Friday, 3 April 2015

My London Life, My dream date London, while staying at The Royal Garden Hotel. #rghfamilies

I have lived most of my life in London, however my sons have not, we moved to Hertfordshire 3 years ago.  There are so many places I wish to show them.  London is the Capital City of the World.  Its crammed with greatness, so much to see and do.  Sometimes you just need to be shown the door and leap thou it.

My dream London Life date would start waking up at the beautiful Royal Garden Hotel, situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.  The Hotel is next to Kensington Gardens.  I would love to wake-up and open my curtains looking at the magnificent views of Kensington Park.  Maybe take Breakfast in my room and watch London waking up with me.

Our day would start off with a stroll through Kensington Park and head for Hyde Park with few laps to work up an appetite at The Serpentine Lido, the Lido is in the heart of Londons' Hyde Park.  The gate opens at 6.30am to 9.30am daily (There is a £20 seasonal membership to gain access so early) Its a fantastic vibe, fresh and exciting, a little cold at first but you will feel awesome afterwards.

After a super swim, its food time. I would take my family to Marylebones' Patty and Bun for a slap up Burger meal with chunky Onion Rings, we can eat in or takeaway.  Its a little diner with a fantastic filling menu, there's always a queue outside with hungry people dying to get in. The potions are perfect for big people and my little ones do their best to stuff their faces until they are full.  They really kick MacDonalds to the curb, real meat, fresh British ingredients its the best Burger bar in town.

If you're coming into London and want to experience London life take the River Bus.  I will go from Westminster to Embankment, its a fantastic way to see some exciting views along the River front, so much architecture to take-in.  Its beautiful at night too, the river glowing in the nights neon lights.

At the Southbank for short time in May is Shlomos Beatbox Adventure Shlomos brings his lyricial beats to the stage, using only his mouth and mic, its a show for everyone no matter what age.  We are big on music in my family, always singing and dancing this would make an awesome part of our day out.

Our tummies still full, we would have to make our way to Covent Garden, not to see the jugglers, street entertainers, even thou they are good or the markets stalls for a touch of shopping, not even the little shops. This next stop is for my boys, The Transport Museum.  I love this museum, there is so much to see, the old replica stream trains, the history of the tubes lines, how the roads had been dig up to lay underground pipes.  Get to see original posters and how the train tickets that have changed over the years.  Then there are the modern buses and tubes, the kiddies can dress up and play driver, why not welcome the passengers on board, ding ding!  On the ground floor there is a collection of old doubledecker buses from all ages to play on too.  Its a well thought out museum, crammed with interesting facts and lots to see too.  Children are Free.  Adults pay £13.50 for an annual membership.

Keeping my little people in mind, a spot of shopping would be in order, Hamleys is a must.  This is the biggest and best Toy Shop in town.  Its Christmas everyday,  The shop window is always impressive drawing in the shoppers.  I never went as a child but its a pleasure to see my kids so happy and exploring all the levels.  This is my favourite window display.  We adore Thomas Tank.

The night is drawing in, we are feeling exhausted but today's day-out would have to end with my favourite food, Thai cuisine.  The Blue Elephant at Chelsea Harbour is one of the best Thai restaurants in town, with rave reviews.  I haven't been to this restaurant but have been assured its just as tasty as the original restaurant before it moved location, at used to be located at Fulham Broadway.  The food is delicious and the service is in impeccable, 5 star all the way.  Another reason I chosen here, my boyfriend and myself had celebrated our first anniversary at the Fulham brunch.  It was a truly awesome evening, very romantic at the time.  We will be celebrating ten years in August, I hope to visit the new location then.  Of course families are most welcome too and catered for.

Being a Londoner at heart, I would only travel on the tubes and buses.  I have an Oyster card, I just top-up and go.  The London underground can get very busy during perk times 7am-9.30am and 4.30pm - 7pm,  just get the kids to stick to you like glue but, if like me I am sure they with enjoy people watching, all the different characters getting on and off the tubes.  Grab some tube maps, they are so useful.  Buses are fab for short journeys however, they can be a hassle if you get stuck in local traffic and you are not sure where to get off.  The Oyster cards can be used on the River Bus too.   If you fancy a friendly chinwig try a taxi, Cabbies (cab drivers are street wise), always take a black taxi just be warned they can be expensive, the meter always seems to be going too fast for my liking.

There is so much to see and do in London.  I would suggest grab a timeout do your research for your fabulous day out.  There are Theatres, Ice-skating ranks, Karaoke, Museums, Shopping until you drop, Camden town, ZSL London Zoo, The Wetlands, The Southbank so so so much to do.  Don't forget to buy an Oyster Card and have some travelling fun!

This is my entry for TOTS100 competition in conjunction withe the Royal Garden Hotel, you can enter too.  Someone will win a fabulous night at the Royal Garden Hotel for their family.  Whats your dream day in London?  Deadline midnight Friday, 3rd April

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