Wouldn’t this be a beautiful place to get married? Had I had a summer wedding and could have guaranteed the sun (we were married the day before Christmas Eve) I think I would have had our wedding in this lovely orangery. You could be forgiven for thinking this was a hot summer’s day but the weather cannot make it’s mind up at the minute and it was more of a chilly but bright kind of day – my favourite kind of weather (I would never survive in a hot climate)!So the weather promoted a visit to number #8 on our little list of lovely things to do in South East London and it starts with a spectacular view across our beautiful city. There is an urban wives tale that once upon a time you couldn’t google ‘Horniman Museum’ because it was considered an inappropriate-verging-on-pornographic-name-for-a-museum. I’m not sure this was ever true but it even if it was, it couldn’t be further from the truth. The Horniman museum is large enough to have lots to keep the littlees entertained but not too large as to be overwhelming and can be easily completed in a half day trip. Follow this up with a picnic in their stunning gardens or over the road to a fab sandpit park called the Triangle and you’ve easily got a full and varied day out .I love……… how the parking is easy peasy (opposite on Sydenham Hill is the best spot), the big wide open spaces for buggies, the music videos of religions and celebrations, the outdoor instruments and the aquarium with it’s cute seahorses. Seahorses and dragonflies are some of my favourite things.
Pip and Bean love…….. the see-through hive, the stuffed animals (although I find taxidermy pretty weird) and the half term arts and crafts.
Squidge loves………the musical instrument try-out room! She’s always up for making a noise!
The Horniman is at it’s finest in the school holidays where they have storytelling and arty workshops, they put a lot of thought into making the museum family friendly. When we visited this time – there was even sheep shearing and yarn spinning looms in the gardens.
Word has it….the giant stuffed walrus even has its own twitter feed! If that doesn’t make you want to visit today, I don’t know what will!