London Trip

Madam and I headed East last week for a couple of days, a trip to London was something we did yearly to see the lights when in Essex but since moving to Devon this is obviously trickier. When travelling with a 15 year old girl there is only one thing to do whilst in the City and that obviously is SHOP and as said child has designs way above her station there was only one place to start……….


Yep thats Harrods and the reason Brompton Road is deserted is NOTHING to do with us! We spent some time wandering round and round and round (we got lost) the designer clothes and Madam even tried on a dress which fortunately didn’t fit! I was glad to get out of there to be honest not just because the £3000 price tags scare me but because it was so warm.

Pleased to be out in the fresh air we headed up over Hyde Park to Oxford Street where the shop fest began! We didn’t shop till we dropped but it was darn close! Oxford Street (with detour to Bond Street) to Oxford Circus then down Regents Street where we jumped on the tube to Covent Garden. Now I know that we could have walked instead of going underground but seriously by this time I was already two inches shorter that I had been when I set out and had no desire to shrink anymore, besides which the Covent Garden underground station is an experience, as unlike other stations it does not have an escalator to get to the surface but a rather dodgy lift! We spent some time in CG wandering around, checking out the lights and me showing Madam places her Great Grandfather is connected to. The Mistletoe Lights were amazing and the tree on par with the one at the Rockefeller Centre in New York so well done Covent Garden.

From there we cut down to The Strand


and along to Trafalgar Square to see The tree. The trouble with having taken Madam to New York last year is that she was totally underwhelmed by The Tree, as a child I would have been overwhelmed as it is massive but I can see her point that the one in NY was better, fatter and prettier, but the sky was beautiful. Magical.


The final slog was up to Regents Street to see the lights there which were amazing!

It was a great day if a tad tiring! It included some major stresses due to the complexities of travelling on public transport (a whole blog on this to come!) and some big laughs………

  • Whilst at a well know sandwich shop ordering lunch Madam was given the choice of 1 foot or 6 inch but asked for the alternative 6ft sub!
  • After finishing serving us and probably still recovering from this the employee turned to the person behind us and asked “what can I get you Sir?” to which the reply came “I’m not a Sir I’m a woman“. Suffice to say it was an awkward moment but I can totally understand how the mistake was made!
  • A lovely young man with impeccable English offered me a seat on the tube, don’t let the white hair fool you sir I run Ultra Marathons for fun! Next time I shall wear a big hat!



About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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6 Responses to London Trip

  1. It all looks so pretty Shaz. The trouble with xmas lights in Australia is that we have to wait until about 9pm until we can turn them on (day light savings). As for the dude who gave up his seat…hehe…

  2. I enjoyed this blog – written in a lovely, chatty way as blogs should be! Keep them coming.

  3. Rebecca says:

    We once took the stairs at Covent Garden tube station as the lift had a horrendously long queue. People have to stop on the way up for a breather!

  4. London seems so picturesque and definitely worth exploring, Shaz! Loved your pictures. How many days would you recommend staying in London?

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