London for kids written by a kid.
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We arrived at around 11:30 pm on December 13th. (Which just so happens to be Abile’s birthday… And Taylor Swift’s, but never mind that. It was an exciting day for me.)
We were super jet lag, cold, and tired… It was 14 degrees Celcius… Not even that cold!! 🙂 But we got so used to the heat because of our 5 1/2 months of travel in S.E. Asia that we were freezing! We immediately went to sleep.
I woke up at 5 am, but it was still dark!!! Isn’t that crazy?! Our neighborhood, Hampstead is really nice. We found a little local market in which there is a sandwich shop, and they were some of the BEST breakfast sandwiches I’ve ever had. The Saturday market is nice, and all the restaurants are really good! There is also a creperie… Watch out for when it’s open as that is rare. The crepes are SOOO DELICIOUS. (I like ham and cheese.)
Yay. Touring. ????
London is a beautiful city. My parents and I were constantly comparing its features to New York’s. IT’S SO CLEAN HERE. OUT OF CONTROL CLEAN. The tube is a great system, and you can actually understand the person announcing the stops!! 😉
Anyway, we did a couple Context Travel Tours. We went to Hampton Court for 4 hours, which was quite pleasant. It was a beautiful, chill area. The Hampton Court is HUGE, but don’t worry. It doesn’t take forever to tour if you do it the right way. By the way, you have to take a train there 😉
Fun fact: King Henry the eighth was crazy.
We also did a walking tour around London for about 20 hours. HAHAHAAHA just kidding. It was really interesting that certain neighborhoods haven’t changed at all around London and Sara from Context told us all about some old stories about this city, like the Guilds, old London Bridge, the Crows in the Tower of London, bear baiting etc. etc…It was definitely like a school day for me and I guess for my parents too.
If you read books set in old-time London, you will notice streets you walk on are exactly the same back then! I’m currently reading Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson, the author, lived in Hampstead. I’ve seen his house. It’s soooo weird how the street he was talking about in the book looks exactly the same as he described, now!
Places to go *B’s Faves*:
Covent Garden is a really fun place for families… There are lots and lots of restaurants, shops, and music. It’s just a nice place to walk around and eat/shop at!
Harrods (Department Store)*a must during Christmas time*
I went to Harrod’s with my parents to eat and… eat. ???? We went to a rotisserie and an ice cream parlor! The toy areas and everything are SO cool!!!
Hamleys (TOY STORE WOO)
This year, I got money from Santa for Christmas! I decided to get a toy for myself. It’s such a busy store, and there are great toys.
Tate Modern Museum (art museum)
This museum has some pretty exhibitions. They go room by room, and there are family guides, which make it quick and educational for kids… You won’t die of boredom if you do just one exhibition!????????????
I love the Natural History Museum at home, and it’s just as good here. The museum is HUGE, so try to go to things you know are there or things you know you are interested in! There are lots of kid-friendly activities there.
Tune into my next post for more about these.
After traveling SouthEast Asia for about 6 months, we were really missing our Western/European food. We went CRAZY on all sorts of food. Here are some of my favorite restaurants in London.
My dad wrote all about it in his post, here.
They have delicious giant burgers and fries!
Especially because they have my name written on one of their chairs!
These three restaurants all serve typical British food, and are kind of like pubs. If you don’t feel like having food like that, there are plenty of restaurants around London of many cuisines! These are just my favorite British places, but I LOVE loads of other places…
And a lot more that I can’t remember…
*If you are touring, in a rush, or really hungry, any pub will do, to be honest…*
Cooking at home
We are staying in London for a long time, so we have time to cook at home. We like to get all our ingredients from local markets because they are quite cheap! We made a Beef Wellington and Rib Roast for dinner on Christmas Eve and Day. We go to the butcher in the Hampstead Market, and the veggies/fruits from Artichoke (a store my parents love…) And all the other stuff we get from Tesco… 🙂 haha 🙂
Thank you for reading my article! Sorry if it was all over the place, London is just soo exciting! Make sure to visit as many of these places as possible when you visit! Also, I recommend reading Lonely Planet’s not for parents London, which I read on the plane on the way here.
Bailey 🙂 YEA
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