London with La Famiglia – the Basics
So, here’s to my first holiday with children. Six months ago, I was resolutely single and child-free. then Santa brought me a new boyfriend and three perfect children. Let’s start this in style, so lets start in London. First, accommodation for a week (the beloved had paid for the flights and had transported the kids over to Heathrow from where I would take charge of arrangements). Let’s see, what options have we got here:
Cheap and cheerful hostel: Out. Imagine three children in a mixed dorm with 24/7 comings and goings.
Any old last-minute hotel room: Out. Catering options severely limited, plus trying to accommodate three children is a bit of a challenge for most hotels.
Ex-boyfriends couch: Out. How could I even mention it.
I had to discard all single-girl options and find something really family friendly. Enter Air BnB. We did a little trial run in Rome (more about that later) and found something perfectly family-friendly, seen on the right, in Woolwich. Own terrace overlooking the Thames? Check. Okay, it’s a bit of a trip down the Thames into town, a multi-change affair on the DLR, or a very long non-stop ride on the 53.
Here’s the Woolwich Arsenal Pier. The impressive sailing boat is from Holland.
What’s even better, children to the age of 11 travel free on buses, the tube and some trains.
FREE! In an expensive city like London, free travel for children is a huge bonus. Add to that that many attraactions are free.
Catering and Entertainment: There was a huge supermarket by Woolwich DLR. Cue lots of shopping, self-made breakfasts and DIY dinners. Mostly salads with new and exotic ingredients. And there were loads of new foodstuffs to explore. Different cereals. Bagels and crumpets. A different brand chocolate mousse. Smoothies, So far, so good. The apartment had Wifi. A huge bonus.
It helps to get some ideas across and make a rough plan for the week – I left this to my boyfriend and the children, only supplying a London Map for Kids and the German version of “Not for Parents London” by Lonely Planet.
So, the Rough Plan was like this:
Sun, 20.04. Easter Eggs skipped. Terrible weather. A longish Bus 53 ride through Sarf London. Natural History Museum for La Famiglia, Glamour of Italian Fashion at the V&A for me. Dinner Khan’s of Kensington