We only had two full days to spend in London. We were hoping to visit Ian’s work and see the pad and helicopter but unfortunately the aircraft was out of service so we will be arranging another trip down soon. Can’t wait to see the views from the heli pad and Ian wants some pictures of the girls with the helicopter, in their flight suits that granny made them for Christmas.
If we didn’t have the girls with us it might have been more difficult choosing what to do with our limited time but we knew it had to be somewhere easy to get to, fun and engaging for them. After a quick look online, the Science Museum was decided upon. Near to the tube (with only one line change for us) and plenty to see and do.
We were staying a 10 minute walk from the tube and (after a long discussion!) chose not to take the pushchair and have both girls walk as the distances we would be walking weren’t too far. We packed the sling for when Lucy wanted to nap or got tired so one of us could carry her and both girls wore their backpack reins. Ella is more of a problem than Lucy in that some days she will walk places fine and other days she wont. She has no sense of danger, is unpredictable (she will run off or suddenly just change direction) and therefore needs an adult 1 on 1 with her at all times. She is also heavy and less easy to carry if she gets tired or refuses to walk (which happens a lot) and is now too big for the pushchair (Ella would normally quite happily use the buggyboard – a godsend – but we need new fixings to attach it to our new pushchair).
Today was a day where Ella wanted to stop or sit down. A lot. And she wasn’t in the mood for cajoling, bribery or distraction, which sometimes work when she’s being a reluctant walker.
The walk to the tube took us nearly 20 minutes and that was with Ian carrying her some of the way. And because Ella was being carried, Lucy wanted to be carried too. Thankfully the tube journey was nearly an hour so we all had time to sit down and recharge our batteries! We carried both girls when we changed lines as it was so busy as well as there being steps and escalators to negotiate (although Ella and Ian ended up at the back of a crowd of people and as it was quieter, she was able to have a go getting on and off the escalator and did very well). At our destination, South Kensington, there was a 5-10 minute subway walk to The Science Museum. Lucy was fairly happy to walk but again, Ella kept stopping and just sitting down – not ideal when it was so busy. I think at this point we were regretting not bringing the pushchair along! In the end, poor Ian ended up carrying her again. We were both relieved to sit down and have some lunch when we arrived at the Science Museum.
After lunch we headed for the basement, which is where I’d been directed by the lady on the desk as we’d arrived. Lots of things to see and do for pre-schoolers. We headed to ‘The Garden’ – an interactive exhibit full of exciting things for little people. Water play (which is a favourite play activity of both girls), climbing, sorting, building, music, lights and problem solving. They both had great fun in the water, built lots of towers and did lots of playing.
After they had explored everything, we headed upstairs to the ‘Shake bar’ for ice-creams which were delicious. Lucy was then in need of her nap by this point so we popped her in the sling and wandered back to the tube to head for home.
Lucy was soon asleep snuggled against me, Ella was also very tired but we managed to keep her awake until we’d changed lines and then she and Lucy napped all the way back to our stop.
We had a quiet evening and were planning to head back into London again the next day to possibly meet up with my Brother, Sister-in-Law and our new nephew/cousin.