Have has quite a few requests for a post on our trip to London since we got home so just going to give you a quick run through what we did.
First off, we booked our flights through Ryanair. They were €60 return each.
We flew out at 6AM on Sunday and flew home at 9:30PM on Tuesday night so we had three full days in the city. I find with city breaks you kind of need to book your flights like this to make the most of your time because your not there for very long.
The last time we were in London, myself & EllaMay stayed in The Kensington Hotel. It was absolutely stunning so we, of course, wanted to say there again but it was fully booked for our dates.This particular hotel is part of the Doyle Collection. They own a few luxury hotels based in Dublin, London, Cork, Bristol & Washington DC. So we went with The Marylebone Hotel, its location is very central, its right behind the Disney Store on Oxford Street. It took us about 5-7 minutes to get to it from the Disney Store.I cannot recommend this hotel enough, we were literally treated like royalty from the moment we arrived. We were also upgraded to a luxury suite. I think if Mark and EllaMay had their way we would have just stayed there for the whole three days haha. The bathroom was my favourite part, it is all white and black marble, absolutely beautiful. They also run The Bloomsbury hotel in London which is home to the Instagram famous Dalloway Terrace. Its so popular as the terrace is stunningly beautiful and covered in colourful flowers.We did want to go here but the menu wasn’t suitable.
When we landed in Stansted we bought tickets for the Stansted Express in the airport and they worked out at around €50 for the three of us. Pretty expensive but I learned for on the way back to purchase them online and they are much cheaper. Our tickets back on the Gatwick Express were only €30 for the three of us. So your best bet is to book tickets online before you go. There are trains every 15 mins.
I would also suggest purchasing an Oyster Card, they are ridiculously handy. It is £5 deposit for it and you just top it up in the tube stations. You purchase them through the ticket machines too you will see it above the machine if you can purchase or top up Oyster Cards from there. Tap your card, insert your cash or bank card and tap your card again and its topped up, it works out way cheaper than paying for a single fair every time.
When you are leaving you just give it back and it refund you the £5.
London turned out to be way more expensive than expected but we got tons done and I was quite happy to spend the money. We didnt bring one bit of cash with us. We used our cards the whole time we were there which was great because we didnt have to exhange anything over afterwards.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL
This show is out of this world. The energy and the atmosphere was incredifle. I purchased our tickets last minute from Really Useful Theatres and our tickets dropped to £25 two days before our trip. They are usually around £39. The only bit of advice for this is to make sure you are not tired lol. Its 2hrs 40mins long and we ended up leaving at the interval because EllaMay was just so exhausted from all the travelling. She did see all the songs she knew and was so delighted she seen it so I didn’t mind leaving as we were tired too.
On a Sunday, Covent Garden is FULL of street entertainers so even though we were tired we went around as we were so close. EllaMay really enjoyed the magician that was there so we just watched him for a little while and plodded around and then headed off. The atmosphere there is brilliant.
We hopped on th tube to get to Buckingham Palace it leaves you off at the other side of Green Park and you just walk straight across and it leaves you outside the gates. EllaMay was very impressed by it all. She couldnt believe that the Queen actualy lived there and that it was a home haha. I would definitley reccomend waiting to see the changing of the guard. Its on daily at 11am.
Big Ben is completely covered in scaffolding due to renovations. You can still see one side of the clock face. EllaMay was hugely dissapointed because that was the main thing she wanted to see but she quickly got over it.
THE LONDON EYE
We didnt bother with the London Eye this time round as I have previously been on it and it was absolutely sweltering on the day we were down at it and I couldnt imagine being in a glass pod for 30 minutes. There are lots of atractions down along side it such as The Aquarium, The London Dungeons and Shreks Adventures. They also sell ticket for you to do six attractions and it works out much cheaper than paying individually. You can check it out here.
RAIN FOREST CAFE
I really wnated to go here because it reminds me of Disneyland and the food was always great so I knew booking it was a safe choice. We arrived and it is underground and there was a dead heat inside the whole restaurant. EllaMay loved it but I wasnt as impressed as I was in Disneyland, the food was atrocious. EllaMay couldnt even eat her burger. Mark did however get a chicken stir fry and it was absolutely beautiful. I got nachos as my main course and they were pretty awful too. At the end you are then handed a pretty hefty bill. You pay for the experience there I think. To be honest I didnt mind, EllaMay really enjoyed it and we had a good catch up together about the day.
