A great day out in east London
It may house more toys than a Hamleys warehouse, but the V&A Museum of Childhood is just as glorious for grown-ups as it is mind-boggling for kids. Marvel at the breadth of the collection, which began in 1872 and includes everything from Victorian praxinoscopes to a whole lot of Barbies.
Though obviously dependent on London's persistent cloud cover taking a day off, the Boundary Rooftop is a really classy place to sip a sangria in the sunshine. If rain unexpectedly sets in you can warm up with a coffee in their excellent ground floor café instead.
Spitalfields has been a market since 1887, though the recent refurb has made the place a lot more flash. Browse antique cameras, striking T-shirts from budding designers, books, crafts, records and almost any food you might be hungry for from the shops and cafés around the edges.
A great day out in Southwark
Prepare for some serious temptation as you explore London's oldest market – it dates back to the thirteenth Century – especially if you crave specialist cheese, the finest cured meats, homemade chutneys and an organic salad. To prevent you doing your entire grocery shop here, first quell your hunger by getting some lunch from the stalls at the north end of the market. The longer the queue, the better the taste.
A great day out in Covent Garden
Pollock's and its treasure trove of colourful traditional toys makes a charming stop off in your wander through the arcades and over the cobblestones of the famous Covent Garden market. Matchbox-sized puppet theatres and vintage board games will keep big kids engrossed for longer than they'd like to admit.