Gillian Crawshaw


I’m Gill, an early-thirtysomething first-time mum to the lovely Eliza, who made a speedy entrance to the world in early 2012 (you can read her birth story here). We live with my husband Alex in south London, in one of the Lonely Planet’s greatest little-known neighbourhoods.

Gillian Crawshaw

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Spring has sprung in London, and it’s a great time of year to take a break with your family. With a surprising amount of parks and green spaces in the city, there are glimpses of spring around every corner, peeking out from among the traffic, shops and buildings. There are lots of opportunities to get out and about, stretch your legs and experience the capital in the clear spring air after the long and cold winter. Although let’s face it, the British weather may not have got the memo about the change of seasons – so spring in London is likely to be anything from warm and sunny, through to rainy with showers, and days where it will probably still be on the chilly side.

Looking for things to do with the family this summer? London is a fantastic place for children, and it really comes into its own in the warmer months of the year. It feels like we’ve—finally—emerged from the longest winter ever, so now is the time to really get out and about and make the most of all the amazing things there are to do. School’s out for summer, and if you’re visiting the city on vacation or just looking for fun family days out during the holidays, there’s a diverse range of activities to suit every age, taste, and budget. It pays to do your research though, so make sure you plan your trip ahead of time.

October is a great time of year to visit London: with the oppressive heat of the summer having long gone, and the bitter chill of winter yet to arrive, the city really comes into its own in the autumn. 

As the nights really begin to draw in, October can be a time when things start to get a little colder, darker and altogether more spooky; especially with Halloween coming at the end of October.

London is a fantastic city for children, with so many things to see and do. And even if, as an adult, you think you’ve seen it all before, it’s great to experience it all over again through the eyes of a child.




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