio tour a number of times. You may think this as a bit excessive, but the tour is constantly changing and adding new features. As well as the seasonal changes where props are often adorned with snow in the winter or sets decorated with pumpkins in the autumn, there are also regular releases of new behind the scenes footage and experiences.

The last time we visited, T was a mere 18 months old and had just started walking. To him, it was a day out and a safe place to toddle with some fun stuff to do along the way. Fast forward another 18 months and it’s now a whole new experience.

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Top 5 Family Activities Perfect for Summer in London

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School is almost out and therefore summer holidays are almost here. With this, it’s good to plan ahead and think of ways to use this time to bond with your family as you enjoy the local attraction sites. A picnic by the river, outdoor adventures, and family games helps to build special moments with loved ones.

Outlined below are activities perfect for a family trip to London this summer!

  1. Enjoy the Tube Train

If you are visiting London for the first time, make sure you drive the tube train.

Did you know the transport department allows children to take control of the virtual tube train. Sitting in the front of a rollercoaster enables you to have a clear view of the city. You can pretend that you are driving it and take some pictures.

This category of fun is particularly suitable for kids aged seven years and above.

  1. Theatre Time

Take the children to the theatre to watch new animated movies. The playhouse has a host of tales with live music, host of characters, and puppetry from the best-loved titles and bestselling books. The kids are guaranteed to enjoy the funky moves, giggles, and toe-tapping tunes.

Check online for tickets to the late-night shows tailored for adults.

  1. Playground for the Kids

The Bloomsbury in central London is an open space that is child-friendly. The park on this walled garden is the best and most beautiful for miles around. Enormous sandpit, see-saws, swing, and climbing frames are available on the east part.

The older children should visit the adventure playground and farm city with tunnel slide, zip wire, and various climbing equipment made from natural materials. These sites are fit for kids over one year and you should be present to monitor their moves.

  1. Tour the Serpentine

Check out the dedicated swimming period to determine when to visit the water expanses. Serpentine is among the prettiest water areas in London. The gated family section has a chlorinated and paddled pool, swings, and sandpit for parents to relax while kids play. Hire the sun loungers and sunbathing for your family.

You do not need to worry about snacks and food as you can buy from the stalls within the lido grounds.

Note that the water regions are ideal for children who are seven years and up.

  1. Track Day

The event allows you to take your motorcycle or vehicle to enjoy on track for a day or evening. Attendees must have a valid driving license and no racing skills are needed. They also accept race licenses and kids from 12 years to drive a car.

Consider taking up the driving experiences challenge to boost your road skills. They include Rally, Racing Car, Off Road, or Supercar experiences. The above top 5 family activities for summer should be on your list.

TIPs:

  • Make sure you plan for the vacation a month earlier to create time for amending decisions.
  • Involve the children when planning for the holiday to take care of their interest.
  • Remember to carry a notebook and a camera to record and capture the moments you spend in this beautiful city.

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Gourmet Pizza, South Bank, London (Review) [AD – Press Trip]

Last Friday, Sharon and I bagged ourselves tickets to see The Last Leg live (say THAT after a few) in London. It’s one of our favourite satire chat-show-style shows out there so there was no way we were going to miss out.

It would have been our first proper outing as a couple in a long time so we wanted to make the most of it and have dinner out too! So after packing T off to nana’s for his first sleepover, after three successful nights in his readybed, we drove to London (which wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it’d be).

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Days Out: WWT Wetland Centre, London with Robinsons. 

Last week, I was very kindly invited by my friend Chelle to join her on a trip to the Wetland Centre in London. I’ve never been before and seeing as I LOVE a good nature reserve I couldn’t say no.

The day itself was in aid of a new campaign by Robinsons to #EnjoyMoreWater, which is well timed as I’m terrible for drinking water – which is super important as a breastfeeding mum! T, on the other hand, is a brilliant drinker.

The day started rather early, so early that I had to wake T at 6am! He was surprisingly ok with this and within the hour we were up, dressed, fed and out the door. After a quick train to Brighton to meet Chelle, we were on our way!

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The thought of travelling to London with a one year old, especially one that prefers to crawl, was rather daunting, however once T locked eyes with Fizz and Beetlebum, he was happy (several snacks may have also helped with this!).

The journey was really easy, and despite having to make two train changes in central London and then a quick hop on the bus it went surprisingly well. I’d happily and confidently do that journey again and would recommend it if you don’t drive and fancy going somewhere different.

After a short walk, we arrived at the Wetland Centre.

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Despite the cloudy weather, it was still a beautiful sight to see – you instantly forgot you were in the middle of London.

The Wetland Centre is ten minutes from the area of Hammersmith, and is a conservation charity for wetlands. Their goal is to educate people about preserving water for wildlife; whether it be in the form of recycling rain water to providing water for animals, as well as working on making drinking water clean and safe.

The location linked nicely to the event as Robinsons are also campaigning for adults and children to drink more water – with most adults not knowing how much water to drink per day (8 glasses, by the way).

After a quick walk to our room for the morning, we settled down to tea and introductions. This was lovely as I got to meet other bloggers and their little ones. T, on the other hand, was far more interested in making an exit out the patio doors!

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During the day we learnt about how important water is for our bodies – with water being the main cause of tiredness and head-aches, not to mention happiness and concentration in children. I also found out that water is everywhere, even in food (any excuse)!

The day then finished with lunch and an afternoon around the centre…

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As mentioned, you really don’t realise you’re in the middle of London with all the green space and birds flying around you. There’s no traffic noise pollution, and there’s enough space to knacker even the most energetic of toddlers out!

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We were at the Wetland Centre for at least 2 hours, and if it wasn’t for the fact that we had to catch a train we probably could have spent a little while longer there. There’s so much to do and I will definitely visit again. Not only is there the main path way walk that surrounds the nature reserve, you also have several buildings to visit; detailing different exhibits, from bat houses, to bugs, to pollution and recycling. There’s also several bird boxes and viewing points!

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We had a wonderful day and would highly recommend paying the centre a visit. The day has also given me a kick up the backside to drink more water!

K

We were invited by Robinsons to visit the wetland centre as part of their new campaign to #EnjoyMoreWater, however all thoughts and opinions are our own.