Walking in a Winter Wonderland 

Ok, lame title… Couldn’t resist. A little while ago I booked a weekend away in London for Ed and I. The main reasoning behind this was so we could visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, something that has become an annual tradition for me. 

We arrived in London on Saturday and headed straight for Oxford street for some Christmas shopping, although the majority of money was actually spent on myself… Oops. In all fairness, I had already finished my Christmas shopping, it was Ed getting gifts for his parents. We went to Victoria’s Secret, which was a first for me, and I ended up buying a gorgeous nightie in a pale blue shade. As a mum I sometimes feel a little frumpy when I’m in my pjs, so this is something a little nicer to remind myself I’m not over the hill just yet. I also went to New Look and Ed treated me to two pairs of heels in gold and black. I got myself a couple of jumpers in H&M and then had a little No7 haul in boots before getting the tube to the hotel. They have an offer on at the moment where you get a free gift when you buy two products from the range. I love the blush stick. It’s the perfect shade for me. 

We arrived at Canada Water and walked over to our hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton Docklands. The hotel is in an amazing location and I was very impressed by the warm cookie each on arrival. We were shattered from shopping but on the spur of the moment decided to head over to Chelmsford in Essex on the train to have a drink with my dad. Before we left we went out on our balcony and saw the beautiful view over the Thames. We also visited the executive lounge and had a snack and glass of wine. The hotel has a free ferry shuttle across the Thames so we took this over to Canary Wharf station. The rest of the evening didn’t quite go to plan and ended with a very expensive taxi back… 

 This morning we had a lie in until 9, a total luxury for a mummy like me. After a yummy breakfast and lots of orange juice (my head was hurting a little…) we headed off to the tube and spent the remainder of the day in Winter Wonderland getting our festive cheer on. It was nice to go without the children for once as if gave us a chance to wonder around at leisure and really take it all in. We went on a ghost train which was absolutely rubbish, bought some fake snow and stuffed our faces full of German sausage, chips and a chocolate crepe on the way out. 

It was a nice break away during a very stressful build up to Christmas at work and good to spend some quality time together as a couple too. I would definitely recommend the Doubletree Docklands to stay as well, yummy breakfast, nice location, free cookies and ferry ride across the river. What’s not to like? 


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