Happy New Year!!!!
Hope you all have had a fabulous holiday season and are all off to a great start in
Last year was a very busy year at Rajni Alex Design. After a non-stop work period of nearly eleven months, I was very happy to turn off my emails and get away to London to spend much need family time with my kids, hubby, and also meet my sister and her family. London has always been a favorite of mine; it has so much to offer to everyone. And London during winter is even prettier with all the Christmas decorations. Because I was visiting London with family, I divided our activities in different interest groups: London for kids, London for grown ups, and of course, London for Design aficionados.
London for kids: I have a six year old girl who loves tea parties and fairies (which I
am totally down with), and a nine year old son who wants to know everything about
Egyptian and Greek Mythology, and loves to explain the Theory of Relativity to anyone who will listen (which is so not me).To make the most of our time there, my husband and I each took one kid to something they would particularly like, as well as visit other kid friendly places. One day, we tried taking the kids to the London Eye, but the long lines and the rain made it impossible to wait in the long queue- so instead we went to Sea Life London Aquarium.
It was really special because Santa came to feed the sea creatures, which made my daughter very happy. This is a great indoor Aquarium with great displays for the kids and adults alike. I definitely recommend this for a rainy day activity with the kids when visiting London 🙂
British Museum- As I said earlier my son is a huge fan of Egyptian Mythology – so my husband took him to the British Museum to see the Egyptian Exhibit, which he loved! He especially liked the Rosetta Stone.
Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter afternoon tea at the Sanderson Hotel – This was
so much fun for my daughter. Afternoon tea is an English tradition, and there are many great hotels who do themed afternoon tea for the children. She loved it, and so did I!
Winter Wonderland in Hyde park- This one is an absolute must when visiting London in the winter time. The whole park lights up and looks so beautiful, that you have to see it to believe it. All the kids had a great time- there are rides for big kids and small kids, a circus, ice skating rinks, a Christmas market… it’s just great!
London for grown ups: We did not spend all our time doing kids stuff. We grown ups went to some really great restaurants. There are literally hundreds to choose from, but we ended up choosing Sushi Samba because of the view it promised, as well as the amazing food.
We also met with some friends in a typical English Pub in Kensignton called Britannia, which was so cozy and homey, I almost wanted to sit in front of the fireplace and read a book.
London for the design aficionados: I really wanted to go to the famed London Design center in Chelsea, but unfortunately they were closed for the holidays. However, I got to go to the fabulous Ham Yard Hotel designed by Kit Kemp, and it truly is a feast for the eyes and the soul. While the afternoon tea at the Ham Yard was delicious, I was equally delighted by the décor of the hotel.
While in London I also got to go to one of my favorite design stores. It’s called India Jane, and it was beautifully decorated for Christmas. I was like a little girl in a candy store!!!
London was fun, but I’m looking forward to going back to work! Hope you all enjoyed the pictures!!