Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog!
For the longest time, my Grandma and I have wanted to go on a little trip together. So when she found a coach holiday to London for 5 days in April with national holidays, we jumped at the opportunity! The price included the coach transfers, hotel, breakfast and evening meal and 3 trips to London attractions, which we thought was excellent value for money! We had the best time so I thought I would make a little travel diary of what we got up to whilst we were there!
We were picked up from Newcastle, just outside central station, at about 7:15am (which was a very early start for me!!). The coach journey took about 8 hours but this included about 5 different pick ups within the North East. There was 2 stops at service stations on the way so we could stretch our legs and get a snack! So we got to the hotel for about 4pm. This ave us plenty of time to check in, settle into our rooms get washed and head down for tea at 7ish. We stayed at the Britannia International hotel in Canary Wharf and really liked it! The evening meal was a small buffet with several choices for meals and desserts too. On the evening we were taken on a quick tour of the area so we knew were there was a cash point, shop, underground station and the DLR (Docklands light railway) station. Then we headed back to the hotel for an early night!
At about 8am, we headed downstairs for breakfast. It was a buffet breakfast which included a full English, cereal, porridge, toast, fruit and more. It was so lovely and I felt set up for the day! We left the hotel at about 9am and were dropped off at the London eye. Our booking for the London eye was at 12:15 so we decided to make use of our river cruise first. I really enjoyed this, as I’ve never been to London before it was so interesting to see all of the different sights from the river Thames. We saw things like the houses of parliament, Tower of London, Tower bridge and much more! After we got back, we joined the queue for the London eye and got a super cute picture taken while we waited! The views were amazing and you couldn’t even tell that you were moving. I would honestly recommend it to anyone and everyone! We stopped at a coffee shop for a snack and went on a little walk around Westminster as my Grandma wanted to go and have a look at the Abbey. We then decided to get the underground back to Canary Wharf which was a stressful experience to say the least! I went through first, scanning my contactless card as I went through and looked back to see that my Grandma’s card wasn’t working. I panicked and went to grab my other card to give her as a crowd was gathering behind her trying to get through! She then held up the card she was using to she me that she had been trying to use the hotel room key card! I then burst out laughing as she finally made it through the barrier! Once we got back, we had our tea and chilled out after a long and busy day!
Wednesday was a free day for us to do whatever we wanted. I’ve always wanted to see Buckingham palace in real life so we hopped on the underground and got off at Green Park. We walked to the palace and did a little loop around it so we could see it in it’s entirety as well as some of the guards! As we headed towards Oxford Street, we sat down on a bench in Green Park because the weather was so lovely! I really wanted to go to Oxford street to have a look in Primark and a few of the other shops there. We popped into M&S to have a coffee and set of the alarm in the lift in the process (another situation where I couldn’t stop laughing with my Grandma!). As we headed to the top of Oxford street we saw the marble arch as well as the Climate protesters! There was such a strange and festival like atmosphere but it was really interesting to see! We used the underground again and we couldn’t wait to get back and put our legs up because we were absolutely exhausted!
It was another early start on the Thursday as we headed in for Madame Tussauds’ for about 10am. This was super interesting and I loved seeing all of the figures, they were so realistic! There was so much too see and it included a 4D short movie about the Avengers which was really cool! It had 3D affects, water, blowing air and the seats moved too! The day before I found out that Baker Street is just around the corner and you betcha I was going to go and see 221b Baker Street (where Sherlock Holmes lives). I took a few pictures and we headed off for our lunch. A little while later we were picked up by the coach and taken back to the hotel. At about 7pm we had the opportunity to go on a night tour of London. It was amazing to see all the famous landmarks lit up at the nighttime and gave me a totally new view of London.
We left the hotel at about 9am ready to head home. I honestly had the best time with my Grandma, she is genuinely one of my favourite people in the world and I’m so grateful we could go on this trip together. We had an absolute hoot, a lot of laughs and I can’t wait for the next time!
Have you ever been to London??
As always, thanks for reading!