A family day out in london #LondonLegend

thomas oana me and the grandkids

I need a family day out in London!

It seems like I had the family here only yesterday but a check on the calendar shows me it was ONE MONTH ago, how did that happen? I think October will go down in my 2016 book as the busiest month and the most exciting too. A long awaited family visit, getting to meet baby Sophie for the first time and starting a new job with a fantastic travel company – James Villa Holidays as a social media executive. I have been onboard since mid October and am learning something new every day, it’s fascinating.

Anyway, back to the family. When they were here we spent a family day out in London as guests of Garfunkle’s Restaurants, they have recently launched their #LondonLegend tour and being perfectly placed around the world’s favourite capital they are the ideal stop off for anyone wanting a breather and some good food.

In fact our day started at Garfunkle’s in Kensington where we were treated to a delicious breakfast. I had Eggs Benedict which was superb and one of our party ordered the pancakes which were spectacular to look at and a joy to eat because I tried them too. It’s got to be done!

When you are about to tackle London sightseeing I think it’s an excellent idea to start with a good breakfast, I was really pleased to see the prices at Garfunkle’s were very reasonable, the menu had lots of options and children are very well catered for.

Madame Tussauds

evaqn with spiderman

Finished breakfast our tour then made its way over to Madame Tussauds in Marylebone Road, I last took Tommy when he was 14 with his sister and we have a cheeky smile where he is standing next to the wax of Kylie Minogue his hand hovering over her pert bottom. This time Kylie wasn’t among the statues but we were spoilt for choice. Along with every other visitor we ran from model to model taking selfies to post on Facebook and fool our friends. It was a lot of fun.

I was also really impressed with the Avengers 4D film that is the final part of the tour. Everyone is welcomed into a theatre and once seated the film begins, you will feel part of the film with your 3D glasses on and even more so with your seat moving, water spraying and air jets coming at you. Sophie, aged 2, wasn’t impressed, in fact she buried her head in her mummy’s shoulder but Evan, thought it was the best thing EVER and would have stayed for a second go if he had been allowed!

Madame Tussauds is part of the Merlin group and you do get the opportunity to invest in Merlin annual passes with a discount at the end of your tour.

madame tussauds

To visit Madame Tussauds you need to set aside a good hour and a half and by the time we were finished it was lunch time, so Garfunkle’s invited us over to their Trafalgar Square restaurant in Cockspur Street, within spitting distance of Nelson’s column. Once again there was a fantastic menu to choose from, burgers, spaghetti bolognese, quarter of chicken and chips with various sauces and a salad bar too. Something on there for everyone and we washed ours down with a pint of London Pride beer.

garfunkles restaurant london

The Original Tour

4th plinth trafalgar square

Right next door to the Garfunkle’s restaurant is The Original Tour ticket office where we were met by one of their tour guides. She accompanied us to one of their buses and we were given the most fantastic tour of London. You may remember I have already spoken about The Original Tour buses on my blog when I took the girls earlier in the year but this tour was a tailored one and with our own personal guide to fill us in on all sorts of information and funny anecdotes it was a very amusing and interesting tour. I’d definitely recommend it, not only that, The Original Tour are repeating their popular promotion this year – giving customers TWO days for the price of ONE, with tickets extended to 48 hours validity when travelling between 4 October 2015 until 29 February 2016.

This great offer also includes a FREE River Cruise Upgrade to Greenwich!

big ben london

The London Eye

Our Original tour bus dropped us off just over Westminster Bridge where our next treat was a flight on the London Eye. The tour on the London Eye takes half an hour to complete and the views all the way around are spectacular. There are computers onboard which help you identify the buildings in the distance and give tips on what to look out for. We were lucky it was a beautiful day so we could see for quite a long way. The only member of our group who wasn’t quite convinced was Sophie once again, the pods are clear plastic and she kept thinking she was going to fall ‘off’ bless her.

london eye

After such an amazing day there was only one thing to do, celebrate with a delicious dinner all together! We walked from the London Eye up The Strand and into the Garfunkle’s Restaurant who were waiting for us with glasses of prosecco – thank you! I heartily tucked into my fish and chips and the children were glad to be sitting down and colouring in, as each child is given crayons and a paper mat to decorate, such a brilliant idea.

