Hakuna Matata in London – family fun day two


Up early and a light breakfast, then we took the bus to the Tower of London, changing at Trafalgar square on the way.

The kids adored it, Adam (5) because of all of the knight’s armour, swords and canons and that it looks at bit like his toy castle and Ellinor (8) because it was so lively with actors playing roles, and the lovely and funny beefeaters and not forgetting the impressive Crown Jewels.

We were here for 2 hours and we could have spent a lot more time here but Hamley’s was calling… E-vouchers  for the Tower can easily be pre-booked via  the VisitBritain Shop.

Hamleys is a 250 year old Toy store on Regent Street.  Probably the best toy store in the world, it’s manic but a whole lot of fun.

The staff are really friendly and fun which brings to life the 7 floors of games, models, sweets, cars, superheroes, puzzles, dolls, you name it they have got it and it totally took my children’s breath away (and mine if I’m honest).

I put a one hour time limit on this for my own sanity, yes it brings out the wallet, but it’s guaranteed to bring out the child in you! And the kids will love you forever!!!

From madness to tranquillity, next stop was Fortnum & Mason for afternoon tea.  A short walk from Hamley’s and a truly British quintessential way of relaxing after a hard days shop!

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum’s was a real treat for the whole family. A selection of over 200 teas, a multitude of dainty sandwiches, tempting cakes and pastries, the whole family found this a truly enjoyable and fun experience. Adam is a sweet tooth so he was in 7th heaven while Ellinor decided put on her best Oxford English “Please daddy could you pass the Darjeeling”. :-)

Fortnum and Mason is as much a part of British culture as afternoon tea itself, the perfect place to relax,’ treat yourself’ and it’s wonderful for people spotting! The service is simply exquisite, but its popular so I suggest you book in advance, reservations can be made here.

Back to the hotel to relax, feeling very full and satisfied!

After a few of hours of relaxation, we headed to China Town to round off the evening.

The easiest way to get to China Town (around Wardour Street and Gerard Street)in central London is to walk from Piccadilly Circus towards Leicester Square, just before you get there turn left onto Wardour street and you can’t miss it. I tend to eat here often in London, the kids found it really mind-blowing to be in the middle of London and suddenly be transported to another land. There is a real buzz around China town, we just strolled around taking in the atmosphere, then chose a random restaurant. I’ve never managed to find a favourite but the standard is usually better than the average in Sweden, the quality of service isn’t always great, but we just took it as part of the experience and had a laugh.