Weekly Blog No 18 – London Tourist 2015

Even though as a child I lived in SW1 London, I was way too young to appreciate what was on offer on my doorstop. My memories are not of Big Ben or Westminster Abbey but more of St James’s Park and the barber shop sign across the road. Later in life my husband worked in London, yet it was a case of get in and get out of the busy city. Since moving to Canada, it has become clear that I didn’t cherish what the UK had to offer in respect of tourist sites.

St James Park

Whether you’re living or working in the UK, you do tend to go about your daily business and not admire whats right in front of your eyes. I wish I had utilised my mobile/cell phone to capture more photos of up and down the country but I was always rushing from one construction site to another. I’m always saying I don’t have regrets but maybe I’ve just found my first one or two lol.

My husband & I plan to return to London hopefully next year as tourists pending my health. My health is giving me some challenges at the minute so I hope it doesn’t prevent me from taking this trip. I’m going to go down memory lane and see where I lived, christened as a baby and St James Park where I played with my brothers. I’m open to suggestions too, I love history especially the Victorian and British war times.image

Westminster Cathedral

Another consideration is afternoon tea at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, a place my mother worked and lived. It would be great to see behind the scenes of the hotel with her and to relive her memories too.

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Grosvenor House Hotel

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Afternoon Tea in the Park Room

A London Theatre musical is a must do when you go to London  As I am a lover of all music, I am likely to sing along and toe tap to the songs. I have seen a few shows in my time from London to New York to Las Vegas the list is endless.

I would be grateful for any recommendations of places to visit.

Copyright 2014 – ZebraKat

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4 thoughts on “Weekly Blog No 18 – London Tourist 2015

  1. Kat, it is so true that most of us take the places we pass by every day for granted. I know we did, but since then we have also tried to make up for it. I now make sure we go and see all the places around us, playing tourists at least once a month. I am sure you will get back to London next year, you are one determined lady! I would love for you to be able to get your Mum to share some of her stories about her time working at the Grosvenor House Hotel – I bet she has some stories! x

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  2. I envy you! We went to London a few years ago and I was overwhelmed by the history, architecture, art galleries, castles – you name it. We were there almost three weeks and didn’t get half of what we wanted to do completed. We made a point of getting to the Tate Gallery and having tea on the upper floor which provides a stunning view of the Thames. We went to Hampton Court as well as out of London proper to Hever Castle – which was magical. Both are spectacular but of the two Hever was my favorite. We also went to Covent Gardens to do a little shopping and have a bit of Italian food. (I am a fan of LUSH products and the flagship store for LUSH is located there as well). I am sure that your relatives will have plans for you as well!

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    • Sounds like you had a wonderful time, I can’t wait. Yes my family are already planning my visit. I just have to be careful because I don’t have the strength that I had. I’m excited and I hope I can make it there.

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