london, england!

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so excited to share photos from the last part of our spring break trip, our time in london, england! that city was such a fun one for our family, we felt like there were endless things to do with the kids, and none of us has stopped talking about it since we’ve returned home to nyc.

we gave ourselves plenty of time for this leg of our trip, so that we could take things at an easy pace with the kids. (we call 1-2 major outings or activities in a days time a big success in our book, because this way everyone is having a great time and we can all still relax a bit….however you define relaxing while being with young kids, lol.) but we all just enjoy our adventures more when we aren’t booked to the max with things to do and can stay flexible and go with the flow. i have written a post about traveling abroad with little ones a few years ago, but i plan on sharing an updated post soon since our kids are a bit older and we have a lot more experience under our belts.

a few photos from the first part of our time in london below! (by the way, how sweet is that smile of samson’s in that top photo?! such a beautiful, happy boy.)

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we stopped into borough market our first morning (friday). we had heard it’s best to go during a weekday because of the crowds. however, the friday we were in town happened to be good friday, so i think it was as busy as the weekend crowds! regardless, we did a quick walk through and tried the donuts at bread ahead which were at the top of my obnoxiously long foodie list for london. they were great, by the way. we loved the vanilla the most.

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the donuts i was talking about above! by the way, it looks like they have a donut making class which i wanted to take while we were there, but they didn’t have any openings until may. someone please take the class for me sometime and let me know how it is!

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getting lost in all the beautiful rows of deliciousness at borough market! such a cool place for sure.

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we walked over to tower bridge afterwards! we had always wanted to see it, and we had done a bit of studying about london with the kids before our trip so they were just as anxious to see this bridge which was exciting for us!

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i found this london shirt for eleanor before our trip, and we all had fun crossing things off of it as we went about london! she was so excited to wear it to school after our trip so she could point to each thing and share more about it with her little friends! it was a fun visual for all of us while in london. all of us would often point to something on it and say, “check!”

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we saw the changing of the queen’s life guard one morning. we had read that the actual changing of the guard can be very crowded and difficult to see with little ones, so we opted for this one instead. it was great, but they don’t do much beyond ride in and stand still for about 25 minutes and then ride back out. after standing for about 15 minutes watching them standing still, josh ran into the household cavalry museum next door to ask if there was anything else that happened and we should be waiting for and they said no. haha! literally so many crowds all around us and we were all just standing there waiting and hoping they’d do something! since we found out that there wasn’t anything else happening, we went into the cavalry museum where we got to see the stables and the kids got to try on some of the guards’ uniforms! there are some photos below. definitely a fun spot to check out if you go!

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HOW darling is this guard we found at the museum afterwards?!

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we loved our time at the transport museum! that place was very cool, and we ended up spending several hours here because the kids were loving it so much. when we road on a double-decker bus a few days later, it made the experience all the more exciting!

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as a mom who lives in new york city and struggles everytime i need to grab a taxi and have my stroller with me, i have to share how cool the cabs are in london! all of them have ample room for a stroller in the middle (and our double stroller at that!), plus 4 seats with seatbelts in the back! i couldn’t get over it. we were very impressed.

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we stopped by liberty one morning! i have always wanted to go and loved walking around a few of the floors and seeing all the pretty things!

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we also loved checking out the princess diana memorial playground at kensington gardens one day, too. it’s ginormous, and there is a massive pirate ship for the kids to play on.

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one of the biggest highlights of our time in london for me was teatime at sketch! i have always wanted to go and it surpassed every expectation! josh and i could not get over how good the scones were, how crazy awesome the bathrooms are (seriously! never thought i’d say that about a bathroom) and also how much it added to the experience to have beautiful live music just a few feet away from us. i’m always a little apprehensive to do these sorts of things with kids in tow, because i don’t want to disrupt anyone else or be a bother (we took new colored toy blocks for the kids who also liked trying all the new foods), and everyone there was very kind and accommodating and i am still obviously on cloud nine. :)

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we walked by buckingham palace one afternoon and saw the guards which conrad kept calling “knights!” he has come home from london with a new phrase he just won’t quit, which is “i a knight!” which he says in a very low and bossy voice and then proceeds to stand very still holding a pretend (or real) sword! it’s the sweetest thing.

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i mentioned this on my instagram, but i went into this phone booth to get a picture, eleanor ran over and made this pose all on her own as i was getting in! it was so cute, i just went with it and copied her, because she obviously knows what’s best! ;) made for one of my favorite memories and pictures on the trip.

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i bought fast pass tickets for the london eye for our last morning, and to be honest, i really don’t think it was worth it in my opinion if you’re curious. i think i got totally sucked into a touristy thing to do, and the fast pass tickets had just as long and crazy of a line as the regular tickets did (at least when we went!).  fun to see the city from up top, but i think we could have done without.

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these three faces!

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obviously, the wind was no joke in london! fortunately, we avoided rain though, so i can’t complain!

