The Hopscotch brood are about to make their annual winter shoe outing to John Lewis (yes, it is still warm outside, but the best boots sell out before the start of term). This year we’re trying to divert the meltdowns by making a day of it: The Handel Museum on Brook street has musical exhibits and information on life in 1700s London, and children go free on Saturdays (other days children £2, adults £6). It also has interiors straight out of a Farrow and Ball catalogue, and proximity to some of London’s best grown-up shopping. Nearby the Faraday Museum at the Royal Institution is only open on weekdays, but is free and has some really well designed exhibits for anyone with an inquisitive mind, young or old. They even claim to demonstrate why the sky is blue, a question that has recently really stumped the adults at Hopscotch Towers..