I want to impress upon my son the significant of London because it’s the capital city and it’s where both his parents are from. London offers so much; history, culture, politics. It’s vibrant, busy, exciting. It can be overwhelming, confusing, too crowded but if your familiar with the city it’s less so. My Dad lives in London which gives us easy access to the centre.
We used to rush through central London, tube travel with a push chair is less a negotiation more of a frustrating challenge. Mymeant spending time at home with her.
We no longer have a push chair. The tube is very exciting to my 4 year old. Londoners walk fast, we take the scooter and match them, nipping through the crowds in busy tunnels. The scooter neatly separates into two pieces and isn’t in the way once we are packed sardine style in the carriage.
This half term my aim was to give my son good view of the city. Show him London. As a child I was taken on day trips to all the London sights. I remember a long day at Westminster Abbey. I never had a Bus Tour, they’re for tourists. Noo is a tourist. An open top bus tour gave him a good view and a grand tour of the major sights at a speed that suited the concentration span of a 4 year old. I relished seeing my city from the fairly cold comfort of a bus whilst listening to the details of it’s history. I now know where Joan Collins lives (not sure if Joan would appreciate that), how many guards indicate if the Queen is at home (two) and where gallows stood for 500 years (Marble Arch if your interested in the history of hangings).
At Tower Hill we took a boat back up river (thrown in with the price of the bus and under fives went free) and spent the final part of the day on the South Bank enjoying the street performers and a carousel.
I imagine that as I write this Noo is at school telling his teacher about the thing that impressed him most. Not Buckingham Palace or Big Ben but about an actual ‘talking cat’ on the South Bank.
We finished the day with a turn on the London Eye. It’s a wonderful experience being slowly lifted above the river, above the buildings until all London is laid out like a pop up map. A memorable day and yes, we spent a fortune, but it was worth it.
What’s your view of London?