Continuing on with the A to Z of family friendly activities in London we have the letter J.
I feel quite strange writing this particular letter blog because I’m actually going to suggest you don’t visit one of the places that we went to. It fitted in with the letter and we’d never been before and we had heard that it would be quite interesting. But, being honest, I wouldn’t suggest visiting the Jewel Tower.
The Jewel tower is a section of the medieval palace of Westminster, you can find it on the opposite side of the road to the Palace of Westminster or more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament. It is owned and maintained by English Heritage and therefore has an entrance fee. There are 2 floors with 2 small exhibitions which are accessed using a spiral staircase. The building itself is lovely but the exhibitions are quite small and I think the interpretation could be better. There was 1 interactive for children which had parts missing, with such small exhibition spaces and an entry fee I would have expected better upkeep than I saw. We brought Henry on the carrier because we knew we wouldn’t be able to take the pushchair inside. There is a coffee shop and gift shop but no toilet facilities.
After a rather disappointing visit to the Jewel Tower, we headed to Jamie’s Pizzeria close by near Victoria. Which I would definitely recommend. Henry gave a smile to the chef and about 5 minutes later he was presented with hs very own mini pizza shaped like a fish! So cute and all of the staff were amazing with Henry. There were high chairs and accessible toilets and changing area as well as plenty of room for the pushchair. There of lots of other family friendly restaurants around but why would you want to try any others!?
After lunch, we thought a walk would be a good idea to work off the pizza (and the amazing tiramisu, my favourite dessert and amazing at Jamie’s). The restaurant was a short walk from St James’s Park which I have now decided is my favourite London park. It has everything. A lovely lake, bridges for looking over the lakes and park, coffee shops, Pelicans, baby ducks at this time of year and a play park. The weather managed to stay nice so we walked for a bit and then headed to the play park to let Henry have a swing. He loves the swings and we love taking photos of him on the swings. Parks are the best for me for feeding Henry as I can just sit on any piece of grass and feed him so we were both happy.
We tired Henry out in the park and then headed home. We’ll have to do a bit more research for places beginning with J to replace the Jewel Tower, we’ll be ready the next time the letter comes around.