|John and Baby G at the IWM|
Before heading off to Amsterdam last month with Stena Lines (blog post coming soon) we first spent three days in London, one of our favourite UK cities as it's just packed with family friendly places to explore and I thought we would share three of our favourite free places that combine both indoor and outdoor fun and learning right in the heart of the city.
|Mr A in the meadow at The Natural History Museum|
Everyone knows about the Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum but our other favourite spot there is the small but perfectly formed wildlife garden with a thriving bee colony in the bee tree, wildflower meadow, damselflies flying overhead and provides a tranquil oasis within zone one as well as opportunities to learn more about this countries beautiful wildlife.
Imperial War Museum
First of all I want to say, after growing up in South Africa I am very much against war or violence in any form but my son is obsessed with vintage airplanes, army tanks and work vehicles at the moment and this museum is packed with them as well as also providing an interesting insight into how peopled lived during the various wars, the strong women who held the country together and family life. The museum is also located in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth park which we spent just as much time running around in as we did the museum and has a lovely lavender walkway.
|Mr A among the Lavender outside the Imperial War Museum|
Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
The Princess Diana Memorial fountain is a must on a hot day with children as the fountain also doubles up as a sort of splash park with kids running up and down splashing in the water, which was very refreshing as we were there during the heatwave. With wonderful views over the Serpentine, beautiful picnic areas and of course the rest of Hyde Park to explore its a great spot to be during the summer and we spent pretty much a whole day here enjoying the outdoors and spending hardly any money which was a huge bonus.