Friday, 29 November 2013

A day out in London

As self-confessed country bumpkins we get a bit excited over the prospect of a day out in London!

For the past three years we've been going to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, it gets us into the festive spirit and we get to spend a lovely day together. It's one of my favourite days of the year.

As we stay with my mum at this time of year, London is only half an hour away so we make a day of it. We plan our day out beforehand and always try to do something different, although Hamleys always makes an appearance. We left Milton Keynes at 10.20am and once in London headed straight to Hamleys. Ava's eyes lit up as soon as we got inside and it was lovely watching her rush around the shop, interacting with everything.

We bought her a few stocking fillers and a "My First Baby Annabel" which we are hiding away for Christmas, we also stopped off at the Disney Store where I picked up another couple of bits.

We'd decided to spend part of our day in Covent Garden which was all dressed up for Christmas.

I love Covent Garden, it's full of cute little shops and lovely restaurants. We were recommended Bills Restaurant and it certainly didn't disappoint! It was cute & quirky and the food was delicious.

I had the macaroni & cheese with leek and mushroom, Nathan had ribs with sweet potato fries. Ava was asleep throughout our meal so didn't get to sample the delights of Bills. It's definitely somewhere I'd visit again!

We then made our way to Winter Wonderland which as usual, didn't disappoint. It's free to enter and you have bars, rides and little market stalls selling things from Christmas decorations to German sausage.

It seemed a lot bigger this year and as Ava was a lot older we got to take her on some rides which she loved! I'd recommend going at around 4.30 we left at 6.30 and it was starting to get busy. Nathan spotted the steins and had to have one. I had a hot apple cider which was lovely.

There were only a few rides for little ones but Ava loved the teacups and had to go on twice.

There is so much to see and do, you could spend a lot of time (and money) there! It's such a magical place and I would recommend it to anyone. I'm already looking forward to next years trip!


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