A London Day Out

During the half term I had a blogging event to attend in Central London, and being as it was an early start, I thought I should take full advantage and spend the day in London with all the children. The Other Half took a day off work (a very rare occurrence) and we decided not to plan anything, we would just go with the flow and wander round the Capital!

Teen wanted to check out some of his favourite shops, you know the hip and trendy ones that only teenagers seem to want to hang out in? So after the event we ventured over to Piccadilly, Carnaby Street and Covent Garden! Traipsed around for what seemed like an eternity, with Teen not liking anything that was less than a small fortune in price, so he became a bit humpy when we wouldn’t buy him anything! Hehe

From there we grabbed some lunch before thinking we’d take a stroll down by the river. We visit London frequently and have been to most places… but usually we are heading somewhere in particular. This time, it was nice to just walk and see where we ended up.

embankmentWe stopped off at Embankment for a rest. Teen, O and my girl – sitting on the famous Sphinx that guards the ‘Cleopatra’s Needle’ monument. It was nice to simply sit and watch the world go by. 

london bicyclesPlaying around on the London Bicycles!

We stopped off for refreshments before deciding to walk down to Buckingham Palace. We haven’t been past the Palace on foot for some time and I thought it would be nice to take the twins again now that they’re a bit older.

But first we ended up at Horse Guards Parade. It looked like something was about to happen, so we rushed over to see!

horse guards parade

Not quite sure what this was all about but it was exciting for the kids to see the horses up so close and the Guards in their uniforms, doing their parade! It looked amazing and I do love the pomp and pageantry of it all!

From there we headed straight into St. James’ Park. The twins enjoyed the open space to run around in and loved looking at the many birds and ducks in and around the lake.

The thing about London’s royal parks is that they are HUGE! If you ever visit them, be prepared to do a fair bit of walking if you want to get from one side to the other! We stopped off in the playground area for ages so our ‘cut through’ to the Palace, actually took what felt like hours! I only had my iPhone too to take photo’s and I was running out of battery so I couldn’t take as many photo’s as I would’ve liked!

st james parkTeen with little O by the lake! I love seeing my sons together like this. The twins adore their big brother :)

st james parkMy beautiful girl with H. A stunning background view, as there usually is from anywhere in London!

st james parkMy absolute favourite photo from the day, all my boys together with OH and my gorgeous girl with a fab view of Buckingham Palace in the distance! 

The above photo just goes to show how tall Teen is now, standing beside his Dad who is 6’1 – it’s crazy!

gates of buckingham palaceManaged to get a pic outside the Palace before my battery went!

We arrived at Buckingham Palace late in the day so it was relatively quiet! The Palace is, of course, a fabulous sight to behold. We spent quite a while taking in the atmosphere and allowing the children to have fun peering through the gates, watching the guards, being awestruck and generally loving the whole experience!

My feet were killing me at this point. Yes I had heels on! I always do it to myself, I never learn ha! We walked through Green Park to get back to the tube station and sat down with an ice cream before heading home!

We had a lovely day. We didn’t really spend any money apart from on lunch and refreshments, yet we still managed to spend a whole day in London having a wonderful time!

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Comments

  1. This sounds like our trips to London, you really hit Horse Guards Parade at the right time, looks very exciting and a fabulous shot. I know what you mean about the walking in the parcs, compounded last time for us by one of our teens piggybacking and messing around with one of my triplets and both ending up falling in the Serpentine, looks like your adventure was rather more successful! I hope the blogging event was too. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

  2. Brilliant! We did this recently in Boston, just headed in for a wander with no agenda, and it was lovely. I love walking around London, so many things to see, and you certainly managed to fit in a lot, no wonder your feet were sore! #countrykids

  3. What a lovely day out – I used to love going to a London as a child.

  4. I loved London when I went for the day. I need to get back there although it is a fair distance from Glasgow haha

  5. My boys love a day in London. There is something so magical about our capital

  6. You’re right, the parks are absolutely massive, but so beautiful too x

  7. We always like to check out Buckingham Palace – there is always something going on round there!

  8. Sounds like a fab afternoon out! I love popping to London with my son and probably need to book in another date soon! X

  9. karaguppy2015 says:

    I really want to see the horseguards parade – we were too late when we went last weekend

  10. Sounds like a great day and you seemed to cover a lot of ground too! No wonder your feet were hurting. It’s so nice to have days like this when you can just take in the sights, fabulous :)

  11. Whenever we head to London as a family its always for something specific – what a treat to be able to just go with the flow!

  12. I love the sights in London, especially Buckingham Palace. What a lovely day you look to have had!

  13. london is always so much fun and makes the north east to boring in comparison

  14. What a lovely trip – I love going up to London, we did Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens recently and I just loved it, the parks really are something special aren’t they?

  15. aww what a fun day out looks great fun

  16. Ickle Pickle says:

    What a great trip – we all went to London earlier this year and absolutely loved it. Kaz x

  17. Fantastic, you’ve really seen the best of London here, glad you enjoyed it!

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