This weekend I had my first proper visitors in London. My mum, dad and niece all hopped on a plane for a quick visit over half term. My parents have been separated for many years now but remain good friends which I love and since this was my mums first flight in almost 25 years (since she developed a fear of heights) it was nice that they both came the same weekend just in case my mum panicked while up in the air.
*spoiler alert* she didn’t so we all had a fantastic long weekend!
Thursday evening at 5pm I excitedly put on my out of office extremely happy with the prospect of 5 days off and headed to city airport where my family were landing around 7pm.
I’d booked them in to the Premier Inn Stratford where I’d managed to get a bargainous deal for London of just £265 for 5 nights. So Stratford isn’t exactly close to central London but it’s close enough to where I live that I could get to them within about 20 minutes and we had access to the DLR from directly outside the hotel. After a quick bite to eat in the Westfield food court I left them to get settled in and have a good nights sleep before the start of our adventures the following day.
*These pictures were all taken by my very talented niece, mostly from the top of a moving tour bus on a very rainy day!
I’d pre-ordered tickets for Golden Tours (one of the many hop on, hop off open top tour bus options in London which I’ll go into in more detail about in another blog post) to guide us for our first few days and let them get their bearings so we headed straight to the Tower of London and took the whole of the red route around the city taking in many of London’s iconic sights including St Pauls Cathedral, Marble Arch and Trafalgar Square.
It took around two hours total by which point we were ready for a hearty lunch so headed to the Liberty Bounds Wetherspoons which has a great view of the tower for a great value meal. Sadly the weather was pretty crap and the weather only seemed to get worse so we decided an indoor activity was best for the afternoon.
We hopped back on the bus this time only taking it a couple of stops to the Southbank where love was in the trees for Valentines day and we were able to take some classic touristy pictures before heading in to the Aquarium for a good gander at the sea life, again I’m going to do a full post on my visit there at a later date so stay tuned!