Happy Monday, friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
I’m kicking off our week here in blog world with PART TWO of our trip to London this month 🙂 .
If you missed…
Last Saturday, we woke up, got dressed and headed off to…
…Portobello Road in Notting Hill.
Now, if you’ve seen the Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant movie, let me assure you…it’s even more magical in person. We try to visit Notting Hill every time we go to London, but if you can visit on a Saturday morning when the street is blocked off and the vendors and food trucks are out, that’s ideal. This is what I love about traveling with kids…you *think* you know what they’ll love and you *think* you know what they won’t love and you JUST NEVER REALLY KNOW. I thought we were stopping by Portobello Road for the grownups, but my kids LOVED IT! They loved it so much that we ended up spending way more time here than we had allotted on our schedule. Later on in the trip, we do something we just *knew* they would love that ended up being a disappointment (to come in a future post), so seriously, don’t overthink traveling with your kids. You’ll often be surprised by what they really enjoy.
It’s just the most charming, most eclectic, best way to spend a Saturday morning.
We strolled, popped into shops, looked through what the vendors had that morning…
…stopped for coffee and goodies at Sally Clarke…
And then continued on…
…the little girls bought jewelry from this vendor. See Mades’ ring and Ashby’s new earrings? They were so proud!
Smith thoroughly enjoyed eating his way down the street. He said this was the best donut he’s ever had.
Mades found the perfect jacket. If you know Madeley, then you know this girls LOVES a denim jacket.
Love spending a slow Saturday morning with my peeps.
The food vendors alone are worth a trip down there on Saturdays. There truly is something for everyone!
After we left Portobello Road, we headed over to…
…Westminster Abbey where we had tickets to go inside.
I mean…THE HISTORY! I’ve been inside many times, and it gets me every single time. It’s not only gorgeous, but it’s so rich in history. Weddings, funerals, coronations…this is one of my favorite stops in London.
Gang’s all here 🙂
That quote though.
After we toured the Abbey, we walked over to say hello to…
It was just a gorgeous day to be outside in London!
We strolled by Downing Street…
…over to The Guards Museum to see the horses…
…and then to our lunch on the Thames! We had lunch here at this restaurant on a boat!
…it was decorated for Halloween too which meant great food, amazing views and FALL!
Our table was right next to the window, so we had a great view of The London Eye, the river annnnnd a fun skeleton 🙂 .
Two thumbs up for the Tattershall!
The food was insanely good too!
After lunch, we made a trip over to…
…James Smith and Sons because I have always wanted to purchase an umbrella from this shop but never have stopped until this trip. This time, I was determined to bring home a hand-made umbrella from this very famous umbrella shop.
My family went to humor me…
…but once inside they were fascinated. They make the umbrellas right there in the shop. The quality, the history…it’s all so special!
Andrew and I both left with new umbrellas, and now, I’m just sitting here waiting for it to rain in McKinney.
After we left James Smith and Sons, we headed back to…
…the London Eye because we had tickets to go up!
We purchased advanced private tickets so that our family was the only family in our carriage for the 30 minute ride.
If you go to London, you really should do this at least once. The view of the city is incredible plus, as you go around, it’s educational too. There is a recording that pops in intermittently and explains to you what you’re seeing from the different angles.
The last time Andrew and I rode around in the Eye was…
…2006. Oh bless us. We were such babies!
Older, wiser and now with four kids in the Eye with us.
Look at all of these *extras* we brought back to the Eye with us 🙂 .
Views for days.
After the Eye we slowly made our way, stopping to explore, back to our hotel in time to freshen up for dinner…
…at 34 Mayfair.
This was our favorite meal of the entire trip!
And that wraps up PART 2.
You guys, sending you so much love! I hope you have the best start to your week! xx