The first thing we did before we fly here was plan our days and places to visit. As the cost of this journey was quite expensive to ordinary people like us, we listed all important places to visit within reach (by tubes,of course) and the most important thing, to ensure Iman has the most memories here as this is his first time as compared to Irfan.
Since we are here during Irfan's 3rd birthday, so we planned to bring him to his most favourite shop - M&M World London. So the journey begin. We left early in the morning right after peak time (where people rushed to the office).
1. Buckingham Palace and Royal Horse Guard
This is a must visit place whenever any of us reach London. From Hounslow Central Station, we head to the Hyde Park Corner Station. The weather was really good so we walked down the pedestrian lane to the palace.
Here come the Royal Horse Guards. They marched along the Constitution Hill. The kids were so excited watching the horses marched. The Guard Changing ceremony happens every day in July (when we were there) at 11.30am. We recommend visitors to arrive by 11.15am as the guards and music will start playing at this time. However they still have some provisional dates every month. Schedule can be referred here.
|Us at the Green Park|
2. The M&M World London
After the ceremony ended, we rushed to Irfan's favourite shop. The M&M World London. We took Piccadilly line at Green Park Station and stopped at Leicester Square Station. This character shop is about 5 minutes walking distance from the station.
|Come on Papa! -Irfan|
|Look at that birthday boy's expression|
It was very lucky of us to fulfill Irfan's birthday wish this time. He has been asking about this M&M Shop every day and night. Iman was too small to understand all of this but yet, we will keep this as part of his memory.
3. Covent Garden
After doing a little shop in M&M World, we then head to the Covent Garden while searching for some lunch packs.
Covent Garden is famous with its iconic and historical market place where here located many of famous designer brand shops as well as street performance and artists selling off their drawings and handicrafts.
4. The Horse Guard Parade
Each of us has listed at least one place we wished to visit when we are here. Irfan did his. So do I and Mr Hubby. He really wanted to visit the Horse Guard Parade since the past 2 years but we have never had chance to do that.
Eventhough it is raining that afternoon, we still chase for the tubes and went here. This Horse Guard Parade is a parade ground near Whitehall used for royal parades and ceremonies.
|Yes Sir! - Irfan|
|Finally, his dream has come true!|
5. The Little Venice
It is very hot and sunny on that day yet we still rush to our last place planned for the day. The Little Venice. It is located north of Paddington where the Grand Union and Regent's Canals meet. There lies waterside cafes, eateries and pubs. I was very excited as I have been eyeing this place for quite sometime and finally I managed to step my foot down here.
|And that's a peace from my sleepy boy|
Our second day on this trip was really tiring. But we managed to follow all as planned. Thank you to my three men for making this long day a wonderful one. Till we meet again on the next post for more ideas of places to visit in London!