London day trips for you and your baby

Posts made in January, 2012

Dickens: A self-guided walking tour (or, a stroll around Clerkenwell and the City with some bits about Dickens)

Posted on Tuesday, 31 January, 2012 in Sunny day, Walks | 0 comments

You may have noticed that there’s something of a Dickens craze at the moment, what with it being the bicentenary of his birth this year.  There are Dickens exhibitions at the Museum of London, National Portrait Gallery, British Library and the British Film Institute, not to mention the two BBC costume dramas which aired over Christmas.  So, when I spotted a map for a self-guided walking tour of Dickens’s London at the tourist information office, it seemed like a topical idea for a babydaytrip.

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Museum of London

Posted on Sunday, 22 January, 2012 in Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

The outside of the Museum of London

Exterior view of the Museum of London

The Museum of London may not be much to look at from the outside, but venture beyond its unassuming exterior and you are taken on a fascinating journey through London’s history.  From the earliest Thames Valley settlers, through invasions, plagues, fire and war, there’s a lot to cover.  Luckily, the well-designed galleries lead you through history, imparting information in manageable chunks with plenty of opportunities to interact with the exhibits.

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Down on Surrey Docks Farm

Posted on Friday, 13 January, 2012 in Farms, Sunny day | 5 comments

The sign at the entrance to Surrey Docks Farm

The sign at the entrance to Surrey Docks Farm

Who’d have thought you could find pigs, sheep, goats and a whole host of other animals grazing happily on the bank of the Thames with the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf as a backdrop.  Well, that’s exactly what you get at the Surrey Docks City Farm.  The farm is situated on the south bank of the Thames in Rotherhithe, with views across the river to Canary Wharf.  The site may be compact as farms go, but it’s bursting with animals, plants and even a duck pond – a perfect way to give city children the chance to glimpse a bit of the good life without leaving the capital.

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Geffrye Museum, Hoxton

Posted on Thursday, 12 January, 2012 in Museums, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Geffrye Museum, Hoxton

Interested in interior design?  Then a trip to the Geffrye Museum of the Home could be for you.  Located on Kingsland Road in Hoxton, just a stone’s throw from the City of London, the Geffrye Museum’s permanent display consists of eleven rooms decorated in the style of different periods from 1600 to the present day.  The museum shows how the changing lifestyle of the urban middle classes in Britain over the past 400 years affected the design of their homes, complete with furniture and artefacts from each era.  We visited during the Geffrye’s ‘Christmas Past’ exhibition, for which the period rooms had been decorated to demonstrate how the festive season was celebrated throughout the ages.

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