Playing at....Kew Gardens
In search of fresh air and foliage at Christmas this North London family headed to Kew Gardens on a frosty late December morning. We were expecting a long walk through the gardens but we also found great childfriendly activities.
Entering through the Brentford Gate, we quickly came upon the Treehouse Towers adventure playground- a great bespoke playground featuring giant swings, zipwires and scramble nets - a welcome change to the standard fare in parks. There is also a Climbers and Creepers indoor soft play- great for little ones and if it is cold. Face painting is also on offer. Just nearby is an old fashioned merry-go-round- really one of the most beautiful I have seen, and a dinky little track with cars that North London girlies loved.
For caffeine deprived adults there is a great cafe (White Peaks) serving a range of child and adult friendly food in a relaxing environment.
And once you have exhausted all the child -play activities, there are of course the beautiful grounds and unique glasshouse galleries. We really only scratched the surface as there is loads more to do at Kew with trails, a treetop walkway and Arboretum- we will definitely be returning.
The only downside is that it can be quite costly- but if you are likely to visit several times return the annual pass seems very good value.
Eating at... The Bull, Highgate
|Inside The Bull, Highgate|
In search of a cosy pub lunch we also headed to The Bull in Highgate during the Christmas break. Joyful- great service and ambience, a delicious, contemporary menu, with a great choice of food for kids. The staff were very happy to accommodate our requests, and it is such a relaxed environment that even the toddler was chilled! The Bull is a micro brewery and each dish is paired with a beer suggestion. It would have been rude not to try some so we did- they were delicious. We would highly recommend for a Sunday lunch with the family (or treat yourselves to a grown-up night out!).
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