A weekend in London

Every year, we make the effort to go down to London at least once. This is partly due to the fact that my sister is living down there, and partly down to the fact that we just love the city. 

The last time we went, we only stayed for the day. At the time, Lia wasn’t sleeping well and we weren’t ready for a weekend away in a hotel.

But we desperately wanted to see the poppies at the Tower of London. We were so glad we did. 



Now though, Lia has settled down and we are all up for a fabulous weekend in London.

So, what will we do next time we head down to see aunt Em? Well there is so much to fit in but we know we can’t do everything.

We’ve settled on our must-see list though. We thought we’d show you our list rather than tell you. So, here goes. 

Last time, we got little time for seeing the sights. So this time, we would love to go on an open top bus tour so we can see as much as we can. 

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It’s great being able to just hop off when you arrive at the places you want to see. 


Last time, Lia was really too young to understand what was going on or take much in. Despite this, she was really excited to see the horses. 


In fact, she has loved horses ever since. I asked her how much she wanted to go and see the Horse Guards Parade again. This much apparently. 

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I think it’s really important for children to learn about their capital city. It is equally important though to learn about both ancient and modern history. 

So, we would spend some time visiting London’s fabulous museums. I am ashamed to say that I have never been to the Natural History Museum, so that would be our first stop. 

They have an exciting aquarium there these days, which is a living coral reef exhibit. For us though, it’s all about the dinosaurs. Libby is hoping to take some photos of them. 


I know it is an unusual choice with young children, but hubby and I both find the Churchill War Rooms fascinating. We would love to take the girls there. Lia seems particularly interested in learning about Churchill. 

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The girls both adore animals, and would love to visit London Zoo. As well as the zoo itself, the organisation supports a wide range of conservation projects

I am keen to show my support for these projects so a visit is definitely on our list. I don’t think Lia is thinking quite so deeply about it though, she just wants to see the giraffes. 

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Both girls love going to the theatre, and a trip to London would be the perfect opportunity to catch a musical in the West end. The Lion King perhaps? 

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Or maybe Mamma Mia? 

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Having visited London a few times, Libby does have some awareness of what is there. When we chatted about what she would want to do in London, there was only one thing she could talk about. 

Libby hasn’t seen her aunty Emma for quite a while. When we do manage to see her, it’s only ever for an hour or so at a time.

Lia has only met Emma a handful of times so she doesn’t really know her. But Libby was really excited at the prospect of spending some proper time with her. 

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This photo of Emma was courtesy of the fabulous Scott Stockwell Photography

As for Lia, we did try to explain that we’re not off to London just yet. But it was too late, she’d already packed her bags. 

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  1. March 27, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Looks like you have it all mapped out!

    • monsterid March 27, 2015 / 11:00 pm

      Thank you, we have certainly enjoyed putting the post together!x

  2. morna
    March 27, 2015 / 11:47 pm

    This is so super cute. Also I love your sling!

    • monsterid March 28, 2015 / 12:06 am

      Aw thank you, that’s so kind of you to say. The sling was £12 second hand, has seen me through two children and I hope to pass it on when we’ve finished with it, it still has plenty of life left in it 🙂

  3. March 29, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely trip. I really wanted to see the Remembrance poppies at the Tower of London, but a four hour journey to London with a four month old didn’t seem such a good idea!
    Lovely photos too.
    Alana x

    • monsterid March 29, 2015 / 5:44 pm

      Aw it’s a shame you didn’t manage to see them Alana, they really were beautiful, I was glad we’d made the effort.x

  4. March 30, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    Another great trip! London is so good to explore. Great photos too!

    • monsterid March 30, 2015 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you Martyn, I bet you would put together a fabulous post on London, I’d love to see what you and the boys would get up to.

  5. sarah hill wheeler
    April 4, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    Lovely pictures, I love the lion dog!

    • monsterid April 4, 2015 / 10:04 pm

      Thank you Sarah, he wasn’t overly impressed 😉

    • monsterid April 8, 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Thanks Lisa, he sends kisses to Stella 😉

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