A Day Out at Circus West Village

On Easter Monday we were invited to Circus West Village next to Battersea Power Station to sample some of the activities they have on offer over the holidays. We had a great time, although it was a little like being a tourist in your own city. Since we had no idea just how much was available to keep the kids entertained. We have already decided as a family that we hope to return in the Summer.

We live outside of London so decided to drive in since it is South of the River and outside the congestion charging zone.. Although there is no parking in Circus West Village we parked right next door at Chelsea Wharf. Then its a very short walk along the riverside. You know when you have reached your destination. In fact its pretty hard to miss the brightly coloured POWER sign across the top of the archway. It was a welcome sign since the weather was bing typically English. As you enter on the righthand side there are the Circus West Village Popups. This was our first stop to book into the craft activities and also pick up our Easter egg hunt check list.

I like the fact that they offered two different types which meant that the hunt itself is suitable from the age of two upwards. Monkey chose the slightly harder Easter Egg Hunt. This involve counting all the brightly coloured eggs located in four specific areas around the village. Plus anagrams and some drawing. He enjoyed walking around searching for the eggs and it meant that we got a nice feel for the area. Stopping at the Battersea Power Station Design Shop, The Battersea Power Station General Store, the Village Hall where they had roller skating on and the Popups themselves under Grosvenor Archway. He got to pick his reward opting for a large bag of mini eggs!

We then set about making an Easter bonnet with a lady called Charlotte. She was brilliant with the children and helped us to get the hat put together. Then it was down to Monkey to decorate it from all the craft materials available. Including some rather fetching sheep stickers, wasabi tape, glitter tape, pom poms, felt pens, gems, chicks and felt letters. Kipper even had a chance to make his own. Although he lost interest once he had covered the top in felt tips … toddlers!! Really the session is designed for children aged five plus. The crafts are changed frequently which also means that if you wanted to come back. And of course why wouldn’t you as the activities are all FREE!! The only thing which is charge for is the roller skate hire at £2. There is also a soft play area called Imagination Play suitable for children ages 2+, although it wasn’t set up on the day we visited because of the weather.

Walking round I was struck by just how many different places were available to get something to eat. There really is a wide range of choice from Italian to Japanese. Hubby and I have decided to try out the Ramean House next time we visit. I cam imagine in the Summer sitting outside having a relaxing drink watching the kids play in the infinity fountain with the sun! Monkey was tempted by it even if it was raining. We had a reservation at FIUME which is an Italian, offering brunch through to a four course dinner. It was a lovely relaxed setting with linen napkins and a huge selection of wine.

The menu was not the most extensive having three options under each course and around ten different options for brunch. Monkey decided on a brunch dish of avocado, smoked salmon and poached eggs. Which he loved and it looked delicious. I was disappointed with the children menu though as it was only a choice of children’s tomato pasta and magerreta pizza. Kipper will eat pasta with anything so that worked for him. I do think this could be a European tradition as we were faced with the same small selection when eating in France. I liked the fact that they brought the children’s meals out with our starters and then their dessert with our mains. Unfortunately they were out of sorbet on the day we visited so Kipper had a fruit salad (and even ate the blueberries!). Monkey opted for pistachio ice cream. The other flavours on offer were hazelnut and liquorice. They change their flavours depending on what the chef orders.

The staff were super friendly, nothing was too much trouble. I lost count of the times Kipper threw his cutlery on the floor only for it to be replaced. We had a lovely meal in a relaxed setting.

Opposite the restaurant is the new Battersea Pier which has recently been opened. We jumped aboard an MBNA Thames Clipper and travelled the thirty minutes or so to London Bridge. Using the riverboat makes Circus West Village all the more accessible. Plus if you are London based you can use your nectar card just like you would on the underground. We had a Family Roamer ticket which allowed us to travel on any of their boats, as much as we needed, hoping on and off as we chose. A Family Roamer costs £38 for a family of four and represents fantastic value.

Its also a wonderful way to see some of the iconic sites along the Thames. I was really impressed that they fitted our huge Urban Thule Buggy without even batting an eyelid. The staff we helpful and engaged with the kids. Plus it was a lot plusher inside that I imagined. With letter seats, table tops and a kiosk selling both hot and cold soft drinks, alcoholic drinks and snacks we really were spoilt. The windows were huge which meant we could see everything really well. The kids had a great time and were also very interested in the free activity packs provided.

Unfortunately the weather was shocking so we chose to stay on the boat. However we do have very intention of coming back for another day pass in the Summer and taking it all the way to the end. If you would like to see more the please check out the video I have made below of our day:

We had a wonderful day. Both of us were very impressed with what Circus West Village has to offer and all the people we encountered. I can see it being very popular as word spreads. We will definitely be back again to sample more of what it has on offer.

