London bucket list

Talitha has a fixation on London, at the minute. She’ll often pack her Peppa Pig bag and tell us that she’s going to London – to visit the Queen, obviously. London is exciting. You take a big train to get there and her cousins live there.

I don’t think she remembers any of our visits other than a quick dash through for a christening, though, and I’m looking forward to introducing her to the city I grew up dreaming about. As a child, I experienced London through novels and poems. As an adult, I worked there. Yet, I still get giddy whenever we plan a trip there.

It’ll take many, many trips to tick it all off, and I may even have to book a room with Travelodge to do it all, but I’ve ambitiously (and dreamily) put together a London bucket list of famous sites. I’m not exactly going for hidden gems here. Let me know if there’s anything you think we should add.

The shops
Talitha’s great aunt gave her a gorgeous book some time ago called Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day (pictured above).

In it, Clara, who dreams of growing up to be a milliner takes a trip through London on a bus, as her mother points out the famous stores: Liberty, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. So, of course, we’ll be doing these.

Hamleys at Christmas is definitely on the cards too. Oh, and on that note, a walk through Oxford Street to see the Christmas lights is a must-do too.

The museums
In the book, Clara visits the Victoria and Albert Museum as will we. I’m also looking forward to ticking the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the British Museum, the Tate are all obvious. I’m also hoping to take them to the Sherlock Holmes Museum when they’re old enough to get it. I have a friend who used to be obsessed with Sherlock Holmes (probably still is!) and she always used to mention this place, so I’m Sherlock-curious.

Other attractions
So here I’m thinking that the London Eye, London Zoo, London Sea Life Aquarium and Buckingham Palace will all get a look in. I might reserve Madame Tussauds and the Tower of London and London Dungeon until they’re a bit older. Madame Tussaud’s gave me a mild fright as a teenager!

The parks

I’m mainly thinking of Regent’s Park here, possibly Kew Gardens but welcome more suggestions.

The events
Laurence has wanted to go see The Lion King for a long time so we’ll be hitting it for sure. I’m really hoping my girls will inherit their mama’s love for musical theatre so we’ll have lots of reasons to frequent the West End. Shakespeare’s Globe and the Proms will come later.

I’m dithering over whether I ever want to try the New Year’s fireworks. The older I get, the less I tolerate crowds. Certainly it won’t be for a few years to come since Talitha had mixed feelings about the quiet ones at Bristol Zoo for Bonfire Night last year.

So, those are mine. Any to add?

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