The big attractions are one thing, but here, in London, we have some hidden gems just waiting to be discovered by intrepid and inquisitive families on their trips to the Capital.
The Thames Path
The river runs through our great city, teeming with boats and people crossing the bridges, but no one stops to take in the quieter spots. The Thames path runs almost the length of the river and offers walkers and cyclists a different outlook. Quiet and serene in places with plenty of wildlife to spot, to vibrant and full of buskers and people in others. If you complete the 79.5-mile length you can download a certificate to display your achievement.
Chelsea Physic Garden
This beautiful garden is filled with the scents of healing plants. Children will delight in running through the garden discovering different hidden areas, before dragging you to the café for a refreshing drink and cake. Learn all about how plants are the basis of so many of our medicines today. This August they are holding a ‘Wind in the Willows’ event for all the family to enjoy.
These Japanese gardens are situated in Holland Park and are serene and calm. Koi carp play in the ponds, there are stone temples and waterfalls to gaze at reflect. Peacocks wander the grounds, so you may get lucky and see one of the impressive displays from the males with the tails.
Want to encourage reading in your young ones? Then this wonderful olde worlde shop is like entering Hogwarts library. You are sure to lose yourselves among the shelves, hunting down your next companion in under the blanket adventures. For those not into leafing through the pages, Daunts have jigsaws for sale, all with the most gorgeous images.
Secret and safe swimming
Families looking to swim outdoors in London will head to one of the Lidos at either the Serpentine in Hyde Park or out towards the Parliament Hill Lido . Off the beaten track is the London fields Lido in Hackney, no picnicking allowed, but there are two excellent cafes, serving all you could need after a dip in the waters.
Tea with the Queen?
Hankering after the high society life? Then a picnic in the Queen’s back garden will be a treat! You must buy tickets before you go ahead and lay out your blanket and there are some house rules regarding balls games and alcohol, but worth it for a peek around the grounds and a sunny quiet spot for your spread.
There are many more hidden parts in this wondrous city. Hopefully, we have encouraged you to leave the well-trodden path and explore.