20th July 2017
So what does your average urban family do when summer arrives and your annual holiday is still weeks away? Escaping city life for the nearest slice of the British coast is always appealing but heavy traffic can be a major turn off. Instead taking to your local open spaces and parks can be a great option for city dwellers like us.
I really enjoy capturing the essence of lazy summer days without having to leave the city. Finding new places to explore in your own town is always possible. Put on your holiday clothes because why not? I’m slightly obsessed with peasant tops and linen which is the perfect summer fabric, isn’t it? Good for summer days in the UK where the weather can be unpredictable and the perfect cover-up in the intense heat abroad.
A hat is all it takes for the Mr feel like he is on holiday, smart shorts, shirt sleeves rolled up and voilà, instant summer vibes. Children generally have very strong ideas about what to wear these days and ours are no exception but if it’s comfortable and cool they’ll go for it – denim shorts (with plenty of stretch) and any reference to mermaids always works.
My advice is that you do a little bit of research before you head out on your big city adventure, make sure that there is something that will appeal to everyone. For us Kings Cross in London is a great option since it has been transformed as part of a huge regeneration project and has the key ingredients for a great day out in the city.
We usually start the day with a good brunch, I’m yet to find a meal I enjoy more! Starting the day gently, accompanied by great food and family is good for the soul. Then we might browse the shops around Kings Cross and Saint Pancras or visit the nearby Canal Museum. Before settling down in Granary Square where the kids can cool down in the fountains while you read the Sunday papers and watch the world go by with a good coffee or a chilled glass of Prosecco if the mood takes you. Get some street food for lunch; catch a late afternoon train home and everyone’s happy!