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London Adventure Walks for Families: Tales of a City Paperback – 6 May 2010
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Recommended reading(WALK magazine)
A handy pocket-sized guide to showing children the delights of the big smoke.(Hill Mag)
A pocket-sized, brightly illustrated series of urban adventures taking in both world famous landmarks and hidden treaures.(Ham & High)
Crammed with ideas of things to make, songs to sing, street and park games to play, ideas to re-energise flagging feet. All the walks are created to be a fun, essentially free day out for all the family.(West One Exclusive)
This little book could open the door to adventure, make history come alive and excite the vital curiosity and imagination of today's TV-obsessed children.(Camden New Journal)
These intriguing explorations of the capital will draw you in and keep everyone actively involved.(Angel)
If you struggle finding time for your photography amid your family commitments, a good compromise is to mix the two. This fantastic guide presents a great way to spend time both with your family and your camera.(Amateur Photographer)
We loved the first book in the series, and this follow up does not disappoint.(Angels and Urchins)
The essential family London guide book, for Londoners and tourists alike.(Trends)
An inspirational pocket-sized book designed to get your kids out of the house and stomping all over London.(London Magazine)
This is exactly the sort of book I would have loved to have when growing up in London. I am delighted to be able to use it with my own children, and discover parts of the capital that I never knew existed.(Families)
This charming and useful book contains 25 London walks designed to appeal to children. The selection is excellent and each walk is accompanied by clear, step-by-step instructions of where to go, as well as the interesting sights and landmarks along the way, and their relevance to the story. There are plenty of colour photographs, small fact boxes, activity suggestions and line drawings of things they might see en route.(Sunday Telegraph)
A book that begs to be used and must surely find a welcome from staff in primary schools in reach of London.(School Librarian)
Each walk is accompanied by clear, step-by-step instructions of where to go, as well as the interesting sights and landmarks along the way(Daily Telegraph)
A must-have for families in and around London, or anyone thinking of visiting the capital with children.(Keren David)
'We love this new book . . . it is filled with ideas for keeping children amused' - Daily Express
'A walking scheme so wily it should get even the most lumpen child off its sulky bottom' - Daily Telegraph
'It's day-tripping season - but where to go? Becky Jones and Clare Lewis have done all the hard work for you. This great pocket-size book doesn't just point you in the direction; it's packed with ideas for pit stops, activities to enjoy while you're out and about and story tapes to take along for the journey.' - Time Out
'An absolute treasure trove for parents and children. Not just great walks, but songs, food, fascinating facts and fun things to do.' Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood
Created to provide a fun, essentially free day out for all the family.(Primary Times)
From the Back Cover
London Adventure Walks for families is a collection of twenty-five imaginative urban adventures. Each is inspired by a theme - the Great Fire of London; Paddington Bear; Charles Dickens; Mary Poppins; Peter Pan; the Romans; 101 Dalmatians and many more. Crammed with activities and with tantalizing facts designed to fire the imagination of every child, London Adventure Walks for families will take you on the inside track to uncovering the treasure trove that is London; its people, its places, its hidden treasures, its history and its stories. This is the essential London guide book for families.See all Product Description
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So much thought has gone into making the walks fun and stimulating for kids and they are all themed to appeal to the young: Florence Nightingale and the Story of Medicine; What the Romans Did for London; Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens; Dick Whittington and the City of London; Paddington Bear and Portobello Market, to name but a few.
It is also a beautiful book, so an ideal gift. I have just ordered 7 more copies!
We started with the Paddington Bear walk, walking along Portobello Rd (during the market) and thus past where Mr Gruber used to live (!), and then on along the canal to Paddington Station. Fantastic. But there are walks here for all ages - tracing the steps of the Cold War spies (eg there's a real Le Carre chill when you find a genuine dead letter dropping spot), or Florence Nightingale's London, or the Dickens walk echoing the Victorian childhood. There are 25 in all, and our children have already started looking through to see what else we can do.
Practicalities are taken care of well - eg distance, landmarks to look out for along the way, eating and drinking spots, historical nuggets, as well as relevant phone numbers and websites for the different venues. Every now and then there are fantastic little bits of trivia as well - for example, I never knew (not sure why I would have done, mind!) that Jeremy Clarkson's dad was the man who made the first Paddington Bear toys, meaning that he and his sister owned the very first Paddingtons in the world!
All in all - a great book. HIGHLY recommended
Not only have the walks been beautifully compiled, but the book is beautifully designed, and is packed with so much thoughtful detail (from a recipe for marmalade to make Paddington Bear's marmalade sandwiches, to lists of London festivals,and recommended reads), it makes you want to hug the authors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We live in London so I was looking for ideas for my kids. Reviews make this sound excellent. In reality it is dreary and nothing more than a standard walking guide - nothing I... Read morePublished on 17 April 2014 by 2swedes
My Husband and I recently went to London with our two children 7yrs and 5yrs of age. I always like to be prepared, and have some sort of back up up my sleeve of things to do, this... Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2013 by Mrs. V. E. Black
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