 

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This is a collaborative post, we were invited to Circus West Village, FIUME and MBNA Thames Clippers in order to be able to write this review. I was also compensated for my time. All words and opinions as ever are my own.

 

36 Comments

  1. April 11, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Sounds like a lovely day out, shame about the weather though but great excuse to revisit! I love discovering new places that are family friendly x

  2. April 11, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    What a lovely day out. I love being a tourist in our own city sometimes and discovering new things. Shame about the rain, I can’t believe the weather we’re having. My girls would love this x

  3. April 11, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    Looks like you had a fab day out. The tomato mozerella salad is one of my fav starters x

  4. April 12, 2018 / 8:48 am

    This sounds like a fabulous place – I’d not heard of it before and never would have thought to look there for something to do with the kids! The parking nearby is very appealing too, I have to admit that I don’t like to negotiate London with the pushchair and public transport. I hope your summer visit gives you better weather though!

  5. April 12, 2018 / 9:17 am

    This is such a fun family day out. I really enjoyed your video too. It’s great to hear how nice the restaurant staff were and I love eating places that change the menu according to what’s in season and what the chef ordered. I will check it out next time we are in London!

  6. April 12, 2018 / 9:20 am

    Oh what a shame about the weather but it still looks like a fab day out. My brother-in-law worked on the regeneration of Battersea Power Station and the surrounding area, so it’s cool to see how it has turned out. Looks fab! The food looks amazing too.

  7. April 12, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    Good old British weather! Sounds like you still had a great day regardless.

  8. April 12, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    This looks like such a great day out! Even with the rain it looks like there was lots to do, Thanks for sharing

  9. Tracy Nixon
    April 13, 2018 / 4:24 am

    Looks a great place to take the family! Shame it is so far from us!

  10. Ursula Hunt
    April 13, 2018 / 8:02 am

    I think we would love a day out here if it was a little nearer

  11. Margaret GALLAGHER
    April 14, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    Magical day out for YOU all – the SMILES on your faces says it all

  12. Margaret Clarkson
    April 15, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    It sounds like an amazing day out, it must have been good if you are hoping to return.

  13. Lorna Ledger
    April 15, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Aw great day out, glad you had fun, lots to see and do

  14. Lyndsey Cooksey
    April 15, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    Despite the weather, it looked and sounded like you all had a lovely time! I’ve not heard of this place before so thanks for the review. The photos look brilliant and £38 for a family roamer does sound good value

  15. Alice
    April 16, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    Looked like great fun. Shame the weather wasn’t the best.

  16. Annabel Greaves
    April 16, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    Looks like you had a lot of fun on your day out x

  17. April 16, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    This sounds like lots of fun, your pictures are great and that food looks amazing!

  18. paula cheadle
    April 19, 2018 / 3:48 am

    I adore places like this, it seems that you and your family do too

  19. Rich Tyler
    April 19, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    Looks great fun for family time together making memorys 🙂

  20. Sarah Roberts
    April 21, 2018 / 11:40 pm

    Looks so much fun l bet they were well tuckered out after all that!

  21. Emma C
    April 22, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    Looks like a great day out! Always great to hear about new places to try!

  22. April 23, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    This really does look like fun. I’ll have to look this place up my kids would love it!

  23. April 23, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    Wow, such a cool venue too, love your photos. Battersea is an easy journey for us so I must check this out. Sarah

  24. Liz T
    May 10, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    The Thames Clipper sounds like a lot of fun. 🙂

  25. Shaun Heathcote
    May 12, 2018 / 6:34 am

    looks like you all had a good day shame about the rain

  26. Shelby
    May 12, 2018 / 8:26 am

    I watched your video of this adventure and it looked like you all had a ball and I’m so glad the weather didn’t spoil everyone’s fun. Your son’s hat was brilliant. My son would of loved the boa trip to see the houses of parliament, he adores politics – something he didn’t get from his parents lol

  27. Hayley Todd
    May 12, 2018 / 9:22 am

    This looks like such a fabulous day out! Such a shame about the typical British weather though!

  28. Emily Smith
    May 12, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    Looks like a good time was had by all.

  29. Jeanette Leighton
    May 12, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    That pasta looks delicious looks like a good day out

  30. Kirsty Woods
    May 12, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely time

  31. Hazel Rea
    May 12, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    A wonderful day out and it’s marvellous that so much of it is free. Great that they change the activities regularly so repeat visits are worthwhile.

  32. Susan B
    May 13, 2018 / 11:13 am

    A lovely day out despite the weather. Thanks for the post and review.

  33. Theresa Thomas
    May 13, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    Good old British weather! Sounds like you still had a great day regardless.

  34. Lizzy Cooper
    May 15, 2018 / 9:22 am

    This looks like a really nice day out! Some lovely photos too! 🙂

  35. Jeanette Leighton
    May 15, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    Looks like a great day out love to see what places are worth a look in

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