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and here’s a few things we are wearing for those interested:

  1. hanna

    The trip looks like so much fun! –Like Hanna

  2. Amazing photos, Naomi.

    London is my favourite city on earth and I cannot wait to take my children one day! Looks like a family adventure, hope you enjoyed it!!

    Kate Lately | Fashion + Lifestyle Blog
    http://www.katelately.co

  3. Sveta

    Amazing pictures!
    Where did you stay in London 3 kids?
    Any good recommendations for dinner with kids?
    Thank you!
    You look gorgeous!

  4. Adrien

    I have to disagree about the London Eye. When I studied abroad there it was seriously one of the best things I did – mainly because of the view! We opted to go right during sunset (in the winter) and watching the sunset over the city was breathtaking (and offered a different perspective from someone who was relatively new to living there).

  5. Sarah

    Those are some beautiful photos! Looks like you hit almost every spot. I’ve never been to England, but so want to after seeing your trip!

  6. vilo

    Where is the white blouse that you wore to sketch from? Love it!

  7. that sweet picture of your three little ones- so cute! glad you guys had a blast!

    xo, brittany
    summer hats are on my blog today!
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  8. Claire

    How did you pack differently for this trip? I can’t imagine packing more than one jacket, well..because space.

  9. Natallia

    Amazing photos!
    Can you recommend places to eat in London with kids?
    Thank you!

  10. Courtney N

    your trip to london looks great-we went last year to paris and london sans kids and it was awesome, but it looks like they had a blast too-the transport museum looked really fun-my two year old would have loved it. interesting what you said about not recommending the london eye-we went back and forth on it but because of the price, how long it was and considering london skyline isn’t that impressive, we decided against it-now i feel better about that choice. ;) i bet the kids found it pretty cool though.

  11. Lauren

    😭 We recently moved to NYC and are missing London so much! Your posts are just reminding me how great it was–taking an unfolded buggy into a cab or on the bus 😱 My daughter was 6 months when we left London, your your trip is making me excited to plan a visit for when she is older to show her where she was born. ☺️

  12. It looks like you all had an amazing time! and WOW these photos! I absolutely love how you guys capture moments. Your photos say a story and it’s beautiful. Great memories to come back to in the future!

    -kellyn
    http://www.kellynrivera.com

  13. These pictures are absolutely precious! I recently bought my own downtown field jacket like your kiddos have :) They are too cute!

  14. Carly

    Your kiddos are definitely the most well traveled toddlers I have ever heard of. London looks like a great place for the whole family!

    I’ve always wanted to do a true English teatime. They sound incredible! I’m glad you guys got the opportunity to do one. Did Elenor get to join you? Also, you have me so curious about the bathrooms. What did they look like?

    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

  15. Oh this is making me miss London sooooo much! Time to plan another trip!

    Thanks for the inspo :)

    Alison -http://www.starspree.net/

  16. Shannon

    Tower Bridge is my favourite and you got some great shots. So glad you and your family had the best time in London :) I know I can’t get enough of it!

  17. Claire

    Do you rent cars when you travel? If so, do you bring a car seat,etc with you? Could you do a detailed post about traveling and discuss how you all do it logistically with young kids? I have read your previous ones, but I would love to know how you handle hotel room sleeping arrangements, naps while out and about, strollers, car seats, etc. Thanks!

  18. Mamaninportland

    So awesome!! Congrats for trying sketch with kids love it!!!! Ahahaha!!! Those deats… we used to live there for 8 years (pre kids) and adored this city. By the way we are in Moab right now!! Thinking of you as I know you guys had a great time there! Looked for food reco on the blog but didnt find any. Tomorrow horseridding and hiking at Arches! Goodnight dear.
    Raffa

  19. Corina

    Samson! Oh my, Samson! This kid is so handsome. Such a sweet boy.
    Also, E’s freckles are adorable.
    I love London, but could not agree with you more on the Eye experience. You can definitely do without.

  20. Lo

    London is such a fun and accepting city, I’m glad it surpassed your expectations in some ways!

    I agree with the Eye. It’s a one time thing that doesn’t need to be done again, thought I retract that statement if you get to go at night. Literally the COOLEST views.

    Lo
    http://www.themixtures.com

  21. Casey Kimber

    Please have more children lol because I can’t get enough. So darn adorable. All you.

  22. Christie

    Looks amazing! We are going soon and I would love to hear your recommendations for where to stay and other spots to eat with young kids in London! Thanks!

  23. Ashley

    On my bucket list!!

  24. Nope, that definitely looks like a quiet day at Borough Market haha! Seriously, you cannot move on a Saturday—not recommended if you’re going with kids, especially with a stroller.

    (A tip from a Londoner! :))

  25. your family pictures are always so inspiring and joyful! love that picture of the 3 of them together, so so cute!

  26. Lauren

    I did my study abroad in London and it holds the most special place in the heart. I miss it so so much! My flat was right right across from Hyde park near Kensington palace!

  27. Becca

    Please write a book on where you go on all your trips with your little ones. I would love to travel but my biggest hold up is planning everything. I have a 5, 3, and 1 year old!