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The Step Outside Blog

As anyone who looks at our books will be aware, we love London and are passionate about helping other people to enjoy our city, through cost-free family days out.


A good few people have suggested that we write a blog about London things that have caught our attention, captured our hearts or made us think - or all of the above - so here it is.

We hope you enjoy it!

I've been to Narnia!

By Francesca Fenn, Aug 26 2015 02:16PM

This summer I have been to Narnia. I’ve been there plenty of times in the past, and I hope I’ll be able to keep going there for many years to come. For anyone who doesn’t know where Narnia is, it is a magical land in the famous children’s book by C S Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Narnia is a whole country located at the back of a big, old wardrobe in a big old house in the country.

The four children in the book have a whole series of adventures in Narnia. They have a whole life there, lived in real time and they learn a lot, yet when they step back through the wardrobe in to our world, nothing has changed, no time seems to have passed – everything is just as it was and only they have experienced the passing of time.

Okay, okay, I haven’t physically been to Narnia. But I have, like many of you, been on holiday this summer, and been completely absorbed in my surroundings. It doesn’t really matter where the holiday is, or how long it. But that sense of taking yourself, or being taken, out of your normal surroundings enjoying new experiences and then arriving home to find everything is exactly the same is very Narnian. The only indication you have been away is post on the doormat, an awful lot of emails and a garden gone wild.

I love days out and I love holidays, and I also love being able to enjoy memories of fun, excitement, relaxation or adventure. And I enjoy coming home to find my head has cleared and my batteries are recharged.

The feedback we have been receiving here at Step Outside Guides this summer indicates that our little books do indeed refresh, recharge, and delight the families and groups that use them on a day out. And whilst you may not find a witch or a wardrobe, there are plenty of lions just waiting to meet you! So we hope that with what is left of the summer, any of you in or near London will be able to enjoy a day in Narnian London with a Step Outside Guide book and one of our rather magical animals – even a lion!

The door of the British Museum
The door of the British Museum
Chinese lions in Chinatown
Chinese lions in Chinatown
Our own lion William on a bus tour!
Our own lion William on a bus tour!
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