a day on the southbank

half term and what to do? well luckily for us we are very close to london town, just a hop skip and a jump. yes i know we live in london, i know, but for some reason it doesn’t really feel too much like “living in london” where we are, so we get the best of both worlds and therefore going into london always feels just like that, going into london!

ronnie had craft club for a couple of days, and this boy can craft, we have a mountain of paper and boxes to prove it! i was also lucky enough to have a few days off from work too, which meant we could chill and have some fun together too. he is such good company. we woke on the friday morning to gorgeous blue skies and then sun was shining, it was cold yes, but the day was mighty fine. so off we popped down to the southbank with a smile and giggles and a packed lunch in our bags.

we had arranged to meet with a couple of friends franglaisemummy & grenglish and their children too just to have a general little wander/run around.

the southbank is a wonderful place and is not just for half terms, it is always brimming with people, buzzing with entertainment and activities galore. it’s often a place the HPMcQs go just to mingle and take in the vibe, watch the boarders, plus it is absolutely fabulous for people watching. check out the southbank centre in advance as there is always something going on. the southbank centre includes the hayward gallery, royal festival hall, queen elizabeth hall and the purcell room, and the saison poetry library.

already so much to see and do, but when you venture outside there is SO much more.

we often sit and watch the skate boarders do their thing in the undercroft. grab something to eat in multitude of places to eat and drink along the way, be it a restaurant or some street food at the weekends. there are sculptures to admire and run amongst. you can catch a river boat down the thames. at the weekend there is a book market to rummage through. an abundance of street performers to watch, music to listen to, dance to and enjoy. once you passed all this you can admire the houses of parliament and big ben across the river, let the children run wild in the jubilee gardens and last but not least there is the london eye.

so like i said the southbank is definitely not just for half terms!

here are a few snaps from our afternoon

running down the snake

ronnie really loves taking his camera everywhere we go, and is developing a keen eye for great graffiti just like his mum!

graffiti fanroa, phlegm and unknown (let me know if you do know though)we measure our heart

SPZero76 & squirl

SPZero76           squirl

dan kitchenerdan kitchenerscooter boyshadowsteel drumsstreet performers           street performers and childmother and son selfiein the pink



  1. February 24, 2014 / 09:18

    I love Southbank, one of my fave spots in London and I tend to head there a lot when I meet up with my London friends. Looks like you had a great time 🙂 xx #whatsthestory

    • February 26, 2014 / 21:57

      it’s a great place, a little hectic in school holidays but sill good fun x

  2. February 24, 2014 / 09:42

    I mean, duuuuude, could your boy be any cuter?! Love the richness of the graffiti shots lady xx

    • February 26, 2014 / 21:59

      he may well be a heart breaker when he is a bit older, there could be toruble!

  3. February 24, 2014 / 15:35

    Reading posts like this always makes me miss London. We used to wander along the South Bank a lot when I lived there. Gorgeous, vibrant photos. Loving the graffiti and your son scooting. #WhatstheStory

    • February 26, 2014 / 21:59

      london does have it’s moments, great to live close enough but not too close!

  4. February 24, 2014 / 16:03

    Oh my goodness Ronnie is SO adorable in those glasses! Sounds like you had a wonderful time on the Southbank, it’s always great there although I’ve not been for ages. Always end up just strolling on by to go somewhere! Fabulous photos too, just great. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

    • February 26, 2014 / 22:06

      great place to jut stroll on by though too, that’s the beauty spend as much or as little time still fab x

  5. February 24, 2014 / 17:56

    What a wonderful day and made better by spending it with friends. Such a lot to see and do at the Southbank it’s a great place to be and soak up the atmosphere and culture. Thanks for linking up your fab photos and sharing with Country Kids.

    • February 26, 2014 / 22:10

      so much going on, hectic at times but the kids love it just as much as the grown ups x

  6. February 24, 2014 / 19:47

    Sounds like you had a really fun day out. Lots of gorgeous pictures too.

  7. February 24, 2014 / 21:17

    Last time we were in London we headed to the southbank with the wee man and saw those same african performers! I don’t know it’s all become a bit too popular for me now and changed so much for the tourists I was a bit upset…used to be a quieter place to enjoy london and go for a walk.

    • February 26, 2014 / 22:12

      i know what you mean, schools hols are a bit too much but the kids love it so i try to ignore. i tend to go solo on a week day just to have a potter x

  8. February 27, 2014 / 00:44

    Fab day! If only we knew before how excited a bit of fake grass could be…. xx

  9. March 13, 2014 / 23:01

    It was a lovely day – but I’m surprised you didn’t add a picture of that amazing street artist that L was obsessed with?!?

    • March 15, 2014 / 11:37

      oh do you know what i think i forgot to take a photo….

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