Spending a morning in London with the girls
Last weekend it was Mumsnet’s annual Blogfest so as we did last year, we decided to make a weekend of it, spending some time together as a family exploring London on the Sunday. Freyja had recently discovered Roald Dahl’s The BFG, so she was keen to go to Buckingham Palace to try to see The Queen. We decided to give The Underground a go. Having been watching the trains from the window of the apartment that we were staying in, the girls were quite excited.
The girls loved sitting on the train and asked at every stop if it was time to get off. When we did arrive at our station, there was the initial disappointment from Freyja that the palace wasn’t right in front of us as we emerged into the sunlight. However, after a short walk, soon the palace came into view……
Freyja and I spent a few minutes chatting about which window could be The Queen’s, and which window sill Sophie would have been placed onto by The BFG in the story.
The girls were equally interested in the Victoria Memorial opposite – Emily identifying “the queen” (possibly by more luck than judgement) as she pointed to the statue of Queen Victoria.
From here, we looked out towards the river, picking out some of the other famous landmarks for the girls such as The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.
Having recently discovered that Rich had never been to Hamley’s, I insisted that we go. What could be more exciting than a huge toy shop? Worst. Decision. EVER! Yes, let’s go to a huge toy shop in the run-up to Christmas, getting there at 11am (because that’s when normal shops everywhere else in the country opens) to find that it opens at midday, and then have to queue to get in!
When we were in, Emily was a little overwhelmed by the crowds and the very enthusiastic staff blowing a mass of bubbles as people entered, so we headed right to the top floor to the Lego. My two little kids, and grown up kid were in their element. Freyja particularly enjoyed looking at the Star Wars Lego.
We worked our way down each floor and on the escalator the girls spotted The Sylvanian Families toys. They had never seen so many all in one place.
The girls pressed themselves up close to each display and Freyja pointed out all the characters and sets that she has, and more importantly all the ones that she didn’t have, and that she would like Santa to bring her for Christmas. Emily was just as excited as Freyja. Although the Sylvanian Families toys at home are Freyja’s, Emily takes every opportunity to get into her big sister’s room and play with the toys. She was mesmerised by all the sets on display. Then she spotted a large model Freya rabbit which was about the same size as she was. Her face lit up with a massive smile and Freya was subsequently hugged and kissed.
After we got back down to the ground floor, we decided to head back home, and headed back to the tube. The girls were tired, and Emily sat snuggled up to me as we awaited the train. We listened to the rumbling of trains pulling into and out of other stations, and then finally our arrived. Emily grinned. “I like trains!” she told me.