It might have only been March, but the sun was shining, and there was something indulgent about going on a London mini-break midweek! Our break was planned around tickets to see Noel Gallagher at the O2, but would recommend a midweek break – something quite nice about being on holiday when lots of the other passengers are travelling for work and even better when we got to London no crowds or queues – perfect! Here’s how myself and my husband Gordon made our break a super break.
We enjoyed a coffee at the station whilst waiting for the train to whisk us to the capital. Once on-board we enjoyed a train picnic complete with buck’s fizz – nothing better than starting your break from the moment you leave home!
We arrived in London late afternoon, just in time to drop our bags off at The Cavendish Hotel, perfectly located in Mayfair, just hop on the Jubilee line to get to the O2 Arena, and then central for whatever we decided to do the next day.
Leaving the hotel we made sure we were at the O2 Arena in plenty of time for something to eat from the wide range of restaurants and even time for a drink in the VIP bar.
The arena was packed all eagerly anticipating Noel Gallagher and The High Flying Birds, more than a few Liam Gallagher lookalikes in the audience – as Noel commented when he came on stage. And they didn’t disappoint the crowd, all the hits off their best-selling album and a few old Oasis favourites thrown in too!
My favourite thing about staying in hotels is the breakfast and The Cavendish didn’t disappoint!
Then with another sunny day, we decided to go and be a tourist on the London Eye – the view was amazing seeing everything from the Houses of Parliament to The Shard!
It seemed a shame to hop back on the underground so we took a leisurely walk along the Southbank, dashing around on the underground you don’t realise how close everything is and miss sights like sand sculptures and buskers on the banks of the Thames.
Or independent shops and cafés hidden away in places like Gabriel’s Wharf.
We finally made our way to Borough Market to buy treats for tea and snacks for the train journey home. And even managed a cheeky drink in The Wheatsheaf which has a brilliant beer garden and lots of quirky stuff to look at.
All in all a great trip to London!
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