What’s been happening this month?
July has been an action-packed month, and a mixed bag of highs and lows. Early in the month my Nan sadly passed away. Although she’d had some health problems for a while it did come as a bit of a shock as she had seemed to be on the mend.
My sister returned to London after travelling in Croatia and we tried to fit in as much as possible before she had to fly back to Sydney. We sampled the Charlie and the Chocolate themed afternoon tea at One Aldwych…
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I had mixed feelings about the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea at One Aldwych. The desserts were fab but I felt like the service was a bit lacking at times. Maybe having afternoon tea at Claridges a couple of weeks earlier spoiled me for other afternoon teas!
And then saw a preview performance of Harry Potter play, which was INCREDIBLE. If you are a Harry Potter fan you MUST go and see this show.
We spent the following day down in Brighton and were fortunate enough to have the sun come out in the afternoon while we were there.
We also tried out the new slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit. It costs £5 for a go on the slide which lasts only 40 seconds but it was fun and I’d highly recommend giving it a go.
You also get a nice view of London from the top!
We returned to the West End for the third day in a row, this time for Aladdin the musical. It was a pretty good show although Harry Potter was a pretty tough act to follow!
The following morning my sister and I were at Heathrow bright and early to pick up my parents who had just flown in from Sydney. London put on some glorious weather so we spent the day showing them some of the main tourist sites.
The next day my sister left to return home and then my parents took off on a little trip around Europe. I filled in the time while they were away by visiting a couple of stately homes but unfortunately those trips didn’t go quite as planned. First was Polesden Lacey, a National Trust property in Surrey. Unfortunately they were doing restoration works so a lot of the house was covered in scaffolding and most of the upstairs rooms were closed.
The following weekend we rode up to Wrest Park, but weren’t able to go inside the house as it had been hired out for a wedding! I’m a member of both National Trust and English Heritage so I can return to both of these properties at a later date but next time I’ll be sure to check ahead of time to make sure they are fully open!
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Rode out to Wrest Park last weekend only to find out we couldn't go inside the house as it had been hired out for a wedding! 😩 We still got to enjoy the gardens though, and as an @englishheritage member I can visit again for free. But next time I'll check in advance to avoid disappointment!
When my parents returned to London we spent a day at Kew Gardens. Once again we were blessed with perfect weather.
I also took them to Fenton House, just because of the name. While we were in the area we also stopped by at Kenwood House.
And finally, a day trip to Cambridge.
Looking ahead to August
My parents are still around for a couple of weeks so there will be plenty more touristy days out in London. After that I’ll try and catch up on writing blog posts from my trip to Cornwall and the other things I’ve been doing in and around London lately.
Hope you had a great July! Where is August taking you?