Half-term trip to London

We went to London one day during the last half term. Again, we surprised our son. When we got to Cambridge, he went to get off the train and was demanding that my husband ‘Get up! Get up, Daddy, or we won’t get off in time! Get up!’

Then we said we didn’t need to get off. He sat down and thought for a second then said ‘Where are we going, then?’

‘London’, hubby answered.

‘You’ve played a trick on me!’ — not amused.

We went to see the Parliament Buildings and Big Ben, and to the National Transport Museum at Covent Garden. It was raining and there was already a queue but a busker playing a guitar and singing kept most people amused, and if not amused, well, not grumbling. Too much.

Son went a bit mad in the museum, we didn’t get much of a chance to read anything, but did get to go up and down buses and onto a few train carriages. The play area is very small and was usually packed, but we managed a few minutes in there….

Play area
Play area
In a carriage
In a carriage

After that we went and got hot drinks (you’d have thought it was October, not May) and ate our packed lunch of sandwiches and crisps. We had to sit on a little step in Covent Garden, there are no benches and all the tables are for restaurant customers only. Not too much of a hardship, once we found one. We looked for an icecream shop called ‘The Icecreamist’ but it seemed to have disappeared.

Son wanted desperately to go on a bus, not on the tube, and we wanted to go to show him Big Ben, so we found a bus that went that way and hopped on, he was thrilled! (Not quite sure why…. Cambridge has double decker busses too). We weren’t on for very long – we could have walked there from Covent Garden, but it was long enough for son to be happy. After walking around Parliament Square, and took some photos of Big Ben, we walked through St. James Park, where we found and icecream van that had the best soft serve (Mr.Whippy) icecream we’ve ever had. The most expensive, too.

Big Ben
Big Ben

When we walked into St. James Park we saw these:

Pelicans
Pelicans
Big Beak
Big Beak

we had to stop and take a few photos – and caught a rather cheeky pelican going for a quick bite from an M&S sandwich….

I want that!
I want that!

We walked over to Buckingham Palace and son wanted to know why we couldn’t go and visit the Queen… we pointed out that the men in the big hats wouldn’t like it much and would get cross with us as we didn’t have an invitation. He’s really interested in meeting her, I don’t know why, it’s just something that got into his head.

BUckingham Palace Gates
BUckingham Palace Gates
Angel
Angel

After that, son was a bit walked out and overwhelmed and didn’t know what he wanted to do next, so we headed back to Kings Cross and home. Next time, we won’t surprise him and he can help plan the day. It would have been easier if it hadn’t been a rainy, drizzly day – I think the next visit will have to include the Science Museum….

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