Saturday, 20 September 2014

London What to Do - Sing-a-Long-a-Frozen

We don't always go to London for a few days trip, but we did during the Summer holidays and went to the Kew Gardens I recommended in my previous London What to Do post! It was beautiful and really worth spending a day there.

My favourite place to go in London is still their city centre though. Apart from shopping in the high streets, there is so much more to do especially for children, and now for those who absolutely love the Disney movie Frozen too!

Since it first came out, Abby and Clay have both been Disney Frozen's little fans. Even Clay can sing-a-long to the Frozen songs, and they both love to act out the scenes! I found a gorgeous Elsa dress for Abby, and Clay has been saying: "My turn! My turn!" as he wanted to wear the dress as well!

We knew that there was a Sing-a-Long version of the movie, but I didn't realise that it's still showing in London City Centre! It's showing until the 25th October 2014 at Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, so if you have a little fan, you should definitely take them to the Sing-a-Long-a-Frozen, before it's too late.

If you aren't from London and would like to make a weekend trip for this, have a look at my recommendation below to help you with your planning.

Sight Seeing:

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There is a LOT of tourist areas in central London, including the Tower of London, Big Ben, London Eye, etc that is a must see if you haven't yet. If you aren't too bothered about visiting the places individually, a guided cruise ride along the River Thames allow you to see them all in one ride.

Me and hubby are big Phantom of the Opera fans, and when we watched the 25th Anniversary in Albert Hall version again on TV, Abby and Clay has shown a lot of interest. If you think that your child might like a musical theatre show, but worry that Phantom of the Opera is a bit too dark and sad (Abby said that I lied as not every story has a happy ending after all!), there is the new Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical showing at the Drury lane Theatre Royal that they might like instead.

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You have to visit the Natural History Museum if you visit London with children. There is a lot to see, experience and learn, and I have no doubt that they will enjoy spending their time there.

Eat and Drink:

Okay I might be a bit biased here, but I love exploring restaurants (not limited to Chinese cuisine) in China Town. The food we had at Little Korea (authentic, proven by the number of Koreans visiting) in China Town was amazing, and I was certainly glad that we visited as I've never tried Korean Cuisine before, and I now know that I love their food and will certainly have it again.

Even if you don't fancy having a meal in China Town, I highly recommend BoBa Jam bubble tea and Asian dessert shop located on the outer edge of China Town, which Eileen from ET Speaks from Home took me to on a super hot day after Britmums Live event. Unlike other bubble tea shops, you get to enjoy other type of desserts, and there are a huge variety of bubble tea, that comes with all sorts. I recommend their QQ Jelly on Peach Slush with Milk Pudding on a hot day, and their Okinawa Bubble Tea for any other day. They do savoury snacks too, so there is a bit of everything for everyone. 


Montcalm at The Brewery, London
If you don't mind to splash out a bit on accommodation, there are a lot of choices around London, varying from modern to heritage. I must say though, unless you are going to spend a lot of time in the room, it would most likely be money wasted. If you are going to be out and about most of the time, I would suggest the more affordable hotels like Holiday Inn London - Kensington Forum or Holiday Inn London - Mayfair, and spend the money on fun or food.

London can be a hectic place to go to, especially with young children, but there are so much to see and do for them as well that it would be a shame to not bring them there. If you plan it carefully and not restricting yourself to tight schedule, adding plenty of time for travels (as walking from one place to another can be very tiring for children) and be forgiving for last minute changes, the trip to London with children can still be enjoyable.