After she landed at Heathrow I cooked up a nice meal before she collapsed on the couch from jet lag, Tuesday we spent a fantastic afternoon and evening strolling around central London and basking in the British sunshine.
This week my sister came to London all the way from New Zealand so it was my duty to show her a good time!
We started off by getting off at Green Park and strolling through until we reached Buckingham Palace, after a few selfies and a quick look at the changing soldiers we had a leisureley stroll down The Mall towards Trafalgar Square. It was my sister telling me all the history about Trafalgar as she said she has learnt so much from all the gorgeous London children’s books I have sent back for my nephew. After doing some people watching we headed up to the grand building of the National Gallery.
The National Gallery is a place in London that I just love, the first room is full of some of the most famous pictures in existence. Van Gogh’s ‘Chair’ and ‘Sunflowers’ as well as many Monet’s and Seurat’s incredible ‘Bathers’ picture. After getting an air conditioned break we ventured back outside and walked down Whitehall towards Big Ben. Unfortunately the horse guards had finished for the day so we didn’t get to see them but there were plenty of people buzzing around 10 Downing Street.
Once we arrived at Big Ben (Big Benny as I like to call it) it was exactly 6pm and we waited for the chime, it is a familiar sound as it is played on the BBC 6pm news report. The breeze from the Thames was fresh and after a few more photos on Westminster Bridge we headed along the South bank in search of food and drink!
I love London in the summer, it changes so much. People are happy, the dining turns al fresco, the drinks flow freely and the place comes alive. There is so much to do in this city but I feel in the summer it really steps up a notch!
On Wednesday night we went to the ‘Book of Mormon’ in the West End. There has been an incredible amount of hype about this show, with countless Tony and Olivier awards it was hard not to have a high expectation but fortunately the show more than delivered and it was well worth the £70 ticket price. If you get a chance to see it please do, it is laugh out loud funny/inappropriate from start to finish!
Friday was spent at the gorgeous sea side town of Brighton. I had been to Brighton before but it was the middle of winter so it was a totally different experience. Only 1 hour by train from London Victoria Brighton is a real hive of activity. There are loads of live music venues, alternative people, loads of cute bars and cafes dotted along the sea front and also the famous pier with enough fish and chips to last a summer!
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