During our stop in Cambridge we thought it would be a good chance to get the train in to London for the day, my children had never been before and were super excited. They had a list of sites they wanted to see, all of which came from watching Doctor Who. So our mission was to fit in as many as possible before getting the train back to Cambridge that evening.
We came out at Embankment tube station to the impressive site of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, but we didn’t have time to stop as were booked in for the London Eye. A first for Stuart and I too, we thoroughly enjoyed the sights across the skyline, Maisie did try and gravitate to the screens on-board but was soon coaxed into pointing everything out to us. This was a super experience and well worth booking into early as we didn’t wait to get on. With our destination being The Tower of London we decided to walk there and take in the sights, I was glad of the Blogtacular photowalk last month as I knew just where to take them. I actually think this was my mostly enjoyable part of London, just wandering, running, exploring. Little minds taking in sounds and colours, making memories that will last.
After a lunch stop for Fish and Chips , we arrived at the The Tower Of London ready to see all. We queued to see the Crown Jewels, which I surprised at how much the kids enjoyed. The exhibitions were very informative explaining about life, and death within The Tower walls, we couldn’t really see The Ravens as they’re building a new area for them but all the weapons and metal dragon were great to see. This is a great use of half a day in London with children,you can use your Tesco Club Card points to pay if booking ahead.
We then headed via tube back to Embankment(a better look at Big Ben) and from there headed via St.James Park to Buckingham Palace. Spirits were starting to flag at this point but the distractions of squirrels and crazy amounts ducks got us there. The Palace was packed with camera crews and tourists as they’d had a state lunch, it was all quite exciting to see. After a good wander around the gates and fountain we headed back to Piccadilly Square the last tourist spot of the day to fuel up at Caffe Concerto, this is my favourite coffee shop in the area, the cakes are huge and beautifully made. We headed back to the station and the sugar rush got us home.
Have you visited London during the holidays, put your links in the comments.