What on earth can one do in Vauxhall, I hear you ask. Surprise, surprise, one can have a perfectly nice day of culture, food, shopping and some fun for the wee ones too.
About 10 minute walk from the station is Tate Britain where you can always find something great to see, right now The Pre-Raphaelites and Turner Prize shows are on, or just a stroll through their wonderful permanent galleries and some truly fab shopping in the museum shop.
Five minutes from the station the little ones can enjoy this sweet small city farm with ponies, horses, alpacas, goats and chickens as well as a vegetable garden and some play area.
Afterward head to the delightfully decorated Brunswick House Cafe for delicious lunch or drink.
The cafe, located in a beautiful Georgian house, shares the space with the most amazing salvage yard – Lassco. They renovated and recreated the house, every room has its purpose and is bursting with great architectural antiques and curiosities. Need a house number or a door knob from a specific era? That’s your shop.
After a quick glimpse at the MI6 building (featured in several Bond movies, including Skyfall) hop back on the train home satisfied.
Millbank, SW1P 4RG
Vauxhall City Farm:
Spring Gardens, SE11 5HS
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30-16.00, free entry.
Lassco and Brunswick House Cafe:
30 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2LG