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A Perfect London Day Out

September 4, 2012

Today was the last day of the summer holidays. I’ll be so sad to see my oldest daughter go back to school, we’ve had such a fun 6 weeks together. I wanted her last day to be really fun so we went to London just the two of us, for a little sight-seeing. The three best ways to see as much of London as possible are The London Eye, the bus tour and a river cruise, we decided to do both the eye and the river and it was simply the best day I’ve had in ages.

The weather has been pretty cold in London, cold enough that I went out and spent a fortune on the girls winter clothes and coats, but today the sun came out in all it’s glory and it was the perfect clear summer day in the city.

Now before I talk about The London Eye I must inform you that I am terrified of heights, really genuinely petrified. I have been on The London Eye before so I knew how ridiculously high it goes and how much I would hate every second of being up there. But I am a good mum and little one really wanted to do it so up I went! As long as you don’t look down and just out at the view it really is quite fabulous. You can literally see about 30 miles on a clear day and there’s not one sight in London that can’t be spotted. My daughter loved every second and was jumping around the pod looking out at everything. I stayed firmly on my seat in the middle! It was a pricey £30 for both of us which is a lot for a 30 minute experience but the view is not to be missed and she really enjoyed herself. I’d love to get over my fear of heights a little as I’d love to go up the shard and see the view of London from there.

Once our feet were safely back on the ground, we walked over the river to pick up the river boat to Greenwich. There’s a 30% discount with a travelcard so the 3 hour return trip cost about £15 for both of us and it’s well worth it. London from the river is an amazing experience. Theres so much you don’t get to see from the road, especially the docklands area. The whole trip is one big photo opportunity, taking in The Houses of Parliament, The South Bank, St Paul’s, The Monument, The Tower of London, HMS Belfast and too many other fantastic places to mention.

It takes around an hour and a half to get to Greenwich and it’s worth getting off for a while and having a wander round. If you like grand Georgian buildings then Greenwich is the place for you where they are in abundance! The Maritime Museum is well worth a visit and their Nelson exhibits are not to be missed. The recently restored Cutty Sark is fascinating to kids so also worth a look. If you have time take a walk into the very pretty town and stroll through Greenwich Market which is great for vintage shopping!

After our stroll we got back on the boat and went home. It was the perfect end to the holidays!

(Please excuse the photos I took them on my iphone so not great!)

 

  • Reply
    lovesandhatesofagrumpyyoungwoman
    September 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I’m so jealous I have been to London so many times but I’ve never made it to the eye!

    • Reply
      vintagefrills
      September 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Next time you must go on it! If you have a head for heights!

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    Fay
    September 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    The River Cruise is definitely worth the money especially with the Travelcard Discount!
    As for the LE you should try on lastminute.com or something as they usually have good deals or BOGOF offers.

    Glad you had such a great day with little gorg 😀 xx

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      vintagefrills
      September 5, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Next time I want to go the other way towards Kew.

      • Fay
        September 7, 2012 at 5:16 am

        That sounds like a nice idea and maybe stop at the tea rooms! You should go through the barrier if you go the other way again it was great 😀

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