Travelling with a baby
We’ve been fond of London Open House for over 10 years; with or without kids makes a very special weekend of architecture and artistic treats, all free and mostly gems not open to the public on regular basis. And this coming weekend The Open House celebrates the 25th anniversary – so get ready!
As usual we have quite an ambitious wishlist. This year our kids are 4 years old and 17 months, so will pick strategically venues with outside space, where the energetic (and very often unreasonable) toddler can run some steam off with the father whilst the 4 years old and I can soak in some history. So we have on our list Chiswick house, House of St Barnabas, Hurlingham Club and eventually the Royal Court of Justice.
(iii) Hampton Court Gardens needs little introduction. Part of the Open House this year – they make a stunning day out plus there’s tours and various activities for the occasion.
In Kensington our favourites are (iv) Leighton House,
(v) Kensington Roof Gardens (opened Sunday 9-11am)
and if the weather is unreliable (vi) National Army Museum – brand new, very educational and interactive.
Kids could design at NAM outfits, drive tanks, have a taste of soldier life – marching, taking orders, organising food provisions and cooking. There’s also a playbase area which is very cool – book in advance as weekend slots are very popular.
(vii) Kew Gardens are also hosting for the occasion tours and talks – just be mindful you either need to be a member or pay the usual Garden ticket for the day.