Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Bank Holiday Weekend in London

Bank holidays and travel seem to go hand in hand, am I right? Us lucky Brits get two in May which means we've been very busy bees this month. The first bank holiday weekend was spent visiting my dad up in Cambridgeshire and we've just returned from London, having spent this weekend visiting our families in London. It's been very tiring but overall, a really lovely weekend.

Mini on train to London


Since both mine and Matt's families are based in west London, it made sense for us to use Heathrow as a hub due to its extensive public transport options but I'm not sure we truly thought about the logistics at the time of booking. Let's just book a stay in a Heathrow terminal on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year - are we mad??

Matt and Mini at Heathrow airport
Matt & Mini at Heathrow Airport

Despite all of the hustle and bustle, we managed to make it to the hotel in one piece albeit an hour early for check-in at the Premier Inn London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4. (It's a mouthful, isn't it?) The room we were allocated through the mobile check-in wasn't available yet but the helpful staff managed to find us an alternative family room that we could check into straight away giving us a chance to take a break and have a quick lunch from Costa before we headed out to visit Matt's family.

Costa lunch
My yummy lunch from Costa

The following day, we ventured over to my hometown to attend my grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary. They'd chosen a local Chinese buffet restaurant as their venue and having eaten there a fair few times, I already knew the food would be delicious. The highlight for me was the chicken curry which I may have had second helpings of because it was just that good!

50th anniversary cake
A beautiful cake and canvas for my grandparents' golden anniversary!

Meanwhile a jetlagged Matt barely ate a thing because Mini was in meltdown mode. I suspect it was just because all the travelling had finally gotten to him and he was fed up - especially straight after two weeks of Matt working abroad. It was so bad that we actually toyed with the idea of booking a last minute hotel, extending our trip by another day but we ultimately decided against it, knowing that we'd feel a thousand times better getting home instead of having a third day of travel.

As it turns out, it was the right decision because I've never seen Mini as happy as he was when we got home. The three of us are very much homebodies and like our creature comforts so it was lovely to get home and be able to rest on the Monday.

If you've enjoyed reading about our little family's short stay in London, make sure you give me a quick follow on Instagram to be able to keep up-to-date with everything we get up to!

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