Last weekend, Andrew and I went to London for a couple of days (on our own!!!). This was a big step for me. I had never left child numbers 2+3 overnight before. The build-up to going was horrendous, I actually thought it was separation anxiety (my own, not the children), but this in itself showed me how much I needed a break. So on Friday morning we jetted off and I want to share some of our trip with you all.
Although it was only 2 days, and Andrew had a ‘work’ thing to attend on the Saturday morning, we used our time wisely and made the most of it. I highly recommend our hotel, Aloft London. It was right next door to the conference venue that Andrew was going to on the Saturday, so the location was perfect. It was in walking distance of a DLR stop and it was reasonably priced (£164 for an urban room, with nespresso machine, breakfast and 12 noon checkout). But more than that, it was trendy and quirky and had a nice modern feel to it. A fresh alternative to a Premier Inn or Travel Lodge that would cost around the same price. They even had these cool bicycles to hire!
We really enjoyed going on the Emirates Air Line over the Thames – well worth visiting if you’re in London.
We spent a couple of hours at Salute 2016, as Andrew makes books for a couple of the companies that were exhibiting there. He also purchased a good few items too (I think this was the real reason for going lol). I passed myself, but have never stood out more in a crowd. Wargaming is a white, male, middle aged dominated sort of hobbie, so a mummy blogger stands out like a sore thumb! But I found a coffee shop that made a lovely latte and Andrew won a free backpack – so a good couple of hours 🙂 but at this point we wanted to get into London for a few hours before the flight home.
In London, we headed for Covent Garden, with a coffee stop along the way (of course!).
Covent Garden was buzzing and a live string quintet really added to the atmosphere.
I done a little shopping, but two shops I really want to share with you are Planet Organic and kikki.k. Planet Organic caught our attention because it offered more ‘free-from’ and organic, healthy products than I’ve seen anywhere (other than online). We picked up a few things, although we were restricted because everything we bought had to fit into our hand luggage. But this chocoalte was lovely!
Kikki.k is a new shop to Europe and I fell in love with all the lovely stationary. They have 2 shops in the covent garden area and I bought a selection of items.
All in all, a great trip! The children had a great time with grandparents and we all benefited from a little time apart. Sometimes absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder!