Summer has arrived and our thoughts turn towards taking the family to the beach for the day, however this can be end up being a frustrating and disappointing exercise; as one Brit told me,
“Don’t bother taking the car, it will cause more problems than its worth, go by train”.
We never listened and ended up gridlocked on the highway with other families and complaining children with the familiar refrain coming from the back seat ‘ are we there yet’, only to find on arrival at the beach, there was no parking or the parking available was horrendously expensive, making as affordable day out at the beach, far from affordable.
So how does one stay cool in the unbearable heat of summer?
Dotted round London are some wonderful water features made up of spectacular fountains that pumps out jets of cool water. The kids love playing in them and can spend hours dodging unexpected spurts of water, which leaves them shrieking with delight, and of course getting very wet in the process.
Some of these water features are situated in parks and gives the opportunity for the parents to picnic close by and at the same time keep an eye on their children.
Russel Square Garden Fountain – Bloomsbury
Splash Playground by the hub, Victoria Park – Victoria Park
Danson Park -Bexley
South Bank outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall – South bank
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain located in Kensington Gardens – Hyde Park
Granary Square Fountains – Kings Cross St Pancras
Edmond J Safra Fountain Court Somerset House – Aldwych
Tumbling Waters Playground Fountain Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Olympic Park
John Madjeski Garden Fountain – Knightsbridge