Londonlegend team

We had an amazing time and I can only thank Garfunkle’s for making our day so special. I could quite easily recommend a visit if you’re in town knowing you will not be disappointed. Give it a go and create your own #LondonLegend Tour

london skyline from bus

Garfunkle’s Restaurants

Born in 1979, Garfunkel’s is one of London’s most iconic restaurant brands. Best known for its wide and varied menu, friendly service and great central London locations, they have become a legendary part of London life. You’ll find a huge selection of food including their famous fish & chips, proper pies, pizzas, pastas, burgers and a DIY salad bar; all to enjoy before, during or after your adventures in London. Whether you’re after Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, there will be something on the menu for you at Garfunkel’s.

st pauls cathedral

Disclosure: We were guests of Garfunkle’s for the purpose of this post, all words and opinions are my own.

20 Comments

  1. November 9, 2015 / 10:12 AM

    You really did pack a load of London in with this tour! I haven’t been to Madame Tussauds for years, I think I’ll have to try a #LondonLegend tour for myself at some stage! Plus we always love to eat at Garfunkles when we are in town – there’s something for everyone on the menu!

  2. November 9, 2015 / 11:42 AM

    Wow, what an amazing day out you had! My daughter is always nagging us to take her to London and you’ve pretty much had her dream day there!

  3. November 9, 2015 / 12:24 PM

    What a great visit, I’ve never taken the kids to Madame Tussauds but I think they would love it, the eye is always a favourite though it does add up with a crowd of you. Lunch looked a treat, a great way to break up a busy family day.

  4. November 9, 2015 / 6:54 PM

    What a fabulous day!! I love London, we did a similar couple of days last autumn and the Original Tour is brilliant, the best way to see London and I think it is great value with the river cruise too. We have never been to Garfunkels but it sounds lovely.

  5. November 9, 2015 / 7:11 PM

    What a fantastic looking trip – I would love to visit Madam Tussauds again soon. x

  6. November 9, 2015 / 7:40 PM

    Wow what an action-packed and fun-filled day! Sounds like the perfect way to spend it with the Italian branch of your family and show them what London has to offer – I bet they were impressed.

  7. November 9, 2015 / 8:12 PM

    It looks like a brilliant day out, I can’t believe the weather was so nice for October too. Garfunkels sound like great family restaurants, just what you need for an active day exploring the city.

  8. November 9, 2015 / 9:03 PM

    what a lovely special family time. I do love visiting London when I can.

  9. November 9, 2015 / 9:29 PM

    It looks like you all had a great day out, London is such a fabulous place to visit, so much to do x

  10. November 9, 2015 / 10:47 PM

    First off congratulations on your new role. I am sure you are already a HUGE asset to them. London is a fab place to visit there is alwats something to do and lots for every age group. We love it

  11. November 10, 2015 / 10:28 AM

    So lovley to get that special day with your son and his family and I have such fond memories of Garfunkels as a kid with the most huge salad bar! Mich x

  12. November 10, 2015 / 10:46 AM

    What a great day! One of the first things I did with my wife when we first met was go to Madame Tussards, not that we could see a lot because there was so many tourists!

  13. November 10, 2015 / 11:11 AM

    Congratulations on your new job! The Garfunkles tour looks like something my family would enjoy too – we love Madam Tussauds and the London Eye and add in some good food to and you are onto a winner

  14. November 10, 2015 / 1:47 PM

    Congratulations, first of all, on your new job!
    What a fun filled day, I am sure everybody enjoyed it fully!xx

  15. November 10, 2015 / 3:22 PM

    Wow you did so much – London is just such a brilliant city for exploring with the family. What a fun day out and that food looks yummy. Congratulations again on the job, I’m so pleased for you!

  16. November 11, 2015 / 11:57 AM

    London is always a great place for a day out – and yours looks wonderful! Do you know I have never visited Madame Tussauds – really should do it one of these days!

  17. November 11, 2015 / 2:35 PM

    Well done on the new job. You did pack a lot into your trip. I think being well fuelled always helps with that and eating out is all part of the fun.

  18. November 15, 2015 / 11:54 PM

    Love!
    It was nice to meet you on the day sugar.
    Such a fun LONG day wasn’t it.
    Great post for such a great day
    Charlotte x

  19. November 17, 2015 / 12:06 AM

    This looks amazing. I have only ever been to London for blogging events, I need to do the tourist thing. You have made me want to x

  20. November 21, 2015 / 9:59 AM

    We loved our Merlin Annual Passes and have renewed them as Premium Passes this year so a tour around London would really get value for money out of them. Garfunkel’s restaurants sound great and we would certainly need refueling to get everything done. Great post and glad your new role is going well.

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