Last Monday we were at Platform 9 3/4 (a day early for traveling to Hogwarts!). This is my unimpressed face as I didn’t think Chris holding the camera that way around was going to get the sign in the background ;) Since I already shared a pic of the girls in their scarves and pushing the trolley in my post last Monday, I figured I’d go with this one. It probably should have been a “first day back at school” pic this week really but I forgot to take one!!!
Last day of hols and while I’m updating this from home, I still wanted to compete the diary for our third and final day in London.
We woke up this morning, got ready and packed. It was raining so this scuppered our plans but we decided to head for the Museums. First we started with the V&A but the girls (and us really) just weren’t interested. Instead we headed for the National History Museum and while this was much better, it was so busy that we only lasted an hour before leaving.
We caught the tube to Kings Cross Station, just to make sure we were there on time, then headed out for lunch. We settled on Subway, with the plan of takeaway for dinner when we got home. After Subway we went back into the station and after some deliberation we queued for the Harry Potter 9 and 3/4 photo shoot. It took the whole hour we had spare and so then we caught our train and traveled back to Newark.
Mum picked us up from the station and it was chucking it down with rain! We got back to her house and then Chris drove us back home. We unpacked, ordered takeaway and settled in for the night. That’s where I am now. We’ve eaten takeaway and the girls are on their computers. I’m making my way through emails and browsing the net! It’s been a good weekend.
Again I’m updating from the Travelodge on our Bank Holiday weekend away! It’s been another lovely day, this time shared with Chris!
The girls and I got up and got ready this morning and went out to meet Chris. By 11am we were all together and after a quick visit to the Platform 9 and 3/4 shop (which is also online), we set off for Leicester Square. We had Five Guys for lunch, then wandered to Forbidden Planet. We were in Forbidden Planet for ages and even when we left, we wandered into two or three other other geeky shops while making our way towards slowly Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Megan bought a Minecraft book and Lily got a little obsessed with Harley Quinn. I can see this is going to be a craze setting in!
Not far from Ripleys, we still had time to kill and so we went in the M&M shop. I’ve been before but the girls and Chris hadn’t (well not the London one, we went to one in Florida). It actually took us quite a while to walk around all three/four floors and the girls had their picture taken with all the M&M characters. Afterwards we headed to Ripley’s though and while we weren’t really sure what to expect, it was pretty good and took us just over an hour to look around. Afterwards we just sat outside for a while, our feet were hurting and we were trying to decide what to do. However we then went for another wander and ended up at Nandos for dinner. Again, Chris and the girls hadn’t been to a Nandos and I realised it was before Megan was born since I’d last been. We all enjoyed our food though and the service was great.
Finally we headed back to the Travelodge (another long trip on the tube and this time incredibly busy!) and chilled out. That’s where we are now – watching X-Factor! Chris is going for a shower, the girls aregoing to go on their iPads and we’re all just relaxing.
Later on today, you’ll read all about my week as a whole, however I wanted to post specifically about my day in London too. This time last week, I was boarding my train in Newark North Gate, to take me down to London’s Kings Cross – where I would spend an unknown amount of time – getting my hair cut!
I started off the day, by dropping off the girls with my mum. Their dad was actually having them for a few days, but he wasn’t picking them up till 11am, so she offered to have them till then. I drove to Newark and parked my car, getting on a train at 10.18am. I was feeling a bit bummed out, so I buried my head in a book and that took up the majority of the journey.
When I arrived at Kings Cross Station, I immediately headed to Platform 9 3/4 shop. I was wanting to grab my bearings, look up on the map where I was going, check my oyster card etc. I headed into the store and picked up a few Christmas gifts. I also snapped a pic of the platform again. It’s sort of what I do!
After figuring out where I needed to go, I decided to head for Covent Garden first. I had plenty of time and I needed to pop into Build-a-Bear. While I was in Covent Garden I managed to pick up the Anna and Elsa Build-a-Bear costumes that the girls wanted and I also popped into the Disney Store there. I then went for a wander, wasting time before I needed to catch the tube again. As I was rounding the corner, on my way back to the station. I spotted a Five Guys burger joint. I had first eaten Five Guys when I went to New York and had told everyone I hoped to find one when visiting Florida next year. I couldn’t believe it when I found one in London. Of course, I had to eat there. I ordered a bacon cheese burger and it was amazing.
I headed back to the tube station, only to find it was closed as an entrance and was exit only. Instead I headed to Leicester Square and then it was an easy journey on the Northern Line, to Googe Street. From there it was just a short walk, to Saco where I was getting my hair cut.
Saco is a well known Hair Salon, specialising in Education. It was for that reason I was invited to have my hair cut, since the salon was training some Brazilian students. It was definitely an interesting experience but it took a LONG time. I arrived at the salon for 1.30pm and it was almost 6pm by the time I left. While I don’t have very good pictures (and I forgot to take an actual “before” picture), these show the change!
Though I wanted to head straight home, I also wanted to head to the big Disney Store. I headed for the tube and to Oxford Street, popping into the store. It was beautifully decorated and I spent much more time looking around than I expected to. However it didn’t have the one item I wanted, so I left empty handed!
After the Disney Store, I considered Primark but really I just wanted to go home. Instead I headed for home, stopping at a M&S to grab a salad and an apple juice. I arrived back at Kings Cross for about 7pm and then found there was a train within five minutes so had to run for it. I grabbed the train and headed home. My phone ran out half way so I just read until I got into Newark. When in the car, I charged my phone and headed back home. I was super tired but Chris loved my hair so that was really great.
That was my adventure to London! Interesting as always but a great escape from every day life!