AMAZING trip to London

Hello you lovely lot,

I hope you’re doing well, how’ve you been?

As you can tell from the title of this post I’ve been to London and had the best time. London has been on my bucket list of places to go for as long as I can remember so I’m a little sad that the trip is over. But on a happier note I cannot wait to go back because there is so much more of London that I would love to see.

I went with my Mam and we stayed for two nights. We flew out from Ireland early on Thursday morning and came home late Saturday night. We tried to fit in as much as possible into our weekend. The weather was absolutely fantastic too so that made our stay there extra great!

We stayed in the Orchard Hotel which was only a five minute walk from Paddington Station which was dead handy for travel and navigating our way around London. The hotel itself was very basic. The room was pretty small. The one thing which was a bit frustrating was that even though we closed the window we could still hear the outdoor noises pretty clearly. The breakfast was a choice of two cereals; bran flakes and cornflakes, hard boiled eggs with cheese and ham and a rack of toast with jam and butter.

Our flight was delayed but we got there around eleven o clock, left our suitcases in the hotel and wandered in search of some lunch and explored the area near the hotel. We got a nice little meal deal from the local Marks and Spencer, went back to the hotel to change and settle in. We managed to navigate our way around the tube and we successfully arrived at Covent Gardens. One of my close friends has been to London many times and her top recommended place to go was Covent Gardens. It’s absolutely beautiful and if we didn’t need to get the train back to our hotel we would have stayed there all night listening to the super talented musicians. We treated ourselves to some strawberries that were dripped in chocolate which although they were a bit on the expensive side, were absolutely heavenly. I also bought a couple of souvenirs for myself and my friends while I was there. I enjoyed going into one or two shops like Kiko that we don’t have in Ireland and admiring all the gorgeous products.

 

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These were heavenly!

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Isn’t this shop just beautiful?!

The next day was very busy but so so much fun! We got up early and caught the train to Baker Street. We went to the end of the very long queue to yes you’ve guessed it, Madame Tussauds!! We didn’t mind waiting, we were quite excited! Surprisingly we didn’t have to wait that long to go inside. I loved seeing the wax figures of some of my favourite actors and musicians, especially Colin Firth and The Beatles. We went to dinner in a lovely little Italian restaurant which was directly opposite Madame Tussauds. I must say their lasagne was absolutely divine! And if we had any room for dessert I’m sure it would have been delish, at least judging by the photographs of the ice cream on the menu.

 

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George Clooney
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Me delighted to see a wax figurine of Dame Judy Dench and pretending to be a statue too!!!

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The Sherlock Holmes was very close to Madame Tussauds so we couldn’t help but go, especially as I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. I love the bbc series and I have started reading the books too. The museum was quite small but definitely worth a visit. The employees were all dressed up in the traditional clothes from the time of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which was a nice touch. Each display related to a different section of the book. The gift shop was fantastic. There was so much to choose from and I haven’t seen half of them before, certainly a couple of collector’s items there, to be sure. I bought myself a nice bookmark.

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Afterwards we took the train from Baker Street to Green Park Station to have a look at Buckingham Palace. It was packed full of fellow tourists. We sat down for a bit and took a few photographs. We put Big Ben into google maps and headed along the way in search of Big Ben. It was very sunny weather and it made the walk enjoyable. We saw so much along the way; beautiful buildings, statues and St. James’ Park which were all gorgeous. Of course, we got a 99 which we enjoyed along the way. I was delighted to see the Supreme Court and the Parliament; the law student in me really came out!! Unfortunately Big Ben was being refurbished but we were happy to see it anyway. It was really great to take a couple of moments at Westminster Bridge and take in all the beautiful sights. We sat on the wall beside Westminster Bridge and enjoyed strawberries and cream crepes before we went back to the hotel.

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We were really sad to be leaving London as although our trip was quite short we had a fantastic time. We saw the Paddington bear statue in Paddington station and took some photographs with it

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After wandering around some local shops and making sure we had bought enough souvenirs for our friends and family, we headed in the direction of Hyde Park. We got lost the first time we tried to get there a few days previous but thankfully we were successful in getting there that day. We were surprised at how big the park was, it was absolutely beautiful. We met up with my Mam’s penpal and her husband who both kindly prepared the most delicious picnic for us full of sandwiches, crisps, breadsticks with dips and fruit. We walked around Hyde Park and then Kensington with them while they gave us a fantastic tour of the place. They came to the airport with us and we all went our separate ways.

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We were really sad to be leaving London as although our trip was quite short we had a fantastic time. We saw the Paddington bear statue in Paddington station and took some photographs with it. After wandering around some local shops and making sure we had bought enough souvenirs for our friends and family, we headed in the direction of Hyde Park. We got lost the first time we tried to get there a few days previous but thankfully we were successful in getting there that day. We were surprised at how big the park was, it was absolutely beautiful. We met up with my Mam’s penpal and her husband who both kindly prepared the most delicious picnic for us full of sandwiches, crisps, breadsticks with dips and fruit. We walked around Hyde Park and then Kensington with them while they gave us a fantastic tour of the place. They came to the airport with us and we all went our separate ways.

I was so happy to finally get the chance to go to London, I loved every minute of our trip and we cannot wait to go back again and explore more of it

Have you every been to London?

What did you think of it?

Until next time!

Girl Masked

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Comments

  1. Wow! You sure did manage to cram a lot of things into your time in London, I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much and I hope you’ll come back soon! Although I don’t live that far away from London, I still haven’t done a lot of things that you did on your visit, which is silly really! The Sherlock Holmes Museum looks like so much fun, I’m a big fan of the BBC TV show so I’m sure that I would have loved visiting here! I’ve never been to Madame Tussaud’s either so I need to add it to my bucket list for this year!

    Abbey xx

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  2. This sounds like such an amazing visit. I visited London with my college back in February, though we got stuck in traffic a lot which meant our free time was shorter than we had expected it to be. We did get to see trafalgar square and do some shopping on Oxford Street, though, which was a bonus! If I went back I’d love to visit covent garden–I’ve heard so many great things about it, and it sounds like you had a brilliant time, too!

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  3. I love London too! One of my favourite things to do when I go is find my new ‘favourite’ restaurant, then complain when I go home that my favourite is so far away… You seemed to do just about everything. I’m pretty sure I haven’t done half of these things, Covent Garden is one of my favourite places though x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

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