Welcome to London – review and giveaway

I’ve been in love with our capital city since childhood.  Dad worked in the heart of the city at one time, and I loved exploring London on trips with my Auntie.  I’m not sure I could ever live there, but I never tire of visiting.  It’s a love I share with my 7 year old son, who always gets excited when we visit the big city.  Welcome to London is the kind of book that’s great as an introduction to our capital for younger children, but also as a discussion point for children my son’s age and beyond.

Welcome to London

The 60 page hardback picture book features 30 illustrations teaching children about the city and the people you might see on a visit.  We’ve been to London a number of times but none of us have seen a Pearly Queen yet – have you? We have however been to Trafalgar Square and Monkey knows all about Lord Nelson, he’s often wondered how many pigeons visit too.

Welcome to London

There are a couple of pages showing the different bridges across the river Thames which is quite fascinating as well as illustrations of the various trees you might find in Hyde Park. The pages featuring the art galleries have made me realise we haven’t taken Monkey to see any of the galleries in London yet. We’ve been past Harrods and Liberty on an open top bus tour, but I haven’t taken him inside.  Something else I need to remedy this summer I think.

A visit to Chinatown has been on our to do list for ages and Welcome to London has reminded us that we really do need to visit there too. Kew Gardens is somewhere we know and love and the book brought back memories for both of us as we looked through this book.

Welcome to London is a little different, I love the Marcos Farina illustrations and the fact that it doesn’t just show the best known sites of our city.  Priced at £10.99 I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link below for your reference.

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About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with an 8 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

84 thoughts on “Welcome to London – review and giveaway

  1. My favourite is Big Ben – I always refer to the old clock as a ‘he’! A big Gentle Ben! I love Grandfather clocks and Big Ben is like a gigantic outdoor Grandfather clock!

  2. It’s been years since I last went to London.i think my favourite would have to be Buckingham Palace because it’s so impressive.

  3. After having worked in London for years I have to choose Victoria Train Station when I catch my train back home!!! Everything else is just normal to me

  4. Big Ben. Iconic. Regularly seen on tv :- such as when news being introduced, and at New Year. New Year being a time when we are welcoming the start of a New Year, and wishing each other much Happiness etc in the coming year / future. Also keeps us accurate in regards to time.

  5. Whenever i go to London i love to go to the Natural History Museum. It’s such a beautiful building and we all love the Dinosaur exhibits.

  6. Has to be Big Ben as i’ve seen it so many times on TV but when i seen it with my own eyes it was beautiful

  7. The tower of London. on our first ever London trip we stayed in an hotel overlooking it and it looked magnifient at night

  8. My favourite London landmark is the Tower of London. It is a place so filled with history and atmosphere. I never, ever get bored of visiting and every time, it still fills me with awe.

  9. I like Southward Cathedral and all that area as whilst I never lived their my family come from their originally so it’s like I’m walking in their footsteps.

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