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Amazing, fun things to do in London, days out in and around London to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in London.

Things to do with a 10 Year Old in Camden Market

We met up with friends from France at the weekend. They had come to the UK for their 10 year old's birthday treat!

They had visited Buckingham Palace, St James' Park, Harrods, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey before we met up with them. But Joana loves shopping and as none of the family had been to Camden they thought it would be a fun place to meet up.

Shopping

Joana led the way through the narrow passages and stalls of the market. Glittery things and pink things caught her eye as she darted from shop to shop. Her holiday money burned holes in her purse.

After lots of deliberation she settled on a Rubiks Cube. She also chose a pencil case emblazoned with "Camden Market" and a shiny London key ring.

Like a jackdaw, she was happy!

Things to do with a 10 Year Old in Camden Market - shopping
Things to do with a 10 Year Old in Camden Market - street art

Street Art

With her money all gone, we spent the next hour or so taking photos of all the weird and wonderful street art.

Joana was especially taken with the 3D models on shop fronts. She loves taking photos and wields her Dad's SLR camera like a pro!

We had taken the Primrose Hill Treasure Trail with us but it was pouring with rain.  We all decided to keep it for another day.

Eating and Drinking

We fortified ourselves with a lunch of traditional fish and chips in Seawise. Pronounced as "delicious"! Then it was back to enjoying the sights and sounds of the market. It can be quite bewildering for a 10 year old, but undaunted, Joana kept going. We were exhausted just keeping an eye on her...

Later on, we had a cup of tea, then Joana had a crepe and we parted. We went to catch the train home but Joana and her parents were off to see the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus. They even went on have supper in Chinatown! A truly memorable birthday weekend.

Things to do with a 10 Year Old in Camden Market- raining
Things to do with a 10 Year Old in Camden Market - Joana

I am not sure I would recommend Camden as the best place in London to entertain a 10 year old, but we did have lots of fun taking photos of her next to some of the street art.

31st January 2018

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Iconic London Landmarks

Iconic doesn’t always mean old and fusty, some are fresh and new!

There are so many iconic landmarks in London, we enjoyed just three of them on a recent trip to the capital. 

Sky Garden

What an experience it is dining 36 floors above the ground. We chose to eat in the Darwin Brasserie rather than the fancier restaurant on the next floor up. We had asked for their quietest table and were rewarded with a corner table which was perfect. Overlooking the Tower of London and opposite The Shard the view was fantastic. The food at the Sky Garden didn't disappoint either. My companions chose from the a la carte menu but I was happy with the marginally cheaper three course set lunch options. An exquisite aubergine salad called Imam Bayildi followed by smoked haddock. Delicious. Then a chocolate bar with roasted banana ice cream. Stunning. I didn't eat for the rest of the day! 

The nearest Trail to the Sky Garden if you fancied combining a meal and a walk is the City of London Pudding Lane Murder Mystery. The Trail starts close to The Monument, Sir Christopher Wren's commemoration of the Great Fire of London. Monument is the nearest tube station to the Sky Garden too. 

 

Iconic London Landmarks - Sky Garden
Iconic London Landmarks - Getting from A to B

Getting from A to B

After all that food we decided to walk the three miles from the Sky Garden to our next port of call.  It was virtually a straight line and we passed some wonderful iconic sights along the way. St Paul's Cathedral and the Old Bailey being the most recognisable. There is of course a St Paul's Treasure Trail here too. 

Selfridges

We were heading to Selfridges to see their window displays. Always a favourite at Christmas, we wondered what they'd be like in spring.
The displays were fabulous. Featuring what home means along with different rituals like, the Ritual of Tea, the Ritual of Cleansing, of Conversation, of Sleep. The Ritual of Tea was my favourite. There is lots of explanation on their website. Well worth reading.

 

Iconic London Landmarks - Selfridges

As always our day out in London was fun but exhausting. It was good to get home!

7th June 2017

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