We’ve had a busy week this week!
We had our bonfire night on Sunday night and had some lovely friends round for hot dogs, cakes and hot chocolates with marshmallows and squirty cream….
The next morning we set off to London to join Marmite as their guests in the Golden Circle (check us out) on Oxford Street for the big Christmas light switch on. They asked us a few weeks ago so we decided to go and celebrate our anniversary a week early by leaving the kids at home and having a grown up night away in London.
We got a good deal on our train fares and our hotel room was a complete bargain at £40 for the night which is brilliant for central London I think. Although to be fair it was more of a cupboard than a hotel room – if we wanted to pass each other, one of us had to get on the bed to let the other one past. Saying that though, it was clean and comfortable and considering the price also included breakfast (choice of bread, tomatoes, cucumber and boiled eggs with orange squash), it was a complete bargain.
We had a lovely wander round some of the sights on Monday afternoon and then met up with the Marmite team to get into the Golden Circle ready for the big switch on. Lawson, Leona Lewis and Robbie Williams all performed and we were so close to the stage that we got a brilliant view. I must admit I found it a bit weird singing along to Christmas carols on bonfire night but I soon got into it 😉
After Robbie switched the lights on, we went for a wander and I’m sure we walked at least 10 miles (that’s what my feet think anyway). Considering we were child-free, we had a lovely few hours in Hamleys, the Disney store and my new favourite shop in the world – M & Ms World.
The next morning we did the London Eye, which was amazing and one of those things that everyone should do once. I never thought I’d enjoy it as much as I did but we had a clear day and we could see for miles around us. Mr Frugal hates heights and I hate rides but between us, we loved it!
Next stop was Madame Tussauds where I am serious when I tell you that Mr Frugal posed with practically every waxwork in there. If you travel to London by train, you get 2 for the price of 1 entry, just remember to take your train tickets and a voucher that you can get from mainline train stations. We forgot the voucher and had to pop to the rail station to get one – good job it wasn’t too far away!
The train tickets we’d bought were off-peak tickets so we had to leave before 2.30 or not until 7.00. We had enough planned in to keep us busy until 7.oo but we ended up getting the 2.30 train so we could be home by tea-time as I was missing the kids too much!
We crammed lots in to our little mini-break and it was great to spend time together just the two of us but it was even better to pull up outside our house and see two little faces excitedly looking through the blinds waiting for us to come home.