Recently I've been wanting to go back to London ever so badly, from the title you'd think I'd lived there and had recently moved but sadly not. I've only visited London twice but during the last visit I fell in love and wanted to live there. My first trip wasn't a very successful one it was one of them school trips in year 10 where all we did was shop really no sightseeing apart from two hours on the last day. Plus my first visit wasn't really peachy due to the fact I ended up with an Abscess meaning I missed two days of the trip, threw up on bond street into a bin, classy and had to go home early, wonderful. Now my last trip was fantastic, John and I decided to kill two birds with one stone and have a trip to London to celebrate my 18th with a Trip to The Harry Potter Studio tour and to celebrate our one year anniversary. Recently I just keep looking through photos and longing to go back, it was the perfect break we needed from the stressful college deadlines and we did some much in 4 days I still can't believe it. Everyone I know has heard all about the trip but I have yet to blog, tumble or tweet about it. So I think I'll do that now whilst I'm longing for a trip back, it was an amazing trip and I also would like to document it somehow so I can look back and remember. Now let me share my adventures in London with you.
We started the trip on a rather miserable Wednesday morning and headed for Darlington train station we had seats in first class but it didn't go to plan we were meant to be facing each other but the seats hadn't been turned around so we weren't together. I wasn't happy at all but some nice man could see this had upset me a several hour train ride on my own with my boyfriend sat behind me so he offered to swap seats and we could have his table since the other seat was free and he'd take one of ours. He was a life saver bless him. Once that was over with we got complimentary breakfast! Best thing about first class, I got porridge with honey and orange juice, I ate the porridge but left the honey because look at it, it was too cute to eat!
We eventually arrived at Kings cross before lunch time and hopped in a taxi to the travel lodge to find it was pretty much a five minute walk from kings cross. I'd suggest staying in the Farringdon Travel Lodge (http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/270/London-Central-Farringdon-hotel) I read a couple reviews before hand and was beginning to worry about the state of the place but we arrived and the staff seemed to be a sandwich short of a picnic if you know what I mean but aside from that it was wonderful, extremely clean and everything not too noisy either apart from one night where there was about 20 sirens going off and a police helicopter out for hours. But once we'd checked in, unpacked and got our travel cards we headed to London Zoo, It's a bit of a trek from Regents Park Tube Station like I had blisters the next day. So to the Zoo we went.
First stop was the reptile house where the first Harry Potter was filmed where Harry lets the snake out of its glass! I was so excited, I'm an absolutely massive Harry Potter fan, at one point I'd say I was overly obsessed!
I rather enjoyed the reptile house since it held more than 3 snakes like most do and they even had Alligators! I was very excited.
With the reptile house out the way we made our way towards the Gorilla Kingdom
I think one of my favourite bits of the visit was to the Rainforest Life bit where you go in and you can go downstairs into the 'Night time bit' where you can see bats and stuff or the Rainforest bit where it was really cool. You sort of go in and there are monkeys above your head just jumping around and birds flying above you and its rather humid of course with it being the rainforest but it was amazing all these animals just around you sloths, birds, monkeys I couldn't believe it. I was like an overly excited child.
It was feeding time when we saw the Lions which was fab, the male was roaring away quite a good thing to watch I thought.
We had a rather late snack at the Oasis Cafe just got there in time too because the heavens opened just as we got inside. We got these delicious chocolate and banana cookies they were huge like the size of the plate! No kidding.
Once it dried up we headed to penguin beach, we sat and watched the penguins for absolutely ages they are hilarious! Well worth a visit.
They just loved the attention as soon as someone was there they were swimming over. Once we'd finished with the penguins we took a bus to Hamleys for a look around and ended up in piccadilly circus we then decided headed back to the Travel lodge exhausted we ate in the Travel lodge too and were in bed by 10pm but we had an early 8am start the next morning for the Harry Potter Studio tour!
If you don't want to know about the tour scroll past this section of the post because there will be spoilers, I know before I went I wanted to know everything but not spoil it at the same time because I was far too excited. We got a train there from Euston station which felt like it took us a life time to find I was convinced we were going to miss the tour. It was once again a miserable day but that didn't dampen our spirits one bit. I was as high as a kite, like a 4 year old at Christmas. I was practically bouncing up and down on the bus there! Once we got there we realised we had like 45-1hour to wait till the tour but better to be early than late! So we had a snack in the cafe and I eventually dragged John into the Gift shop which is fantastic.
We then spent the next 10 minutes looking at the walls and props in the entrance each wall has photos of the cast and the ford Anglia was hanging in one corner. Once we'd queued and got in we were hustled into a room with this giant screen and I was so excited I thought I was going to cry! Overly huge Harry Potter fan girl. So this video of Dan, Emma and Rupert comes on introducing us to the tour, it was a little cheesy really and the they went through the great hall doors and the screen lifted up and there the doors were. I was about to wet myself with excited.
It was pretty easy going once you'd left the great hall, you could wander at your own pace but be warned if you don't look up or around you might miss something! There's stuff everywhere!
The day we went was extremely busy but that didn't stop the fun you were just stood at one part a little longer than you desired and you just had to wait to get a good photo.
Back inside it was the Creature Workshop, this was really fun.
I honestly didn't think it could get any better once we'd been in the creature work shop and where should we walk out into? Diagon alley of course!
Once Diagon Alley was other with you went into a concept art area which I thought was the end of the tour so I was surprised when we walked through the doors at the end! But first of all this section was just mind blowing, I was amazed at home much detail had gone into the paper models. Even the bathroom had paper stained-glass windows! I couldn't believe it.
Then came the most I don't even know how to describe it all I know is that I teared up and just wanted to bust into tears.
You can see from the photo I was about to cry.
I choose Lemon, Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate and let me tell you they were delicious So so good! Although if you want a cheaper alternative and live near York you can pop to Betty's tearooms and get some that taste almost identical.
I hope you've enjoyed my little trip down memory lane to my last visit in London and I hope I haven't bored you too much either like I did my family.