London Baby!

The last weekend of the summer holidays we decided to go to London for an overnight stay to celebrate the end of the holidays, as we’ve not been on holiday this year.  I managed to get a deal with Expedia for the swanky Four Seasons in Canary Wharf, it was half price and there was an upgrade deal on the room.  It wasn’t that super central but from the photos it looked like it was on the river and I’m rather fond of Canary Wharf from when I worked there many moons ago.

I love walking through the city and seeing how the skyline has changed, some of those buildings are now absolutely massive and very beautiful.  We walked down to the river and over to the Tate Modern and the Globe – which one day I will have to go and see a play at. it’s on my list of things to do, just need to remember to book it!.

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We then wandered down to Borough Market where my daughter shopped herself silly for cheese, bread and fancy fruit, and bought lunch from the market – super yummy pasta. Then Miss L and Paul went and adventured around HMS Belfast (which they both recommended, they were on there for a good couple of hours), while I took up residence at the top floor bar overlooking the Belfast and the river. If you get a chance go up there it’s has a really amazing view and a pretty chilled out place to get a coffee or glass of wine by the 3

Having wandered around the South Bank some more we got the Thames Clipper to Canary Wharf and the hotel is right by the dock which was handy.  I’ve not been to Canary Wharf since I worked in London twelve years ago and it’s gotten so much bigger. Bizarrely it reminded us all of Vancouver, lots of apartments and the river is very accessible which it isn’t in a lot of places in London.  In fact I think we all wanted to move there instantly, it’s a really nice area if a little new and shiny.

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I’d quite happily stay there again, it’s not super central but it’s a lot cheaper and quieter than the West End and with the Thames Clipper’s going there every 20 minutes, it’s not trouble getting there. With the Expedia deal on the room we got an automatic river view upgrade for the same price as the cheap room – yay!

Oh my word the view over the city was amazing and we had great fun boat and building spotting, you could even see Crystal Palace from the room – we are such geeks!  There are loads of places to eat at Canary Wharf, so we headed to Browns, had dinner and saw a beautiful sunset. At this point I was really wishing I’d booked more than one night!

All in all it was a brilliant weekend away, we really should do it more often it really felt like a mini holiday. Roll on half term!


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  1. What a lovely weekend in the Smoke! It’s good to hear that there’s a nice bar near HMS Belfast–Dave and Lucas love exploring it and I’m not keen on going down tricky companionways. Somewhere nice to wait would be lovely!
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    1. I can throughly recommend it. I had all the coats and bags, it was much nicer sitting there with them all than lugging them about the boat 🙂

  2. Sounds great; wish I’d known there was somewhere to sit with a coffee rather than trawling all over HMS Belfast with my ex!

    I agree though, a weekend wouldn’t be long enough though you packed a lot in by the looks of it 🙂 x
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