Sugar ‘n Spice

– Permanent Exhibit in the Docklands (E14)


Sugar and spice is not – as you will have realised – a guarantee for all things nice. And, since junior’s arrival – despite attempts to stick to healthy fruit snacks – we’ve learnt that sugar in itself frequently leads to frantic, manic marathons chasing a hyped and hysterical child around public areas. With this in mind, we set off to see London, Sugar, Slavery at the Museum in the Docklands. Was it possible to shake a bit of intellectual spice into a sweet day with the tot?  

metm131.gifGranted its not the sweetest of topics, but the detailed and sensitive examination of London’s role in transatlantic slavery means it’s definitely worth a visit. And it houses what is possibly the most creative and different soft-play area in London. 

After a fascinating hour in the Museum, when the sprog was keen (quite naturally) to spice things up a little, we headed to the kids’ play area. Frequented by lots of mums and tots (could this be the best-known secret in the Docklands?), it houses an imaginative soft-play area, some fun Thames-inspired water play and other learning opportunities for older kids. Not only clean and entertaining, it’s actually interesting for grown-ups too. Now that doesn’t need a sweetener!

What Mini says:
What’s up with intellectual stimulation when there’s water play around?  

London, Sugar, Slavery is at the Museum in Docklands, No1 Warehouse, London E14 4AL (Tel.  0870 444 3857 ). See the Museum Website for more information. 

A Note on Logistics
Travelling with a baby is easy on the Jubilee line and the Docklands Light Railway, and the Museum has excellent access for babes in prams. The kid’s zone is lots of fun but is only open in the afternoon. And if you’re feeling peckish, the café in the Museum has plenty of child-friendly options (or if you want a reminder of the corporate rat-race and an altogether different form of slavery, you could always head into Canary Wharf for something to eat). is the ultimate review site for London mums, babies and toddlers. Click here to read more about our reviews of classes, activities and great things for Mum and baby or toddler.

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