It’s been a while since I’ve done London. Yeah, I was here just under a year ago for WTM, and will be back in a few weeks for this year’s conference, but that event is crazy busy, and I didn’t and won’t see much more than where I’m staying, the tube station and the conference center.

This is also the first time we’ve been to London as a family since we came “as guests” to the royal wedding and we are planning to get our culture on and visit some museums, catch a theatre performance or two, and just walk and wander around and have a jolly good time.

We got things off to a good start on our first day and visited the Natural History Museum and the V&A for the Hollywood Costume exhibition.

Truth be told, this is why we came to London this weekend. A close family friend has been actively involved in the curation of the exhibition, and after hearing bits and bites about the project over the last couple of years, we were excited to be there for the big premiere. I’ll write more about it in an upcoming post, but in the meantime let me just say it was pretty amazing.

The Natural History Museum also gets rave reviews. Miss V was excited to go so that she could dazzle the family with her knowledge of dinosaurs, which was one of the areas of focus for her in school last year, and left with her little notebook full of interesting factoids she picked up during the visit. Then there was the requisite stop in the museum shop which resulted in the acquisition of another stuffed animal for each to add to their collection.

We took advantage of the balmy and dry autumn afternoon and walked from South Kensington to Chelsea, pausing for lunch and doing some window shopping – and even going inside and making an actual purchase or two- along the way.

From Chelsea, we walked back through Hyde Park on the way to the hotel to have some down time before going out again for dinner.

After one full, full-on day in London, we were all knackered (such a great British word), and excited about a few more full-on days in Londontown.

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