Last week Clementines granny and uncle Louie came to visit which seemed like the perfect opportunity to head into London and spend an afternoon at the Sealife Aquarium on the Southbank. What I had failed to realise when we planned this trip was that it was the start of the summer holidays so it was rather busy.
Clem fell asleep on the train and at one point I did begin to think she was going to sleep all the way round as she didn’t seem in any hurry to wake up! She finally woke up just before the shark tunnel so that was well-timed. It also meant she slept the entire time we were queuing so that was good.
The aquarium is massive and all underground which is crazy. After you have paid the first thing you are greeted with is a glass floor over a giant tank with sharks, rays and loads of fish. Now I’m not a huge fan of walking on glass so to be greeted with this as soon as we turned the corner was a bit of a surprise. There was no escaping it or going around the edges, so I just walked over it super quick.
I found it really pushchair/wheelchair friendly apart from the queuing system at the beginning. This might have just been the entrance we went in but we did have to go up and down a few set of steps but apart from that there were lifts and ramps to take you between floors and exhibits. There’s a really big range of things to see and there are lots for kids to do. I noticed a lot of the kids seemed to be doing a Lego treasure hunt, which seems like a great way to keeps the kids entertained if they manage to get bored from looking at all the fish, sharks, penguins!! and everything else that’s in the tanks.
After the aquarium we walked along the south bank to the oxo tower and met Daddy from work for dinner. Clem had her first experience of pizza express, and we discovered she is a huge fan of the dough balls.
Has anyone else been to the aquarium in London? We’ve been to the one in Plymouth and Brighton before and I have to say the London one is definitely the best out of those three. Does anyone have any other recommendations for things to do in London?