A few weeks ago the weather was looking fine and in an effort to have a change of scenery from the usual parks of South East London, we ventured, double buggy and all, up in to town. The first destination was The Soho Hotel, off Dean Street.This boutique hotel does an excellent brunch, although with two kids in tow brunch was never going to be the relaxed affair it once was. However, the staff were great despite a baked beans related tantrum and a little ‘accident’ which required 15 mins in the toilets. After copious amounts of food and coffee were consumed, we headed out and walked down towards Trafalgar Square and the Strand. I’d never noticed how narrow the pavements are in Soho until I’d tried to negotiate them with a side-by-side double buggy! Plans never seem to work out, particularly when out with kids so we don’t tend to have a hard and fast plan, which in this case was just as well. We were heading to the Southbank ‘beach’, but as this wasn’t an easy option (lifts on bridge out of action), we decided to take a walk through Embankment Gardens and up to Somerset House to see the fountains.
This is a really great destination for a warm day, though outdoor seating can be limited and the ground is stone, so don’t forget to take something to sit on. I’d also recommend a swimsuit or change of clothes and towel for your minis, they will get wet!
After a good soaking, it was time to head home, the bus was busier now and the kids rattier, but we all had a fun day. B had been going on about the ice cream van most of the afternoon so on the way home we stopped in Oddono’s on Lordship Lane for ice cream. Easily the best in South East London!
What we took