National Army Museum
We visited this Chelsea gem yesterday. You have to book a timed slot in advance but the tickets are free. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and the one way system works well. Most of the interactive exhibits can't operate which is going to be difficult for a host of museums but there is still lots to engage kids, especially older ones. The Waterloo section is fascinating. Cafe and play centre currently closed but the shop is open.
National Army Museum Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea. Open 10.30am–3.30pm. Admission free.
Forget haircuts, this is what we have been looking forward to the most. Our teenage girls have been taken too, mainly to indulge their mums. Marcela's in Holland Street is Emily's fave.
Marcela's 9 Holland St, W8
One positive side effect of this strange new normal is that restaurants that you used to have to queue for hours for now take bookings. Temp check and hand sanitiser on arrival and then sherry, padron peppers, jamon and garlicky prawns. Grown up date night never felt so good.
Barrafina 26–27 Dean St, W1
River Paddle Boarding
Drifting along the tranquil River Stour on a family morning paddle. Book a guided lesson or private tour. Look out for the low branches! Great family canoes if you have little ones.
Fordwich riverside, CT2 OBF. Paddle Boards, £18 per hour. Ages 12+
Retro Cherry Caravan
After your gentle paddle along the river hop over to the coast for a wander along the beach and fish & chips on a bench. We have stumbled across the coolest retro ice cream van tucked away in the back streets of Whitstable. The best shakes, ice creams and frappes in town. Their Cherry Bomb special with Kentish cherries is delish!
Open Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm. The Old Coal Yard, Whitstable.
Emily Turner and Julia Colls 16 July 2020