London, baby!

What better place than London to go and do your Chistmas shopping, right? So I was really excited to hop on a plane and cross this one of my bucket list! It was a very exciting trip because it was Charlotte's first time traveling by plane and we had absolutely no idea what to expect! But it all went very smoothly and it really was the perfect time for her first flight. Since she's still under two she could sit on my lap and we didn't have to pay for an extra seat just for her. And that definitely saved us some serious money! She loved seeing all the planes fly by and was really excited to be in one herself!

We stayed at the Shakespeare and Dolphins hotel near Hyde Park. The building was absolutely gorgeous but the interieur was a bit dated. But I kind of expected that from a hotel in London, so that was okay. We didn't end up spending much time at the hotel anyway. Hyde Park was absolutely fantastic around this time of year. A Winter Wonderland was organized there and it was great for getting into the Christmas spirit. We had all the hot chocolate we could ever need right at arms length. We also ended up enjoying a traditional English afternoon tea at the park.

We had a couple of days of shopping, going out to dinner and some serious sight-seeing. We visited Harrods, Oxford Street, The Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The Tower Bridge and Picadilly Circus.We also had dinner at one of Jamie Oliver's restaurants. The food was great and Charlotte couldn't get enough of her little pasta dish! It was so cute!

And then it was time to fly back home again! Due to the stormy weather the flight home was a bit unpleasant. But we all made it home safely, and that's the most important thing. We had a lovely time in London and I hope we'll be able to visit again someday.I purchased some lovely items on this trip, but I'll show you in a seperate haul post soon. So if you could choose any place in the world, where would you like to go Christmas shopping?


  1. What a lovely post! It looks like you all had a wonderful time. Great pictures. I think If I could go Christmas shopping in any place in the world I'd choose Korea. I've been out there before and I'd love to go again. :)

  2. Korea? Really? I hadn't thought of that one before! But I'm quite curious what that would be like!

  3. Anonymous1/25/2015

    I have never been to London but I'm such an anglophile that this post is like my dream! Anywhere in particular you would recommend taking kids? I'm so glad you had a good time. (Just noticed you did a London haul post which may answer my next question of DID YOU BUY A HAT?)

  4. Well, I didn't think London city was that child friendly to be honest. It can be quite a drag if you're dragging a stroller around for example. But the people are friendly! Charlotte really loved eating at Jamie's.The staff was really nice to her and they got her a coloring set so she wouldn't get bored. Oh, and she loved the toys department at Harrods! Haha! :)