South London

Situated south of the River Thames, South London consists of the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton and Wandsworth.

A great place to start when exploring South London is Greenwich Market, a historic eighteenth-century market and London’s only one set in a World Heritage Site (SE10 9HZ). Open seven days a week from 10am to 5.30pm, and situated in the heart of charming Greenwich, this large indoor market houses around 120 stalls selling jewellery, clothes, second-hand furniture, and unusual gifts. 

Royal Park London

Ariel view of the Royal Park in London and is part of the Greenwich, World Heritage Site with the Old Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House.

Another popular excursion, if heights don’t bother you too much, is to climb the O2 Arena. Built as the Millennium Dome to mark the year 2000, these days the O2 Arena is best known for being a major live music venue (SE10 0DX). It welcomes amazing artists from all over the world, so there’s that of course. But the best part of the O2 Arena is the rooftop. Book a dusk slot for “Up at the O2” – a 52-metre climb – and look westward for the most spectacular view of the city. 

Historic and contemporary architecture, world class art and culture with world renowned sporting venues make way for a vibrant night scene of classy bars and nightclubs.

What else is there to do and see in South London?

  • Maritime Greenwich – London’s third World Heritage Site. Here you’ll find the historic heart of maritime Britain with fine displays at National Maritime Museum (SE10 9NF).  Explore the history of the world’s last surviving tea clipper, the Cutty Sark (SE10 9HT). Stroll through Greenwick Park and visit the Royal Observatory (SE10 8XJ), the site of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), by which the world tells the time.
  • Crystal Palace Park – take a picnic in this peaceful park but watch out for the dinosaurs! (SE19 2GA), also home of two historical landmarks: The Crystal Palace & Crystal Palace Bowl and the modern day Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.
  • For more sporting venues, enjoy learning about the history of the Ashes at The Oval Cricket Ground (SE11 5SS) and the legendary Wimbledon Tennis Courts (SW19 5AE).
  • The Shard – dine with a view in one of the many restaurants & bars in the tallest building in Western Europe at 310 metres high above London. (SE1 2NY)
  • London Eye (Millenium Wheel) – across from Westminster Bridge, board the London Eye, the world’s second tallest Ferris Wheel for spectacular views over the city. (SE1 7PB) nearby you’ll find Sea Life Centre, London Aquarium and the Royal Festival Hall.
  • Shakespeare’s Globe – originally built in late the 16th century, William Shakespeare part owned the Globe Theatre. (SE1 9DT)
  • Imperial War Museum – this world-renowned museum takes you through the fascinating history of world war and conflict. (SE1 6HZ)
  • Tate Modern – an iconic art gallery which houses modern art of both British and international masters from 20th century to present day. (SE1 9TG)
  • To view up-and-coming artists, visit Peckham Levels – a seven storey car park transformed to a unique art space displaying dazzling local talent and creative artists.  After feeding your brain, feed your tummy with the multitude of international food stall options or try some yoga. (SE15 5BU)

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Single parenting isn’t easy

There’s lots to consider and “juggling” is a word which springs to mind.

Single parents throw all the balls up in the air and catch them, on a daily basis. If you were never great at multi-tasking, then you’d better get good! It’s essential for the smooth running of your home and keeping the kids in happy and in-check.

Get organised

You may be single parenting as a co-parent or flying completely solo. There’s no real difference apart from the fact that you get more time-off, (if you have an ex who has the children at set-times). In this instance, you get a short break and a little bit of time to pull yourself together for the next run. However, you probably find that this “free” time simply means clearing up all the mess and laundry from your parenting time and getting ready for the next episode. Try not to feel down, there will be some free-time. Getting organised for the next time the kiddywinks are home, means a more pleasant experience for you and them

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Can single-parented children really be ok?

We are told that children who are raised by single parents can be as happy as children who live with both. They can do just as well academically and go onto lead a positive adult life. However, this doesn’t just simply happen on it’s own. All children need a positive parental role model. It’s also said that children from single parent homes who have two loving parents, build resilience to deal with different situations in adulthood.

Experts say that if you spend good quality time with your child, they are less likely to have mental health issues in the future. Show your child that you are interested in your own life and that you grasp opportunities. More importantly prove that you want to be a part of your child’s life and interests.

Regularly reading to or with your child, going to the park, walking in the woods and observing what’s around you, kicking a ball around the garden or playing their favourite video game. All these things show your child that you are interested in what they like to do. Engage with your child. This can be more tricky with a teenager, so you may really have to find yourself loving the xbox! Read the rest of this article here

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