13 December 2014

Strolling through Hyde Park Winter Wonderland



For years I've wanted to pop in by the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. When it first started, I think in 2008, I was aching to go. I still lived in central London and was still a student so it would have been so easy, just pop in there. Check out the ice sculptures, maybe even do a bit of ice skating, go up on the ferris wheel. Every year I'd try to get my boyfriend (now husband) to go with me, without success. Alas, I never went.








Last week after we visited the Harrods Christmas Grotto and the Disney Cafe, we (or rather, me) decided it was finally time to visit the Winter Wonderland. We were spurred on by the thought of a proper Bratwurst and maybe a mulled mead and a pretzel to finish the meal off. And off we went. 






It had been a long and eventful day, so as soon as we put her in the backpack, she fell asleep, poor little thing. Naptime was long overdue. We wondered around the Christmas market, admired the sights, and she slept, enjoying the fresh (well, as fresh you can get in central London) outdoors air. It was pretty fresh.









We had our sausages! But pretzels and mulled mead were sadly forgotten, as it was getting late and we were keen to get back home. We didn't have an afternoon nap after all... 








She did wake up though, a few minutes before we left the Park and jumped on the tube to make our way home. And grumpily peered underneath her hood, still a little bit dozy, looking at the sights and the masses of people swarming around us. I am sure she found it pretty interesting nonetheless, even if it for just a while.

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14 comments:

  1. I took my niece there the first year it opened and we went on the ferris wheel. I'd love to go back but I think the crowds would scare my timid Monkey at the moment #CountryKids

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    1. Haha yeah it can get really crowded! I was looking at the ferris wheel, it looked like fun, but we didn't do it this time. Maybe next time :)

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  2. That looks beautiful, I love Hyde Park, but I left London before they started doing this. Cosy in a back pack looks like a good way to enjoy the event :) #CountryKids

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    1. Hyde Park is beautiful, yet I rarely venture out there. The backpack is so handy when out in central London, you can go anywhere, don't have to worry about lifts and access, and she is so comfy in there. :)

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  3. This sounds fab, I love the first shot of you looking out over the water. It looks like there's loads to do there and lots of new experiences. It doesn't look too busy in the pictures either which must've been a nice way to explore the stalls. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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    1. There was lots of really nice stalls, lots of things to buy and eat and drink. It is probably good for older kids especially with all the attractions and games, and going ice skating - we obviously didn't do any of that. But maybe in the years come :)

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  4. Oh this looks like such a wonderful day out and she looks so comfy in the carrier x

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    1. And surprisingly enough, this carrier is quite comfy for the parent too. Not that I would keep her there for hours, but still.

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  5. Gorgeous photos! We took Mushroom last year and he was so overwhelmed by it, he fell asleep in his buggy (he was 2.5yrs at the time)! He did love it though, and Mr B and I enjoyed some quality time (and the sausages!) #countrykids

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    1. Aww bless :) It is quite exhausting for kids isn't it, all the sights and noises and people in central London, they just get mentally exhausted. It is nice for parents though when that happens as you get to do some adult things, like beer and sausages :)

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  6. Wow your photos are gorgeous, and it doesn't look busy in your photos. We went the last wkend n November and we couldn't move, we so wanted a bratwurst too, but it was so busy we couldn't get near the stall. Your evening looks better for it. Gorgeous photos #countrykids

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    1. Thank you :) You know what, it wasn't that busy at all. I mean, there was lots of people, but I have heard that over the weekends it is just hopeless and not worth it. We went on a Wednesday afternoon, so that's why it probably was OK. Didn't even have to queue for the bratwurst :) Maybe try a weekday next?

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  7. Oooo we went this year as well! Just linked up our Winter Wonderland post with #countrykids too. Looks like you picked a good day. xx Photos are beautiful btw xx Looks very relaxed and Christmassey

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    1. Awesome, I shall have to come and check it out :) Hope you had a good day too!

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