Tips on how to make the most of London in the autumn with kids.
With the evenings gradually getting darker, the leaves beginning to curl up at the corners and a crisper feel in the air, signs that autumn is lurking are starting to emerge in the UK. If you are in London you may worry that there will be less to do with the kids with the arrival of autumn and the colder weather. On the contrary, autumn can be a great time to be in London with children, the trick is knowing where to go and what to see.
Take a look at the following autumn London activities for kids.
Visit a London park
London parks are a fantastic place to visit all year round with children, but particularly during the autumn when the ground is carpeted with a sea of golden leaves.
Letting the kids let of steam by running through and kicking the leaves in the likes of Kew Gardens, Hyde Park and Clapham Common, can be an invigorating experience for all the family.
Visit the Lord Mayor’s Show
This popular annual event dates back as far as 1215! With a colourful procession of dancers, floats and marching bands making its way through London’s streets, the Lord Mayor’s Show, which takes place in mid-November, is an exciting day out for children and adults alike.
The concept of a ‘smart city’ looks set to become a reality with London pioneering the way.
London already has a global reputation as being one of the most high-tech cities on the planet but the British capital’s notoriety of being a world innovator in technology looks ready to be set in stone. According to reports, London is to become the planet’s £45 million test-bed for the latest hi-tech gizmos designed to improve city life.
After a string of hi-tech city ideas to be launched in London including a scheme known as Catalytic Clothing, which essentially features jeans that stop air pollution, the latest technologically avant-garde project making headway in London, designed to improve the life of all that reside and visit the capital, is a ‘Network of Sensors’ scheme that plans to warn of dangers and stave off emergencies in the city.
Researchers from the Imperial College London, University College London and chip-maker Intel, are working together to develop the potential of real-time information and social networks that ‘push the boundaries’ of how future cities will look and act.
The Wyndham Grand, London’s only five star all suite Hotel is proud to welcome a new member to the Blue Harbour Spa team, Michael Watson BSc (Hons).
Michael is a highly experienced and degree-qualified practitioner of acupuncture, Tui Na massage and cosmetic acupuncture. He offers a range of specialist treatments to ease pain, stimulate good circulation and balance the body.
To welcome Michael to the Blue Harbour Spa, Wyndham Grand are offering an Acupuncture Introductory Offer –
Enjoy your first acupuncture session for just £60 until the end of July. Sessions last up to an hour and require a short consultation prior to the appointment. Available every Thursday from 11am-7pm. To book, click HERE.
The Blue Harbour Spa has more offers, with an Olympic themed slant. With the London Olympics just around the corner, Blue Harbour has the following special Spa offers to keep you relaxed and ready for the world’s biggest sporting occasion.
Gold Medal Offer £75.00
Includes our Aching Foot Relaxer or De-Stress Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage (30mins)
• 30-minute personal training session with our fully qualified and experienced personal trainer.
• 15% discount on Aromatherapy Associates products.
• A full day’s use of our extensive spa facilities, including a 17-metre indoor swimming pool with swan neck waterfalls and body jets, fitness suite, sauna and steam rooms, as well as our Spa Café.
A summer vacation in London – What you can expect!
With British summer’s being notoriously wet and comparatively cold to the continent, Brits have traditionally head to sunnier climes for their annual fix of sun.
Although with the British Stirling being at a seemingly endless stagnant low against the Euro meaning holidays in the likes of Spain, France and Italy aren’t as cheap as they once were, and with the recession of 2008 meaning many have ‘tightened their belt’ when it comes to their summer holiday, there is an increasing number of Britons choosing to holiday in the UK, with London being a popular destination.
It is a fact that London and the South East has one of the mildest climates in the UK, and although the weather can be a little more unpredictable than the likes of sunny Spain, summer’s in London can be extremely pleasant with temperatures averaging at around 18 degrees Celsius, intermitted, particularly in recent years, with heat waves and temperatures soaring into the 30s.
For some these pleasantly warm temperatures in London in the summer are favourable to the stifling hot conditions on the continent in the months of July and August.
Asides being home to usually pleasant – but sometimes unpredictable – weather, London makes a fantastic summer holiday, for all the family.
A summer vacation in London – here’s what you can expect! temporary outdoor bars being erected in many of the city’s squares and streets, with a hectic summer musical events calendar, traditional ‘English’ pub gardens brimming with people, real ale and delicious homemade pub food.
Just in time for the Diamond Jubilee comes something that will come in really useful for tourists and Londoners alike. ‘The Thames: London’s Crown Jewel iPad App’ is a multi-media journey along the river, viewing 60 iconic London landmarks along the way to celebrate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
River Art Productions have created a London iPad App that follows the route of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant taking place on Sunday 3rd June.
Beginning at the location of The Wyndham Grand hotel among the contemporary buildings and modern architecture of Chelsea Harbour and ending with the iconic 126-year-old Tower Bridge, the App navigates the river and its historical surroundings.
With an interactive map, over 90 stunning full screen images, music and audio clips, and beautiful time-lapse videos that bring the river to life, this really is an engaging experience for all ages.