3.5 Magical Days in London: Tips and Recommendations
This year, our family Passover vacation was different than previous years. We always go together for a long getaway, but this year we split – my son wanted to join my husband’s work trip to Prague, and from there they continued to Milano together. My daughter, on the other hand, didn’t want to skip her girl scouts trip on the same dates, and I, of course, stayed with her. When the boys got back home, we felt left out and decided on a short, spontaneous, girls-only trip to London
It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve done recently! 5 days of fun, 3.5 of which were in London – if this amazing trip could be extended, it could have been perfect (we ended up running from place to place, in a rush). But I’m not complaining – on the contrary!
For those of you who are planning a trip to London soon, here are my recommendations and reviews from our short trip
VOGUE 100 anniversary at the National Portrait Gallery: ?????
Exhibitionism- an exhibition on the history of the Rolling Stones at the Saatchi Gallery ?????
An exhibition we sadly didn’t make it to – Botticelli Reimagined in Victoria &Albert Museum
Matilda, the musical – nice, but it’s a bit off-putting when children are being screamed at ??????
The Winter Story ballet – I loved it, but too long for kids (3.5 hours) ??????
Yautcha the Chinese ??????
Sexi Fish the Asian ?????
Sumasan the Japanese ????? The best Japanese food I’ve ever had
Quattro Passi the Italian ??????
Here’s a general comment on London restaurants: tasty, but very noisy, to a point it’s not very pleasant to sit down and eat, not to mention have a conversation. Or, like my daughter said: if you’re looking for a reason to move to London, let’s say that restaurants isn’t one of them :)
Five o’clock tea
We couldn’t not experience at least once the traditional English 5 o’clock. It’s a lengthily process which includes a selection of teas, tiny kind-of OK sandwiches and afterwards, a selection of small cakes and cookies (most of them weren’t for my taste). And still, this is a very impressive and enjoyable experience. Every place chooses a different ‘theme’ for tourist points, and since we both love fashion, we chose the Berkeley hotel, which does it couture-style. They engrave your name on a shoe-shaped cookie, for example, and with the dessert, a waitress arrives and explains the inspiration for each cake – a Prada bag, Givenchy shoes, Gucci dress. You won’t be full, of course, but it’s fun to do and even more fun to photograph.
And speaking of photos – this was the central chunk of our trip, as you can see :) We took photos every place possible and impossible (where it wasn’t allowed) – in a cab, in the elevator, in exhibitions, restaurants, and of course changing rooms across London
And here we are at the trip’s main part: shopping! And lots of it!Anyone who has a child at this age knows the desired brands: Brendi, American Aparrel, Urban Outfitters. But the cherry on top is of course Pink, Victoria’s Secret and Top Shop! The Oxford street branch is 4 floors, with an ice cream parlor, cupcakes, shakes, a manicure station and a hair salon in it! You can spend a whole day there, easy. And to make sure it doesn’t happen, we dragged ourselves out after two and a half hours, each of us holding a bag pretty large come up.
It’s hard to put in words here the amazing energy we had between us – morning sports, trying clothes together, the very important decision on who is getting what (since we don’t want to buy the same outfit, but sometimes its “OK, these pants are a go, but text me when you’re wearing them”), making funny videos on some app and much more… Plus non-stop laughter and deep conversations we never get to during our usually busy everyday.
Three and a half days not only passed fast, but flew by, and even despite the col weather (9 degrees! and rain), we enjoyed every second! Being a teenager isn’t easy for kids – or for parents – and I’m saying this as an experienced mom of a 15 year old son and a 12 year old daughter. I highly recommend this experience (not necessarily in London) for growing closer, and for an unforgettable experience. I believe it would be different with a son, but nevertheless amazing as well – and I plan to try it very soon