If you’re in South Kensington soon for the museums and need to cool off – head to the paddling pool in the John Madejski Gardens at the V&A.
It’s a bit of a secret (they don’t seem to mention it on their website) but it’s a lovely spot for a paddle for kids and grown-ups and there’s plenty of grass to sit on and you can eat a packed lunch too. There is an outpost of their Benugo cafe in the courtyard (though no kids’ meals or lunch boxes here, you could buy a lunch box from the main cafe then take out). Try not to faint at the prices! There’s also tables and chairs next to a beautiful flower bed full of vibrant blue hydrangeas.
We bought lunch to share and a delicious lemon polenta cake.
One thing to note is that this is very much feet and bottom of legs paddling. They are strict on not sitting down i.e. no bum contact with the water! The water isn’t treated so I’m guessing they don’t want any little ones weeing in it or worse. There is a sign saying that babies or toddlers in nappies shouldn’t go in the water but we did see small ones in their in swimming costumes. As long as no bum / water contact I guess it’s ok!
After lunch, we skipped over the road for more museum fun at the Science Museum.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Open Daily: 10.00 – 17.45 (Friday: 10.00 – 22.00)
Admission is free, donations more than welcome
About Hue Me Happy
Hue Me Happy is about finding the little rays of sunlight that help keep a sense of balance in every day life. For me these are cups of lovely coffee, a house or garden filled with flowers, time to think and be creative, being outdoors, wine infused evenings with friends and mini-adventures that take me outside of the normal routine. I’m Sian, a 40-something Mancunian mama living in north London.
This post was first published in August 2016.