The reality of London

I was lucky enough to spend 3 days in London this week with hubby. We ended up using it as a birthday treat being that it is my birthday today.

I watch London on all these reality shows like Made in Chelsea and you see it all the time on Good Morning Britain, with film premieres in Leicester Square and celebrity interviews in posh hotels.

London always feels so glamorous when you talk about it and see it on TV.

I used the opportunity to sit back and watch from the side lines for a couple of days – it really can be as glamorous as what it seems to be.

Walking down Oxford Street, visiting the Mulberry Store (yes I got one for my birthday), and visiting Selfridges and Harrods you really see how the other half live.

Chanel bags, Jimmy Choo shoes, buying your food in Selfridge’s market place – people really live this way.

On our 2nd night we got to see the stars of the Alice in Wonderland film premiere in Leicester Square as our hotel was just set back from the main square itself. I watched the celebrities saunter down the blue carpet and saw the whole production go up and then be taken down again the next day.

On our last day we were lucky enough to see the Prime Minister leave 10 Downing Street and get a police escort literally just down the road – meaning that the police stopped all traffic for him to drive a 30 second journey.

Walking round Westminster, looking at all the buildings and all the offices with the men in suits walking around at pace, it really is a different world, a different way of living.

We visited Gordon Ramsey’s Maze Grill on Tuesday lunch and felt so out of place. We were in jeans and flat shoes sat amongst 20 + business men and women conducting business lunches.

We also spent a lot of time in Covent Garden wandering around, and just taking it all in.

It was a shame as the weather really wasn’t on our side. As both hubby and I love people watching, it was a lovely couple of days to watch the hustle and bustle of London.

The thing that came out of our trip was that I might like to think that I would want to be part of this glamorous lifestyle by drinking at these up market cocktail bars, but actually, it just isn’t us.

On Tuesday night I had been enjoying tapas and prosecco in Covent Garden, and within 24 hours, I was walking round tesco in leggings and with wet hair.

We enjoyed a lovely few days away being husband and wife, and will definitely not leave it as long for our next few days away.

Now it is back to being mummy and daddy and that is all I could want right now.

Busy Working Mummy XOXO

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11 thoughts on “The reality of London

  1. Glad to hear you had a nice time in fancy London town – there is so much to see and do, it’s my favourite city in the world! Sounds like you took in plenty of sights in your three days – oh to be sipping prosecco in Covent Garden now instead of preparing for the school run right?! #PicnMix

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  2. Sounds like you saw the best side of London! Obviously it has some very unglam sides. I was recently taken to Maze Grill and loved it. I like that the food is excellent but also very hearty. I think it was the best sushi I’ve ever had and to to it all Vicky Beckham was on t he next table!

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  3. Pleased to hear you had a good time and a shame the sun didn’t stay out for you. I always think I have the best of both worlds…in London in the day for work (occasional evenings) and then very therapeutic to leave it all behind in the evenings to come home to Hertfordshire #fortheloveofBLOG

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  4. Oh i’m a huge London fan – I love the life there – the cocktails, the bars, the theatre, the shopping, the cocktails (oh did i already mention those?!). Glad you had fun – don’t worry about it not being you – just use it for what it is – time away and a wonderful city break on your doorstep! #fortheloveofBLOG

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  5. I grew up in North London and now live near Bath. Last week I was in London and I loved it. I only go there for work occasionally and I walked down Whitehall on Friday morning in the sunshine and just felt on top of the world. However, I don’t think I could work there every day as the commute would drive me insane. I love getting the train back to the countryside. 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG

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  6. I live in London but we hardly ever use it, if you know what I mean. I think because we live here, I don’t appreciate it as much as I should, I definitely need to try to do more London things with my little girl before I go back to work. I would sometimes love to go the restaurants and bar I used to go to pre-baby. You had a brilliant weekend seeing celebrities and the Prime Minister, and being able to spend time without the kids. Thank you so much for joining our party at #fortheloveofBLOG, we hope you come back next week. Claire x

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  7. Ah yes I can relate to this. We recently went to London for a day trip with our little girl. While it was so nice to firstly spend time as a family, take pics, do sightseeing, tube it, walk it and generally have fun, I looked at all the hustle and bustle and the big yacht next to Tower Bridge and said to hubby, “not for me. Lovely, incredible, amazing but too plastic and not for me!” And he agreed, as I knew he would! #FortheloveofBlogs

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  8. It’s nice to do something different and sounds like you had a lovely time. I love London but am always glad to get back to home and normailty. I just like green and countryside too much, Thanks for linking to #picknmix

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  9. A belated happy birthday 🙂 I have only ever been to London once for a day with college years ago and I am heading there for Bitmums but only to go in to the hotel for the day ha. Sounds like you had a lot of fun though, I love people watching!

    Stevie x #PicknMix

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