Team Honk London Museum Dash for Sport Relief

london museum dash for sport relief

26 museums. 3okm. 35,000 steps. Over £1000 raised for Sport Relief. At the weekend I completed an incredible London Museum Dash for Sport Relief as part of Team Honk, the blogging collective I co-founded three years ago to raise money for Sport Relief. I thought it would be fun to ‘see’ the whole challenge in one post. You can still sponsor us here and help change lives in the UK and beyond.

The Museum Dash was the brain child of fellow blogger Nell from Pigeon Pair and Me. Nell and I often blog about similar things – culture and travel – but haven’t hung out properly before, so I was instantly taken with her challenge. Swazi from Chocolate is Not The Only Fruit also took on this amazing challenge – Nell planned the route, but Swazi was our bold and fearless navigator – it was lovely to spend time in their company and to be with people who know London so well.

I am terrible at map reading and my London knowledge has faded rapidly in the 10 years since we moved away, so my contribution was to be a sounding board, to print out maps, buy deely boppers and research all the social media handles for the museums we visited.

We started at the Barbican cafe for tea and planning. A shot in the art gallery and we were off!

london museum dash for sport relief

Stop 2 was the Museum of London Life, swiftly followed by The British Museum where I managed to admire an artefact!

london museum dash for sport relief

Next stop the Cartoon Museum, which was so colourful and friendly, shop looked fab and a great bonus stop if you are at the British Museum.

Then the Courtald Musuem, where the brilliant staff helpfully ushered us to their most well known painting by Manet. I can’t tell you how much of a philistine I felt trying to take selfies in deeply boppers, luckily a security guard came to our photo rescue. I also spied a Van Gogh on my way out, definitely need to revisit this one.

Then onto The London Transport Museum. We got some cracking photos here and if you have a transport mad family member, you must visit!

london museum dash for sport relief

I especially loved nearly crashing a bus!

Another bonus stop we hadn’t planned was the London Film Museum, and the security guard who went out of his way to get us some great Bond back drops for our photo evidence!

I really wanted to take in the Foundling, Dickens and Medical Instrument Museum, but a demo in the area meant we needed to move through this area fast. Then towards Trafalgar Square, a quick Vogue outside the National Portrait Gallery, smiles outside the National Gallery and that’s the Cartoon Museum from earlier too!

We had time to head to RADA, this area brought back lovely memories of this trip to London at the Cavendish Hotel and of wedding shopping with Mr A when we lived in London. Poor Swazi dropped my phone trying to take this pic, she was so worried returning it with the smashed screen, but it is insured thank goodness, I hugged her, told her not to worry and we moved on. 9 hours together, having only just properly met in ‘real life’, and not a cross word – we were such a team.

RADA London Museum Dash

We nipped in the Institute of Contemporary Art next.

London Museum Dash

London Museum Dash

Then Handel & Hendrix, where the blue plates above neighbouring houses suddenly helped the museum’s concept dawn on me. Hendrix and Handle lived next door, separated by years of course. But what a brilliant concept for a museum. I gather this is one to book in advance for, but seeing the plates and quotes on the wall got us excited for a return visit!

Then the Wallace Collection, where a very well spoken group of older ladies and gentlemen were overheard mistaking us for a hen party. It was very swish. The staff asked us on the way in “Are you Moriarty?’ we had no idea what that meant but smiled and said a confident yes, but once inside it is less intimidating – the security staff were so brilliant about taking this photo and made a fuss, congratulating us on the challenge.

We sat down on the bench outside for 5 mins to do social updates and eat a sandwich. Big mistake, as my legs really seized up from this point forth. The next stop made me smile, The Sherlock Holmes Museum. The queues were along the pavement, but we did manage to beg some props and borrow an actor for what has to be my favourite shots of the day.

The walking was tiring, the navigating, but add to that social updates at every stop and you can see why we were exhausted!

We hopped on the tube towards Kiings Cross and The House of Illustration. We ran through St Pancras and had a loo stop. It was surreal to be back at St P, having arrived there from Nottingham that morning. I remember hitting the 10k mark here.  We started to feel we needed a kick up the bum. Loved the sound of the female comic designers exhibition here!

Kensington Gardens came as such a breath of fresh air, we were really tired, but the green and trees were exactly what we needed mentally. While Swazi saw to her sore feet, Nell and I took 5 minutes to actually appreciate some art in The Serpentine Gallery.

We needed all the focus we could get, we had some seriously big museums coming up!

The Science Museum, V&A and Natural History Museum. We found bikes in the Science, nudes in the V&A and had to settle for an outside the Natural History as the queues were out the door, that’s my ‘sulking because I wanted a pic with a dinosaur face’ instead.

We were getting tired, and people were telling us it was showing in the photos. Normally one of these museums is more than enough for one day.

