Looking at these photos, I already miss it. The energy, the rush, there are so many things to do, to explore.
I have to split the photos into a few parts as there are so many. So, this is our first day, Monday.
I have been to London a couple of times earlier, the last time was about 8 years ago but it felt sort of new experiencing it with Mikael and Matilda. We arrived in London on Sunday at 9 pm. I did some research previously about toddlers and flying but in hindsight it wasn't really necessary. :) It's the German in me - preparing and planning. Before we boarded we changed Matilda's diaper, gave her some nose drops and a bottle when we sat in the plane and a few minutes later she was asleep. I also chose flights where I knew she would be tired so that helped as well. Matilda also woke up when we were ascending so we were able to give her something to drink and a few snacks to prevent too much pressure for her ears. It worked like a charm on both flights.
My friend Charlotte lives in London with her husband and two boys and kindly let us use her apartment as they were in Finland on vacation. It was really perfect, childproof and toddler ready, about 10 minutes from the next tube station and 20 minutes from Oxford Circus. I think that we will always try to use an apartment from now on when we travel with kids. It's just cozier, convenient and you can actually pretend you live there :)
On Monday we woke up a little later (Matilda slept in her own room for the first time and it worked out really well. She is like her mama, getting used to different situations fast) and headed into the city for some brunch/late breakfast. We got out at Oxford Circus, walked around and found a little cafe.
By now Mikael was really hungry after and asked if the English breakfast would keep him full for a long time. We should have known that if a skinny little waitress said that she usually doesn't want anything else to eat for the next 3 hours, a strong, hard working man like Mikael would be hungry again after 1 hour.. :)
Just looking at this photo makes me get butterflies. :)
After lunch we just walked around a bit, we were going to meet my cousin at her workplace and didn't have much time before that but wanted to get a bit of a feel for the city.
Our next stop: Hamleys, the world's largest toy store.
It is about 5 floors big, loud and warm. I was too annoyed after about 15 minutes to take more photos. But it's a fun experience - for a short time.
My cousin Marit is like a little sister I never had. I wish I were that cool when I was her age. She is almost done with her masters in fashion PR in London and works at Selfridges in the contemporary department.
I know, a good blogger always takes great food photos.. But we just got a new bigger camera and Matilda needed some more attention that evening. So, no good light adjustment.. :)
The food was really great, the meat was fresh and tender, the staff super nice and attentive to Matilda.
We will definitely be back next time.