A London South Bank walk – BML17 insta-walk

London southbank insta-walk - Bubbablue and me

After 2 years of having 2 weekends of blog conferences back to back, I know it’s too hard.  In future if the timings are like that again, I’ll be making a decision for one only, and based on  BML17 this year, it won’t be that one unfortunately.  I want to focus this on one of the good things about BML this time, and that was the insta-walk – a London South Bank walk. Much as I love to wander with… Continue Reading “A London South Bank walk – BML17 insta-walk”

Afternoon tea at The Delaunay and other London eateries


I’m terrible when I’m away for a weekend break or a holiday. So much of the structure of my day revolves around food, and when I went away for the weekend for my 40th, we certainly made the most of places to eat in London. The main place we’d booked in advance was afternoon tea at The Delaunay on the Sunday. I’d planned that we should book in advance to try out some fancy restaurants, but my friend was much… Continue Reading “Afternoon tea at The Delaunay and other London eateries”

A London trip from 18 Stafford Terrace to Sky Garden


On my recent weekend to London we visited some totally different places to normal. And a couple of extremes. From the discovery of 18 Stafford Terrace, to the light and airiness of Sky Garden. When we were doing our weekend planning, I was looking for things to see that were a little out of the norm, and came across Stafford Terrace. 18 Stafford Terrace We visited 18 Stafford Terrace on Sunday afternoon. It only opens a couple of days a… Continue Reading “A London trip from 18 Stafford Terrace to Sky Garden”

The Houses of Parliament and unusual London tours


I’m a big fan of a tour, although it has to be the right one. I don’t do audio tours generally – because what if I want to go faster or slower or ask questions. Plus you don’t hear about as much as you would with a live tour guide. I have to say though, that I’ve not been on many. Usually I’ll just look to go round a tourist attraction on my own and see what I fancy. If… Continue Reading “The Houses of Parliament and unusual London tours”

A London day trip featuring a City Cruises river tour

London day trip river train and tram - Bubbablue and me

I love visiting London. I’d hate to live and work there, but to visit, I’d happily go and explore every corner of the city given half the chance. I try to take N each year because it reminds me of the trips my mum used to take us on a couple of times a year. We’re only an hour away on the train – although during the week it’s a disgusting price if you want to get into town at… Continue Reading “A London day trip featuring a City Cruises river tour”

A Kids Week London day trip to see The Gruffalo and Buckingham Palace

I love going to London for a day trip.  It reminds me of my youth when our mum used to take us a couple of times a year to share the great sites and reminisce about her days living in London while she was at college for a bit. So I love to take N when we can.  I do feel sad for people who don’t get to see their own capital city and enjoy the experience. The OH always… Continue Reading “A Kids Week London day trip to see The Gruffalo and Buckingham Palace”

A day out in London – HMS Belfast and Science Museum

living down in Baker Street station

I remember my mum taking my brother and me up to London each major school holiday.  Each time we’d visit a different attraction, be introduced to the places she used to enjoy when she lived in London and just generally experience what London had to offer.  So I’m keen to do the same for N. So far he’s only been once – last summer for a theatre trip.  It’s such a novelty to go on the train and tube, that… Continue Reading “A day out in London – HMS Belfast and Science Museum”

London calling for the Tiger Who Came to Tea

jubilee park southbank london

The first time N went to London he was under two and slept through most of the day, and the reason we went was mostly to meet friends.  This summer, I’d managed to get tickets for Kidsweek, ie free children’s tickets to see the show The Tiger who Came to Tea at the Lyric Theatre. It was a long wait after buying the tickets to wait for the day to come round, but eventually it did last week.  We were… Continue Reading “London calling for the Tiger Who Came to Tea”

It’s a winter wonderland…with added rain

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Today we had our trip up to London to meet up with a couple of school friends and visit the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. The weather wasn’t quite as wintry as would have been nice (clear blue skies would have been perfect), instead it was rain, rain and more rain.  We went with rain cover for the buggy, hats, gloves and waterproofs, so we didn’t get too wet.  It was just a shame as you couldn’t really enjoy the stalls,… Continue Reading “It’s a winter wonderland…with added rain”