Streets Ahead is the column from London Walks' Pen David Tucker…
"What London Walks would you recommend for children?"
The "walks for kids" question is one we're asked a lot. The wide-ranging answer usually goes something like this (this is how I put it in a recent email to someone who'd popped that very question):
How's about the Street Art Walk! It's the "gallery tour" that's pretty much guaranteed to work for kids. You take them to the National Gallery or the British Museum or the V & A and a lot of them at any rate are going to do some serious foot dragging.
It can be pretty trying – a trial of your force majeur against their squirrelley impatience. Not a lot of fun for either "combatant." Head to that outdoor "gallery" though and it's a different ball game.
The art's fun. It's colourful. It's brash. It's bigger than life. It's super accessible. A lot of it's cartoon-y. Kids dig it. And guide Pepe's got the knack – he's good with kids.
Accompanied children under the age of 15 go free on all London Walks
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