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Monday, 21 July 2014

It's you and me on the Monopoly board..

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Bus Print Dress: Cath Kidston

Last Wednesday I met some of my Rangers at the train station and we headed to London for a little overnight trip. The girls have spent most of the last term planning this, and I prepared them a Monopoly board with places to visit in central London, with points for visiting, taking photos and answering various questions. What else to wear for sight-seeing than my bus print dress from Cath Kidston?!

Armed with these boards, their maps and tube maps, each team spent the train journey planning their route. They had four hours in which to score as many points as they could, with strict instructions to keep me posted about their whereabouts via text and to be back at Covent Garden to meet at 3.30pm.

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I spent my day with one of the groups and we started out by getting the tube from Euston to Green Park, where we caught the Changing of the Guard, which was a nice bonus. It was also lovely to see so much pretty green space around, which is obviously not something I associate with the capital. Next, we headed towards Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and walked up to Trafalgar Square, where we couldn't resist some touristy lion poses.

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Necklace: Topshop
After a little panic about how high it was when we wanted to get back down, we continued with our challenge, through Piccadilly, Regent Street, to St Paul's and across the river to the Tate and the Globe and towards Southwark. We tried to fit in a trip to Platform 9+3/4 but the queue was huuuuuge so we snapped a photo from afar and hot-footed it back to Covent Garden to meet the others. Everyone turned up on time, which was great - they're a good bunch.

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After a little wander around the shops, we had dinner at a nearby Italian restaurant which I'd found using the Tastecard website, and my free trial card gave us 50% off our bill, although the cheeky restaurant then added a 20% service charge, which they apparently only do when people use this card!

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Robot Shopper Bag + Strawberry Fields wedges: Irregular Choice
Next, we headed on over to the Cambridge Theatre, to see Matilda. I'd been quite looking forward to this because I've heard nothing but how great it is from everyone I'd spoken to. It certainly didn't disappoint. The set was amazing, the show was great and the songs were still in my head a few days later. The only downside was that we were in the upper circle and the theatre was so hot up there that I thought I was going to faint.
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After the show, we got the tube up to Belsize Park to stay at Pax Lodge, which is one of Girlguiding's World Centres. We had a nice breakfast the next morning, before heading out to South Kensington for the mueseums. Most of the girls wanted the V+A but I couldn't resist a quick tour of the dinosaurs - of course!

After a trip to Harrod's, a stop for lunch and the afternoon in Oxford Street so that they (and I) could do some shopping, we headed back to Euston for our train home. Funny how tiring a little trip like this can be, but I guess we did manage to fit a lot in.

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19 comments:

  1. Wow, I think you all did loads. What fun!
    Love that piccie of you and the lion, you look so happy and relaxed and like you're really enjoying yourself.
    There are some lovely 'green' areas in London; St James Park holds good memories for me when I was a kid with my mum on our 'day trips'; walking down from Victoria Station and, like you, catching the Guards marching past. Brilliant stuff.
    Not surprised you were tired afterwards!
    Zxx

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    1. I think I got home about 8,30pm on Thursday and was absolutely shattered for the whole of the evening!

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  2. Major dress envy right now! x

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    1. It's such a nice dress, I'd definitely recommend it.

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  3. Looks and sounds super fun and you do look really lovely and relaxed x

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    1. I had a lovely few days - it was great to get away from usual things.

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  4. Love this, looks like you had an amazing day!

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  5. Wow, you managed to fit in so much! I loved reading about it all. I haven't been to London in 3 years and I really miss it. (Although I'll be going soon for a hospital appointment, so I'll get a little fix then). You look great in all the photos, and I love the outfit; the dress is amazing! How did you manage to climb up to the lion?! It's so high up! I just posed in front of the pedestal when I went. Haha! I love that London has got so many green places; there are more parks than you'd think. I'd love to go and sit in one with a book for a few hours and just while away an afternoon. There are so many things to do and see in London and even though I've been a dozen times, I've still got so much to see. I always come home absolutely shattered, too, but it's not surprising you were knackered after you did all that! xx

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    1. Well, the climbing part was easy. Thankfully there were three of us so one climbed and the other two grabbed a foot each to get the other down - it didn't look too high until I came to get back down!
      There was so much more to see than we could have fitted in, but it was a great trip!

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  6. Oh wow, you certainly managed to fit a lot of things in! Matilda sounds like it was wonderful! xx

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    1. Oh, Matilda was amazing! Definitely go and see it if you get the chance!!

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  7. What a great idea! I always find Lonfon exhausting, no matter how long I'm there for. Love that you wore your bus print dress :)

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    1. Haha, I know - proper tourist! Some people actually stopped me in the theatre and said it was a cool dress, though!

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  8. you did loads! I haven't been to London i forever. Never for sightseeing which I ought to do really:) x

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    1. We did manage to fit a lot in, I think you only realise how much you managed to do when you look back on your photos like this..

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  9. Brilliant, sounds like you enjoyed yourselves x

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  10. Such a pretty look girl for sight seeing! I've always wanted to go to London. Looks like you had a great time.

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

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  11. What a great post - I loved the Monopoly board game idea, such a great way of getting the girls engaged in their visit, and you packed so much into your days there! I hate to admit, I've never seen a show or play in London. I don't know the city at all, and I think it's time I rectified it. Your post has made me realise how much i could fit into a weekend away there! And I LOVE your bus print dress. Cath Kidston really make the best prints... Thank you so much for linking up with The Good Things, I o hope you join us again, this kind of happy post is just perfect for the community I hope to build.

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