It’s time for another ABC Selfstore look at things you might do with the kids in London this summer. And as you might expect, we’re focussing on our manors – the neighbourhoods around our Self Storage facilities in Wandsworth, Camden and Southwark. Following on from our look at Wandsworth and Battersea, for this blog we’re heading north of old father Thames – and up to the borough of our first self storage facility – in Camden.
As before, we’ve divided the activities in to indoor and outdoor – so you can adapt your plans depending on what colour the sky is (or what’s coming out of it). So if you’re local to Camden and looking for a little inspiration on how to keep your offspring entertained, read on…
We’ve blogged before about many of the well known attractions in Camden – such as the markets and London Zoo. So we’ll leave them out this time, but you can always look back at our entry for the May bank holiday. For this entry we’ll focus on special or seasonal summer activities and events.
A Primrose Picnic
Primrose Hill – with its fabulous view over the capital – is a great place to stop and have lunch. Now we’re not talking grabbing a quick sandwich from the nearest Subway or Prêt. No, we’re suggesting a little more effort and lot more panache. Gingham tablecloth, wicker basket, a tasty game pie, pickles, a flask of hot water and some English Tea Scones, Jam, Cream and – for that Famous Five feeling – lashings of Ginger beer. If you’re really feeling like engaging the kids you could help them choose and pack the lunch (or even make it if you’ve got an afternoon at home to spare.
If you were considering a trip to the coast – but can’t afford the fare, or just don’t fancy the journey – then the Camden Beach, at the Roundhouse, might be the next best thing. 900 metres of imported shoreline, complete with 150 tonnes of sand, deck chairs and beach huts might make you feel a little littler more Sandbanks. Space on the beach is first come first served (it opens at midday Wednesday to Sunday) but you can book yourself a private Beach hut to be assured of your own space. There’s even a pop-up Fish & Chip shop to ensure authentic seaside dining.
Camden borough is home to Cantelowes Skate park, which is widely recognised as one of the biggest and best outdoor bowls in the UK. You don’t have to be an expert to ride there though, it has something to offer the novice and expert alike. If just turning up and trying your hand scares you with dread – then check out Skates and Ladders who can provide private or group skateboarding lessons at a London venue of your choice.
Swiss Cottage Climbing Wall
If you fancy re-enacting a scene from Cliffhanger, or just want to take the family to try out a different physical sport – then how about rock climbing? The Swiss Cottage Climbing Centre have an impressive indoor facility with a well organised lesson programme – for children as young as 4.
Canals were once the motorway network of London. You can find out the amazing history of the Capital’s canals at the London Canal Museum at King’s Cross. Discover the incredible stories of people who lives and worked on the Waterways, and the trades from a bygone age – such as importing and storing Ice from Norway. Find out opening hours and more at canalmuseum.org.uk