The best unplanned trip of 2019. Lee had a few days off the week in-between Christmas and new year before going back to work, so we spontaneously booked to go to London for the next morning and visit Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. We stayed for one night and were going to stay and watch the fireworks unticketed as we were completely unaware you had to buy tickets. But that plan fell through as we stood freezing cold on Lambert Bridge at 6pm on New Years Eve.
It was heaving with people, you couldn’t walk from one side of the bridge to the other and it was completely unfair to make Oscar wait that length of time, so we drove home at 7pm and enjoyed the fireworks on our TV in the warmth. But we did what we had originally planned to do, we visited Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, and what an experience it was.
We dumped our stuff in the hotel on the Monday and got all wrapped up ready to visit the attraction, we had a walk round London first as we wanted to visit the park when it was dark and all lit up with pretty lights. We arrived at around 6pm, we walked about 15 minutes along the perimeter of Wonderland and finally reached the gate to get it, good thing is about the attraction is that it is free entry, you don’t have to pay to get inside. The queue to get in was so long, it wasn’t the warmest of night either, although we had the pushchair and the foot muff to keep Oscar warm, there was absolutely no way he would have sat in a queue for around an hour quietly.
So we decided to leave it and come back the following day, but in the day time. We enjoyed a lovely stroll back through Hyde Park to our hotel, burning off a bit of energy before bedtime.
The following day on New Years Eve we got up nice and early, had breakfast and set out again. We spent the morning and early afternoon seeing landmarks and going shopping. We had to move the car to another car park for the day as we’d planned to see the fireworks and the car park we used was in Westminster. We visited Big Ben (although he was covered up), Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, The London Eye, Buckingham Palace and even visited Hamley’s.
It reached 2.30pm and we decided that we would go to WonderLand, there was no queue when we arrived, we walked straight in and had our bags checked on arrival. Once in the park the atmosphere was magical, all the sounds, smells and sights were beautiful. It was still light when we entered but watching it go dark and seeing all the pretty lights was lovely. You buy your tokens for rides from box offices dotted around the attraction, we only went on 2 rides as Oscar isn’t that keen on fairground rides.
His first choice was a train, of course. it cost us £6 for me and Oscar as each token was £1 each. It didn’t seem to last long but Oscar enjoyed it so that was the main thing. The next choice of rides was Riding with Rudolph. Oscar sat on Rudolph in front of Daddy, were strapped in and bounced around a little track. Again this was 6 tokens and didn’t last long but Oscar enjoyed it again.
We visited Santa, sat on a sleigh and had a little gift from Santa. Enjoyed some yummy food and warmed ourselves up with hot chocolate and cream. We were debating wether to go on the big wheel but Daddy wasn’t keen on being that high up so we left it. Maybe next year.
We decided to leave around 5.30pm as it was getting more and more crammed to walk round and nobody is really that courteous when you have a pushchair, everyone in London seems to be in a mad, frantic rush. It was a lovely experience walking round the attraction action, we watched people on rides and their screams amused Oscar. We had so much fun in London and made so many memories, took tons of photos and spending time as a family is my favourite thing to do (when Oscar isn’t full of attitude and terrible two’s traits).
One thing I would advise when visiting is wrap up warm, make plenty of time and just enjoy. Always make the best memories.
Thank you for reading and following my posts, I wish you the best 2020.