Many many moons ago (ok about 4-5 years ago)Paul and I would go up to London usually round about the 15th Dec and we’d do all our Xmas shopping in one day on oxford street. It was mental. But in a good way. But since we got married and then Oscar came along we haven’t been to London apart from Victoria station. And a trip to Westfield the month before I gave birth. Not my wisest idea that one. Anyway I got invited to the New Look preview event and we decided to make a family day of it, show Oscar the bright lights of London and hopefully fit in a trip to the aquarium.
We’d planned to get to oxford st by bus, but after talking to a helpful tube man we braved taking Oscar on the underground. He loved it, he was going wow and so fast daddy all the time. Even now a month later hes asking to go on the underground train again. I think that was certainly a hit! Once at Oxford Circus I toddled off to new look HQ, while Paul and Oscar went to have a nose round John Lewis.
After lunch in pret with a grumpy Oscar cos he couldn’t see the buses, we decided we’d do the aquarium and see if Oscar would sleep on the way in his pushchair. Er not a chance! As we walked past Hamleys the window caught his (and mine) attention so we went in. I forgot how busy it’d be in there. and expensive. I picked up a George pig, granted it was massive, but £72?!?! No way José. We had a look upstairs to get ideas for Oscar for Christmas then coming down we got caught by the magic snow lady. Naturally Oscar wanted to feel it and play with it, so we couldn’t not get a box. The staff then announced a puppet show and when we got closer we realised it was the Gruffalo! Oscar loves the Gruffalo, and always brings the books up to me and says “look mummy its the Gruffalo. Its my FAVOURITE” he sat there as good as gold watching the puppet show and was so thrilled at the end when the Gruffalo said “bye Oscar”
We then rejoined the hordes outside and walked down to Piccadilly Circus to show Oscar the big screens. We were going to then get a bus to the aquarium but decided to walk to see if Oscar would sleep. Nope, not happening. We walked down Whitehall, past Horseguards parade where Oscar decided he didn’t like horses, past the cenotaph, past downing street until we came to parliament square and Big Ben. Oscar thought Big Ben was pretty cool and kept saying “clock mummy”
We got to the aquarium and what happens, Oscar looks like hes about to fall asleep. Soon as we told him we were going to see the fishes though he soon perked up! He really loved seeing all the fish, the stingrays (which you cant touch anymore) and the sharks especially. He did get to touch a starfish and an anemone. And there was penguins!! Although Paul thinks they weren’t real and might’ve been anamatronic ones. Spoilsports. Oscar then fleeced us £5 for a sealife centre cup, but seeing as we had a 2 for 2l1 voucher for me and Paul, I suppose I had to buy something really.
When we got out of the aquarium it was dark and seeing as we didn’t really want to have to fight with the masses to try and get a train at rush hour, what did we decide to do? Yes, walk back to oxford street. So back along the river, up Whitehall, through Trafalgar Square, up into Leicester Square to see the lights and then back to Piccadilly Circus. It was a lot busier than earlier, probably because it was dark and Paul took the pushchair off me as I was starting to use it a bit like a battering ram. Oscar seemed much more keen on the lights this time as he could actually see them, same with Oxford street.
Regents Street lights
John Lewis and House of Fraser looked all twinkly and festive and pretty, Debenhams just looked miserable. Seriously Debenhams, where are your lights???
I had a quick gawp at Mika (remember him?) in the swatch shop, and then I felt a force pulling me to its windows. Selfridges was calling me. I really love Selfridges christmas windows, they’re always so different and fun and just well, festive.
We weren’t going to go in but we did and ended up on the 4th floor which was their Christmas emporium where I bought an overpriced bauble, and it doesn’t even say Selfridges on it. Sad face. It is however all glittery and has an O on it, so it’s not all bad. I also managed to get a quick snap of the little christmas window of their shop in Selfridges: my favouriestest shop in the world ever….TIFFANY! I love it so much that I even painted my bathroom the colour of their bags. I literally took a Tiffany box into b&q and said I want paint this colour please. And how beautiful is this little scene, with a sleigh full of little Tiffany boxes and a Tiffany coloured lamp post. I can’t actually put into words how much I love this window.
After we escaped Selfridges I decided in my wisdom that we might as well walk back to Victoria station, rather than being sensible and getting on a bus. I then had to force Paul into Primark and he spent longer than I did in there. Here’s what I bought, a wine velvet skater skirt for £8 and some of their famous super cosy tights. I wanted a skirt like this after I saw a topshop one on a Tanya Burr vlog, but it was £28 and I couldn’t justify it. Then I saw this one from Primark on a Zoella vlog and fell in love.
Oh and Paul bought me this hat, but I think Oscar might steal it.
After what felt like the worlds longest walk down past the Dorchester etc I think I might’ve lost the will to live. Every time I’ve been to London and decided to walk back to Victoria, I do this. You think I would’ve learnt my lesson now, but no. I have never been so glad to see a train station in all my life. Even one where all the trains are screwed and its crammed with people. I practically ran to maccys while Paul and Oscar ran to the train to try and get a seat. But yay we did it! It was heaving and slow and horrible and I was probably going to win the rubbish parent of the day award as it was like 8.30 and Oscar was still awake and eating maccys for dinner, but I didn’t care as I was sitting down!
We finally got home after a few delays (southeastern I’m coming for you) at something ridiculous like 10.50 with an Oscar who refused to sleep until we got home as the train was far too exciting. Obviously. Thank god he gave us a lie-in in the morning.
It was a lovely day and we’ve already decided to take Oscar up to London again for his birthday in march, either to the dinosaur museum or London zoo.
Any suggestions on a good place to take a 3 year old in London?
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