London bucket list

Talitha has a fixation on London, at the minute. She’ll often pack her Peppa Pig bag and tell us that she’s going to London – to visit the Queen, obviously. London is exciting. You take a big train to get there and her cousins live there.

I don’t think she remembers any of our visits other than a quick dash through for a christening, though, and I’m looking forward to introducing her to the city I grew up dreaming about. As a child, I experienced London through novels and poems. As an adult, I worked there. Yet, I still get giddy whenever we plan a trip there.

It’ll take many, many trips to tick it all off, and I may even have to book a room with Travelodge to do it all, but I’ve ambitiously (and dreamily) put together a London bucket list of famous sites. I’m not exactly going for hidden gems here. Let me know if there’s anything you think we should add.

The shops
Talitha’s great aunt gave her a gorgeous book some time ago called Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day (pictured above).

In it, Clara, who dreams of growing up to be a milliner takes a trip through London on a bus, as her mother points out the famous stores: Liberty, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. So, of course, we’ll be doing these.

Hamleys at Christmas is definitely on the cards too. Oh, and on that note, a walk through Oxford Street to see the Christmas lights is a must-do too.

The museums
In the book, Clara visits the Victoria and Albert Museum as will we. I’m also looking forward to ticking the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the British Museum, the Tate are all obvious. I’m also hoping to take them to the Sherlock Holmes Museum when they’re old enough to get it. I have a friend who used to be obsessed with Sherlock Holmes (probably still is!) and she always used to mention this place, so I’m Sherlock-curious.

Other attractions
So here I’m thinking that the London Eye, London Zoo, London Sea Life Aquarium and Buckingham Palace will all get a look in. I might reserve Madame Tussauds and the Tower of London and London Dungeon until they’re a bit older. Madame Tussaud’s gave me a mild fright as a teenager!

The parks

I’m mainly thinking of Regent’s Park here, possibly Kew Gardens but welcome more suggestions.

The events
Laurence has wanted to go see The Lion King for a long time so we’ll be hitting it for sure. I’m really hoping my girls will inherit their mama’s love for musical theatre so we’ll have lots of reasons to frequent the West End. Shakespeare’s Globe and the Proms will come later.

I’m dithering over whether I ever want to try the New Year’s fireworks. The older I get, the less I tolerate crowds. Certainly it won’t be for a few years to come since Talitha had mixed feelings about the quiet ones at Bristol Zoo for Bonfire Night last year.

So, those are mine. Any to add?

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  1. July 29, 2014 / 11:05 am

    Hamleys are Christmas is definitely a must! It was amazing when I went and I felt like a child myself! London Zoo is also amazing!
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  2. July 29, 2014 / 12:37 pm

    Great ideas. We want to go to the zoo! We watched the fireworks near the London eye a few years ago and nearly got crushed, we would never do it again, especially with children x
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  3. July 29, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    I really want to take our eldest Charlie down to London as a special treat and take him to the Natural History museum while he’s still really into dinosaurs. He’s just turned 8 and I fear the window of opportunity is closing 🙁
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  4. July 29, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    Oh, do go to Kew – it’s absolutely amazing, and well worth a visit! There’s also a Toy Museum somewhere about, I really want to take Ben to that (I fear Daisy would just destroy the place!).
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  5. July 29, 2014 / 11:48 pm

    Oooh Christmas in London is something I really can’t wait to do. It’s second only to Christmas in New York on my ultimate Christmas wishlist!
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  6. July 30, 2014 / 12:12 pm

    I always suggest a London Bus Tour – they’re such a great way to see the sights of the city without having to face all the crowds!

  7. Tracy Feijao
    July 30, 2014 / 2:50 pm

    Horniman museum and science museum are great for toddlers and threenagers. Corams field is our favourite park with something for everyone. The Discover Childrens Story Centre is awesome too. So much to choose from, I get dizzy planning a day out 😀

    Please let us know if you come this way and have spare time, would love to see you! Xxx

  8. July 30, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    that book does look beautiful! I have to say London has really really grown on me in the last year and now I look forward to visiting, I often day dream about being wealthy enough to live there! x
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  9. July 31, 2014 / 1:17 am

    My little man also loves London – it’s so fascinating for little eyes and he enjoys the hustle and bustle, riding buses and the underground and of course the fast train there 🙂 The Natural History Museum is always a favourite with him 🙂

    Laura x
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  10. July 31, 2014 / 8:42 am

    I love the Natural History Museum – my advice would to queue to get in & head straight to the Dino’s (think woman on a mission!) then do everything else after. We did it the other way around & the queue had almost tripped in length & we ended up missing them 🙁

  11. August 4, 2014 / 5:54 pm

    Visiting London is always so much fun and it’s so sweet that Talitha loves to pretend to go there with her backpack. Even though I lived in London for five years I still haven’t been on the London eye so that would be on my bucket list. X
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