January 11, 2015
Ssh, it’s #SilentSunday One snap, no chat
Spitalfields Market on a Sunday is full of beautiful hipsters working off their hangovers and amazing stalls with original and well priced clothes, bags and accessories. Not exactly a place you’d go with a toddler. But we went there to see family last Sunday on a sunny, unseasonably warm Autumn day and had a great time.
The tube to Liverpool Street Station to get to Spitalfields Market was an adventure, as always. My first trip to Liverpool Street Station with a pushchair two years ago was an horrific, rush-hour trauma where I was almost knocked down the escalator with pram in tow. It was this experience that prompted me to develop Gobaby app to help other parents find step-free London tube stations, in fact. But this time I was travelling on the weekend, with my husband and now two- year-old, so it was far more manageable. The only incident was when a woman sat down on our toddler on the tube journey, unapologetically taking his seat and ignoring his small yelp when she landed.
But a 5-minute walk out of the station and we were wandering happily through the stalls. I took us to Leon, a family-friendly place offering “naturally fast food” with outdoor seating in the market. Near the tables was a children’s play house on a large soft play mat, with a toy box containing plastic balls and dress up hats. Perfect. Our son played happily with a few other children while we munched on super salads and fresh fruit drinks. Baby changing facilities are in the disabled toilet and easily pram accessible.
It was a nice day and our toddler had much more fun than we’d anticipated. My only regret was not buying a fabulous top that I abandoned as I chased after him.