Monday, February 9, 2015

{Travel} European Vacation-Day 8 London

Day 8 of our vacation (actually day 9 of our trip) had us saying a fond farewell to Paris and heading off to London via the Eurostar train.  We were up very early (still dark out) and picked up by the same company we used for transportation from the airport (Victor Cabs).  It was a short drive to Gare du Nord train station but it was nice to have a van and a driver for all of our bags.  Checking in at Gare du Nord for the Eurostar train was relatively easy and we went through Customs in Paris then waited in a lounge until our train arrived.
By the time we were on our way, Mom was ready for a nap. :) The trip is a little over two hours and was smooth sailing (or is it chugging?) all the way to London.  I thought I would be nervous once we went under water in the tunnel but it wasn't bad. You stow your own bags which is nice for departing the train (no baggage claim to wait for).
The train from Paris arrives at St Pancras Station in London.  We were right across the street from Kings Cross Station so we walked over to indulge our inner Harry Potter geeks.  You can see Platform 9 3/4 and even pose for a photo if you like.  Seeing it was enough for us and we were ready to explore London so we hopped in our first London cab  (they are huge!) and went to our hotel.   We stayed at the Marriott Marble Arch.  Our room wasn't ready so we left our bags and headed out on the town.
We grabbed a quick bite at The Grazing Goat pub and then walked over to check out all of the swanky shopping on Oxford Street.

I was so excited to see this sign (do you watch Mr. Selfridge?).
Selfridge's was pretty awesome. You could easily get lost in there.  After a little more window shopping and seeing London's Marble Arch we went back to the hotel to check in and rest up a bit.  We didn't have any evening plans and asked the concierge if we could get any theater tickets (we tried from home but we weren't successful) for that night. He was able to get us tickets to The Commitments musical. Score!

We took a cab to Soho and also checked out the West End and Picadilly Circus too. We had dinner at Negra Bodega (Mexican food!). Cheers!

Waiting for our din din!
The Palace Theater was just a few steps from the restaurant.
The show was so good and a lot like the movie (which I love).
The actors were all so talented and did a really long encore with even more songs from the soundtrack.  Everyone was on their feet for the whole thing!  
Fun fact, they sell Haagen Dazs ice cream at intermission (that was new to me) and you have to buy your program(Playbill) at the show.

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Tamar SB said...

How fun to get to do London, too!!
I was there so long ago and SO want to go back. So great you got to take in a show!!

Maybe I'll check out Mr. Selfridge on this snow day...

Bliss said...

I have a question for you to address in future posts..... how does the food you ate compare to the same things you have eaten at home, for example the Mexican food? Same taste, better taste, very different taste?

Chrissy said...

i just totally geeked out over platform 9 3/4! so awesome!
i also really liked that iconic sign - i haven't started 'mr selfridge' yet but netflix does have an extremely interesting doc about mr selfridge and the rise and fall and re-rise of the business. highly recommended!

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

SO MUCH FUN! This truly was the trip of a lifetime, wasn't it? I love seeing all the fun things you guys did! Your girls are beautiful, btw!

Love Of Quilts said...

Never heard of Mr. Selfridge.... some great fun you are having. I don't know about going under water. I probably wouldn't have.

Karen said...

So funny....when we were in London, the whole ice cream and Playbill thing just floored us! I'm enjoying following along on your trip.

Becky said...

I love the picture on the train :) I heart London! We took a ferry and it was choppy on the channel! I don't get motion sickness, but I was not feeling well after that! So glad you took the train!

Carla from The River said...

FUN! I love the photo on the train. :-) Too cute.
I am excited to be in London!

Creations By Cindy said...

London looks so fun! Enjoying seeing all the pics. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Jules said...

What a score that were able to get tickets to The Commitments! I am just finishing up book number 3 of the Harry Potter books so I would have been all over Platform 9 3/4!!!!!! My inner HP nerd is out in full force.

Dawn Gross said...

The Grazing Goat pup sounds like fun! Great day for you - and glad you were able to get tickets for a show!

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