It’s a London Thing

I love London.

I feel lucky that we live close enough to visit whenever we want to, for whatever reason. Whether it’s a day out the kids, a night on the tiles or to attend a blogging event or work related function. I just love being there, right in the thick of it. I enjoy walking around, admiring the buildings, the streets, the history. I just love the whole vibe.

Back in the half term I had been invited, along with the children to go on board the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, to test out a new App and I thought I’d make the most of the day by asking a friend if she wanted to come along too with her two girls. My friend is also a London fan and the kids all get along so I didn’t need to ask twice. We planned a whole day of London fun and the weather was glorious, almost like a summer’s day…. which was a real bonus!

We headed to the Cutty Sark first to test out the App, more on that in a separate post to follow…. but this was fabulous because even though we’ve been to Greenwich before and looked at the Cutty Sark, we haven’t yet been on board so this was a treat!

cutty sarkThe kids loved it on board the Cutty Sark. Lots to see and fun craft activities underneath!

After a yummy lunch in Nando’s over looking the Thames we headed over to the Emerates Cable cars which are nearby in North Greenwich. These cable cars which ‘fly’ over the Thames are a relatively new tourist attraction and lots of people still don’t know they are there. The cost to go on is around £3.50, same as a cheap tube fair, it’s even cheaper if you have an Oyster card! You can’t do much for £3.50 in London these days let’s face it, so this a a fabulous experience for everyone!

cable cars LondonGetting the jumping camera shot in! This was late afternoon and the sky was starting to turn pink as the sun was setting, a lovely backdrop with the cable cars in the distance.

emirates cable cars londonSome fun cable car selfie’s!

The cable cars are a definite must do! I have to admit to being slightly terrified as we stepped on and the doors closed (as it was moving), then as we ascended my fears didn’t subside! Everyone else loved at, my twins weren’t frightened at all, neither was my friend or her children… but my daughter was, so I had to hold it together for her! I didn’t start to relax until we reached the highest point, then I began to enjoy it. The views are beautiful, as one would expect, this is London after all….. and it was exciting! I’d like to go back soon and give it another go, this time I’ll try to enjoy the journey from the start!

By the time we had finished it was going dark, it crept up all of a sudden and we still wanted to see the poppies at the Tower of London! It was a race against time then really, but of course we just missed a train, meaning it would be properly be dark by the time we reached them.

I had been looking forward to taking my daughter to see the poppies as she had been asking for a while, so I felt a little disappointed that we wouldn’t see them in daylight. But actually, when we arrived, even though it was dark, the lights that were shining across the memorial and the fact that it was relatively quieter, made it seem ever so serene and all  the more poignant. We had been told that earlier in the day it had been incredibly busy and that we definitely did the right thing coming down at that time!

tower poppies

Not the clearest of photo’s I know, but my camera decided to play up (as it sometimes does, I really should invest in a new one!) so I only had my iphone, which usually takes better photo’s than this! But never mind, we were there and it was everything we thought it would be. We stood, stared, admired and remembered.

tower of london poppies darkWe’d nipped into Costa for a hot chocolate treat first…. the children love it!

 It had been a positively fantastic day out, didn’t get home until a reasonably late time and were all suitably shattered!



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  1. Love these photos. I haven’t been to London since being a child. I’m just waiting for my boys to grow a little older and then we can enjoy a family weekend there. Thanks for sharing x

  2. This is the first time that I saw the Poppies Art Installation at night and it is pretty. London is a city that scares me a ton and I think that I should do something about it. I need to go there a lot and when budget would permit me I will (soon hopefully) =) #countrykids

  3. lovely pictures. It looks like you all had a great time.

  4. Wow, it looks like a great day out. Those cable cars look like a great trip for families visiting the city. It’s great that you managed to make it to the poppies at the Tower of London, I think they look beautiful in the dark. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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