We’ve not long returned from a few days away in London. We’ve been lucky enough to visit London a good few times this year but I have to say these two days were possibly one of the best we’ve had.

We travelled to our hotel on Friday morning, checked in and basically parked the car in the car-park for the duration of our stay. London transport is so easy to use and so frequent it’s the best way to get around.

We got the DLR & Underground to the South Kensington so we could access the Natural History Museum. The queue into the museum was pretty lengthy but we decided not to venture off to do anything else because we had ice skating booked for a few hours time outside the museum.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

We didn’t get a huge amount of time to look around by the time we finished queuing so it’s definitely on our to-do list for our next trip. It looks amazing.

Around 4pm, Lauren, Caiden and I took to the ice. I’m not a keen skater, to be honest but both the children love it. The setting of the rink was stunning – the backdrop to the museum and because it was late afternoon it just as it was getting dark. The Christmas lights and the Christmas tree really made the experience that bit more magical.

Ice-Skating outside Natural History Museum

Ice-Skating outside Natural History Museum

Our session lasted 50 minutes which was just about the right amount of time. I was able to hire a penguin skate aid for Caiden which helped massively.

Once we had finished skating we found a local Nando’s for dinner, before heading back to the hotel for the night. We had a lovely day and a great start to our trip.

We had a pretty early start the following morning so we headed down to breakfast before checking out. We were able to leave the car in the car-park until we wanted to pop back to collect it later.

We had a really nice walk along the Victoria Docklands and the river Thames. I absolutely LOVE London, I love the skyline, the different buildings, the history, the architecture ….

We were heading off to the 02 which was the other side of the Thames to where we were staying so instead of the usual tubes and trains we decided to take a trip on the Emirates Sky Line – WOW. I’m so pleased we did. What an experience. We all absolutely loved it. What a way to travel. The sights were incredible.

It must have taken less than 10 minutes and we were the other side of the river and disembarking for the 02 which was a few minutes walk away. Anywhere is so reachable in London with their transport system.

We had tickets for the morning’s show of Disney On Ice. I’ve been wanting to go for years and decided a few months ago to book tickets and surprise them all on Christmas morning.

We’ve never been to the O2 before and I actually didn’t know what to expect. It’s massive! I had no idea it had a cinema, trampoline park, tons of restaurants and a shopping outlet!!!!

Disney on Ice didn’t disappoint. I grinned from ear to ear the whole time, had tears in my eyes for lots of it and the hairs at the back of my neck stood up! There’s just something about Disney that screams magic. It’s the music, the characters, the storyline ….. Ahhhh. Best show ever and I would love to see it again.

Once the show was over we had a return ticket for the Sky Line back over the river and we walked back to the hotel to collect the car. Before we headed home we drive to Westfield shopping centre. It was far too busy so we didn’t stay long.

 

 

 

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