Out and About – Family Tower Bridge Adventure

I live in London. The world’s most vibrant city. But I’m lazy. I stick to my local area, do the same things.

But – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. There’s SO much to do and I am going to schlep my family away from the sport (husband) and iPads (girls) and we are heading OUT AND ABOUT on weekends.


First up – a visit to the top of Tower Bridge to the Tower Bridge Exhibition – yes up there, at the top between the Towers, and then, off to Borough Market.


The exhibition not only showcases the history behind the bridge, you are also able to walk across their glass walkways that are 42 metres above the River Thames, to get from one tower to the next.

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Calling Budding Fashion Designers

One of my twins is an obsessive fashion designer in the making. Since she was 2 years old, she’s been drawing beautiful princesses on anything and everything. With elaborate hair and dresses. She has beeen single minded since then about what she wants to be when she grows up. A fashion designer. I would prefer Doctor – save a lot more money – but it will definitely do.

Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition V&A London Family Kids Day Out Weekend Fun (5)

So we are going on a little tripette to the Alexander McQueen retrospective Savage Beauty.

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Travel in style

Now, I don’t know about you but when I think of kid-friendly holidays I conjure up horrid images of children’s buffets, soft play pandemonium and drop-in kid’s clubs. NOT the case with the new vacation rental website from Kid & Coe

The Christian 1Xth Residence, Copenhagen (starting at €192 per night)

Kid & Coe have brought together a stellar list of properties that are family homes around the world, that you can rent for your holidays. Or if you prefer and want to earn a bit of cash to splash on some fabulous kids clothes for example – you can list your very own home! This site is not good if you suffer from ‘home envy’ – I want to live in every one of their rentals. I especially love the 11th Street penthouse in Greenwich Village, NY …

11th Street Penthouse, NY

Or if you prefer closer to home check this out – Folly cottage in the Cotswolds – apparently it’s just down the road from Prince Charles… and it’s fit for our very own Princes and Princesses!

Starting at £254.30/night

All homes are child friendly and in friendly neighbourhoods. They have even done some homework for you, as each property comes with The City Scout, a little guide put together by the property owners for their guests of where to go, what to do etc – so you can feel like a local. Now THAT you don’t get from a hotel. I feel a trip coming on! First of all to Kid & Coe and then….


Brave It At Gleneagles

Summer’s over. And just as we get ourselves back in the flow of life with kids stuffed back at school – another holiday rears it’s ugly head. Boo bloomin hoo! What to do what to do?

AH HAH! That’s where marketing can be a beaudiful thing.Check it! Unless you’ve been living in a box or in outer space – you will know that Disney Pixar released the film Brave earlier this summer. And boy was it gooood! My kids LOVED it. Particularly as it has a princess AND some naughty triplets in it (it’s a multiple/girl thing!).

Disney Pixar Brave
Princess Merida does her thing!

So the fabulous people at the equally fabulous Gleneagles Hotel gots to thinking….hmmmm where better to experience the fantasy of the movie than at the beautiful Gleneagles Hotel? And ABRACADABRA PUFF…..they created a MYTHS AND LEGENDS BREAK. It’s the PERFECT location for an EPIC half-term adventure for the family.

Gleneagles Hotel Disney Pixar Brave

Set in 850 beautiful acres of Perthshire countryside, they have put on a load of Brave inspired activities for the WHOLE family! Archery and Riding (the heroine Princess Merida’s favourite sports); Crafty Activities (sword-making, shield-making, tartan weaving…), Family Pass to Stirling Castle and Brave-themed Ghost hunts and treasure hunts. Oh I do love a treasure hunt. In my life – it normally involves Selfridges…

Gleneagles Hotel Disney Pixar Brave
Bring out their inner-warrior!

And whilst the kids are busy busy, you can MASSAGE AWAY THE SCHOOL RUN in their award-winning ESPA spa, or, if you prefer, play golf on one of their Championship Courses.

Gleneagles Hotel Disney Pixar Brave
Falconry Action

Prices (including breakfast and full use of the Club Facilities) for 2 nights in October for a family of 4 in a Sovereign Room are £700, and for 1st November through to 31st March 2013 the price is £600. Now if you amortise that cost across every minute of pure enjoyment – I’d say worth braving it!

Gleneagles Hotel Disney Pixar Brave
Go go go! Be free!

For more information click here. Images are courtesy of Gleneagles Hotel and Disney Pixar’s Brave.