1. Join Magic Carpet Storytelling at the National Gallery and learn some magic tricks over lunch at Smollensky’s on the Strand
The National Gallery has free hands-on art workshops for 5-11 yr olds and free storytelling events for children under 5 every Sunday. Afterwards, stroll down to Smollenskys on the Strand for a fantastic Mother’s Day lunch. They have a special under-7s menu, some very inventive non-alcoholic children’s cocktails, and usually plenty of entertainment for the kids.
2. Escape urban stresses at baby-friendly RHS Garden Wisley
RHS Garden Wisley is a beautiful garden with lots of space to run around, glasshouses, an indoor soft play area and interactive exhibits for the children, and has excellent babycare facilities. The main cafe has a nice discreet area perfect for feeding the baby.
3. Let Mum choose her own present at Westfield
Westfield is possibly the most family friendly shopping experience ever, and has over a dozen family friendly restaurants on site. Why not let mum wander about and choose her own present while the kids have their faces painted or drive around the shops in their little kiddy cars, then meet up for a relaxing lunch?
4. Walk through Richmond Park and stop for lunch in lovely St Margaret’s
Richmond Park at almost 1000 hectares (2500 acres), is the largest Royal Park in London and is home to around 650 free roaming deer.There are plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat, or you can head over to the lovely St Margaret’s for a very nice meal.
5. Enjoy family make-and-do activities at the Tate Modern and lunch at Giraffe South Bank
The Tate Modern has a dedicated family friendly zone, children’s multimedia guides to the galleries, family activity trails, and on the weekend there are arts and crafts activities for children aged 3 and up. Kids eat free at the fantastic child friendly restaurant on site. You can also walk along the South Bank and stop for lunch at Giraffe or give mum an hour off to read a magazine with good coffee in those luxurious oversized armchairs at the BFI.
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