I had booked an early train to London to get the most of our time there. Slightly regretted that at 4am Tuesday morning when it was time to wake up. Although Harvey’s excited chatter certainly was amusing.
Harvey experienced a lot of firsts that day:
- First time on a train
- First memorable sunrise
- First time in the capital
We arrived at King’s Cross. First stop, breakfast.
Fed and watered, we headed over to Our Queen’s beautiful residence. Harvey was a little disappointed he couldn’t meet Her Majesty in the flesh.
He was, however, deeply saddened the Guard’s Museum was closed. Luckily, he got to see one at the palace through the gates.
St James’ Park
It was still only mid-morning, and we were beginning to feel the early start. Emotions were running high, so we took the opportunity to slow down. Although shocked by the bravery of the local wildlife.
We headed over to Westminster next. Ric vocalising his astonishment at how sleek and modern Westminster Station is in comparison to others we had passed through.
We were disappointed but not surprised by the scaffolding shielding the iconic Elizabeth clock tower, that houses Big Ben, from view. I still loved the architecture in this area and am grateful it is being preserved.
London Eye River Cruise
At this point we felt like ultimate tourists. I highly recommend the River Cruise sightseeing tour. In just forty minutes we got to see:
- London Eye
- Globe Theatre
- London Bridge
- Tower Bridge
- Tower of London
- Cleopatra’s Needle
- The Shard
- And so much more
Tower of London
Harvey was such a little trooper. At this point we had already been up and active for twelve whole hours. But he insisted we visit the Tower of London, before heading to the hotel.
Our hotel was in the bustling Covent Garden. No sooner had we set down our bags, Harvey wanted to be out and exploring again. Especially after hearing about the marvellous Hamley’s.
The Regent Street store is within walking distance of the lively Piccadilly Circus, two birds one stone right!
Harvey was flabbergasted at the sensational seven floors of toys and games.
National History Museum
Wednesday started with a visit to the incredible National History Museum. We headed straight to the Fantastic Beasts exhibition. Where fact, fantasy and fiction collide in wonder.
And of course, we couldn’t visit this museum with our little naturalist and not head to the dinosaur or mammal areas.
My little soldier absorbing so many memories.
Our final sightseeing destination was seeing the sights from the sky. On the London Eye itself. Harvey and I absolutely loved every minute, Ric not so much.
It was a tiring but tremendous two days.
Why Photography is Important
I’ve read that children feel safe, welcome, seen and loved if there are images of themselves in the family home. I love this idea and think this is something every family needs to know.