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An Afternoon in London – Things to do around Borough Market and the Tate Modern in London

We had an afternoon to spare in London. And we certainly made the most of it!

Borough Market

Arriving at Borough Market, our senses went into overload. With eyes as big as saucers, we wandered past enormous polished fruits and vegetables. They were huge and in some cases very alien looking! The cheese stalls had giant wheels stacked high. The olive oil salesmen behind tables with their little bowls of golden liquid shouted “try me”!

It was a riot of colour and noise.

An Afternoon in London - Borough Market
An Afternoon in London - Historic Buildings

Historic Buildings

We escaped down a quiet alley (Stone Street), past Southwark Cathedral, The Clink and on to the river. I’d have liked to dawdle round the Cathedral and gawp at the contents of the Clink, but little hands were pulling to see the boats and the water.

The views as we reached the Thames were stunning in the sunlight. St. Paul’s to our left and the modern skyscrapers to our right.

Street Art

Wandering along the river bank we enjoyed the street art, buskers and performers until eventually we arrived at our next destination - the Tate Modern. We had timed tickets but we were several hours too early.

With lots to catch up on, we drank iced coffees in the Tate’s cafe and then moved on to Gail’s for tea and cake.

An Afternoon in London - Street Art
An Afternoon in London - Modern Art

Modern Art

So we eventually went into the Tate - we were there to see the Olafur Eliasson In Real Life exhibition. The exhibits were amazing. Different, memorable and a truly immersive experience. We stumbled along a fog corridor, past our dancing reflections, down a kaleidoscope tunnel and lots more.

Loved it. There were lots of kids enjoying it especially at the end when there was a whole heap of stuff to build models out of!

An Afternoon in London - Modern Art
An Afternoon in London - Modern Art

Back out in the sunshine, it was time for cocktails as afternoon slipped into evening!

What would you recommend to do in London with an afternoon to spare? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. We'd love to hear from you. 

5th November 2019

Posted In: London, Things to do


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The Newport Isle of Wight Trail Mail Challenge

You've Got Trail Mail!

Set on the photo below are three questions of varying degrees of difficulty.

Can you crack them?

Newport Trail Mail Challenge

This image can be found along the route of our brand new Spy Mission Trail in Newport on the Isle of Wight - zoom in on the image to solve the sneaky Clues below!

1: Easy Peasy...

Our easy level Clue is:

Work out what the missing letter is and write down the only word that it appears in?


2: Mind Twister...

Our medium level Clue is:

Work out what the year shown in roman numerals is. Then add all the round dots that separate the words together. Add these two totals together for your answer.


3: Brain Buster...

Our difficult level Clue is:

Work out the pattern beneath and us it to complete the middle line:

Top line: 1,4,1,2

Middle line:

Bottom Line: 0,2,3,1,1,4

Now Submit Your Trail Mail Answers!

Submit your answers to all three of these Clues (or as many as you could solve!) to be in with the chance to WIN your next Treasure Trails adventure!

Our Spotlight Location: The Isle of Wight

With this Trail Mail challenge set along the route of our brand new Isle of Wight Spy Mission Trail, allow us to tell you more...

Separated by the Solent and located between 2-5 miles off the coast of Hampshire the Isle of Wight is England's largest island.

The island became a popular tourism destination during the late Victorian era.

Queen Victoria herself said "It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" when talking about her Italian Renaissance inspired Osborne House which can be found in East Cowes.

Just like Queen Victoria herself, we think the Isle of Wight is a great place to visit as well. So much so we've written 10 self-guided family adventures across the island for you to explore with. Among these is the brand new 'Gremlin Trouble in Newport' Spy Mission Trail.

Our Amazing (and often weird) Fact:

The Isle of Wight is one of the sunniest places in the whole UK.


On average, the Isle of Wight receives between 1,800 to 2,000 hours of sunshine per year. Amazingly, weather stats suggest that this is more sunshine than some parts of Spain!

Now, we can't talk about the Isle of Wight without mentioning Derek Sandy's 'Welcome to the Isle of Wight' song which was featured on ITV's Britain's Got Talent. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Isle of Wight

18th October 2019

Posted In: Free Stuff, Puzzles, Quizzes

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