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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!

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5th November 2019

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A Family Microadventure

Hi, Sam here again.

Some of you may already know that I've become somewhat obsessed with Alastair Humphreys' 'Microadventure' book.

Here's a link to my previous Microadventure post if you've no idea what I'm on about.

After ploughing through the book with great excitement I was keen to get out there and experience a microadventure for myself.

Alastair Humphreys Microadventures

"But Daddy! Can I come on a microadventure with you?" said my adventurous 7 year old son Max.

"Err - OK. But we'll have to ask Mummy first", I replied.

After getting Mummy's approval, Max and I started to plan our maiden microadventure expedition.

The plan was to commandeer 'Grandpa Tim's' beloved boat 'Bonita G' and spend the evening onboard chatting together, reading adventure books by torchlight and sleeping under the stars.

The big day was quickly upon us!

Our bags were packed, we did a final check of the weather forecast and off we went on our first family microadventure.

It was all smiles when we started our 'epic' row out towards 'Bonita G'.

The Start of Sam and Max's Microadventure

Although we did encounter some noisy river traffic when we arrived.

River Visitors

Perfect reading for an adventurous 7 year old.

Reading Bear Grylls on the bow of the boat

Setting up our beds on the open deck before stargazing!

Setting up our beds

Reading the final chapters before bed.

Reading by headtorch

What a sunrise! And what a cheeky smile!

Microadventure sunrise

A hearty breakfast in the Captain's chair!

Breakfast in the Captain's Chair

First Mate Max making everything shipshape.

Making things shipshape

Wiping down the seats so we don't get wet bottoms on the row back to shore.

Drying the seats before we row ashore

Learning to row and just generally messing about on the river.

Taking the oars and learning to row

Saying goodbye to 'Bonita G' and planning our next microadventure together.

Saying goodbye to 'Bonita G'

Max and Cheeky Monkey chilling by the river after a great adventure!

A successful end to our first microadventure together

A few weeks have passed since our family microadventure.

Max is now back at school and I'm cracking on at work but one thing which remains constant is our fantastic memories of this special time which we shared together.

I hope Max will remember our first microdventure for a long time to come, I know I will!

We're off to the Lake District over half term and we've already started to plan our next microadventure.

I'll keep you posted!

9th October 2019

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