Le Petit French Londoner

Le Petit French Londoner

Lex enjoying a the telephone box full of all sorts of dirty things...
Lex enjoying a the telephone box full of all sorts of dirty things…

How do you celebrate a toddler’s second Birthday when they’re obsessed with taxis, buses and cars? Take them to London ofcourse.

Trying to take a dip in Trafalgar Square
Trying to take a dip in Trafalgar Square

With a helping hand from Papa
With a helping hand from Papa

 

Back in June, when much of the UK was basking in hot weather, we took the day off to celebrate Lex’s Birthday with a family trip to London.

King of the Castle
King of the Castle

 

Off we set – Lex, Papa and I – on a train London bound first thing in the morning. We decided to follow Lex’s favourite book by Marion Billet, My First Taxi. I mapped out a route from Liverpool Street to Trafalgar Square on a red double decker bus.

 

On Papa's Shoulders outside the National Gallery
On Papa’s Shoulders outside the National Gallery

 

There we went through the City, passed St Pauls, and along the Strand before arriving at Trafalgar Square. All the while we were able to point out the pages in the book and then point to the London sites for real, which was really special.

 

Collecting our Carluccio's Hamper
Collecting our Carluccio’s Hamper

 

Lex was in his absolute element, at the front of the top deck, watching the taxis and buses whizz past.

 

An onlooker had to remind me what happened in telephone boxes - who am I to stop Lex's fun?
An onlooker had to remind me what happened in telephone boxes – who am I to stop Lex’s fun?

 

When we got to Trafalgar Square he met the lions (which he was scared of – typical!), looked at Nelson’s Column, fed the pigeons and had a dipped our toes in the fountains.

 

Tucking in to Calruccio's Foccaccia
Tucking in to Calruccio’s Foccaccia

 

We then strolled to Carluccios in Covent Garden, at which point we were followed by Police horses (it was as if I’d rung and put in a special request), collected our picnic hamper and caught a taxi to Regents Park.

Spotting the geese by the lake
Spotting the geese by the lake

 

We then set up camp by the bandstand, where there were plenty of geese (and geese poo!) waddling along the water edge.

Lex hardly sato down, preferring to befriend the birds instead, while Papa and I kicked back in some deck chairs, sipped some wine, and caught some rays.

Off he goes, chasing ducks for lunch in Regent's Park
Off he goes, chasing ducks for lunch in Regents Park

 

We had thought about getting a pedalo or boat out on the lake, but Lex was on his last legs. No one wants a grumpy toddler stranded out on the lake.

So a taxi ride back to the station (another moment of euphoria) before catching the train and passing out dreaming of taxis and buses on the way home.

Rocking his bloomers, shirt and sandals
Rocking his bloomers, shirt and sandals

 

It was the perfect day, for him and us. And if you’ve noticed, yes, Lex and I are twinning our outfits. It was not intentional but just subconsciously happened. His gorgeous bloomers were made by my friend Nina (link below).

How did you celebrate your bubba’s second Birthday? Any top party ideas for us? Next year we are taking the plunge and having a proper party for him, not scared at all!

 

Useful links:

Always book a London Black Taxi –

http://www.the-london-taxi.com/london_taxi_passenger_benefits

Here’s the link to his favourite taxi book –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whizzy-Wheels-First-London-Taxi/dp/0230761038

This is where his gorgeous bloomers are from –

https://www.instagram.com/winnie_woo_uk/

This is where our picnic was from –

https://www.carluccios.com/picnics

This website helped us navigate the buses –

https://tfl.gov.uk/maps

 

 

 

 

 

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