Christmas In London

It's been busy, it's been fun, it's felt a little different, and we've packed in as much as we possibly could in the short time we've been here! Christmas in London has been a whirlwind, and as we prepare to head back to France tomorrow here's just some of what we've been up to since touching down in the UK. After a quick trip to Manchester to see family (and Santa!) we first settled down in South London to celebrate Christmas Day with Andrew's family.

The kids spent a day at Chessington to see Santa (again!) the animals at the zoo, and for a Gruffalo show. I was treated to the most delicious lunch with family and friends at The Waterside Inn in Bray, and whilst staying at my parents house took myself round all the lovely gift shops full of Christmas at this time of year. Dad and I saw Interstellar at Westfield and I was shocked to see shops open till 11pm!! (Yes, I have become that country!) Reuben had his first trip to the cinema to see Paddington which is a lovely family film. It was funny and showed some of my favourite bits of London, like Portobello Road, which sadly I just didn't get to this time round.

After Christmas we headed up North London to stay with my parents and we spent time down at the Southbank, one of our favourite places. Mum took the boys on the London Eye and the little Southbank Centre Express train along the river. Andrew had his first taste of the ballet as we had a night out to see the Nutcracker with my parents, and we managed a day to ourselves where we browsed around and had lunch in Covent Garden before heading back to the Southbank to see Timber, a fun family friendly show of lumberjack circus performers from Quebec.

We've been on all forms of transport after a year and a half travelling only by car. The boys have had fun with their cousins and reacquainted themselves with local playgrounds. We've shopped in the sales, oohed and aahed at the sparkly Christmas lights that all of London has to offer, and seen more Christmas trees than we would ever have seen in France. After all that we're exhausted and more than ready to return to quiet village life! It's been great seeing family and friends again, sorry to all of you we didn't get round to seeing. We're starting to think about the year ahead and we're planning a fun filled 2015. Thank you to all of you who read this blog, follow on social media, and take the time to comment. I look forward to sharing life with you next year!

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