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First trip to London…

by Clare Mansell
First trip to London…


We took Theo on his first trip to London last week. I’d completely overlooked the fact that the train would be packed because it was August, so we spent two hours trying to contain the excitement of a three year-old whilst sandwiched in between strangers. Next time we shall go better prepared with books and apps!

We spent most of our time in London doing pretty basic entertainment. The curved doors of the tube train are like a hall of mirrors when you are only a metre high and prompted lots of giggles every time we traveled between stops, whilst a picnic of Marks & Spencers sandwiches in the park was a completely new experience and a short journey in a black cab gave him loads to watch.


A few friends had suggested heading to the South Bank for the afternoon which was a great move. It was bustling and busy in a really nice way and there was a temporary brightly coloured art installation which had been set up just by the bridge and was open for kids to run around and grown ups to take selfies in…


I was pretty determined to spend the day doing free or almost free stuff, but in the end Jim persuaded me into the Sea Life Centre and I was actually pleasantly surprised by how well it held Theo’s attention and how long the tour took, though less impressed that they refused us a military discount because they apparently weren’t equipped to do it at the desk!?

Any concerns we had about filling our time in London were misplaced, largely because a couple of hours walking is more than enough for me at the moment! I’m 31 weeks now and fighting fatigue most of the time, so I was glad we’d booked into the Victory Services Club for the night and I could put my feet up and drink tea and not fight with the crowds all returning to the coast on the afternoon train.


The following morning we headed for Hamleys (kind of compulsory when you have a small boy about to have his birthday!) We’d been warned it might be busy so we got there as it opened at 10am and it was amazingly quiet. Theo spent a long time looking through all the toys and carefully considering what he wanted. He chose three things which we made him reduce down to two and we were surprised and pleased that he didn’t kick up any fuss when we made him leave Hiro the train behind on the shelf, other than saying that he was “sad” he couldn’t come with us. Hiro might just be making an appearance in a couple of weeks on his actual birthday though…

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Carie August 25, 2015 - 7:31 am

Oh that sounds like a great trip. I love the south bank, we sort of gravitate there ever time we go because there’s always something to look at, and it’s such a nice area for the kids to have a bit of space to stretch out in. I think H tried to take Kitty to the sea life centre when I was at Brit Mums one year but she didn’t like the dark – it sounds like we need to go again now she’s a bit bigger!

Karen August 25, 2015 - 8:17 am

Sounds like a lovely few days. My girls love the buses and trains and chatter non stop to the amusement of other passengers. Amazing what’s funny at their ages. Looking lovely at 31 weeks, not long now x

Betty and the Bumps August 25, 2015 - 9:32 am

I am really desperate to go to London with Gwenn, but she’s not three until next April and it’s the train journey that puts me off. It’s about 3.5 hrs from Newcastle and she would never cope with that (she is 50% feral). But I’ll have to remember the South Bank idea though; she loves just running around so it seems like good area to gravitate towards. x


Angela at Daysinbed August 25, 2015 - 2:19 pm

Some lovely pictures! I had never heard of hamleys until recently. I bet my daughter Sylvia would love to go there too. Hope you had a fab time! Visiting from #pointshoot

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Polly @ Our Seaside Baby August 25, 2015 - 5:48 pm

Ah looks like you had a great time! I’ve taken my little boy up to London several times from Brighton. Love it there, especially the South Bank! Reading this makes me want to go up there again soon 🙂 #PointShoot

Baby Isabella August 25, 2015 - 6:31 pm

Wow! The blog is looking so colourful and fruity! Sounds like a great trip to the big smoke! #PointShoot x

Otilia August 28, 2015 - 7:50 pm

First trip to London how nice! London is such a fabulous place for all ages!

You Baby Me Mummy August 29, 2015 - 7:51 pm

Ah I’m glad you had a lovely trip and I hope you are getting enough relaxing time hun. Thanks for linking up to #PointShoot x

Hayley from Shutterflies August 29, 2015 - 11:11 pm

You look fab, not that long until you’re posting photos of two! His little face in the cab is the sweetest! x


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