Travelling with a baby
Annual architectural feast, heritage & contemporary treasures. We’ve been avid consumers of their proposed venues over the years, this time round seeking the ones toddler friendly.
Weather permitting, my top pick outdoors would be Ham House. Part of the National Trust properties and charging a fee for the non members; this weekend part of the Open House, fees waived for all. A 17th century gem well conserved south Richmond. Already part of my Top 6 gardens & countryside within 30 minutes from London.
Kids explorer programme proposed by the Open house at: http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/junior/families.html
Knowing us & our son, our list is slightly longer & a tad more ambitious. More precisely I’m hoping he may take an interest / let us enjoy as well some of the following:
Captured my imagination but tours and timeslots already sold out:
Executed version – Saturday September 19th.
We started with Marlborough house, rather quick tour as the youngest visitor of Commonwealth expressed a strong interest in sitting for Samoa and Brunei. Here are some snapshots of what you’re no supposed to do & take pictures of. The volunteers at the Open house very kind, not only gracefully put up with toddler’s ideas but offered lots of info about the Commonwealth members regular activities.
We thereafter continued St James park, grabbed an icecream, tested the sunbeds and studied the ducks. Horse guards thereafter and Banqueting house. Fully equipped with a new double decker & black cab toys from the touristy shops, mother admired the Rubens on the ceiling whilst toddler tested new routes for the bus & black cab.
The afternoon we ticked Leighton house again, it’s been years we love the venue – a friend had an amazing 40th birthday celebration in there. On this occasion, the mother’s popped in quickly whilst boys ran & cuddled a cat outside, played with the horse & various sculptures and so on.
Executed version – Sunday September 20th, afternoon. Royal Academy of Art.
Thank you London Open House ! Feedback from other brave parents attempting the Open House with toddlers?