canary wharrf



One of my earlier attempts at great photography and an image I am particularly proud of. I took it at Canary Wharf London one summer when we went up to meet daddy on his lunch break.

It was a sunny day and Canary Wharf was a happy smiley place to be.

I love the way the buildings opposite are reflected in the windows in front of the girls and I also like the way all the powerful glass and steel is counterbalanced with the cuteness of the 3 year old twins swinging on the railings and having fun.

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A great family day out we recently experienced was Sea Life London Aquarium.

At the desk where we collected out tickets we were offered to buy a brochure and an ‘Ocean Explorer’ notebook for £2.50 per child so I got one to see what it was all about and I’m glad I did as although too advanced for my 5 year olds this woud be brilliant for older children. An interactive way to get them to really look hard and read what’s on the signs and walls around them.

The brochure is full of fabulous photos and further information on life found in the oceans and seas of our world

The notebook is a ring binded book that runs through the entire aquarium, asking the kids to look out for certain features, fish and plants as they progress along their Sealife journey .

Each page of the notebook has a ‘Look out for’, Conservation Fact, Sea Life Sea Happy news and a WOW! interesting piece of information.

As each section of the Sea Life aquarium is completed there is also a machine that will stamp your book saying you have passed through. A perfect, economically priced souvenir that keeps the experience and information alive for long after the visit.

The journey is divided into 14 sections, let me take you through it

Sea Life London Aquarium

1. Shark Walk, a 5m by 1.6m glass walkway which takes you inches above the 2.2m brown sharks swimming beneath and trust me it’s scary to walk over as it seems you’re going to fall in.

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Then you arrive at the lifts or stairs leading down to

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2. Atlantic Depths

And here’s a couple of the many tanks you can see in the Atlantic Depths.

Notebook Conservation fact: Common Lobsters can live up to 15 years and grow up to one metre long, however due to overfishing very few of them do.

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3. Tidal Reach

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and jellyfish central

LOOK OUT! Look through my transparent body; I have no brain, heart, blood or gills.

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and the upside down jellyfish

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4. Ray Lagoon

Can you believe this Ray came over to us and looked as if he was waving and smiling at us!

WOW! Rays are closely related to sharks – they evolved from sharks around 150 million years ago!

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5. Dive discovery

An open tank where a Sea Life expert is on han to tell you all sorts of facts about starfish and even invite you to stroke one. I did and so did the girls

Did you know that if a starfish loses one of it’s legs it can grow another one in its place?

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6. Ocean Tunnel –  leading through to some fabulous underwater plants

Get Involved – Many sea turtles try to eat plastic bags mistaking them for jellyfish and choking on them! Over 100 million sea creatures are killed each year by plastic debris in the ocean.

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7. Pacific Wreck

LOOK OUT! Brown Shark – Can you spot us? We have a streamlined grey body, a square nose and all of our teeth are hidden from sight. We never stop swimming or sit on the bottom.

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8. Nemo’s Coral Caves

WOW! All Clownfish are born boys. When they get older the biggest, toughest male Clownfish will then turn into girls. So female Clownfish are bigger than male clownfish

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9. Seahorse Temple

WOW! Male and female seahorses dance with each other. This can involve changing colour, holding each other’s tails whilst swimming and spinning around the same bit of grass. The whole dance can last up to 8 hours!

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10. Rainforests of the World

GET INVOLVED! We can help save the Green Puffer Fish’s home by purchasing cold water prawns instead of large tropical species such as tiger prawns, or avoid eating prawns all together.

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11. The River Thames Story

River Thames fact 1 sealife london

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…and this fact …

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12. Penguins: Ice Adventure

I’m afraid to say I don’t like seeing penguins in captivity, ever since the time we went to Seaworld in Florida :(

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13. SEA LIFE Sea Happy

And a couple of great photo opportunities if you don’t want to buy the Sea Life ones

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14. Shark Reef Encounter

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Disclosure: We, as a family, were invited by Superbreak to visit the London Aquarium in return for this post. All photos and opinions are my own

REgent Street London 60 years coronation


Queen Elizabeth 60 year coronation

If there’s one thing I love about being British it’s our sense of patriotism and on the occasion of the Queen’s 60th anniversary as head of state it was no different. This is a view of Regent Street decked out to celebrate Queen Elizabeth in her very special year.

big ben londonI was born in London, Paddington to be precise (the hospital not the station!) and my first few years were spent in Brixton. My grandmother lived in Waterloo and we would see her at the weekends so London really is in my soul. I’d live there now if I

  • didn’t have kids
  • could afford it

but I don’t. I live on the outskirts which means I can get in and out when I choose to do so. I have already taken the girls up on a number of occasions, they’ve been on the London Eye, they’ve been to the theatre, they’ve even walked up Regent Street and Carnaby Street but it’s when they get a little bit older that London really will open up a brand new world to them.

