I turned 27 a few weeks ago and my mum planned a lovely surprise weekend in London to celebrate! I had no idea what we were doing until a few days before so I was pretty overwhelmed and excited when I finally found out all the amazing things she’d planned for us to do!
Our first stop was to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour, which I’ve been desperate to go to for months now. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (obviously, who isn’t?!) and it was fantastic, even better than I’d imagined. I’ll be reviewing the tour in full over on my book blog, if anyone’s interested!
After that we headed into London and made our way to Portobello Road (via a taxi, where the driver kept telling us how many women get raped by taxi drivers in London…unnerving, to say the least! Seriously, wtf?!) to the Electric Cinema. It’s absolutely stunning in there and you can choose between a leather armchair, sofa or bed – we opted for armchairs and, man, are they comfortable! Each comes with a side table, lamp, foot rest and cashmere blanket to keep you warm during the film. We saw the last Hobbit movie and it was fantastic – even better because of our amazing surroundings! After that we popped into the Electric Diner (just next door) for a hefty burger and chips, then headed back to our hotel in Notting Hill.
The next morning we made our way to Hyde Park to visit Winter Wonderland. I’d never been and as my birthday’s the week before Christmas we thought it’d be the perfect way to get into the festivities! It was great to wander around Winter Wonderland before it got busy and I warmed myself up with an amazing mulled cider. We also hit the Magical Ice Kingdom, which is filled with incredible ice sculptures!
Next up was a quick stop off at Trafalgar Square to ogle the huuuuge Christmas tree and pop into the National Gallery. My favourite painting, Whistlejacket, is inside, so we had a quick look at that and a few other amazing works of art – it’s one of my favourite galleries in the world and I don’t get to visit too often so it was hard to tear myself away!
Our last stop was to the Ice Bar, where we were cloaked in huge capes and sipped on fruity cocktails in glasses made of ice! Each group only gets forty minutes in the bar, due to the freeeeezing temperatures but it’s great fun and my mojito was surprisingly good! After that there was nothing left to do but jump onto the train, head home and catch up on some much needed sleep.
A huge thanks to my amazing mum for planning such a fantastic weekend for us! It was a great way to celebrate both my birthday and Christmas and lovely to spend a bit of girly time together.
Let me know in the comments, what are your favourite things to do in London?