How do you celebrate a toddler’s second Birthday when they’re obsessed with taxis, buses and cars? Take them to London ofcourse.
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.
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.
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.
Lex was in his absolute element, at the front of the top deck, watching the taxis and buses whizz past.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Always book a London Black Taxi –
Here’s the link to his favourite taxi book –
This is where his gorgeous bloomers are from –
This is where our picnic was from –
This website helped us navigate the buses –