Back to reality today, but Friday me and the hubs went for a weekend away in London, half for my birthday present and half for our 6th wedding anniversary.
We got the train Friday evening and arrived at our hotel around 9:30pm. We stayed in the Days Hotel in Lambeth. We usually use Travelodge for our London stays but their prices have rocketed recently so my husband chose this hotel instead. The staff were lovely and friendly, the reception open 24 hours, and they offered to hold our bags if we wanted to go out and sight see on our last day.
The room was spacious, clean and had everything we needed, including extra towels and pillows. The bed was clean and comfy, and a fan was provided, which was just as well as the weather was beautiful!
We had breakfast for both mornings included in the price of our rooms, which was an all you can eat, English breakfast and a continental selection. There was plenty of everything and anything extra they brought out straight away.
Our hotel was literally a stones throw from Lambeth underground station, although not knowing this on the first evening meant we walked from Waterloo station, only adding another 5 minutes onto our journey.
On the first evening we checked in and put our bags in our room and went for a walk to see what was nearby. After only 10 minutes we were at the London Eye! We took in the sights, lit up for the evening, then returned to our hotel for a drink in the bar (and I had a KitKat).
The following morning, after breakfast, we set our for a full day of sightseeing. We walked so much! First we walked along Oxford Street having a nose in the windows of shops we could never afford to shop in haha! Then we walked to Covent Garden which I’ve never seen before, it was amazing! Such a wide variety of shops and places to grab a coffee! We stopped at 21 in Covent Garden and had a drink, then went to see a busker, singing opera in a lower level cafe-he was hilarious!
We then walked to Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, again watching the buskers and street entertainment.
One place I was desperate to go to was Trafalgar Square, as I’ve never been! There was a busking festival on, so we sat on the steps and watched the acts in the sunshine, it was lovely!!!!!
After a few tourist-like photos, we headed off again to Westminster to walk down The Mall and see Buckingham Palace. After negotiating around the cyclists taking part in Ride London, we ended up back on the tube to St Paul’s and walked along the Millennium Bridge, then back along the Thames.
Thoroughly walked out, we headed back on the tube to our hotel room, where we relaxed for an hour before heading back out.
As part of my birthday present my husband bought me tickets to the theatre. We headed out to The Lyric Theatre to see Thriller Live. For those who haven’t seen it, I won’t go into detail, but oh my god it was INCREDIBLE!! I literally can’t fault one part of it, and would be quite happy to again. My arms ached the morning after from clapping and dancing, and even the hubs got up and clapped along! The train journey home was spent listening to Michael Jackson songs!
So back to reality today! Well yesterday really when we got home with shopping and dropped a jar of pasta sauce across the ceramic kitchen floor.
I am full of London blues, missing what feels like our second home, and looking forward to the next time we go.
London we love you.