Adrian and myself took Steven to London the weekend a couple of weeks back. What started as a day trip to visit Santa in Selfridges was quickly carpe diemed into a full weekend of activities.
Apologies for sideways photos - too lazy to turn them.
Caught the 9.10am train from Lancing to London Victoria which was manic. First stop Starbucks then to Underground for tickets. Absolute mayhem at ticket machines but Steven was very good at waiting while we sorted the tickets out. He's not the best at waiting so impressed at this.
First stop Picadilly Circus. For some weird reason Eros had been turned into a giant snowglobe.
Quickly located location we needed to be at in a couple of hours and then walked down to Trafalgar Square.
Trafalgar Square Lion
From there we walked to Admiralty Arches
And round to Horseguards Parade
Where we saw a Horse Guard.
From there we wandered back up to Leicester Square where we had a mega-quick lunch in Burger King before hopping back on the Tube to Picadilly Circus. Quick walk down Shaftesbury Ave and we are at the Apollo Theatre ready for the 1.30pm performance of The Gruffalo.
Naughty Adrian didn't read the signs about no photography and here you can see me telling him off.
OK the show. Was a bit concerned as Steven's first theatre experience and he has attention span and waiting issues. He was also very nervous in case there was loud noises which he is frightened of. However, we chose the Gruffalo over a traditional panto as it is only 1 hour long and is a story that Steven loves.
Anyway he was totally captivated by it. And so were Adrian and myself. It was totally enchanting. Just one actress and two actors on a minimal stage. It was awesome and I highly recommend. They stuck true to the words of the book and added to it. It was completely wonderful and Steven came out asking to go to more theatre things.
Back on the Tube and this time getting off at Oxford Circus. Totally manic. Oxford Street is closed to traffic this time of year but it was still totally rammed with people. Still good practise for the Magic Kingdom next August.
Hold tightly to Steven and start fighting our way down. Stopped briefly outside John Lewis as they had a snow machine going. Steven said it was fake so we told him it was Disney snow and he liked that.
Next we made the mistake of going into the Disney Store. You know those little puzzles where you have to slide a square along and move another square into its space and try to make a picture? That's what it was like in there, you couldn't move until someone else moved and everyone slid into the empty space. However, once I'd got my Club Penguin stuff I was guided into the checkout queue quickly and it was only a short wait. While I was doing this Adrian took Steven outside to wait and when I emerged from the shop I had to phone him and get him to wave at me so I could find them - they were standing 6 feet from me and I couldn't see them through the crowds.
We had prebooked Steven's Santa appt weeks beforehand and presented ourself at the entrance bang on time. They had a train ride in the basement that took you - round in a circle four times - to where Santa was waiting. He was pretty good as Santa's go and Steven told him he wanted Club Penguin card-jitsu cards for Christmas. Santa should be able to fulfill that one. After coming out and being stung £10 for the photo - well £20 as we bought 2 - carpe diem remember - we found ourselves wandering through Selfridges music department. Steven walked up to a baby grand and ripped through a few scales. :rotfl. Then it was out into the darkness to check out the festive lights.
Dinosaur attack outside M & S - never did find out what this was about.