If you can bear to tear yourself away from the paradise that is South East London, we'd recommend a trip across town to Richmond, in South West London.
We love it because... The whole town is truly beautiful. It feels like you're in a rural village, but with all the convenience of London-standard shopping, eating and entertainment. You can choose from vast Richmond park greenery, Thames-side water scenes or town centre hustle and bustle.
We spotted... On our trip we visited Mr and Mrs Smith recommended The Bingham for a morning coffee, and we certainly weren't disappointed! With lush yet cosy interiors and lots of space in their beautiful lounge for buggies, it's the perfect place to start your day. They also had amazing baby change facilities, naturally!
We continued our trip with a walk along the river to Petersham Nurseries, famed for it's delicious food offerings. We sampled their fresh salads and juices in the Tearoom (a greenhouse filled with plants and flowers for sale) and lusted after the menu in the more glamorous restaurant.
Then finally, after a tough hill walk in Richmond Park, spotting the famous deer and stags, we treated ourselves to a cream tea in Pembroke Lodge. It really was a tough walk, so we deserved it, we promise!
When to go... The whole town would be beautiful in the height of summer, when you can take the little ones for walks along the river or try out some al-fresco dining at one of the many river-front cafes and restaurants. However, we KNOW kids will love the deer and stags in Richmond Park at Christmas time, so we'll definitely be coming back in Winter too!
Top tip... We tried it both ways, and we can definitely recommend public transport over driving! It's a long slog on the roads from SE postcodes, but if you're in reach of the Overground line, it's not too hard to get there by changing at Clapham.