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London Trip 2015

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

London Euston

Hello lovelies!

As you saw in my last post I was whisked away to London for my 30th birthday! My last post was a very quick one though in between all the washing of clothes and trying to find a place for the ornaments and kids toys we brought whilst there.
This post however I will be explaining a bit more about the hotel we stayed at, how we got about and a little more detail about what we did, so grab a cup of tea and relax cuz this might be a long one!


First of all we got a train there and back which only cost us £84.95 return which was fantastic, I was expecting it to be a lot more as we were traveling from the east midlands. Once we got there (here's a funny story) our hotel was supposed to be 4 minutes away from the train station. I decided to get out the trusty Google Maps up on my phone to find which way to go - 30 minutes later we are in some little back lane and no where near the hotel it would seem. Thank you Google for taking us on a massive detour when all we had to do it go round the corner and across the street! 
We finally got to the hotel, we stayed at the Premier Inn - Euston, got checked in and went to find our room. We didn't want to spring for some fancy hotel due to the fact 1. we had two kids with us and 2. we were not even planning on being there unless it was night time for sleeping and for breakfast. 
The room itself was actually really nice, we had a double bed and two singles for the boys, bathroom with a shower, desk, kettle and cups with tea, coffee etc and a flat screen TV up on the wall. It was nice and clean and we had house keeping come everyday to make the beds and give us clean towels.

Premier Inn Euston

Premier Inn Euston

 We pretty much dumped our stuff and went out, we decided to visit Trafalgar Square, it was amazing, it was so alive with people and there was so much going on. There was people doing chalk drawings on the floor, there was a floating Yoda, people making bracelets and so many people taking pictures of the National Art Museum and Nelsons Column. I will suggest if you go to London then get an Oyster card. It caps out at around £6.50 and you can still get on the tube everyday. After exploring there for a while we decided to go to Tottenham Court and we ended up in McDonalds for dinner then going back to the hotel. 

Day two was very exciting as we were booked in to go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. The queue was quite long but actually went down rather quick due to the amount of people they let in at a time. I really don't want to give too much away in case you haven't been yet. It took us three hours to walk around and see everything. There is literally everything you can think of there, from props, sets, wardrobe and masks. You get to see the great hall, Diagon Alley, Privet Drive and so much more. The boys took a ride on a broomstick each and had their photo's taken, plus we all had one together in the flying car. It was so amazing and totally worth doing if you are a Harry fan. We spent so much money in the gift shop, the only thing about the gift shop is they didn't have really any Voldemort items, which was slightly disappointing. 
After Harry Potter we took the tube to Covent Garden and went to Cyber Candy, an american candy store, then Piccadilly Circus where we took the boys to Hamleys of London,which is a huge 5 story toy shop. They had so much fun round there and seeing all the sales assistants show casing the toys. Seeing the big billboards all lit up was absolutely amazing! We also took a trip to M&M's world whilst we were there. 

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Our last day we did the usual touristy bits starting at Buckingham Palace, then the London Eye where we stopped and had a hot dog and a drink by the river. Then it was on to The Houses Of Parliament and Big Ben. That was definitely my favourite thing that day, to see Big Ben and The Houses Of Parliament was great. Its one of them things you expect to be big but when you see it, it really just took my breath away. There was a lovely little walk way down the side of it as well where it was all shaded by trees and there was benches to sit on over looking the River Thames and Big Ben. It was truly beautiful. We took a walk down to Downing Street as well, to be honest it was a bit of an anti-climax. It was all gated off and you couldn't really see anything anyway, you saw the street sign and a few houses that was it. Though a garbage truck did pull in as we were there and we saw a bunch of police with flash lights looking the truck over after it pulled in so apparently even bin men can't be trusted in there. 

Buckingham Palace

London Eye

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben


Houses Of Parliament

Downing Street

It was very depressing having to go home as we had so much fun and the boys still are talking about it. My youngest was so happy as he had just one mission going to London to get a Hungarian Horntail dragon as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - and he got one! I certainly had the holiday blues when we got back and I would love to go again.
The breakfast at the hotel was great to it was all you could eat and they did cereal, porridge, english breakfast, toast etc.

So that was my time in London, have you ever been? What did you do if you have and what was your favourite thing to do? 

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6 comments:

  1. Looks like you guys had a great time! I just went to the Harry Potter Exhibition in Paris and it was much smaller and made me miss the one back in London. It really is awesome seeing all the stuff they have in there! And happy belated birthday :)

    Laura @ What's Hot?

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    1. Oh I didn't know they had one in Paris. We went to Florida and was told there was a tour at Universal. It was shocking only 3 bits there, it was just a ride really.
      Thank you so much xo

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  2. Wow, you managed to do a lot! I'm thinking of taking my guys for a day out to London as well, and staying a night. I have a feeling we stayed in the same hotel a few years ago

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    1. Yes I am so glad we managed to fit all that in, I was worried we wouldn't be able to do that much. It was a great hotel, only thing was I missed my power shower at home haha x

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  3. Happy birthday. Your London trip sounds fab, you did a lot of things. I love our London trips too, there are so many things to do and see.

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    1. Thank you lovely. Yes there are still things we wanted to do just couldn't fit everything in. You don't realise just how big London is till you go do you?! x

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