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"I took the kids to a secret place yesterday: they did not just like it, they loved it!"
Today is your lucky day: we want to share with you some of the special London gems that families have discovered and shared on Kinfo. You know, those little places that make the effort of encouraging screaming kids and moaning teens out of the house completely worthwhile when you get there!
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Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in London, the Pergola and its adjacent gardens are a vestige of 1900s Edwardian extravagance. Now they make magnificent Instagrammable backdrops. Oozing with former grandeur, the overgrown, exotic trees and vines look like "a secret garden from a children's story," according to this mum of 2 who recommended it on Kinfo. Read her tip if you plan to go there with buggies.
King's Cross, London.
The abandoned postmail railway that used to carry thousands of our letters every day under our feet has just re-opened and its "stunning," according to this dad who was lucky enough to be among the first ones to ride the little green carriages. Technically open to children of any age, the loud noise, dark tunnels and flashes might not be appropriate for the smallest – although there is "The Postal Play Space" where they can play and pretend to be a postman.
All right. We all know the V&A (have you seen the renovated wing? Beautiful!). But have you tried one of the back-pack trails they offer to kids aged 5-12? (Under-5s get to have their own Animal Agent Bag version). They are packed with activities related to the exhibitions, with the kind of titles that kids dream about: Time Traveller, Amazing Space, Magic Glasses... A mum of 3 says it was: "Brilliant!"
Holland Park, London.
The house is a private palace of arts and garden grounds – the latter being a serene enclave. East meets west in its art collection. Leighton lived and painted here, so kids can contemplate what it was to be a successful artist in the late-Victorian era. Recommended by a mum of 2 as a special kid-sized museum.
Recommended by a mum on Kinfo, this is a windmill that "you can't even see from the road". Much of the machinery inside is intact. Children enjoy seeing what it was like to grind corn 250 years ago. Only open a couple of days per year so check the dates before you visit.
King's Cross, London.
A real-life escape game for 3 to 5 players, probably more adapted for preteens than toddlers, as mentioned by this mum on Kinfo. This is a 60-minute team buzzing experience. Together, you must find the solution of the quiz if you want to escape the room. Yes, really.
The Strand, London.
These history highlight tours are recommended by a mum of 2. In a child-friendly (1 hour!) tour, you will discover the "secret treasures of Somerset House" including the atmospheric Deadhouse. Oh and this weekend (Sept 16 & 17) you will be able to visit the hidden parts that are usually closed to the public, during Open House London. See here for more details.
"Arcade games with a difference," says the mum of 2 who discovered this little gem. All the (coin-operated) machines there are the creation of inventor Tim Hunkin, and some of them sound hilarious, such as the chiropodist, the expressive photobooth, test your nerve... Go see!