28.11.2013 - 01.12.2013 7 °C
As soon as we drove into London I knew I was going to love it. We arrived at our accommodation; a flat located across the road from Hyde Park and went for a walk straight away to ward off the jet lag.
First stop, Kensington Palace, (Kate & Will’s place) which just happens to be one of our neighbours. The palace is quite impressive without being over the top set within Hyde Park, which looks beautiful in all its autumn/winter glory.
At the opposite end of the park a Winter Wonderland has been created for the Christmas period. There were stalls, rides, ice skating, German bars and plenty of food. It would have been rude not to embrace the atmosphere so we had a mulled wine near a fire pit to keep warm. Christmas card perfect!!
On the walk home we passed Harrods and the natural History museum which both showed their Christmas style. Thumbs up to the English, they sure know how to do Christmas.
The next day (Thursday) we headed to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard. I loved seeing the pomp and ceremony of the occasion, however the boys were getting restless and eager to get going, Wembley Stadium was next on the list. The stadium was amazing. We saw the press conference room, England change rooms and Royal box. We then headed to Oxford St. Again the Christmas lights were amazing, the one million other people that decided to go shopping on this night were not. Dinner was at The Goat Tavern, Kensington’s oldest pub, est. 1692.
Day 3 (Friday) in London and still so much to see. On the agenda today was history and a lot of it. The Tower of London is our first stop, the oldest castle in London. It is also home to the Crown Jewels. Next stop was the Churchill War Rooms, a museum dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill and a self guided tour of the rooms underground occupied by Churchill and his staff during WWII. The rooms are exactly as they were the day the war ended.
This morning (Saturday) we went to Westminster Abbey, one of the most amazing buildings I have seen. Est. in 960, the go to church for Royal weddings and funerals. The Abbey houses the tombs of past royalty and other notable English citizens such as writers and poets, and of course the Coronation Chair is awaiting Charles.
The boys headed off to their first Premier League game, The Hammers v Fulham, a London derby. They commented that they visited the real London; the contrast between Kensington and West Ham is night and day.
Saturday night was back to the Winter Wonderland for dinner – German sausages, beer, mulled wine and Nutella crepes for dessert. Yum!!! Great night shared with about 2 million other people.
Last day in London with no history lesson planned, we head into Trafalger Square and Piccadilly Circus for a look around. Once again people everywhere, most of them in the M&M store.
Time to pack and prepare for our next destination, Bath.
Thank you London you were awesome.