Friday 4 September 2015

Elliot's First London Trip

Although we only live a 2 hour train ride away from London, I'd never taken Elliot for a day trip before. The thought of taking the buggy on the tube brought me out in a cold sweat!!

This week though we were invited to the George Christmas press day at Somerset House and I decided to bite the bullet and take him up. I checked the map and realised that I wouldn't actually need to use the tube as Somerset House is walking distance from Waterloo so I had no excuse not to go! 

The day started off a bit stressful as we missed our train by about 30 seconds but my husband drove us to the next (bigger) station where we able to jump on the next train. It was a slower train but it was better to be on our way rather than sat at the station for an hour with nothing to do and a bored toddler to entertain! I managed to store the buggy behind the seat so that was another worry ticked off. Elliot was so excited when we sat down, he shouted "WE'RE GOING TO LONDON!!!!!!!!" ....just in case the commuters forgot where we were off to ;) 

We arrived in London just before 11am and made our way to Somerset House.....we may have got a bit lost and by the time we arrived I was feeling all flustered and sweaty but we made it - yay! Somerset House is a stunning venue and Elliot was very excited to see the fountains in the courtyard. We met up with the lovely Sabrina who blogs over at The Mummy Stylist and it was great to meet her and her son Tyler. Elliot and Tyler hit it off and it was cute to see them playing together!

There were several rooms for us to look round at the George event - one was all the lovely Christmassy homeware items such as the Gingerbread cookie jar that the boys wouldn't stop touching!! This was probably my favourite room, all the items were lovely and I will definitely be purchasing some for our Christmas.

It was good to see some of the new Winter range that will be hitting the shops soon. I'd love to be able to write about how the outfits were bang on trend etc but fashion blogger I am not! To be honest fashion and me do not mix well!! My favourite item was the novelty Christmas jumper - says it all really ;) 

In the main room there were some cute kidswear on show - I spotted a few things that I will definitely be buying for Elliot at Christmas time. I loved the cute little festive sleepsuits but sadly he's way past that age now! 

I would love to say we had a relaxing time perusing the rooms but in reality Sabrina and I spent most of the time telling the boys to stop touching things!! Luckily the boys were able to get hands on in the craft room where they made a glittery tealight holder.

I'm not sure if I would go to an event like this again, it was fun but I did leave thinking "was that it?!". I was expecting more Christmas spirit I think and there wasn't a mince pie in sight ;)

The boys were itching to run around so we let them loose in the fountains. Elliot said he wanted to go in (brrr!) so I took off his shorts and shoes but he dipped one foot in and promptly took it straight out...must have been cold! The boys were having loads of fun running up and down chasing each other :)

We decided to go and find somewhere to have lunch so we walked along The Strand and ended up at Byron Burgers. Been wanting to try one of these for ages and I wasn't disappointed - could have eaten it again! 

After lunch we said our goodbyes to Sabrina and Tyler and wandered up to Trafalger Square. Elliot had dozed off in the buggy by now but I did wake him up - he'd been talking about seeing the lions all week and I didn't want him to miss out! He was very excited to see the lions and even more excited about the dinosaur skeleton on the fourth plinth. Although I've just googled it and it's actually a horse skeleton! A horse?! It looks like a dinosaur!!

We headed down Whitehall passing Horse Guards Parade and then past Downing Street. It was very busy with tourists! We then decided to head back to Waterloo so we crossed over and ended up popping out right opposite the London Eye. Elliot was happy because we passed a policeman who said "Ello!" to him!

I don't think I've ever seen the London Eye from this angle (other than on telly!) so it was a great spot to get some photos. We walked over the Golden Jubilee Bridge and thankfully there was a lift to get us and the buggy up the steps! Again, lovely views from the bridge but Elliot just wanted to climb up the railings - eeek!!! 

We had a quick ice-cream stop next to the Eye and then it was time to head home via WH Smiths for some magazines for the journey home. We accidentally ended up in the quiet zone on the train and I had visions of Elliot shouting out "boobies!!!" and annoying the other passengers but luckily his magazine and the free play doh kept him quiet!! 

Whilst the press event was a little disappointing, it was great to meet up with a fellow blogger and I enjoyed showing Elliot some of the sights of London. Maybe next time we'll be brave enough to use the tube! 

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  1. Haha this made me laugh because I was nodding all the way through in agreement at the stress of simply the thought of taking a toddler on the tube! I've never taken my kids on it either! We've done a train from Poole to Bournemouth! I thought that was brave! It looks like you had a great time. I love picturing the policeman saying Ello! And now thanks to you I want to get the Xmas tree out already!! Thanks so much for linking up with #thisweekiveloved. X

  2. Love the photos of your day out in London. The only time I've been up to London with my little one I treated myself to a taxi so I didn't have to take the tube, the thought fills me with dread too. Elliott looks like he loved his day, can't wait to take mine up to London for a sight-seeing trip. Shame the press event wasn't so great.#ThisweekIveloved

  3. You are so brave taking Elliott to London! I am very impressed!
    I would love to be able to go to one of the Christmas events - can't wait to see the Christmas collections coming into stores....
    Thanks for linking up to #SummerDays


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