London, England

23 – 29 September 2018

Arriving in London around 10.45pm on Sunday night from Edinburgh, we caught a cab to our accommodation in Chelsea.

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Our accommodation while we were here was a fourth floor apartment on Lexham Gardens which we booked through Airbnb, and was just down the road from Earls Court tube station.

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After a good night’s sleep we bought an Oyster Card each and caught the tube from Earls Court to Marble Arch, where we wandered around and had a coffee in Selfridges. The cab ride home was through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, past Royal Albert Hall and the Albert Memorial. We bought some dinner and essentials from Sainsburys and had a night in the apartment, finishing with a game of Five Crowns, an awesome card game that my sister’s friend bought for her.

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Day Two was a slow start – catching up on sleep and doing a few loads of washing before leaving the apartment around midday, catching the tube to Piccadilly Circus and into Lilywhites for some retail therapy.

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After spending a small fortune and grabbing some bargains, we enjoyed lunch at Pizza Express, before visiting Leicester Square – dropping into Lego World and M&M World.

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Mark and I quickly popped into the casino and won £60! Winning!

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After another leisurely start, on Day Three we made our way to Buckingham Palace, catching the tube and getting off at Green Park station. We were too late to see the changing of the guards but the Palace was impressive all the same!

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We went to Shake Shack for lunch then Mark went to a barber for a hair and beard cut. He got the full service for £45 ($80!!) A bit pricey but they did a good job.

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Westminster Abbey was booked for the afternoon so we made our way down there. What a magnificent building!

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I didn’t realise there were so many tombs within the Abbey. It gave me an eerie feeling knowing that so many people were buried there. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside but got a few pics outside. The ceilings and stained glass windows are amazing!

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The Piccadilly tube line was on strike until Friday so we took the Jubilee Line to Victoria then swapped to the District Line to get home. We got caught in peak hour tube strike traffic which was amazing to be a part of! There were so many people but we got home in the end.

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I would have to say that riding the tube is probably my favourite thing about London. #mindthegap

Day Four was a quiet morning. Mark and I had a quick coffee in a cafe down the street while Kristi and Violet got their nails done. In the afternoon we headed to the West End to see Aladdin on stage at the Prince Edward Theatre on Old Compton Road, London.

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After dinner at Brewmaster, we headed home on the tube.

On Day Five we took a trip to the Camden Markets and Camden High Street, catching the District and Northen Lines to Camden Town. Camden High Street is a hive of activity but is quite dirty compared to Chelsea and Earls Court. Violet bought some Vans and Kristi and I bought some Converse – shoes are so cheap here! – then headed to the markets.

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After a coffee and a drink for the kids, we had a quick look around where of course I found a couple of vinyl shops and bought Roxy Music “Flesh and Blood”. I also purchased three Banksy prints.

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After the markets, we caught the tube to Waterloo Station and wandered through South Bank to Festival Pier where we caught the ferry down the Thames to Greenwich. Along the way, we saw St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, and other famous landmarks.

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Due to time restraints, we couldn’t head up to Greenwich to see the Greenwich Mean Time, so we stayed on the boat and made our way back down the Thames and saw the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (which is hidden under scaffolding).

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We caught the tube to Knightsbridge and stopped in at Harrods. Wowsers! That place can blow your mind!

Kristi had a ticket to see “Kinky Boots” on the West End at the Adelphi Theatre. Us Sealy’s opted to stay in where we ordered a curry through Uber Eats – which was so yummy! I was in my pjs watching Gogglebox UK by 7.30pm. It was a great ending to a great day!

On Day Six, Mark was up at 4.30am getting ready for the West Coast Eagles game. There were no local pubs showing the game and we couldn’t get it on telly so we listened to it via the AFL footy app. What a game! We won! Mark was ecstatic and made sure the whole of Chelsea knew about it!

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We checked out of our apartment at 11am and got two Ubers to Paddington Station, where we caught the train to Reading, the town where my Dad grew up, off to spend some time with the family which I’m so looking forward to.

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