Since I have been living abroad, the quality of time I spend with my loved ones has become a priority. I have always loved to travel, and in the last months I have been thinking about spending a weekend somewhere with my mother. I miss her, and I miss chatting together (without someone screaming) with a cup of tea and going shopping together. Then the idea for this post, because if you are thinking to spend some time with your mum as well, London is a perfect destination. I have selected the best things to do in London mother and daughter .
I have chosen some locations that I usually want to visit with my mum when she comes to visit me in London. I hope you enjoy it!
Sharing a trip with an adult parent is something that may sound a little anachronistic, but for me there is nothing more beautiful than traveling and spending time sharing experiences with the people we love.
And the time spent with them is absolutely a richness!Because traveling is the only thing you buy but that makes you richer Click To Tweet
BEST THINGS TO DO MOTHER AND DAUGHTER IN LONDON
FREE PANORAMIC VIEWS
If you like to admire the city from some panoramic spots for free, then I recommend:
1-ROOFTOP BAR TATE MODERN
From the top floor of Tate Modern, you can enjoy a glass of wine or a tea with a view, but you can also enjoy the view of the River Thames and St. Paul without having to pay for anything.
Primrose Hill is located next to the Regents Park and it is a pretty spot from which admire London on a beautiful sunny day. If the weather is not too bad, bring a towel and some sandwiches for a relaxing picnic while admiring the city Skyline.
3-SIXTH FLOOR OF THE NEW ONE CHANGE
From the terrace on the sixth floor of The New One Change shopping center, you can admire the stunning St Paul’s chapel, London Eye and Shard. Access is totally FREE!
The view that you can admire from the top of the Walkie Talkie skyscraper is one of the most spectacular in London, in my opinion. In particular, you can see the Shard and the Thames expanding in front of you. It’s important to book the visit, and do it in advance. You will have a specific time to go. The Sky Garden is totally free, anyway there are also bars and a restaurant, if you want to have a drink or lunch.
AFTERNOON TEA“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James Click To Tweet
Having a tea in one of the English tradition. During an afternoon tea you can taste some of the English delicacies, like sandwiches, scones filled with clotted cream and jam, shortbreads, cupcakes and various cakes, in a mix of sweet and savory.
It doesn’t really matter what you eat but the location must be AMAZING. Among my favorites there are two very different places, where it is essential to book:
SKETCH | 9 Conduit Street, London | Bookings: www.sketch.London
NUMBER SIXTEEN | 16 Sumner Place, Kensington | Bookings: www.firmdalehotels.com
COCKTAIL WITH A VIEW
If you want to enjoy a glass of wine admiring all the skyscrapers of the City, then your destination should be Le Coq d’argent. The clientele is not too young, there is great music if not dj-set, no need to book, and from the terrace you can enjoy a breathtaking view.
SUFFRAGGETTE EXHIBITION AT THE MUSEUM OF LONDON
If your mother was among those who fought for the right to vote, there is an exhibition (free admission) that might please them. This year in England marks the centenary of the right to vote for women, who acquired the right for the first time in 1918. This exhibition is part of the national commemorations of the centenary of the Law of 1918 which gave to some women (including Emmeline Pakhurst) the right to vote for the first time.
The exhibition ends on January 6, 2019.
Most of the museums in London are free of charge. Just to name a few, there are the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Design Museum and the Tate Modern.
If you go to the Victoria & Albert Museum, I recommend you go to the Tea room: The Victorian decoration of the hall will bring you back in time!
A walk along the south Bank facing the Thames always relaxes me. It is completely pedestrian and while you can admire the buildings and skyline of the city, you will find plenty to do. There are several points of interest including the London Eye, the Millenium Bridge (from which admire the cathedral of St. Paul), the Globe the Shakespeare Theatre, the Tate Modern and the Borough Market.
You can also cross the London Bridge at the end of the Borough Market, and continue along the river, you can see one of the landmarks of London, the Tower Bridge. I suggest to visit it in the evening, because with the lights is even more magical.
For shopping, you can choose among Regents Street, Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, Covent Garden. Very close to Covent Garden, I also recommend to visit Neils Yard where buying some organic make up; and Petersham Nursery, a concept store for blooms and home decor lovers. Then head to New Bond Street, even just for admiring some of the most beautiful shop windows and you can admire some of Fenwick‘ installations, which are always super! If you are markets addicted, then the destination is Notting Hill for the Portobello market on Saturday, or I recommend the Spitafield market in Shoreditch, which is there every day.
BEST LOCATION FOR INSTAGRAM LOVERS
Mark these four unmissable locations, because a trip to London cannot be completed without a photo in one of the following: Biscuiteers in Notting Hill, Elan Cafe in Mayfair, Peggy Porschen in Belgravia and Saint Aymes in St George’s Field, near Paddington Station.
BISCUITEERS | Getting in here is like feeling Willy Wonka!
ELAIN CAFE | One of the most popular Instagram location in London, with its flowered wall.
PEGGY PORSCHEN | Always busy, I recommend to go early in the morning.
SAINT AYMES | Eyes to heart for her beautiful wisteria
PICNIC at the park
In London there are plenty of beautiful parks to choose among. Just to name a few, Holland Park, Kew Gardens, Richmond Park and Hyde Park are some of our favorites.
A recent discovery, for a picnic, is the garden of Fulham Palace which is located next to the Bishop park in Fulham, along the Thames river.
BRUNCH or SUNDAY ROAST?
Sunday in London is Brunch or Sunday roast!
One of the best Risto-brunches in London is Ottolenghi, named after the famous Australian chef Yotam Ottolenghi. In addition to the great classics, there are also healthier dishes like lots of quinoa salads, and if you love porridge then you should definitely try her!
21-22 Warwick Street London W1B 5NE
Ottolenghi is present in Notting Hill, Belgravia, Spitalfields, Islington.
If you want something more glamorous and posh, then head to Ivy in Chelsea. Recommend the eggs Benedict and the truffle oranges!
Finally, if you love sushi, then Flesh & Buns in Covent Garden is your chance! All you can eat (but high level) Menu with Prosecco and Champagne! We had a brunch with the kids as well!
FLESH & BUMS | 41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX
The Sunday roast is a tradition here in England. You can find it in almost every pub in London on Sundays. If you ask me where we always go, well then the answer is the Dove, along the Thames in Hammersmith. After lunch, besides, you can enjoy a beautiful walk along the Thames’ pedestrian path.
THE DOVE | 19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London W6 9TA
I hope to have covered some of the most interesting things to do.