Last weekend as you know I attended Britmums Live, an annual blogging conference. I had a blast but that wasn’t all I got up to during my weekend in London. I thought I’d share some more about our trip and let you have a look at all photos – they’re mostly of food!
Matt, Luisa and I flew out from Belfast on the Friday morning and arrived in Luton unscathed around 11am. I actually find flying with a baby to be really easy, it’s not something to be anxious about in my opinion. If you’d like some tips I wrote a post on my friend Leanne’s blog which you can read here.
I had already booked a train into central London via East Midlands Trains which was a total bargain. The ticket included the short bus transfer to the train station and only cost £7pp. The total journey time was around 45 minutes which isn’t too bad.
It was a beautiful sunny day so we grabbed some picnic food from a Sainsburys close to Kings Cross and headed to a nearby park. We had booked to stay in a Travelodge close to Kings Cross, we went with a family room which turned out to be brilliant. We couldn’t check in until 3 but they kindly let us leave our luggage for a small donation to Macmillan.
One of my brothers actually lives in London now so we spent the afternoon with him having a few drinks and doing a little bit of sightseeing before getting checked in to our hotel.
Later that evening Matt’s brother Michael and his girlfriend arrived from Nottingham. They decided to spend the weekend in London with us too. Who can resist the draw of Luisa? Now that the whole crowd was assembled we went out for dinner close to our hotel in a place called Pizza Union. I’d really reccomend it if you’re in the area. Fast, tasty, fresh and affordable.
We were absolutely knackered so all turned in pretty early. As I said we were staying in a Travelodge close to Kings Cross. We booked a family room which was made up of a king size bed and a double bed. We could have added a travel cot in for no extra charge but I didn’t bother as Luisa refuses to sleep in them anyway! The hotel was fab, the reception staff were really nice and the room was a good size. I really couldn’t fault it in terms or location or value for money.
By some miracle Lu slept through the night for the first time ever! The knock on affect of this was that Matt & I slept through the alarm and had a rude awakening when Michael was knocking on the door at 8am. Oops!
Usually when things like this happen I loose the plot but I decided to just accept that I was going to be late to BML and get ready calmly. I still make it there before 10 and by all accounts I didn’t miss much.
I actually brought Lu along with me for the first hour or so as she is still breastfed. Her routine is to feed quite a lot in the morning before going for a long nap around 11am. I didn’t think it was fair on her to leave her for the whole day and I knew I wouldn’t be going to any sessions pre 11am so I wouldn’t be disturbing anyone by bringing her.
Matt collected Luisa around 11 and they headed off on an adventure round London. If you’d like to hear more about #BML16 check out my post here.
On Saturday night I went for dinner with the gals at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. Well, when I say ‘went’ I was there for about an hour. I had to leave as the starters hit the table because Lu had woken & wouldn’t settle for Matt. Kids eh?
Sunday was a lot of fun too. We went shopping, had lunch, took Lu to Hamleys, all the usual touristy things. Our flight was around 6 so we ended up leaving London at 3.30 which was a shame. We had a blast, it was busy but I really enjoy our little weekend in London. I was apprehensive about taking a baby to such a big city I’d do it again. In fact we’re hoping to go back in November!