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Make childhood memories in East London

Have you and your children been to the largest toy collection in the UK yet? Rather than wait in line at Hamley’s or visit the Natural History Museum for the tenth time, head over to Bethnal Green in East London for hands-on displays for kids, antique toys and great coffee for the grown-ups.

Part of the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), the Museum of Childhood has been collecting toys and memories from childhood since 1872. It was originally part of the ‘Albertopolis’ complex and started life as a temporary home for objects kept in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, after the Great Exhibition in 1851.

There’s loads of great things for children to play with from wooden cars and rocking horses, to train sets, building blocks and an indoor sand pit. It’s ideal for a chilly winter day and best of all, it’s free to enter!

We particularly liked seeing the display on children’s clothing through the decades – much of which is still in great condition. The hand-smocked dresses are not too dissimilar from our range, here at LUCA & LUCA though thankfully ours are moth and odour-free!

If you can, try to get to the museum when it opens at 10am or after 2pm so that the place is a little quieter. Even so, there’s a really calming atmosphere to the place and if the weather holds out, the impressive Victoria Park is a ten-minute walk away.