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Oh January is here. I for one do not want to see another shop for a while. December was brilliant a full on wonderful month of parties, Festive frivolities and a massive amount of presents. So January I am setting my self a frugal challenge of living on the smallest amount. London is such a brilliant city and there is so much you can do for free, so every weekend Mr B and our Gang are going to explore the city with only a picnic on our belongings. Yep, even the cafe will not be used.

 

So first up on our list was the Southbank, but the London rain had other ideas so it was about turn to V & A Museum of Childhood in our old stomping ground Bethnal Green.

 

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I love this museum, last time we went I was pregnant with Marvellous Martha so it was lovely to return with her and Rose Bay.

 

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It is a beautiful space, and lots of room to galavant around. Perfect for a rainy day. My girl gang need a lot of running around space and as we are entering the rain season indoor space is a priority for us.

We found a brilliant play to sit and watch, they hold lots of events at the museum so it is worth looking online and timing your visit. There is a lot to see but really you need to be a little organised with two to make the most of your trip.

 

Our favourites are the board games. Rose Bay loves sitting down with Mr B and playing this game whilst Martha and I did a few laps of the different floors.

 

There is also a mini sand pit which was great for Martha, a DIY puppet show, working Robots, Rocking horses and lots of other hidden treasures in each section. We went round a few times had a cross word with Rose Bay for running off, then eventually took our time and enjoyed ourselves.

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Small Stories: At Home in a Doll’s House was on when we visited. For two little girls this was brilliant, as they had rooms with life size dolls rooms. There was a scully kitchen from a Georgian Dolls House and Rose and I got groovy in a Sixties sitting room.

 

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We spied on a Malibu party complete with a David Hockney swimming pool. It reminded me of shoot location houses I have been too, but at this time there is nowhere else than with my family that I want to be now. Funny how life changes.

 

 

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There was a lot to learn about London too, which I loved showing Rose they way things were. Boarding houses with tough landlady’s and people trying to make it in the City Paved with Gold. Just like now. Nothing really changes except our clothes I think.

 

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Especially Motherhood. I fell in love with this beautiful painting whilst I was there, trying to usher Marvellous Martha into her lunchtime sleep I was reminded of how we really are the same no matter what Era we are in. Motherhood never changes.

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We had a great time all for the grand sum of £0. Thank you Queen Victoria for this brilliant addition to this wonderful Town. I really recommend this for a Rainy Free Day out in London.

 

Followed by a game of dress up with some old shoot props and a huge bowl of homemade popcorn.

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I am already planning our next Free adventure in London town. It may involve a treasure map and the search for Paddington Bear.

 

Happy Sunday,

 

London Mum x

 

 

 

 

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