Welcome to my blog – East London Outside
I am Nel, a London-living mum of two, trying to get outside whenever possible to enjoy the great outdoors in the East End. Although we live in the inner city I didn’t want this to stop me and the kids enjoying nature, finding ‘wild’ places and generally having fun in the elements.
I’m sharing our micro-adventures in the hope that it inspires others, particularly with small kids, to do one or more of the following:
- explore outdoors in the fabulous East End
- get outside in your own neighbourhood
- hunt out the pockets of wild, even in the city
- tell me about your time outside – I’m always on the hunt for things to do and places to go!
Being a parent is amazing but hard! The second time I went on maternity leave [once I had survived the first crazy six weeks of newborn plus toddler plus stitches!] I found I needed something to distract me from the sleepless nights, unbalanced hormones and mountains of laundry.
I love the outdoors and know getting outside always makes me feel refreshed so I set myself a mat leave challenge. My idea was simply that I had to go outside everyday. I could do as much or as little as I liked, but each day I needed to venture out with the baby. The toddler joined us on days he wasn’t at nursery.
Some days we went to the park around the corner, other days we explored our neighbourhood and further afield, looking for places to enjoy being out of doors. I documented our micro-adventures on instagram – really just as a record for me to look back on and to encourage me to keep up with the challenge.
Looking back over my insta grid I realised we have (re)discovered lots of brilliant places and things to do around the East End and beyond. This blog is an attempt to compile our experiences and the information we found out in case others are looking for inspiration too.
All photos are my own unless otherwise credited. Permission must be sought before using any image from this site.
What’s the score? At just over a mile long this canal is perfect for a gentle waterside stroll along the southern edge of Victoria Park. If you want more, it connects to the Regent’s Canal in the west, and the River Lea in the east. But it’s also rewarding to simply amble the short stretch… Continue reading Hertford Union Canal
What’s the score? A decent sized pocket park handily located between the south side of Victoria Park and Roman Road, Bow. Fully enclosed and nicely landscaped, this is perfect for young kids – think toddlers learning to scoot and primary school kids having a kick-about after school. St Stephen’s features two giant daisies, they were… Continue reading St Stephen’s Green
What’s the score? Opened in the second half of 2020, Bartlett Park playground is a welcome addition to the area, offering a mix of play equipment for toddlers to 10 year olds (the website claims up to 18yrs, but I’d say younger ages are gonna be most interested). You can easily while away a couple… Continue reading Bartlett Park playground
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