Friday, 24 August 2012

Harrods

The Famous Egyptian Staircase

Teddy play the music please - the teddy bsndstand



Katrina  in Harrods


When we went to Harrods ( which used to jokingly be called Fayed`s corner shop) recently to look around we sprayed perfume on our wrists in the lovely beauty department. Then gazed longingly at the bags set out like coloured precious jewels in glass cases.   Next stop was the music department where   pianos can cost as much as a house and music systems are for the seriously rich. We have a tiny £5 limit to spend when we are in Harrods and Katrina my daughter and I can spend hours in there. Our  money usually goes on a coffee or hot chocolate so we can spend a little longer people watching.

The top floor restaurant is way beyond our budget but its great to have a little look at and the tables are usually set for afternoon tea.  Grand old ladies with hats and gloves laid perfectly on the empty chairs beside them chat and sip earl grey. The music is soft and the decor suits the crisp white linen tablecloths. Another era on the floor above the toy store that's Harrods for you. 


Harrods




If I ever get to be a granny I could max out a couple of credit cards in the nursery department quite easily. I want a rocking horse, the lovely white crib, the soft toys, the safari animals and the adorable clothes. Good job for my bank balance my eldest seems happy with ducks chickens and donkeys. 

In the food hall we watched a lady taking sneaky photos of the decorated cakes on her mobile phone. The bars that circle the food hall selling oysters and smoothies were full and Americans bought tins featuring red buses and postboxes by the armful. Shall we tell them you can get them in the pound shop? No that would spoil the joy of a Harrods shopping bag.  










Trafalgar Square




I am off to North Wales for the Bank Holiday weekend and will be back with my camera in London next week. Have a great weekend everyone especially if you are going to the Nottinghill Festival I shall be sorry to miss it this year.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The Amazing South Bank

Our Merlin Cards finish this week so I am making the most of them why we can.  As I never tire of the view from the London Eye that is where I headed with my daughter Katrina yesterday. Merlin cards can be an economical way of seeing the sights if you go to London regularly. It costs £17.50 to go on the London Eye for one person. The Aquarium and Eye costs £35. A Merlin Card when on offer can cost £85 and can be used all year. Use as often as you like and also you get into Theme Parks, Legoland etc. I am not sponsored by Merlin I just find having a card economical.   

London Eye


The queues for the eye can be quite long so I try to go late afternoon when it doesn`t seems quite so busy.


Big Ben and HOP





Who can resist the Carousel

The South Bank always has something going on with buskers fairground rides and entertainers to keep the crowds happy.




Busker on the Bridge


Taking a packed lunch and buying a cheap all day travel card and London is ours for the day. It is on our doorstep  really just thirty minutes by train aren`t we lucky. When we moved from Southport Merseyside ten years ago I thought I would never settle in the South. I missed the beach and the people. Now I can`t imagine not living close to London.

Leicester Square


Then it was off to Bella Italia for dinner with our Tesco vouchers before the theatre with our £15.00 tickets.  I buy most of my theatre tickets from the theatre saga site as I find you get better seats than lastminute.com. No you do not have to be old to buy tickets from the saga site if that's what you are thinking. We went to see Mama Mia in Leicester Square which is a brilliant funny musical. As a frugal tourist you can see a lot in London.