I Heart London

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.

london eye view

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?

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Choccywoccydoodah – say what?

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

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