Friday, 12 December 2014

The M family does London

Ok, so at the end of November, you know we visited London mainly for the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, which due to the queues left us un-festive, but we did enjoy the ice kingdom whilst there.
What you don't know is we made the full day of it... here is our family day out in London.


 
The day started by the elves leaving some special tickets for the girls for the train.
 
Which the girls loved, and we were all ready for the 8.20am train, which got us in London for just after 10.30. J made a start on her class's Christmas cards whilst on the train.


When we arrived into Euston, we then caught the underground. Last time I was in London, I was on my own with both girls, this time Daddy was with us, and it was a lot less stressful. But after all the escalators, I was glad I didn't borrow a buggy. How do Londoners do it with pushchairs?? I have no idea, and have a lot of respect for the parents of London that do it day in, day out.

 
We ended up getting the tube to Leicester square. Daddy needed the loo, and the girls were saying they were hungry, so we decided on an early lunch at McDonalds... the girlies were pleased! I was shocked at how un family friendly is was though with no seats, except for 8 (in the whole place) that were high stools and unable to be tucked in!

 
We decided to walk down to Covent Garden to explore, and so we could say we've been.
 
 
Where we discovered a Lego Santa and his reindeer....


The girls queued up for their turn to sit in the sleigh, and as soon as J sat down, she clunked her head, resulting in tears, and S followed suit.... so here is our tearful Santa visit for the year... Teehee...


We then walked along the strand and towards Trafalgar square. The girlies were fascinated by the fountains.


We were taking f=photos with one of us missing, when a kind man offered to take a family photo of the four of us. Yeay! J got shy though as it was stranger asking her to say cheese.
 
 
From there we walked to the start of the mall.


The girls loved crunching on the leaves as we walked down, and I was amazed S was still walking at this point.

We stopped for a while to grab a drink, and watch the guards, as well as the compulsory shots in front of the palace.


 After the palace, we walked through St James park, and this is the part I enjoyed the most. S made a beeline for the big piles of leaves, grabbed a huge handful, and came charging at me with them... she remembers our leaf fights at our local parks... yeay!! And she must enjoy those moments.

 
Time was passing quickly though, and we couldn't stay for long. We were headed for the tube at Westminster, so the girls could see Big Ben. It took us through quiet streets of London, and it was nice to be away from the crowds, and let the girls run off some steam.


As we turned a corner, the Big Ben could be seen. J was pleased, and she actually knew what it was.


Someone again kindly offered to take our photo as a family of four.

 
By then the girls we needed a sit down and a brew. So we headed back to the tube to make our way over to the winter wonderland. On our travels, J found a tube station she could read her self and recognised from Monopoly junior, and wanted a photo taken...


So that's our sight seeing day in London. I am amazed how far both girls walked. We worked it out to be between 6 and 7 by the time we got back on the train. And with no tears or tantrums. A little drama due to the queues to get back to Euston, but apart from that, a stress free family day out.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

3 comments:

  1. what lovely day out such well behaved kids. i mite have to take my little ones up at some point :)

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  2. That looks like it was a lovely day out - love the photos of the four of you together and that last photo. We live just outside of London and have gone in on the tube with a buggy a few times - I did it once without my hubby though and nearly lost my balance on the escalator - I think the double buggy (with both girls in) would have fallen down the escalator had it not been for the person making his way down who quickly grabbed it whilst I regained my balance. Very scary. Since then I will always try and find a step-free route and use buses instead - although hubby is very comfortable transporting a buggy on an escalator after years of having to do it with sack barrows and boxes when working on events. I really don't know how people do it day in day out though. Glad you all had such a lovely day and got to see so much.

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  3. What a brilliant day, I love the pic of you all at the fountains and big ben, it's always great when you finally get a full family photo. It's great to see that S had a great time with the leaves and J reading the signs is great! Thanks for linkinh up with Country Kids.

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