We hopped on a shuttle flight from Amsterdam to London and settled in for a 19 day stay. It sounds like forever doesn’t it!
We began with a 9 night stay at serviced apartment complex, 130 Queens Gate in Kensington. A fantastic location, only a few blocks from the park and 2 tube stops within a 5 minute walk too.
On our first night, we dined at Pont Street located within the Belgraves Hotel in Belgravia. We walked in expecting the usual fare, but were pleasantly rewarded with one of the best meals on the trip. Marlee ordered a huge steak, James had a wagyu burger with truffles that cost an inflated $35AUD and the kids enjoyed healthy items from the children’s menu. Dessert stole the show as we shared hot cinnamon donut balls injected with salted caramel and washed down with mini malt vanilla milkshake in shot glasses. I can still taste it now.
Our first few days were spent at the park, counting squirrels, people watching and devouring some of the amazing food that London town has to offer. We ventured over to Westfield London to see what all the hype was about and let the kids see a movie, something they had been aching to do for months.
James and I had a brilliant date night starting with dinner at Yauatcha in Soho followed by tickets to see Book of Mormon. I haven’t seen James laugh so hard in a long time. The show is crude and relentless but entertaining nonetheless.
On a rainy Saturday, we ate Thai food and wandered the streets of Soho and nearby Carnaby Street. Question, when did Oxford Street get so loose?! Walking that strip is like walking a gauntlet! We barely made it out alive each time.
James and I left Harriet in the loving hands of Marlee and took the older kids to the British Museum for the day. Ted wasn’t too captivated by it but Abi loved every minute of it. She has her own camera now and studied the Egyptian artifacts intensely. We treated them to lunch at Shake Shack and they devoured hot dogs, crinkle cut fries and thick shakes. They were delighted by it all and we walked off lunch exploring Covent Garden and Leicester Square.
The following day James and I surprised Abi with front row seats to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway. She was a little nervous at first, being her first proper Broadway musical but once the music started and the kids were performing, she was completely enchanted by it all. After we dropped Abi at home with Marlee, James and I headed out to Soho for mexican at Wahaca. Good lord, did we indulge! Tacos and cocktails and churros.
On Marlee’s day off, we wandered the streets with the kids, they loved riding the tube and counting down till our stop. James and I could see how restless the kids were becoming so we took a huge gamble and bought them both a new scooter. Crazy you say? Yeah, I kinda agree considering we have to lug them around with us. But they were so grateful to be able to keep up with the local kids at the park. James took them for a huge ride around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens for the day, he came back exhausted but the kids were buzzing!
The temperature really dropped during our stay in London. We could no longer venture out without a coat, hat and several layers. Both Harriet and myself got sick and it was a rather unpleasant journey for both us as we headed west to Bristol for a 2 night stay.