Apart from the cost of a couple of cups of coffee and an ice cream we had a lovely free day out. I didn't even to have to buy a tube ticket for myself as our daytrip destination was only five minutes walk from Paddington Station. To anyone else who's considering spending time in London with kids on a fine-ish day, you couldn't go far wrong packing a picnic and mooching around Hyde Park and Kensington Palace Gardens, as I'd planned a few weeks back. Adults in the party might want to bring a book if they're not prepared to hang around and chat for long periods of time as the children will be off entertaining themselves.
Then a jaunt across the parks, with an unintended extra loop for the directionally challenged Lovelygrey family, before we reached another Princess Diana Memorial, this time the fountain. Now this is not really a fountain in a traditional sense. It's more of an elaborate water course. If you want to see the aqua equvalent of fireworks, you're better off seating yourself by the feature near Lancaster Gate. You might recall that when this attraction opened it furred up quickly with slime and represented such a hip fracture risk that it was closed off for a while. Happily the problem has now been rectified and it's another excellent play resource, although not the haven for quiet wading and contemplation as intended in school holidays! Just remember towels and spare clothing.