London is such a huge place that you can live here but never get to see half of all the cool places. Living in South West London, we normally stay south of the river. But every once in a while, we venture north. A couple of months ago, we went to East London, to Stratford. We were visiting our newest niece in the afternoon so thought we would check out the playground at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Millions were spent on rejuvenating Stratford for the Olympic Games. And Westfield came in and built a super flash shopping centre. So we were keen to see the improvements (we lived in East London many, many years ago). The day was quite grey and cloudy, but luckily it didn’t get chilly until we were about to leave. We started off at the Tumbling Bay Playground. It took some navigating to find it from the car park. But we were pleased when we found the playground. The rock pools, sandpits, slides and wobbly bridges were fab. Dubz loves playing in water so he could have happily spent the entire day there.
After an hour of playing, we were all starving. So we had lunch at the Timber Lodge Cafe. They had a good selection of hot and cold food. And a good sausage roll. Hmmm, sausage rolls. Please ignore the way Dubz has peeled off the pastry so he can just eat the sausage. That kid eats like an animal. I had a lovely stew, with rice and sugar snap peas. East London is totes posh now, doncha know?!
Unfortunately, we did not realise that there was another playground until we were about to leave the Olympic park (and it was right by the carpark, doh!). But we know for next time. Moozles did manage to sneak in some climbing and swinging on our way out.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is located next to Westfield Stratford. If you drive, you can park at Westfield (costs at the weekend are £2.50 for up to two hours and £5.00 for 2-3 hours). It is much easier to take public transport. Several trains, tubes and loads of buses serve Stratford and Stratford international stations.
This week I’m linking to Country Kids from Coombe Mill. Go see what other people have been getting up to in the great outdoors.