A mini trip to West Hamstead with Thameslink

Over the weekend we took a day trip with the kids to West Hampstead. We love visiting London but we've never explored this area at all, so when Thameslink asked us if we wanted have a little mini outing there we thought why not! Since Wilf started school he's been asking me a lot if he can have little outings like this and I've really missed the spontiaity we had before we were tied down to a school week. Weekends definitely feel more special so it was lovely to take some time out as a family and just explore a new to us area.

We love traveling by train, as a family of non drivers we use it a lot and our kids are seasoned train passengers. Wilf actually suffers from car sickness but is totally fine on trains so it's saved us a lot of hassle traveling this way. I think the kids appreciate having so much room and being able to sit on our laps or be read a story, plus you can go for as many toilets breaks as you need without stopping which is a must with small kids!

We jumped on the Thameslink from St Pancras to West Hampstead and stumbled across a cute little farmers market right outside the station. Tom and I grabbed a coffee and Wilf picked out a couple of cakes (brownie for him and Mabli and carrot cake for us) to eat later on the heath. Next we headed onto West Hamstead high street, we pottered about in charity shops a little before heading into the arts centre.

I've been really impressed lately with how interested Wilf is in galleries and exhibitions, now that he's five he's able to stop and take note of so much more. Mabli enjoyed it in her own special way, by shrieking and running up and down the room trying to touch it all. After a slight nervous looking gallery assistant looked over for the third time we decided it was time to make out exit and looked out for a place to grab some lunch.

This was probably our favourite find from the trip as we came across a place called Bobby Fitzpatrick and it had my dream interiors! Seriously it was like stepping back in time to the seventies, everything had been thought out SO WELL all the way down to the hand dryer in the loos. Tom and I have been talking about it ever since. If you ever take a trip to West Hampstead then this needs to be on your list. We arrived there at 12 just as they opened and we were the only people in there for a good 45 minutes. We ordered a bit of a feast and it was all delicious. My only regret was not going in for pudding, bannoffee pie I'm coming back for you!

Aft our tummies were well and truly full, Mabli fell asleep in the pushchair and we decided to just take our time strolling around the pretty houses. Tom and I like to play the game 'what would we do if we won the lottery' and pick out our dream house, Wilf and I agreed we'd like the pink one with the circular windows thanks! We happened upon a play park just down the road and hung out there for a short while whilst the kids made friends and built sandcastles. Don't you just love how kids can just strike up friendships with anyone their same age? Wish we were a bit more like that.

We often get questions about rail travel with kids and how we travel light. We don't take our travel system with us for trips like this but take the Pocket stroller as it folds up so small, we also take a sling and pop it under the pushchair when we don't use it. Wilf is five so obviously isn't in a buggy anymore but if we are spending the day walking he might need to rest his legs in it for a short while so we'll pop Mabli in the sling then!

We decided to take our cakes to the corner of Hamstead Heath and eat them looking out on the lake, it is so pretty there, I can't believe we've never been before.

It was late afternoon by this point so we decided to squeeze one more thing into our day before catching the train home. We knew there was a National Trust place in the area and we were partially interested in this one as it was home of Erno Goldfinger one of the most influential figures of the modernist movement. Tom and I love interior design so it was brilliant to be able to walk almost the house and design, it's made us hanker for a house with a spiral staircase too. Again I was really impressed with both kids and how interested they were walking amongst the rooms and pointing out things that they liked or were interesting to them. I only took two pictures here as I didn't realise you weren't meant to (whoops!) but if you want to see more then they are pictured on the link above.

We had such a lovely day exploring this part of London and probably wouldn't have though to make the trip without the prompt from Thameslink so thanks to them for partnering with us on this post!

I've had so many comments from the pics I shared on IG asking for a post on what we did in the area so I hope it helps anyone or gives you the excuse to pop on the train and go explore!

P.S you can see where we travelled to with Thameslink here last year!

In association with GTR 


Unknown said...

It's really nice to see this place in depth. It looks really interesting. Love that pic of Mabli under the curtain! X

Unknown said...

This so so cute! Looks so much fun

Unknown said...

Gosh what a stunning location and I loved your Stories that day too

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