AG travel diaries: London 2022!

Hey guys! I’m really excited to share with you all that recently I took a trip to London with my family for my birthday. London is one of my favourite places in the world and to be there on my birthday was amazing. The 3 days that we spent there flew by as always and I have some really incredible memories of the trip overall. As always, I’m looking forward to the next time that I will be lucky enough to visit the amazing city. So here is my travel diary post all about my trip to London!

Day one: 20th April

We arrived in London early afternoon after travelling with Hull Trains. The journey was good overall and I was so excited to be in London for the next few days.

We headed straight across to the apartment that we were staying in, taking the tube from Kings cross train station to Paddington. The apartment we stayed in was really lovely. It had 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a kitchen and a living room/dining area so it had everything we could possibly need for our stay in London. Plus the proximity to Paddington tube station was very handy in terms of getting around London because we spent little time actually in Paddington. I think staying in an apartment worked really well for us on this particular trip for a few reasons. It was nice that we could all be together instead of having to be in separate hotel rooms especially on my birthday when I was opening presents. Also it gave us the option to cater for ourselves which we did every night except for on my birthday. In addition, we had more space than we would’ve had in a hotel room. So overall, it worked very well for us on this particular trip.

After stocking up on some food from M+S and having some tea, we decided to explore the area near where we were staying. There was a beautiful canal right next to the entrance to Paddington station with some boats lined up along it. Some of them had been converted into restaurants and others looked like they might be holiday lets to stay in. There were also lots of restaurants and cafes that had some beautiful views overlooking the canal. It was lovely to meander along there and it was made even better by the gorgeous sunset that lit up the sky.

Day two: 21st April

My birthday! We had a slow morning, eating some croissants from Pret a Manger and opening some of my birthday presents that we had brought to London with us. This was partly in preparation for the busy day that we had ahead of us.

We set off early afternoon for Covent Garden to watch the matinee performance of Frozen the musical there. The performance mostly followed the plot of the movie with some added songs as well as the classic songs that everyone already knows. Everything about it was absolutely fabulous. I thought the casting of the parts was spot on and the performers did a wonderful job of accurately portraying their characters. The costumes were absolutely stunning especially Elsa’s iconic blue dress. The staging, lighting and set pieces that created the scenery were perfect in depicting the mood that was needed for each part of the story. I would definitely recommend this musical to you if you are visiting London soon and want to see a show!

After this, we had a bit of time before we were booked in for a meal at Wildwood restaurant so we decided to wander around Covent Garden. Covent Garden is one of my favourite places in London and probably the place that I have visited the most! I love exploring the market stands and taking in the beautiful scenery of the market halls themselves. Funnily enough, the only thing I ended up buying was a serum from the Ordinary skincare routine. I have only ever seen this brand in Boots stores but it is nice to know that they have their own store in London.

Next, we went to Wildwood for my birthday meal. They offered a range of items on their menu including pizza, pasta, burgers and salads as well as lots of different drinks. I have been craving a really good beef burger for months so naturally I ordered that alongside a sex on the beach cocktail. I really enjoyed my cocktail and my beef burger was absolutely amazing too. For dessert, I selected the milk chocolate cookie dough which was definitely a good choice. It was so gooey on the inside and I really savoured the sweet taste of it. Overall, it was a very nice meal and I would recommend this restaurant as an option if you are visiting London.

We ended the day by walking across to Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus and what an atmosphere there was. It was still bustling with people and it had a real metropolitan feel to it. The big screen at Piccadilly Circus reminds me of the Times Square screen in New York and it was fascinating to see it. We got the tube from there back to Paddington and I went to bed, knowing I had had an amazing birthday.

Day three: 22nd April

Our group spilt up: my Mum, Granny and Sister headed for Oxford Street while me, my Grandad and Dad headed for Stamford Bridge. I’m a massive Chelsea fan and while I had originally been hoping to see a match while we were in London, I soon learnt that getting tickets for a majority of Premier League clubs is very hard. Thus, I decided that a stadium tour of Stamford Bridge, which was much easier to book onto, would be a better option and would still make for an amazing experience. I was right of course.

We arrived at the Bridge with me all decked out in my Chelsea top and we were led into the Museum before our tour started. This charted the history of the football club which was founded in 1905 so it has existed for 117 years now. There was a trophy room with all the honours the men’s, women’s and youth teams have won, cabinets with relics in such as iconic boots and goalkeeping gloves and a collection of all the different shirts the team has worn up until 2020. There were also special display cabinets for the 2012 and 2021 UEFA Champions League victories for the men’s team which were very interesting to look at. We were called back down around 11 to start our stadium tour.

We entered the Stadium through the Matthew Harding and East Stand and wow it took my breath away a little bit. It was absolutely massive and you could already tell there would be an amazing atmosphere when it was full of fans. We were told not to go on the actual pitch but we could go up amongst the seats or stay near to the pitch side so we could get a view of the pitch and stadium from different angles.

Next, we were led into the press room. This is where Thomas Tuchel answers questions from the press after the match and he might potentially be accompanied by the captain Azpilicueta or the Man of the Match if someone had played particularly well. The press are given specific seats in the stadium with tablets on them so they can replay any parts of the action that they may have missed or want to watch back so they can formulate better questions overall. It was so cool to be in that room especially after seeing it on my Instagram feed many times before.

Our next stop on the tour was the dressing room! All the player’s shirts were set out roughly where they would sit before and after matches. Once upon a time, they were grouped together based on the language they spoke but now they can sit wherever they like, presumably to promote unity across the team. Naturally, I gravitated towards the corner that had Mount, James and Chilwell shirts laid out and I got pictures with all of these shirts. I found it so interesting to gain an insight behind the scenes of the stadium and I was fangirling internally just being in the room where the team get changed every week.

Our final stop on the tour was entering the stadium once again to see it from two other angles. We recreated the team’s entry to the stadium by entering from the tunnel with ‘Liquidator’ playing in the background. This gave us access to the dugout where the manager, coaching staff and subs sit every week. There was a really good view of the pitch overall and I could picture Thomas Tuchel pacing the sidelines and yelling to the team from there. We then climbed higher so we could look out over the stadium from the upper tier of the Shed End. It was a completely different perspective from being pitchside but the view was still spectacular. Our tour ended here with the option to go back to the Museum which we took up so we could finish looking around it. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to hopefully go back for a match soon!

We spent the afternoon at the Sky Garden which literally has some of the best views I’ve ever seen in my life. The views it provided of London were amazing especially since there were windows on all 4 sides so you could see for miles across the city in all 4 directions. We got brilliant views of the Tower of London which looked like a miniature play set from the height we were at. It was also easy to spot Westminster Abbey in all its beauty which was also fairly nearby. My main mission was to spot Wembley Stadium and it was actually my Dad who pointed it out first with its iconic arch blending in with all the other London buildings. Not only were the views fantastic but I loved that the centre of it was filled with plants, adding to the aesthetic vibe even more. It was the perfect way to finish off our trip to London!

Thank you for reading this post! Have you been to London before? Let me know in the comments! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!

Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull

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