This weekend we took our elder daughter (six years old) to London. It was her first proper train trip, her first visit to a really big city, and her first West End show – The Lion King.
Traditionally I haven’t been a fan of musicals, but must admit that The Lion ing completely blew me away, and I became really emotional, right from the beginning. No explanation.
We walked miles, we ate at some really interesting restaurants, including a fabulous curry platter at Masala Zone in Covent Garden, and delicious moules et frites at Belgo, in Seven Dials.
We took an amazing flight on The London Eye, and saw all the sights from Battersea Power Station, via The Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral, to The Shard, London’s newest, tallest and shiniest high-rise.
We mooched past Big Ben and along Whitehall, posed on a lion at the base of Nelson’s Column, gazed down The Mall, checked out the Horseguards, and then went to ‘The World’s Finest Toy Store’, Hamleys, where Moo was spoilt for choice in how to spend her pocket money.
And then… we went to Liberty, the most beautiful store, selling the most beautiful things. It was very much a speed-shop, but I still managed to breathe in and absorb the stunning fabrics, yarns and haberdashery on offer. And I left clutching three balls of cotton yarn, although it took me a while to choose just three! In a word, gorgeous.
London is the most amazing city – it thrills and impresses me each time I visit, which isn’t as often as I’d like. Have you been to London, and Liberty in particular? What did you think? What did you see? How much did you spend?