Our day out in London

Back in April Gemma at Hello it’s Gemma wrote a blog about her trip to museums as part of her pre-school bucket list.   I had been hoping to take Ben to London again for a while and this made me sit down and go through the calendar and find a date we could both do.

So late in May off we went on the train

We got into Fenchurch Street and I had already decided we would get boat up the Thames instead of doing the normal tube.  Ben has been asking for ages if he could go on a boat so he was rather excited when he saw the water and boat.

We went to the Science Museum where we wandered around the ground floor that has the planes, cars, and spaceships, he was thrilled to just be able to stop and look and ask questions about things.  He couldn’t quite believe his eyes at the planes hanging from the ceiling either

planes cars

Next we went down to the ground floor, he had a good poke at it all there and the water feature but he was just a bit too old now to really be that into it.  They annonced that there was a bubble show upstairs and I asked him if he wanted to go, and he did so up we went.  The small theatre room was packed and the girl doing the show was brilliant.  A few children were asked up to do things and Ben said to me “I would like to go up” so I told him to put his hand up next time she asked.  And he did…

I think I held my breathe (and the camera!) the whole time he was up there, part of me bursting with pride and another part terrified he would freeze.  He didn’t, he confidently said his name when asked and told part as instructed.  And when he came back he was thrilled.  That really made the day for both of us.

Next after a quick stop to watch this for AGES (it was quite relaxing I have to say) showing different types of ploughing and tilling …

science museum

we went on the walk back to the tube…

And then came the next excitement, if your household has anyone that is a Cars 2 fan you will know that Mater, Holly Shiftwell and Finn McMissile were tied up in Big Bentley.  This was Ben’s first reference point, his 2nd was in nursery they have been doing landmarks and made a Big Ben.  I had also bought him a Big Ben t shirt recently…so off the tube, walk up the stairs and you hit…

We then walked over the bridge and past the London Eye (with a promise that we will go on it next time) we then caught the boat back up the Thames.  It really was an amazing way to travel and you forget just how many things there are to see on the river.  It also was a huge added bonus when watching the Jubilee celebrations on tv as we had been on a boat there!

river thames

We really did have such a brilliant day, we walked so much and he didn’t complain once as there is just so much to see and talk about.  I am hoping to squeeze in another trip before August.  I can’t recomend enough getting out and doing this, I had put it off and thought I must do that so many time.  So a huge thank you to Gemma for giving me the shove I needed to make the date.



  1. 18 June , 2012 / 9:21 pm

    What a lovely London trip report! It looks like you guys had a brilliant time. Amazingly it looked like the weather behaved too. You guys covered a lot of ground – the science museum is one of our fav’s too. We’re lucky enough to live nearby so hit the museums fairly frequently. I think it takes having kids or visiting relatives to truly get out and enjoy the cities we live in. Also love the inspiration – will have to go check out Gemma’s bucket list for the pre-school bucket list post.

    • 2 Stars and a Swirl
      18 June , 2012 / 10:31 pm

      So true that it takes you to be showing someone else to make you get out there. I don;t think I have done London since I was on school trips. So cool to be exploring it together 🙂

  2. Victoria
    18 June , 2012 / 9:29 pm

    Sounds like a fab day. Makes me excited for when Fraser is older and can really enjoy museums and the sites (we take him now but he’s still at the running around like a loony stage). He did enjoy the Thames Clipper earlier this year. I’d thoroughly recommend a trip on the river for anyone visiting London

    • 2 Stars and a Swirl
      18 June , 2012 / 10:32 pm

      It was so brilliant doing the river boat – I have never realised before that you could do it and it was so reasonable to do also.

  3. 19 June , 2012 / 8:10 am

    Oh wow. You and Gemma have me all excited about a trip to London with Curly Girl! I grew up in London but she hasn’t been there yet – the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, Hyde Park, the London Eye – there’s so much to see and do! Definitely on my to do list for this Summer. Great post 😀

  4. Helloitsgemma
    19 June , 2012 / 8:58 pm

    I love this. Actually made me feel a touch emotional. Ben is same age as my son and has similar reference points. It’s a wonderful age of innocence and discovery. Your day sounds wonderful. I must steal the boat idea from you. X

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