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D is for Diana Walk, Dutch pancakes and Design Museum

April 10, 2017

Continuing on with the A to Z of family friendly activities in London we have the letter D.

Wasn’t it a beautiful weekend in London!? I think the sun brings out an amazing side of London that people forget exists. The weather played a perfect backdrop to the first part of our letter D activities.

We started with the Diana Princess of Wales memorial walk. The walk is actually quite long and stretches through 4 parks, we only did a short section through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. You can download a map of the route which names the points of interest or you can simply follow the markers on the ground. The map is very clear but I wish it came with a bit more information about each stop. We did some googling to find out a bit more about the points of interest and some of them had information plaques as well. It was a beautiful walk and perfect for helping Henry nap. Henry woke up just in time for us to dip our toes in the Diana Memorial Fountain, a bit chilly but great for kids to have a play in. It’s a mostly flat walk with paths that are also reasonably smooth. There are several sets of toilets along the route as well as baby change facilities.

After the walk, we went for pancakes at My Old Dutch just off of High Street Kensington. I do love a good pancake. Henry had to stay sat in his pushchair as there didn’t appear to be high chairs but he didn’t seem to mind. There are quite a lot of family friendly restaurants around including a great food court upstairs in Whole Foods.

The last stop on today’s tour was the Design Museum. Alex and I used to visit the Design Museum at its previous location quite a lot and the new building is fantastic – beautiful and very photogenic. We went to an exhibition called Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World. The exhibition has art that responds to modern themes such as online dating and robotics. Henry enjoyed meeting a robot, well for a little bit and then it moved a bit to quickly and startled him.

The main exhibition space is split up into 3 sections. Designer, Maker, User which is a good way to split up the museum’s collection with relevant sections that look at different influences and parts of the design process.

The museum has baby change facilities and lifts to all floors. There is not a lot of seating that is discreet for feeding, I’d rather not sit at an activity table for instance but as the weather was nice we sat in the park and I fed Henry after our visit. Unfortunately, the nearest tube stop is High Street Kensington which is not step free so we used buses as we had the pushchair.

Another great day out exploring London I’d say!

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