Since being back in England one thing I've really appreciated is seeing London with fresh eyes - and older kids. Before we left, I was encumbered with a baby in a pram and a three year old, so going out and visiting the sights was hard work.
remembering heroically trying to take the double buggy on buses to
places such as the Natural History Museum, then spending all day chasing
after two over-excited and then over-tired small boys. Frankly, taking them to soft play or a walk on Clapham Common was both easier and more constructive.
But now, the boys are older and more appreciative of trips, so I've resolved to take them to see something of London in 2014 - as well as reacquainting myself with the city.
On my list is:
Zoo (and surrounding area). Littleboy 2 in particular has a thing for
tigers so I've promised him a trip to the relatively new Tiger House. While we're
there, perhaps we'll walk up Primrose Hill, go look at the canal at
Camden Lock or have a wander through Camden Market (I know for a fact I
haven't been there since August 1997, the day Princess Diana died).
City of London. Littleboy 2 has been studying the Great Fire Of London,
and wants to see the Monument. I'd also like them to try out the Whispering Gallery St
Paul's and visit the City church of St Andrew-by-the- Wardrobe where we got
Art Galleries - starting with
Tate Modern. Last time we went there, in 2008, this happened. But now, I have one keen artist, and both of them say they want to be movie makers when they grow up (I just hope they'll be the new Coen Brothers).
Surely this time they'll appreciate those video installations? We can combine it with a walk along the South Bank and a trip to Borough Market.
Court. Both of them love mazes, and Littleboy 2 is slightly obsessed
with Henry VIII (he keeps drawing pictures of him). So, perfect.
Science Museum, Natural History Museum and British Museum. Lots of
potential fun to be had here. I just hope to be able to choose a time of
year when they're not packed either with tourists or other children on
Kenwood. I used to have picnics
with my parents there, and remember the joy or running down the grassy
hills, exploring in the woods, and climbing on the Henry Moore
Kew. We used to go there a lot before going to America; I wonder if the boys will remember it?
What else should be on my list? Any recommendations?