London, the capital of Great Britain, is a place full of magic and excitement! I just love it ok so it’s expensive but it’s so much fun. There is so much to see and do here that you can never get bored.
My daughter and I flew from Glasgow to London Stanstead as it worked out cheaper to do this then go by train and took 1 hour compared to 6 by the train.. We pre booked our transfer to London Baker Street with Easybus and we were lucky as they were having a sale and we only paid 4 quid return…
We managed to get a good deal on our hotel which was pretty central so we could walk or use the tube if we got tired.. We landed early in the morning got to the hotel checked in and headed out. This was my daughters first trip to the Capital so she was extremely excited and wanted to see as much as she could in the two days.
We decided to do the London Eye combined with a Thames river cruise. The first stop was the London Eye which is one of the largest observation wheels in the world. It’s 135 metres high on the South Bank of the River Thames. Luckily for us the weather was nice and clear which makes a change from rainy London we took the “flight” in the morning and the ride was about half an hour. Inside the capsule, there were around 20 people and it was a great experience. From the capsule you can see The Houses of Parliament, London Bridge and Big Ben. We finished our trip on the Eye and then headed to Waterloo Pier for our trip along the Thames, we decided to get off at Tower Pier and then head towards the shops. It was great just cruising along the Thames and we got to see St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern and other worldwide icons of London.
Anyone that likes to shop and has plenty of money will love London. Pretty much anything you could want is here. We browsed through Harrod’s and I love the food court with all its chocolates and cakes. I then took my daughter to Hamleys the massive toy store which is where I remember my mum taking me when I was a child.. I still love the place now and could spend forever in here and so could of my daughter.
That evening I had arranged for us to go and see Billy Elliot which has been running at the West End for some time now and thought it would be a good choice, so after a quick bite to eat we headed to Victoria Palace. I love the West End it’s so bright and vibrant and full of people going to the theatre. The show was amazing we both loved it, the dancing and singing was just great fun.. After the show we were both knackered and headed back to the hotel and slept well..
The following morning we headed for Piccadilly Circus and had a look in Zavi which was the old Virgin Megastore which had plenty of bargains .. We then went to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum which was probably the highlight of the trip. The place is absolutely amazing, my daughter and I had our pictures taken with many stars! I especially liked the new Amy Winehouse model. My daughter enjoyed spending time with Kylie and loved Posh and Becks whilst I enjoyed a romantic dinner with George Clooney. Our tickets also included a walk through the ‘Chamber of Horrors’ which I was a bit worried about as my daughter is only 14 and it was pretty scary. They have live actors that jump out or followed behind you or leapt from the ceiling to scare you senseless. It was really good fun but definitely not for the faint hearted..
We then decided to do the open top bus tour which meant we could get to see the rest of what we wanted to see in pretty much one day before our flight home the next day.
We got to see the Princess Diana’s (RIP) memorial water fountain and saw where JM Barrie aka Peter Pan wrote the book and the statue of Peter Pan he commissioned in the park which if you didn’t know he put the statue in there at night time so that the children walking to school the next day thought it had appeared there by magic. Finally we got to see Buckingham Palace where we jumped of and took lots of pictures.
We then took a stroll around Hyde Park before heading to the Hard Rock Café where hopefully we wouldn’t be waiting for to long for some food.. We got there at about 16:30 and were told we would have to wait for about an hour which was ok.. We were finally seated and had a great waitress, we ate huge burgers and enjoyed the atmosphere me more so than my daughter as she didn’t know many of the stars in the pictures. After finishing our burgers which were delicious we then proceeded to order a dessert, thank god we only ordered one between us as it was massive and the Hot fudge brownie sundae is to die for..
After getting over the vast amount of food we ate we deiced to call it a day as we were both exhausted and extremely full, we cheated and decided to get the tube back to the hotel as we had avoided it the whole time we had been in London…
We had a great 2 days in London, yes it was expensive, but we had a great time and we got of gone to cheaper places to eat and not done as much but London is a city of indulgence and was worth every penny…
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