When is the best time to come to London? Personally, much like the guide for shellfish, I think the best months are those that contain an R, an A or a U. shimfamilylondontrip_0001

In October each year, in the run up to Halloween, schools take a break. The weather is unpredictable, as we can pick up storms from the Atlantic, we may take a spell of warm weather from our continental neighbours to the South or the winds will blow from the East or the North and we need to wrap up warm. One thing’s for sure, if you don’t like the weather, wait an hour or so and by and large it will change.

October Half Term provides us with an opportunity to explore London, with a half reasonable change of some reasonable weather. Our mission on this occasion was to travel with a young family, Antonina Mamzenko, a professional photographer (https://www.mamzenko.com) and a professional London Blue Badge Tourist Guide (with a comfy car). We started from home in the South West of London (but it could be from North, South East or wherever), and we headed into town. Reading material and a quiz on way. (There’s no point in being talked at if you know everything, so best to have your knowledge tested as you go) .

shimfamilylondontrip_0016First stop at Horseguards. Unusually, HM Queen Elizabeth had stopped by the stables, so Guard Change was delayed. No matter, it gave us an opportunity to inspect the horses. From Horseguards across town to The Tower of London and a low tide gave us the opportunity for some beach-combing next to Tower Bridge.


After a review of our finds, shimfamilylondontrip_0041we were off in search of street art and finally, a stop near St Paul’s Cathedral to review our journey.


With huge thanks to Antonina Mamzenko (https://www.mamzenko.com) and to Shim (https://www.yogakala.co.uk) and the boys.