PEGGY PORSCHEN CAKES
I cannot reccomend going to Peggy Porschen for a little cake enough.Located in a beautiful part of the city, on a pretty street corner. Aboslutely mouth watering, not to mention the incredible exterior and interior. Everything is pink and flowery. upon arrival you are seated at a marble table with clear perspex chairs and select a cake from the gorgeous menu. EllaMay chose an Oreo cupcake, Mark chose a Bannoffi cupcake and I chose a slice of Victoria Sponge cake, they were seriousoly well made cakes, full of flavour. I had a Latte and EllaMay had a Babycinno. It was such a lovely experience and we will most definitely be back there again. The Belgravia area of London is incredible. We took a walk up to Harrods afterwards and the architecture of the buildings is just beautiful.
Oh how the other half lives. Someday. It was astonsihing to see people actually shopping in here walking around with all their designer goods freshly purchased from one corner of the building. It is absolutely huge. You would need a full day to get around it all. We of course headed straight for the kids section, one dress in particular that EllaMay was immidiately drawn to cost a whopping £15,000. It was completely hand beaded and amazing. It was actually by the designer i really wanted to make EllaMays communion dress but obviously they are crazy prices but the attention to detail was out of this world.
For anyone who is intersted i have done a little breakdown on the way we travelled around London and what we did…
7:30am-Landed to Stansted Airport
8:00am- Bags collected
8:15am- Stansted Express to Liverpool Street
9:30am- Liverpool Street Station to Liverpool Street Underground, Central line (Ealing Broadway) 7 stops to Bond Street
9:50am- Bond Street to The Marylebone
9:56am- Arrived at hotel and chilled out for a few hours
1:30pm- Headed out for some lunch. We headed down Regent Street and went to an Italian on Heddon St called Piccolino, it was gorgeous.
2:30pm- We headed towards the west end as I had booked to see Matilda The Musical at 3PM. We were quite happy to just walk around, it is a lot of walking but we had just arrived so wanted to see everything.
3:00pm- Matilda The Musical.
4:45pm- Covent Garden
5:30pm- Back to Regent Street, M&M store (really,really busy we left after 5 mins) and Five guys
6:30pm- Headed back to the hotel to bed. We were all asleep by 8pm. EXHAUSTED!!!
9:30am- Headed for breakfast in the hotel.
12:30pm- Bond Street underground on the Jubilee line towards Stratford. Get off after one stop to Green Park.
1pm- Buckingham Palace
1:40pm- Walked past Westminster Abbey & Big Ben
1:50pm- Headed across Westminster Bridge towards the London Eye.
2:20pm- Stopped for lunch at Slug & Lettuce County Hall (food is absolutely gorgeous)
3:30pm- Walked back across Westminster Bridge and into Westminster Underground Station on the Jubilee line towards Stanmore. Hop off at Bond St (I think it was two stops).
4pm- Hit the Disney Store.
4:30pm- Headed back to the hotel for some chill out time, we were all exhausted.
6:30pm- Time for dinner. We got the tube from Bond St. to Picadilly Circus on the Bakerloo line.
7pm- Ate in the Rainforest Cafe. Food was expensive and absolutely crap but enjoyed the atmosphere.
8:30pm- Walked towards Regent Street and did a quick little detour into Hamleys.
9:30pm- Back to the hotel to bed. SUCH a busy day, we couldnt wait for our beds haha.
10am- Breakfast to the room this morning as a little treat.
12:05pm- Hopped into a cab outside the hotel
12:20pm- Arrived to Peggy Porschen cake shop in Belgravia to have a cupcake.
12:45pm- Walked towards Harrods.
13:05pm- Arrived at Harrods.
2pm- Tube from Knightsbridge to Piccadilly Circus headed to Cockfosters on the Picadilly line, change over to the Bakerloo line and head towards Queens Park, Hop off at Oxford Circus.
2:30pm- Ate in Jamies Italian. It was absolutely beautiful.
3:30pm- Strolled back up towards the hotel to collect our luggage and chill in the lobby for a little while.
5:30-Walked to Oxford Circus underground and got the tube to Victoria Station where you get the Express train to the airport
6pm- Gatwick Express to the airport
6:45pm- Arrived at the airport and headed home.