Saturday, 18 May 2013

London: Six Things I Love & Two I Don't

1. Taking a Friday afternoon off 
(that means leaving the Toddler to Mr K) 
and going to the Tate Modern

Still not sure what I like more: 
the building or the artwork inside it. 

A Mum in London

2. Enjoying a cappuccino 
at the courtyard of Covent Garden 
while listening to very lively {busking} performances 
by talented musicians. 

3. Getting around London with a double decker bus. 
It's cheaper, cleaner and more relaxed than the tube. 
You also get great city views from the top front seats.

A Mum in London

4. Admiring the peacocks and tulips in Holland Park 
and feeding ducks, swans and pelicans in Saint James's Park 
{this is mainly the Toddler's addition to the list}.

5. Trying one or more of the 40 fantastic cocktails at Freud Bar. 
Beware: the surroundings are not as exotic as the drinks.

A Mum in London

6. Taking another afternoon off and going for shopping 
{or plain window shopping if it's the end of the month} in Regent Street. 
To be avoided by agoraphobics and persons with impatient toddlers.

~ ~ ~

London is great, but here are the two things 
I don't recommend to friends and family:

A Mum in London

1. Visiting Westminster Abbey.  
To all royal wedding fans: be prepared to pay the price. 
With an entry fee of £18 and very long queues, 
you must really want to see it. 

A Mum in London

2. Shopping at Harrods.  
There are some perils:
getting squeezed by hordes of enthusiastic tourists, 
fainting in the (per)fumes department, 
being stuck behind slow moving shoppers with no escape route.

Not my favourite thing in the world,
to be honest...

Tate Modern info at
Holland Park & St James's Park info at
Freud Bar, Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JL
Westminster Abbey info at
Harrods info at


  1. I totally agree on the bus front - and also walking too, it is easy to think the tube is the only way, but sometimes walking is quicker and more pleasant! I love the Tate Modern too - got engaged on the Millenium Bridge just by it, so it'll always have a special place in my heart!

  2. You are so right, walking is the best way to explore London!

  3. £18 for Westminster Abbey? That's ridiculous.

  4. It is, isn't it? But seeing the masses queuing, I suppose some people think it's money well spent.

  5. I have not been to the Tate Modern or Holland Park but I have now added them to my list of places to go and see. I love Covent Garden and walking up Regent Street. I liked Westminster and Harrods for the experience but now that I have been there and done that I certainly don't feel the need to go back. Loved reading your post!


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