Chapter 52-London Loves

Showing me the world through his eyes is second nature for Raffie.

And while for some of us, struggling through London with a pushchair can fade its charms every now and then, for this little beholder there is no beauty quite like it. And every moment is magical.

Raffie has been asking for weeks to go on holiday, to either the beach or London, so we chose the latter and headed to the big smoke. Despite a flat tyre his trip on the Saturday started well, only to be interrupted by tears when leaving Charing Cross station.

“But I want to stay in London, I don’t want to go home!” he sobbed from his pushchair. Having explained that the city was much more than just the station we set off and to his delight found two Paddington Bears which were promptly clambered over and cuddled. There are 50 of them around London to celebrate the new Paddington Bear film which opens on November 28, and you can find more information here http://www.visitlondon.com/paddington/

Cuddling Blush, by Nicole Kidman.

Cuddling Blush, by Nicole Kidman.

Meeting Paddington the Explorer by Ripley's Believe it or Not! London

Meeting Paddington the Explorer by Ripley’s Believe it or Not! London

Our tiny tourist sponge revelled in Trafalgar Square, with its living statues, huge lions, fountains, and enormous blue chicken. He loved the busy streets, the bridges and the buskers.

But all Raffie really wanted to do was to return to the Science Museum, and rave about it at every opportunity. “It is my best place in the world. There’s the water table, the bean bags and the big blocks,” he gushed before we even got there. Hopefully as he gets older we can interest him a bit more in some of the other areas of the museum, but for now, he is happy enough playing around with a gagillion other pre-schoolers followed by eating ice-cream in the café.

Swinging London. Or the Science Museum to be more exact.

Swinging London. Or the Science Museum to be more exact.

On the way home the following day we drove into the London to see the poppies. Raffie was unfazed by an enormous but good-natured crowd while we crawled along with the pushchair. We haven’t broached the subject of war with Raffie, but he had lots of questions after making a poppy at pre-school and we have explained that the poppies are to remember people who were, and are, very brave.

Even before we’d left London, he couldn’t wait to return. According to Samuel Johnson, “He who is tires of London is tired of life”, and Raffie couldn’t agree more. So from now on I’ll be taking a leaf out of their books and exploring the capital with fresh eyes, enthusiasm, and in Raffie’s case, plenty of ice-cream.

There's always time for an ice-cream.

There’s always time for an ice-cream.

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16 thoughts on “Chapter 52-London Loves

    • Hello there, thank you, yes it’s hard work but good fun! The Science Museum is great for little ones, Raffie is three and a half now and has loved it since we first took him there aged two. x

  1. What a gorgeous little chap! My son would absolutely love it, but I’m embarrassed to admit that I can’t quite face a trip down there with him yet. We’re just far enough away to make it a long day. He’d love it, it’s me that would be shattered and crotchety! My eldest absolutely loves it down there too.
    How cute that he thought London was the train station, bless him 🙂

    • Hello there, thank you! I am always full of aches and pains by the end of the day-it’s hard work hoiking everything and the pushchair about but I also take his Fireman Sam activity book to stop him driving everyone crazy on the train! But it’s worth it though in the end! xxx

  2. It sounds like you had a great day. I so want to take Ethan into London but I keep talking myself out of it. The science museum is on our list. Hopefully we will go in the spring before he starts school #SSAmazingAchievements

    • Thank you, I would recommend the science museum as although it’s heaving busy when we go there are a lot of hands on things for children. Raffie is also enjoying the home section, where you can wind things up to make electricity and spin a washing machine drum around. Hopefully as time goes on he’ll become more interested in science! x

  3. Love London, but we haven’t managed to take all three of ours there yet (and rather trickier now that we’re in the US!). I lived in London for almost ten years and I love to go back and visit 🙂 It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend x #sharewithme

    • Hello there, thank you so much-we went again this weekend and managed half an hour in the National Gallery but that was pushing it, he liked the Sunflowers though! Thanks for having me, look forward to linking up later in the week x

  4. Lovely post and I agree, it’s fantastic seeing something through little eyes. Those Paddington statues are great!
    I haven’t taken my two to the Science Museum but would like to one day.
    Thanks for linking up with #SSAmazingAchievements 🙂

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