I used to spend a lot of time in London. I've been with my mum quite a few times, been with my cousin for the weekend and been to a few music gigs down there. I've always loved the city; the hustle and bustle, the different people, places and the amount of shops and theatres has always excited me.
When Nicky told me he had never really been except when we visited Winter Wonderland with friends a couple of years ago, with school and a rugby match, I was shocked. London, the capital city of our country, home of red buses, Buckingham Palace and so many amazing museums, and Nicky had never been. Well, I had to sort this out!
The first thing I said to Nicky is he needs to see Kings Cross Station as he is such a big Harry Potter fan. I told him about the trolley in the wall and how the station looks exactly as it does in the films. We trained it down in First Class with Virgin Trains and got to Kings Cross Station. I showed him where the trolley was and took his photo with it like a proper tourist.
The next thing was the tube journey to our Ibis Hotel at Earl's Court. There is something about London that when you're all bundled on the tube like sardines it's all just part of the experience and just accepted. Once we were all checked in, I suggested we go over to Westminster so Nicky could see all the old, beautiful buildings around the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Not to mention the iconic image of the London Eye. Unfortunately we didn't get to go on that - I think Nicky's fear of heights probably had a bit to with it...!
That night, Nicky experienced the Westend for the first time. We went to see Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre. It was a Disney spectacular and we loved every second of it! Aladdin is one of our favourite Disney films and to see it there on stage was incredible. The theatre was beautiful, a lot bigger than our local theatre which is what Nicky was used to and it was an amazing atmosphere. You can book tickets here - and I really would recommend you do!
The second day we spent time in Oxford Street. I really wanted to go to the Kat Von D counter in Debenhams and we both fancied Primark and, of course, the Disney Store. The street wasn't overly busy when we got there so we enjoyed a walk round the different shops. It's definitely my kind of place! I also took Nicky back to Leicester Square to see the big M&M shop, and we got some M&Ms from the big 'candy wall'.
On our last day, we went to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guards. I had never seen it in person before and it was beautiful to see. I even had a little tear in my eye!
London used to feel like a home from home for me. I hadn't been in so long but I've caught the bug again! There are so many places I didn't get to show Nicky, all I can think about at the moment is when can I go back!? I love the city and I wanted to move down there at one point. Circumstances are very different now so it wouldn't be possible to move down there, and don't me wrong I'm so glad I didn't else I wouldn't have met Nicky, but I definitely want to visit on a more regular basis! Maybe I'll talk Nicky into the London Eye next time...?
What do you like about London? Have you got a favourite place you like to go when you're there?