I’m off to Arundel, in West Sussex, UK . A Lord of the rings esque sounding village, lacking in hobbits but completed with Riverside Castle and moorhen dunking wetlands.
Hidden behind Paddington station, nestled snugly between high rises and city townhouses lies little Venice.
The canal network runs throughout London but little Venice has to be it’s heart. It’s the perfect viewing point to sit and have a coffee, read a book and watch the beautifully painted boats glide silently by.
I know a director who actually lives on one of these boats and works full time in the city, and the residences are a mixture of ages and nationalities.
Fancy like spending a night on one? Check out this link to some I found on Air B&B for only £20 a night!
Living in London for the past 5 years you of thought I’d have most of the sites well covered……. but to be honest, I think most locals are reluctant to spend over £25 on a day out in the midst of the kids summer holidays……apart from me.
Situated next to Westminster bridge and just a short walk from the sealife centre, the London eye is the worlds largest observation wheel standing at over 135 metres. With tickets starting from £25 and upwards however, its hardly a family friendly affordable day out. So I settled for a walk underneath it instead!
The Sealife Centre
I admit, the sealife centre is usually packed to the brim throughout the summer holidays and I would advise visiting on a quieter weekday – unless you are happy to be overun with prams and small children looking for Dory.
Entrance is £25 for an adult, but to be fair, it’s an extremely large building with a magnificent central tank, which has multiple viewing points as you descend around the building. The observation tunnel will be completely rammed and photo opportunities limited, unless you don’t mind the 6ft man in front being part of the picture.
I was completely unaware there was also a penguin observation enclosure. Personally I felt very sorry for the inhabitants. I couldn’t see any form of outdoor pen and the glass enclosure had a rather depressing glacier theme and blue lighting.
Moving on, a favourite for everyone was the a virtual reality screen and an empty pool where you could sit on the edge and look into the screen to view yourself with orcas and a polar bear and cub seemingly interacting with you.