Tate Britain was surreal, we were getting a bit befuddled at this point, yet the building had so many arty photo opportunities, Swazi looked like she was about to fall asleep as she tried to take this shot and as Nell bent forwards to shoot the floor tiles I worried she would fall over.

At this point we walked past the Comic/Sport Relief offices – cheeky selfie was required.

One of the best bits of the day was the signage fun we had  – this seemed most appropriate – for our cause and our own exhaustion, as we arrived at The Imperial War Museum.

This museum suprised me, I think I had expected it to glorify war, but the Baghdad car made me think of all the people living in war zones, or fleeing them.

There was one last long walk towards the South bank which brought our kilometre count into the 30s! A Race to get to Tate Modern before it shut. More slogan fun! Loved the raised beds in the Turbine Hall at the Tate, want to know more about what that is all about, but alas no time.

Dark was creeping in, another bonus stop, the Bankside Gallery, followed by the Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall.

The lift sang to us and it all started to get very surreal as we hit our penultimate stop.

Final Stop the British Film Institute Reuben Library and Gallery. The BFI had a golden curtain by the bar which was the perfect place for a celebratory final shot.

There were no seats though, so we moved on to The National and had a much needed glass of wine and totted up the stats.

26 museums. 3okm. 35,000 steps. Over £1000 raised for Sport Relief.

I am so pleased by what we raised, so grateful to all who sponsored us before and on the day, it kept us going. It was exhausting, but also magical to cheat London by doing so much in one day.

One last dash to St Pancras, to get the last train back to Nottingham…

London Museum Dash


Thanks to all who sponsored and supported us, I am £5 off £500 as I type this….still time to sponsor me!

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  • Reply Becky

    oh this is all so awesome. I LOVE the Sherlock pics. How very exciting…well done to you all

    21/03/2016 at 10:38 am
  • Reply

    This is bringing it all back! What an incredible day. Thanks SO MUCH for your fantastic company. I’m looking forward to our next themed London dash….xxx

    21/03/2016 at 11:07 am
    • Reply parentshaped

      Defo – here’s to next year!

      30/03/2016 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Jane Taylor

    This is totally awesome! You are officially amazing because you managed to raise loads, get some absolutely fab picks and give me a mini guidebook of museums to visit with the kids next time I am in London! Well done! You look like you all had a fantastic time too. I’m still eating cake from my ‘eatcakeday’! I would have benefited from doing a few of those steps with you 😉

    22/03/2016 at 7:43 pm
    • Reply parentshaped

      Thanks so much for the cake on Friday – it totally helped!

      30/03/2016 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Pippa@storyofmum

    YOU THREE!!! This is absolutely awesome – what an incredible challenge, and so inspiring to see all these different museums, and your resilience, and friendship, and money raised for fantastic causes. So many great ideas here for future trips to London too – thank you and well done xxx

    22/03/2016 at 8:57 pm
    • Reply parentshaped

      Loved your dance walking PIppa – you legend!

      30/03/2016 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Liz Burton

    I’m in awe of you ladies, what an epic challenge! You must have been absolutely exhausted, but such great achievement. x

    23/03/2016 at 4:52 pm
    • Reply parentshaped

      And well done you on the tube challenge!

      30/03/2016 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Donna

    Amazing ladies! Congratulations on a completing a fantastic challenge! And may I say how very fetching you look in a Sherlock Holmes hat, Penny!

    24/03/2016 at 8:26 am
    • Reply parentshaped

      Love a good hat!

      30/03/2016 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Kara Guppy

    What a great way to raise money, I totally failed at joining in this year but I have donated. Well done on your achievement ladies xxx

    24/03/2016 at 3:11 pm
    • Reply parentshaped

      Thanks Kara!

      30/03/2016 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Jen Walshaw

    What an achievement. I will try harder to do more next year, but I have donated where I can.

    24/03/2016 at 8:39 pm
    • Reply parentshaped

      Thanks Jen it all counts x

      30/03/2016 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours

    Ah well done you all! You must’ve been cream crackered after! But so worth it. Great post for bookmarking too for inspiration for Museum visiting 😉 Didn’t know about some of these. Love the Transport Museum xx

    25/03/2016 at 11:45 pm
    • Reply parentshaped

      I must go back and do them more justice!

      30/03/2016 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Emma | The Mini Mes and Me

    Oh my goodness, you’re truly inspiring! What a great cause and a fab amount to raise xx

    30/03/2016 at 11:29 am
    • Reply parentshaped

      Thanks Emma

      30/03/2016 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply oana79

    Well done, ladies, sounds like brilliant fun!xx

    30/03/2016 at 8:03 pm
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      30/03/2016 at 8:04 pm
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