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On the Buses: London Transport Museum

Posted on Thursday, 20 March, 2014 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

On the Buses: London Transport Museum

We achieved a long term ambition this week by visiting the London Transport Museum. Highly recommended by a number of friends with children, we’ve been intending to go for ages and we were not disappointed. Perfect for kids who get excited about buses and trains, this is a Museum they, and you, will want to visit again and again.

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Science Museum

Posted on Thursday, 28 March, 2013 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

Science Museum

If you haven’t already been, the Science Museum should be at the top of your “to do” list of London family destinations.  We were lucky enough to be invited to check out its attractions for ourselves this week – and we were not disappointed with what we discovered…

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Natural History Museum

Posted on Friday, 30 November, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

Natural History Museum

Going to see the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum is a rite of passage for any child; I can still remember my first trip there in the mid-1980s, and this week it was MJ’s turn to see T-Rex and his friends for the first time.

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Stepney City Farm

Posted on Thursday, 1 November, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Sunny day | 0 comments

Stepney City Farm

Babydaytripper likes nothing better than a city farm and so this week we set off to explore the one in Stepney, East London.  We found Stepney City farm nestling between urban buildings and a Crossrail construction site, close to the historic St Dunstan’s church, home of the famous “bells of Stepney” in the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons.

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BDT goes large: National Railway Museum, York

Posted on Thursday, 13 September, 2012 in BDT goes large, Featured, Museums, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

BDT goes large: National Railway Museum, York

Babydaytripper has gone large this week with a review of the National Railway Museum in York, instead of the usual London-based day out.  Normal service will resume next week.  In the meantime, and given we’ve been out and about a bit further afield over the summer, here’s the first of our new series of reviews of baby friendly destinations outside the big smoke…

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British Museum

Posted on Wednesday, 5 September, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

British Museum

In my opinion, everyone should go to the British Museum at least once.  I hadn’t been for a while, and was in the area with MJ, so we made an impromptu trip to have a look at the Olympic and Paralympic medals.  Whilst we were there we took a quick tour of the permanent collection and had a look at what else was new.

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What’s on at the weekend? – Paralympics special edition

Posted on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 in News, What's on at the weekend? | 0 comments

What’s on at the weekend? – Paralympics special edition

It seems like ages since the Olympic Games finished, but thankfully the Paralympics are finally here to perk things up again.  Head along to one of the big screens located across London to watch the action, or take in one of the London 2012 Festival events.  And when you’re tired out from admiring all of that sporting prowess, pop over to King’s Cross for this weekend’s ice cream festival…

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National Army Museum – Kids’ Zone Soft Play

Posted on Tuesday, 28 August, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day, Soft play | 0 comments

National Army Museum – Kids’ Zone Soft Play

The galleries of the National Army Museum in Chelsea take visitors on an interactive journey through British military history – but it’s the Museum’s fantastic soft play area which has families with small children heading there in their droves.

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Mudchute Park & Farm

Posted on Friday, 17 August, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 1 comment

Mudchute Park & Farm

The spotlight has been on East London for the past two weeks, with more visitors exploring the area than ever before.  To fill the gaping hole left by the end of the Olympic Games, and before the crowds arrive for the Paralympics, this week’s post is a review of Mudchute Park & Farm on the Isle of Dogs, London’s largest city farm…

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What’s on at the weekend? – 18, 19 August 2012

Posted on Thursday, 16 August, 2012 in What's on at the weekend? | 0 comments

What’s on at the weekend? – 18, 19 August 2012

The weekend’s set to be a scorcher – need ideas for family-friendly fun in the sun? Look no further, we’ve rounded up what’s on outdoors this weekend in London.

