One Day in London

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Today was declared computer free day, we’ve all been wired up to the internet far too much lately. I’ve been catching up on work after our Italy trip, the kids have been blissed out on endless Minecraft and You Tube. No screens today, that was the rule. So before the boys woke up I checked my email, made breakfast, had a shower and was ready to be perfect Mum. Several loombands later, we were off for one day in London. Look how much we did!

One Day in London. What’s Possible?

The city’s  incredible transport system makes London a dream to explore. With an Oyster Card transport fares are capped, so you can catch as many buses, tubes and London overground trains as you like for one fixed charge. For us, living in zone 5, it’s about $14. Both my kids, being under 11, are free. We think it’s an incredible bargain.

We started in Richmond, at the far west end of the District Line, took 2 tubes to Bethnal Green in the east, then back in towards the city and north for Camden Town. I love that when we ride the tube I’m present, with the kids, not occupied by driving. D normally reads, Boo and I chat, or sleep, trying not to dribble or snort in public.

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The London Underground s a great place to read.

Our day was all about tubes, but remember that London is a small city, walking is a very good option and you’ll see more than you will from a tube carriage. Buses are an equally good way to get around the city, but I know what I’m doing with the tubes.

What We Crammed into 1 Day Out in London.

First stop was Bethnal Green for the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Bethnl Green Underground station. family travel blog

We happened to catch the museum’s summer festival, some incredible bubble making was going on.

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London’s museum of childhood had plenty to offer. I’ll give it it’s own blog post soon.

A couple of hours at the museum, a coffee and a snack later, we set off for Camden. Camden is insanely busy on Sundays, we didn’t pick a good day to go, but still, we found relative peace by the canal while we watched a narrow boat navigating the lock.

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Camden is always cool. It’s bigger than ever now.

Walking back through Camden, past endless cool shops and market stalls, we found ourselves outside Poppie’s, THE best fish and chips in the UK. They had a free table, so we grabbed it and enjoyed the most sensational fish and chips I’ve ever tasted, anywhere in the world.

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Back to the tube and heading for home, we had a short walk between tube stations because of Sunday maintenance. Possibly the best busker I’ve ever seen was giving it his all outside Embankment Station, not the first we’d seen that day, but certainly the most unusual.


Home to Richmond, and a short bus ride to our flat. We normally walk, but little legs were tired and the daily cap on fares applies to buses too, so it cost us no extra.

Why Am I Publishing This Post?

Several reasons, to show you how much we crammed into a day without computers was my original plan. As always, the post takes over and goes off on its own tangent. What I ended up trying to show is just what a great city London is to wander around, to get lost in. Wherever you go , there is something to see. London doesn’t have to be expensive, everything we did yesterday, excluding food and travel costs, was free. There are many, many more free things to do in London, enough for plenty more lovely days like yesterday. We have lots more posts about London, have a dig around in our UK section.

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About the author
Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

8 thoughts on “One Day in London”

  1. I love walking around London, and usually manage about 5 miles a day when I don’t have little ones along. But a couple of times I’ve amazed myself, once covering 10 miles in a day, and actually hitting 14 miles just days before leaving the UK.

    I walked from Bloomsbury to Kensington Palace, then looped down to Buckingham Palace before returning home. But I have my phone with me always, so usually still get some screen time in during meal breaks. 😉

  2. What a wonderful day you had! With today’s technology, people are stuck at home in front of the computer all day, so its nice to see a family, especially kids, enjoying a normal day outside. Aside from that, seeing a kid read a book is nice to see. Kids nowadays have all their attention caught by computers, giving them less time to read and go outside for a fun day.
    I hope other people can learn from this example.

    • Trust me Yxxah, on the days we don’t go out, we’re all on computers all day, it’s what we enjoy. My son is an amazing reader, but you have to remove all other, more interesting, distractions first. With the life we lead, lots of time on buses and trains, he gets plenty of reading time.

  3. Duh…. ignore that question. The $14 travel pass sounds great! Was that British pounds 14?

    • No, it’s dollars, it’s 7 pounds something per adult, from zone 5. The closer into the city, the cheaper it gets. Kids under 11 are free if travelling with an adult. You need an Oyster card, they’re free and save you money, just register for one at a station. Buses in London are really cheap too.

  4. Sounds like a terrific day! How much would one expect to pay in public transport for a day around London…. say, for a family of four by bus? Buses are really expensive here in Auckland New Zealand; a return trip to Auckland Museum for a family of four (two teens)… bus fares only, from the inner city (Eastern Bays), not including Museum entry is NZD$25.60 (roughly GBP 13)

  5. I love Poppies! I found out about it on a Eating London food tour and it was seriously the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. I even ate all my mushy peas and I’m not usually a fan of those.


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