Summer in the City
We asked one of our much loved Creatives Lauren to fill us in on her favourite parks in London to take the Bea & Co little’uns to …
So London, since we’ve been so lucky with the weather this Summer, here are my top five ‘HOT’ Spots for outings to help you lap up the sun in and around Central London (Children Optional 😉 )
Obviously St James’ Park and Green Park alike are super awesome in this weather, but I think my suggestions below might be a little less populated and a bit different for a sunny afternoon in town.
In no particular order we have:
This grassy playground is one of my absolute favourites for a central London playdate! The entire area is gated and admission is allowed only for adults accompanying children, which is fab!
A 15 minute walk from Kings Cross and just a few minutes from Russel Square and Holborn so access is great.
There are play-pits and climbing frames galore AND toilet facilities- WIN!
So, take a ball and let the little ones run around and climb free, safe in the knowledge that they are in totally enclosed space.
Tucked in a pocket of Kings cross, this area is one of my favourite hangouts.
During the summer deck chairs and giant screens are set up for screening of all manner of sports events.
I love to take children along (equipped with swim gear) to cool off in the fountains which squirt randomly from the ground. It’s a gorgeous walk along the canal to spot ducks and boats after some water play too.
Caravan coffee supplies delightful treats and great coffee too so adults can sit and sip whilst kiddies play! Endless fun!!
I love Lincoln’s Inn fields for a sunny summer picnic. Just 2 minutes from Holborn station, the fields are set off the main road so this is a fabulous traffic free zone right in the heart of Central London!
I like to pick up some snacks and strawberries from Sainsbury’s at Holborn, take my picnic blanket and set up camp, make daisy chains and play for the afternoon!
If it’s your prerogative, the tennis courts are free to use too!
(TIGER have some wonderful, cost friendly outdoor toys and games that can be picked up for £5-£10! My out of town families, understandably, don’t always have a supply of toys with them so I’ve gotten myself a little selection that I can wheel around)
I have found that this spot at Tower Hill is just a gorgeous sun trap with a fantastic view! There are hours of fun to be had spotting boats and watching Tower bridge unfold to reveal its magic gateway for boats! There is a great little playground with cafes and shops nearby to pick up a picnic.
If you choose this hotspot for a sunny afternoon it would be a shame not to try out some of the other awesome activities that this area boasts too! With St Katherine Docks and Tower Pier so close, a boat trip is always a winner for me, just tap your oyster and hop on!
Nearest stations Tower Hill or London Bridge.
Anyone who knows me as a Creative will know I think that the IWM can do no wrong!
Its great in rain or shine! The museum is full of fascinating things to see for all ages, I find that even with little concept of the subject matter the exhibitions are super entertaining, so really age friendly!
The gardens surrounding the museum are particularly awesome at this time of year! Gorgeous grassy patches with flowers and trees, so plenty of shade. Having the museum to hand is excellent for a little light relief from the blazing sunshine and some glorious air conditioning! There also, are not many parks that you can reside in with a toilet in such close proximity! Here you can just pop in to use the loo or grab yourself a lovely iced latte to sip while the kiddies play out on the grass or climbing frames!
Another gem close to the IWM is the Oasis kids club which runs on a Monday and Friday morning at the moment. Entry is free or a small donation and a stay and play in a little hut behind the museum! So, if the children you’re with are a little young to look at the cars and planes in the museum, this is a great alternative with all of the same benefits in location!
Nearest Stations Lambeth North, Elephant and Castle or Waterloo.