Hop on hop off buses

The beauty of London is there is always something going on somewhere – whatever your interests. When we have people over from out of town we usually opt for the hop on hop off buses. They are quite pricey BUT you get 24 hours, as it says on the tin, hopping on and off at various stops around the capital and you get to see London from the top of a bus. The buses have earphones so you can hear the history and you can select from loads of different languages.

Buckingham Palace

I took Tommy and Meggy to visit Buckingham Palace about 13 years ago and they loved it although Tommy did say at the time ‘A bit too much gold around the place mum.’ Fair enough to the lad, I wonder what he’d say about that now?

Taken from the top of the London Eye

Taken with zoom from the top of the London Eye

The Palace opens their doors to visitors once a year for about 6 weeks (I think) you follow a set trail through rooms and past art that is centuries old. You will not bump into the Queen or any of her family but there are a lot of people en route who can give extra information and prevent you entering rooms that are off limits. Tommy tried that one too! Your tour ends in the garden and there is a fabulous shop to buy souvenirs.

Madame Tussauds

My two really enjoyed Madame Tussauds. Tommy had his photo taken with his hand on Kylie’s bottom – I don’t have that photo anymore, I’m sure he nicked it to show his friends at school at the time. Megan sat next to Simon Cowell and I got close with Brad Pitt. Perfect day out. This attraction is connected to the Planetarium and it is FANTASTIC do add this on to your ticket as you will not regret it.

Tower of London

I love the Tower of London. I love the history, the myths, the Beefeaters. It’s been a long long time since I last visited and I’m really looking forward to taking the girls.

London Eye

Another must, even more so if it’s a beautiful day. The London Eye tour as they call it takes about half an hour and the views are spectacular.

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I could go on forever and I probably will write more posts on my adored London if you are out of town Holiday check have a great system of searching for accommodation that might be worth checking out?

Disclosure: Sponsored post but the tips are all mine ;)

choccywoccydoodah shop LondonLadies and gentlemen you are in for a massive sugar rush as I wax lyrical about chocolate.

You all know how much I love the stuff and how I will never give it up for good. So when I saw Mummy Barrow was organising a meet up in the London Secret Room of the Choccywoccydoodah shop I got straight in there.

I heard of Choccywoccy a few years back when I saw one of their magnificent wedding cakes in a magazine, with a name like theirs it’s not one you forget in a hurry. In fact on entering the shop I was gob smacked by all the fabulous cakes on show. This is one shop that doesn’t hold back on decadence and indulgence. It is decorated in sexy red and black and everywhere you look you are invited to chocolate,  you can imagine it can’t you? I Was In My Element.

choccywoccydoodah shop London

Choccywoccydoodah have recently turned their third floor into an Alice in Wonderland playroom which is available to rent for ‘tea parties’ or should we call that a chocolate feast? £250 for a minimum of 10 people and each extra person thereafter an extra £25.

choccywoccydoodah shop London

You enter into a magical dimension leaving the outside world behind you and are embraced with a table of sweets, cake, popcorn coated in chocolate and a zillion other sweet delights. We were wined on champagne and dined on ice cream, to finish off the most fabulous hot chocolate ever, you could choose between white choc, milk choc or dark. I went for dark and didn’t regret my choice one tiny bit.

choccywoccydoodah shop London

choccywoccydoodah shop London

The bloggers had come from as far as Southport – Cakes Photos Life to join in the fun and I had the enormous pleasure of meeting Tamsyn Wood who is constantly busy raising money for her husband Alex, their story is VERY touching and can be found on Making Waves for Alex in a nut shell…

Imagine your man going to play a game of rugby, he gets a knock to the head in a scrum. Imagine that from that knock a rush to A&E; scans on the brain, clots, a massive brain bleed. Imagine two life saving operations and 10 weeks in a coma. Alex is battling hard to defy doctors’ initial devastating prognoses of, among other things, irreversible paralysis and dumbness, and making very encouraging progress.

Tamsyn is raising money via a ball amongst other initiatives for the ongoing care of her husband and their four children, the NHS cannot cover all of the care he desperately needs to make sure his recovery is as complete as possible. ALL donations are gratefully accepted so please head over.

choccywoccydoodah shop London

Back to Choccywoccydoodah, the London Secret Room has infinite secrets to discover, green bunnies, secret doors, pink flamingoes and bowls and bowls of your favourite sweets, go discover, if you have a special event coming up and you’d like to treat yourself I would thoroughly recommend  an afternoon London Secret Room party, it will be a party you will never forget.

This isn’t a sponsored post, a group of bloggers who like chocolate and exciting venues got together and decided to meet up. We each paid £25 and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and ate + drank Choccywoccydoodah out of house and home. Look at Becky from Mummy Adventure how she ended up! (Only joking there’s a little boy in there due in about a month’s time)

choccywoccydoodah shop London