A couple of weeks ago we popped into town on the second day of the Open House London event. Last year we just visited our local Open House (Little Holland House in Carshalton Beeches) but we had an idea that we might go and see the Gerkin...
Unfortunately half the population seemed to have had the same idea and the queue snaked around the block (never great but really not good with a 5 year old in tow) so we had a wander around outside instead.
They had an art activity for children which involved tracing images of the surrounding buildings using large perspex sheets - the little man enjoyed drawing the Gerkin and adding it to the display.
We then wandered off to find somewhere a little quieter.
We ended up in the calm and quiet(ish) Georgian surroundings of the Middle Temple, which Mr M enjoyed as he trained as a Barrister. The small boy was a little less impressed though!
Then on to Somerset house, where they have some rather striking sculptures on display in the courtyard (I couldn't resist a wonky selfie!).
The river from the terrace...
Following that we walked over Waterloo Bridge (a view I could never tire of) and messed around with the installations at the South Bank Centre.
Maybe one year we'll be sufficiently organised with Open House to either turn up early or go for one of those you can book in advance!