Tamara Heber-Percy | co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith Boutique Hotels
Back from a recent trip to NYC, I began to think about what recommendations I'd make to someone in the same position as me – visiting a city thousands of miles from home with an ankle-biter in tow. I hope these tips (all regularly road-tested by me) will help you get as much out of
1. Kew Gardens
This vast, gorgeous park is a little way out of the center of
All kids love feeding the birds – and there are waterfowl aplenty in the beautifully floral Isabella Plantations.
A little rustic oasis in the heart of the City, kids will want to check out the goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys, and assortment of small furry critters. Hackney City Farm is also few streets away and has a great little Italian cafe, as well as regular pottery classes for kids.
Brilliantly geared to kids, this
Located in a stunning building and filled with animal magic, the museum's highlights include the famous Diplodocus cast, a creepy-crawly gallery, and fascinating displays of global flora and fauna (don't miss the life-size blue whale).
The Capital has more green space than you'd think (even if it's not all conveniently located in one spot like NYC's
A little way out into London's East End in Bethnal Green, the museum is free to enter and full of interactive exhibits, old-fashioned toys (many an adult visitor is reduced to swoons of nostalgia when confronted with the playthings of their youth), and a year-round program of family events.
The Notting Hill picture house, one of the
To the north of the city in Islington, this puppet theater produces a magical calendar of marionette shows, tailored to a variety of age ranges.