The latest ‘Daddy day out’ was with Livi and took in the British Music Experience at the O2 (with its impressive collections of pop memorabilia from the previous few decades and the chance to play various instruments). Prior to this, a trip over the Thames on the Emirates Cable Car (not Livi’s favourite, it seems).
Livi mildly panicked
Olympic Park from 300 feet up
On the way down
No singing this time…
To help blow away the post Christmas blues, family Anning visited London (and met other family Anning members in the process) in late December. Transport was much in evidence with an objective to include many different types of transport, including train, tube, DLR, bus, cable car, boat (walking, piggy-back…). Unfortunately due to the wind the cable car was not working, so following a pleasant boat ride to Greenwich we took a long bus ride right back to Waterloo… Lunch followed in Chinatown with a slow amble after up Regent Street to Oxford Circus and Topshop (for Bryony) and a pleasant break for afternoon tea in Liberty (thanks Clare!).
Thames Clipper to the O2
Bus right back again
Taking the tube
Charley and Tilly on the M&M bus
Tea in Liberty
We managed to get tickets in the final (final) round to see some of the gymnastics at the North Greenwich Arena (aka O2). Good to get there even if we could just about touch the roof from our seats (one row from the back). The entire day ran like clockwork, with very reasonable traffic levels (no queuing on the underground), security checks provided by delightful members of HM Forces and (much to Bryony’s amazement), lunch in Nando’s. Bring on the paralympics, where we have much better seats (three rows from the back…).
Good to get there early
Beth Tweddle prepares to perform
A lot of people in the house to see bronze
Livi and I visited Greenwich to find out what to visit for a longer trip with the family later in the year. Starting with a trip on the DLR from Bank to Greenwich (itself recommended in the Evening Standard as an excellent trip – which it was), we then took on board suggestions from a work colleague on places to visit.
Greenwich was a revelation, with remarkable architecture and museums, the majority of which were free. From the excellent visitor centre, Painted Hall and Royal Observatory, we will be back in number. An excellent day all round.