WW #38: 10 Things to do in London plus GIVEAWAY

Hello everyone.  Last week Marc and I heading off to London for 4 fun-filled days as my parents managed the fort at home.  So this week’s Weekly Wrap Up offers up some ideas for what to do in London in case you’re hoping to get over there some day.



  1. See a London play.  Upon arrival, we saw a British comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest — hilarious and a great way to tread through the jet lag.  It’s hard to fall asleep when people are falling out of their chairs laughing beside you.melissa-and-marc

2. Trafalgar Square.  Down the street from our hotel, St. Martin’s in the Fields looked so pretty against a clear blue sky.  We had great weather (whereas it’s been pouring and cold in NYC since we returned, go figure!).  Trafalgar Square also hosts the National Portrait Gallery and an amazing statue of British naval hero, Lord Nelson, who defeated Napoleon at The Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars.


3. Dine at Wolseley.  Since Marc was in London to attend a conference for work, our evenings began with cocktail parties, but afterwards we managed to squeeze in some late dinners at a few fun restaurants in London such as this one at a London classic in Mayfair, Wolseley.

4. See Big Ben at night! 

big ben

5. Drink beer and eat sausages.  Try a local pub.  Since we were attending a conference, we managed to do this during the cocktail hour, where the appetizers included sausages, sausages, and more sausages.


6. Dine at Rule’s. If you’re deciding where to eat in London, consider this one! London’s oldest restaurant. My favorite meal of the week featured roast beef, Yorkshire Pudding and spinach.  I had never had Yorkshire pudding which resembles a buttery, doughy popover.

yorkshire pudding

7. Experience high tea!  High tea in London is a must. The Brits make tea into an art form and it really is it’s own little meal with scones, sandwiches and other treats, usually served late-afternoon.

During the day, I was able to catch up with some old friends, including my pal Deborah who is teaching in London now, having moved there with her husband and two young girls.  We hadn’t seen each other in at least 15 years so that was one packed hour of discussing kids, marriage and life in general.


8. Walk the streets and observe the pretty buildings and churches.  Here’s one that caught my eye against a gorgeous sky.


9. Visit Fortnum & Mason.  This famous store offers cookies, biscuits, jams, teas and just about anything else you can think of that is sweet and yummy.  I settled on two tins of chocolate-dipped biscuits for the kids, one of which has already been gobbled up.  fortnum & mason

10. Churchill War Rooms.  The underground meeting hall from which Churchill ran Britain’s war operations during WWII will enthrall history buffs.  Really hoping to return someday and show this to the boys.

churchill war rooms

After four fun-filled days, we headed home rejuvenated and refreshed and so excited to see the kiddos!


Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

So now I’m BACK and here are my weekly resolutions:

  • Read to Marielle — this is not the first time you’ve seen this one. At night, I’m absorbed by the older kids who need help with homework and getting ready for the next day that it’s hard to dedicate this sacred reading time to my littlest.
  • Bake some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for snack.
  • Sort through my winter sweaters.  The weather has turned now and summer is officially OVER.
  • Start to think about Halloween costumes — yikes!  That snuck up on me, didn’t it.
  • Keep reading my book – the fourth in Elena Ferrarante’s series (which has become quite popular), The Story of the Lost Child.  Since school has started, my reading has taken a dive.
  • WORK!  So excited to report that we have a lot of fun giveaway coming up and I’ve got some amazing products sitting here next to me in my laundry room/office.  Now we just have to dig into them and shoot some awesome photos.

Sending love and if it’s raining where you are too, stay dry!

xo Melissa

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  • throuthehaze

    Sounds like London was fun. I will definitely add things from your list to mine.

  • Julie Wood

    I wish it would rain where I live. It is so dry! Your trip looked amazing! What a great place to visit. I want to try yorkshire pudding!

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  • steve weber

    London?? so much fun — would love to win one of these years.

  • Rosie

    oooh I’d love to go to London. And you know how to do it right!!

  • Bianca Munoz

    London?!? How awesome! Thank you for sharing! <3 <3 We love Cloud Mom!

  • Elena

    thank you for the chance!

  • rajee

    you had so much fun there <3

  • maleficent mcneff

    have a happy sunday

  • Cathy French

    I read through your weekly resolutions and you are gonna be busy. I need to sort through my winter sweaters too.

  • julie murphy

    Going to Hannibal soon. Happy traveling

  • What a beautiful country, I’ve always wanted to visit!

  • shellypeterson

    Looks like a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • David Fultner

    This looks like such a lovely getaway.

  • Natalie

    I have always wanted to visit London! Maybe someday!

  • Theresa Hover

    It’s funny I love British tv so much, but have never been to London! I really should try to make that a goal.

  • Dandi D

    I sure wish my family could travel more.

  • Bridgett Wilbur

    I would love to visit London someday.

  • Margaret Bramwell Doyle

    Love The Wolseley! My daughter and I had to get dragged out of The Churchill War Rooms. I have wanted to eat at Rules for years – thanks for the picture. Where did you stay?

  • Anita Kennett

    This would be for coats for the grandchildren.Thanks so very much for sharing.

  • Liberty Thompson

    It looks like you had a fantastic time and I would love to visit London someday with my family!

  • HS kraftmaking

    Lovely! I hope to visit London someday soon.

  • Kay Saunders

    I have never been to a play and that is definitely on my bucket list 🙂

  • sherry Blamer

    I love the idea of having high tea. Sounds great.

  • Rachel Griesmer

    I would love to go to London.

  • V Martinez

    Glad you had such an amazing time. Lucky gal!

  • Joni Mason

    One of the things on my “Bucket List”, a long, leisurely trip to London. Thank you for sharing your experiences there!

  • jalapenomama

    To see London is so on my bucket list!
    I loved seeing all of your pictures.
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    thank you

  • Susan Smith

    Sounds like a fun trip

  • laroyal06

    Looks like an incredible trip!

  • Debbie Campbell

    Wow, looks like there is so much to see in London!

  • slehan

    You were lucky to have good weather. When I was there it was cold and rainy. I went to plays.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  • Julia Valdivia

    I absolutely love London! I have only been a couple of times, but I never knew that you can visit Churchill’s War Rooms! That is really awesome, definitely on my bucket list for the next visit 🙂

  • Elisabeth

    We visited London last year and fell in love!

  • Tammy Woodall

    The pictures you took of your trip to London are great.

  • Veronica Clarkson

    i love London!

  • Mimi G

    I am loving your picture!!

  • richelle bowers

    thank you for the chance

  • Looks like a great adventure

  • courtney hennagir

    I love all of your photos! London is on my bucket list for sure!

  • The churchhill war rooms look so cool

  • manda

    Great pics.

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  • Chris Martinez

    I have always wanted to visit London! When my wife and I do (next spring) I will be looking at your post to see what we need to get done!

  • Betsy R Barnes

    Such great photos! It really looks like a wonderful trip and fun 🙂

  • Matthew Clarkson

    Loved reading about your trip!

  • AmandaSakovitz

    Thanks for the chance!

  • janetfaye

    Your favorite meal sounds delicious, thanks for the giveaway!

  • Thomas Murphy

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Teresa M

    I really want to go to London one day.

  • Dawn Monroe

    I would spend time walking and observing the old structures also.