At Cookie, one of the most popular travel stories we did was Paris. We had assigned and shot London, but then the magazine folded. With London in the front of mind starting tomorrow, we figured it was a good time to dust off this story, and let it see the light of day. Do let us know about additions (or things we should take out). It was written by a London-based American mom, Ariel Childs, and photographed by the talented Emma Hardy.

The East End for Oliver Twists

A wonderful area for exploring food, history and art, this is the probe into a very vibrant part of London that will be an exploration for the whole family. Architect to become obsessed with is the Georgian neo-Classicist Nicholas Hawksmoor whose church in Spitalfields is amazing. Other churches are throughout the East End. The landscape is austere Georgian houses and Victorian factories and the color and bustle of ethnic tradesmen. Highlights: The Geffrye Museum, Museum of Childhood, The Wapping Project, Brick Lane Beigel Bake, The Tower of London tourWhitechapel Gallery, St. John Bread and Wine, the Globe Theatre, Rochelle Canteen, Hassan Hajjaj‘s shop on Arnold Circus, Borough Market and cult store Labour and Wait. Feeling intrepid? Head out to the Thames Barrier. City Airport – a London secret when flying from the Continent. Where to stay: The Boundary

Mayfair for Madelines
Becoming trendy again because classics don’t die! Great architecture, great parks and the area that most conveys the sense of this imperial city. Architect to become obsessed with is Robert Adam. Highlights include: Ice cream parlour at Fortnum and Mason, Churchill’s War Rooms, the London Eye, Truc Vert for breakfast, Charles II street, SW1; Fish and Chips on Marylebone Lane, Tea at Claridge’s, Cos for clothes (best for mom and kids under 6), St. James’ Park, Westminster Abbey, Allens-the butcher on Mount Street and Buckingham Palace (changing of the guard especially), Punchbowl Pub, and Spencer House. Feeling like an expedition? Regent’s Park Zoo and Primrose Hill. Where to stay: Claridge’s

Notting Hill for Huck Finns and Pippi Longstockings

Notting Hill is about eating and exploring the cool factor. Architect to become obsessed with—Erno Goldfinger (Trellick Tower). Highlights: kids movies at The Electric Cinema (at time of writing under construction but check back); La Taqueria, Lady Diana playground, boating in the Serpentine Pond, Daylesford Organic, Campden Hill Road Wardour Castle pub, Portobello Road antiques, Books for Cooks, Emma Hope, The Oak, Lisboa Patisserie on Goleborne Road, vintage at Rellick, the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, Mini Picassos in Kensal Rise (kids art afternoon while you have an excellent coffee). Their Nibs kids clothing and Cheeky Monkeys toys. Further afield is Hampton Court Palace and Petersham Nurseries. Where to stay: Miller’s Residence


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  1. Posted by: April

    A place we loved as a family was Longleat Safari. It is located a couple hours NW? of London (close to Bath). You drive through and have animals (giraffes, rhinos, lions, etc) literally outside your car door. In one section monkeys jumped on our car. Another we fed deer out the window. It continues at an estate with other attractions (bat house, boat ride, play ground, butterfly house). You could probably cram it into a round trip day of Longleat, Bath and Stonehedge if you rushed a bit and were ok with a long day! I loved it and definently will go back next time we are there!!

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