Although our main reason for our visit to London was for Quinn to attend a special event at the Bafta Picadilly, we also had time to take in some of the sights. Today I’m going talk about our favourite places we like to visit as a family in London, and all it has to offer.
If you follow my Little Peter Pan account on Instagram, you will know how much Quinn adores Peter Pan. The Hyde Park area of London shares so much of author J.M Barrie’s heritage, from the Princess Diana Memorial Playground, to the Peter Pan Statue in Kensington Gardens and his old home across the street in Bayswater where Peter Pan was written. Quinn feels right at home here and could spend hours exploring the playwark with its Mermaid Lagoon area, Hangman’s tree and its magnificent Jolly Roger pirate ship. It truly is a magical place to us and no trip to London would be complete without a visit here.
Quinn had been saving some money to buy Lego, so a visit to the Lego Store in Leicester Square was planned. This was our second visit and its such a fun experience. I love the models you can take a picture with, particularly the Tube. As we await the arrival of new Disney sets (hint hint Lego!), Quinn decided to add some Lego Ninjago to his ever growing collection.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co is where we chose to eat dinner on the Saturday night. I don’t like fish of any kind, but I do love their burgers and the theme of the restaurant. Quinn loves it too, I think the reason being the “Jenny” boat the kids meals are served in! To end our evening, we decided to take a walk around and admire the beautiful Christmas decorations on display. Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street were as busy as I had ever seen them, but it felt so Christmasy. A quick trip to Hamley’s was followed by a tube trip back to the hotel to catch some much needed rest for the day ahead.
We decided to head back to Piccadilly Circus early morning, to show Quinn that it isn’t always as chaotic as it was the night before! We had time for a little walk around the Theatreland and as you may know, my little Peter Pan is obsessed with musicals. He was delighted to see where Thriller, Les Miserables, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Matilda and School of Rock were housed.
It was Mickey Mouses 90th birthday and it would have been rude not to visit the Oxford Street Disney Store to celebrate right? Quinn was chosen to open the store during their opening ceremony and got the best surprise when Mickey and Minnie appeared to help him. He was gifted one of the Mickey Mouses 90th birthday keys, and I swear the magic follows him wherever he goes! We had a lovely time viewing and taking home some new merchandise and also meeting some friendly faces including Danielle Nicole who creates the most magical handbags and purses.
Quinn had been longing to see School of Rock for such a long time and we finally made it happen for him. The show was simply amazing and he rocked the whole evening in his seat! We stopped by to visit Little Ben seen as Big Ben was being refurbished and to end our weekend we chose to eat at our favourite spot in London, Hard Rock Cafe. The food was outstanding as always and we couldn’t leave London without a slice of Oreo Cheesecake!
All good things have to come to an end unfortunately and we are now counting the days until our next adventure, Christmas at Walt Disney World! We created our first family Vlog during our weekend and you can find it over on my Youtube channel.