London, the great capital of England. A wonderful place to visit and also live in, the food, the festivities, the sights and bites as well as the uniquely dressed guardsmen. The ideal city to visit with the kids and this article explains some of the best features. It was written by a London-based American mom, Ariel Childs, and photographed by the talented Emma Hardy.
First up, we have 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. The best features include: The Geffrye Museum, Museum of Childhood, The Wapping Project, Brick Lane Beigel Bake.
Others include: The Tower of London tour, Whitechapel 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.
Next, we have Mayfair for Madelines which is 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 parlor 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, 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.
The city also boasts of Notting Hill that is about eating and exploring the cool factor. The architect to become obsessed with here is the talented Erno Goldfinger (Trellick Tower).
Some of the best highlights are kids movies at The Electric Cinema; La Taqueria, Daylesford Organic, Books for Cooks, Emma Hope, The Oak, Lisboa Patisserie on Goleborne Road, vintage at Rellick, the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, Mini Picassos. Their Nibs kids clothing and Cheeky Monkeys toys. Further afield is Hampton Court Palace and Petersham Nurseries.
Looking for where to stay? Try the Miller’s Residence.
All these and much more await you and your family so when are you visiting?
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