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Olympic Park – visiting with a baby (Part 2)

Posted on Sunday, 29 July, 2012 in Featured, News, Parks, Sporting Events | 7 comments

Olympic Park – visiting with a baby (Part 2)

You may recall that we first visited the Olympic Park in February (click here) to attend a test event at the Velodrome.  This time, we didn’t attend an Olympic event, but had tickets to spend the day visiting the Olympic Park itself.  It’s amazing how much work has been done since February to convert what was still mostly a building site back then into the final park.  The result is overwhelmingly impressive, although there are a few areas where there’s room for improvement.  Here’s how we rated our experience…

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BT London Live – Hyde Park

Posted on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 in Featured, News, Sporting Events | 5 comments

BT London Live – Hyde Park

It was the first proper day of the Olympics in London today, so we decided to get a free taste of the action.  After watching the men’s cyclists set off from The Mall in the road race, we headed to Hyde Park, where BT is hosting the free London Live festival every day during the Olympic Games.

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Summer in London: 10 budget family activities

Posted on Thursday, 19 July, 2012 in Featured, News, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Summer in London: 10 budget family activities

It’s the start of the school holidays and Olympic mania is about to descend on London.  What activities do you have planned for the summer?  We’ve compiled our top ten list of budget activities for all the family…

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Coram’s Fields

Posted on Thursday, 21 June, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

Coram’s Fields

This week we spent a sunny afternoon at Coram’s Fields.  Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, Coram’s Fields is a park and playground reserved exclusively for under 16s – in fact, adults are not allowed into the park at all unless accompanied by a child.  The park is named after shipwright, sailor and philanthropist, Captain Thomas Coram, who created the Foundling Hospital for abandoned children in the eighteenth century following a long campaign to obtain the necessary Royal Charter (see our review of the Foundling Museum).  The Foundling Hospital stood on the site of the present day park until the building was demolished in the 1920s – the land was saved thanks to fundraising and charitable donations so that it could be preserved for the use of children living in or visiting London. 

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Green Park and St James’s Park

Posted on Wednesday, 30 May, 2012 in Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

Green Park and St James’s Park

At last! Summer is here (even if it may have departed again by the time I publish this post) and so what could be better than a picnic in the park?  Before Jubilee fever grips the country this weekend, we decided to explore two of central London’s most famous Royal open spaces: Green Park and neighbouring St James’s Park. 

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Battersea Park and Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Posted on Sunday, 13 May, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

Battersea Park and Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

If you read this blog regularly you will know that we generally try to review destinations that are free or have low cost admission.  This week, however, our trip coincided with a special occasion and so we decided to splash out on a visit to the (really quite reasonably priced, all things considered) Battersea Park Children’s Zoo.  

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Dulwich – Picture Gallery and Park

Posted on Wednesday, 2 May, 2012 in Featured, Galleries, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Dulwich – Picture Gallery and Park

We were hoping for a bit of fresh air this week, but the incessant rain meant another museum-based babydaytrip.  Nevermind, there are more museums and galleries in London than you can shake a stick at and this week it’s another good one, Dulwich Picture Gallery.  The rain cleared whilst we were inside the Gallery, so we headed across the road for a stroll in Dulwich Park once we were done – bonus!

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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Posted on Thursday, 12 April, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Horniman Museum and Gardens

I have to declare an interest in the subject of this week’s post: the Horniman is my local museum and my son and I have spent many a happy hour there.  Behind its attractive Arts and Crafts exterior, this quirky South London museum houses the eclectic collections of the tea merchant and philanthropist, Frederick John Horniman.  With 16 acres of gardens, an aquarium, and its famous, stuffed Victorian Walrus (yes, really), the Horniman Museum is a great, family-friendly destination. 

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Spitalfields City Farm

Posted on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Sunny day | 0 comments

Spitalfields City Farm

Mention Brick Lane and you might be thinking about curries, trendy boutiques, vibrant nightlife or the famous 24-hour bagel shop.  Or at least I do, but maybe that’s a sign of a misspent youth.  When I’m in the area these days, I’m less likely to be found checking out a new bar, and more likely to be taking a short detour down a side street to the Spitalfields City Farm…  

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Crystal Palace Park

Posted on Wednesday, 28 March, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Museums, Parks, Sporting Events, Sunny day, Walks | 0 comments

Crystal Palace Park

After our successful trip to Greenwich Park a couple of weeks ago, this week we set off to explore another of London’s fantastic, green spaces: Crystal Palace Park.  Although the Crystal Palace that gave the area its name is long gone, the Park retains a number of quirky attractions that make it worth a visit.

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