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Best days out by train from London hand picked by The Sons Family

Boy looking through a telescope in Hastings

Meet the Sons family from South London.

Mum Roxsanne, dad Jeff and their four boys know their way around London and the South East better than anyone, thanks to their extensive family days out they capture on Instagram. From city to countryside, coast to capital, they just love to explore! Roxsanne shares with us her top three days out on our extensive network you simply cannot miss….

Three boys standing in front of a painted wall


Roxsanne says the holidays are “the perfect time to create lifelong memories” with her family, so Hastings is the perfect daycation location. “It was quite nostalgic coming back, because I’ve not been since I was a child,” she adds as she now explores the historic town with her children. “There’s so much to entertain the family for the whole day,” she explains – the Old Town, West Cliff hill lift funicular railway with impressive sea views and the Smuggler’s Adventure cave.

Our top tip

Get 2FOR1 entry to Hastings Contemporary when you show your Southern Railway ticket for your fine fix of coastal culture.

Nearest station: Hastings

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Horniman museum front entrance

Horniman Museum, London

“One of the best family friendly museums in London,” according to Roxsanne, the Horniman Museum and Gardens in South London is a quality alternative to the major museums in Zone 1. “The Horniman has everything from a free animal walkthrough [to] really exciting hands-on bases that kids of all ages will enjoy,” she tells us. “Our boys really enjoyed looking at a Nigerian market stall in the World Gallery.”

Our top tip

Soak in the incredible view from the park the museum sits in – on a clear day, you can see directly over Central London’s iconic skyline from the bandstand.

Nearest station: Forest Hill

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Children running over a fountain display

Coal Drops Yard, London

The new canalside area is jam-packed full of hidden gems to discover, all centered around a shopping and dining hotspot with over 50 outlets to tuck into. Roxsanne’s advice is simple, she says: “you can watch a free movie by the canal, grab a bite to eat and the kids can stretch their legs and play in Lewis Cubitt Park.” Roxsanne’s boys are very active, so after all the excitement, she reminds us to: “Then cool down by the fountains in Granary Square!”

Our top tip

Directly opposite Coal Drops Yard is a little-known nature reserve called Camley Street Natural Park, which is a gorgeous hidden oasis perfect for kids to enjoy – it’s free, and open 10am-5pm every day.

Nearest station: London Bridge (for connecting Thameslink service to St Pancras International)

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