We headed to the Big Smoke for most of half-term, travelling in style with this BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer from JCT600 whom I’m working with.

It is a total babe of a car!

Isofix child seats in a BMW

My kids: aren’t they just gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜‰


Argh the car! Such a smooth, smooth drive people (more about that in a dedicated post Road Trippin’ with The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer ) so zooming from Norfolk after a fun stay at Potters Resort for the Big Smoke, meant the kids were luckily entertained all week.

Having lived in London for 11 years, only moving back to my home town of Leeds in Yorkshire when Oliver was 1 (and being back in the Big Smoke at least once a week for work) means Peter and I know the city well. Very well.

However, we rarely visit the capital with the kids and felt it was high time to head back and make like tourists for 6 days, doing everything we always promise them we’ll do when we next visit.

We were spent most of our time in Kensington, ending the week with a day trip to Windsor at the magnificent Legoland (POST HERE)…

And no, we didn’t stay at Hotel Oliver but Oliver was so excited to see his namesake hotel, we had to take a snap!

Hotel Oliver
London will always be my BAE, it’s even pretty when it’s grey!

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Now as I’m Honest Mum, I’m going to be honest and say that reflecting on the week away with the kids there were some very testing days-particularly at the beginning of the week where I was driven to asking if the Science Museum ‘do’ wine. FYI they do.

The kids fought relentlessly at the start of our London break, so much so, Peter wanted to abandon the break and head home.

Now, I’m not sure whether there was a full moon or something but by Wednesday, the ‘terrible twosome’ woke up, transformed children. Maybe it was all those threats of boarding school that did it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Suddenly, they were best friends again.

And breathe. Or shop (the latter makes me just as happy).
Hello Topshop!

And here I am in my new Topshop ‘down with the kids’ (literally) jeans, gilet and HUGE hoop earrings, the happy antidote to kid-related stress.

Fighter jet photobomber-

boho style
Boho Mama style at its best right?
When in London, we always head to Westbourne Grove and areas close by , an area I used to live in when I first met Peter so it holds special memories…

The boys loved playing in the Princess Diana Memorial Garden and can be seem below (fittingly) creating sand angels by the play boat there.
Making Sand Angels

Playing in the sand



I also got some mama time out- and the man who came to the rescue was hair extraordinaire Jason Collier (Victoria Beckham’s hair stylist no less) who proceeded to give me a head transplant (well it felt that way)-colouring and blow drying my hair at Smooth You in Dalston Square: the most exquisite salon imaginable!

Smooth You in Dalston Square
So chic yet unpretentious and relaxing too.

Smooth You SalonFlowers

Salon receptionInside Smooth You Salon
Inevitable blogger selfie with hair dye on shot!
Vicki Psarias of Honest Mum has hair styled by Jason Collier

Now let’s take a minute to look at my mane and give it the respect it deserves.


So lush!

And the blow dry lasted forever too.

hair by Jason Collier
This is what Jason used on my hair (colour was L’Oreal 5 cool cover for my roots as I have a stubborn little greying spot)
Original Mineral Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo
Original Mineral Seven Day Miracle Masque
KHairpep Transforme Masque

And how cute is Jason’s pooch Smoothie?!
DogChild and Dog

Such a wonderfully restorative experience!
…And what followed continued to be fun, fun, fun!

We got to hang out with great friends, visit Hamleys, stuff our faces (BOY did we eat-is there any actual food left in London since our visit?) and LAUGH until it hurt- you know those contagious belly-laughs you just live for-we couldn’t stop and it was so needed too.

Now I mentioned we ate a lot so it’s only fair to share what and where.

Big thanks too to my favourite sushi restaurant, Feng Sushi in London Borough for the lip-smackingly good lunch.

Feng Sush in LondonVeggie maki, salmon gyoza, sashimi, soft shell crab in brown rice, salmon and avo hand rolls and ice cream and cheesecake and chocolate mochi for afters.

Feng Sushi

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Sushi for kidsEating Sushi

salmon and avo maki

Eating with chopsticks

GyozaSushi WrapJapanese DessertDessert at Feng SushiMacaroons

…Highlights were hanging out with my great blogging pal Nomita of Ebabee and her sweet daughter, scoffing the best burgers in town at Shake Shack (literally) and watching our kids bond. Beautiful.


Beef hotdogs, crinkly chips and the tastiest cheeseburgers I’ve ever eaten!

Burgers and FriesBest Burger


Also seeing one of my oldest, closest friends Amancay, The Lady of the World and THE lady who convinced me to start blogging back in 2010, was, as always, a joy.

Xander is smitten with Amancay and held her hand tightly as we ate our way through the food market at the Southbank. Told you we didn’t stop eating!

Best Friend

It was so good to get time with friends during our stay.

You know, when you’re around people who simply GET you completely, who you can be 100 percent yourself with, well, that’s how I feel with Amancay and Nomita and hanging out with them both felt truly enriching.ย Those times together were a real tonic for me. An ice fizzing gin and tonic!

What else did we get up to?!

A highlight for the kids has to be Hamleys-which was surprisingly a hoot-(I thought it was going to be stress city but it wasn’t too crowded and the kids loved it (obvs).

TY Toys

The boys were so dazzled by the place, they walked around eyes bright, mouths open both deciding on these helicopter things the staff were trialling (those demos sure work)!

Hamelys London

The children also loved the Science and Natural History Museum-even if both boys were initially a little scared of the electric T Rex! Aw!

Natural History Museum

Dinosaur in Natural History Museum

The last time I visited was at the GQ awards years ago. It was definitely a different experience to today but equally as wild ๐Ÿ˜‰

…The fearsome T-Rex!


There is so much to do at the museum, we whiled away hours there…

Dinosaur skeletonFossilised skull


Dino toyResting Colouring Inscience After all that we legged it to Legoland and while there’s a whole dedicated post on our time there, I wanted to share some of the fun in the sun here too.

lego buggy Lego Notre Dame

lego sharkLego car

playing at legolandWow, what a fab, fab, fab week over half term!

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55 Responses

  1. Sunita

    Wow, you guys had so much fun. London is full of fun things to do! Love that you made it from east to west and to south (well Borough Market anyway). Those chips looked good ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Honest Mum

      Thank you darling, Peter was on top form as usual and I took a few shots too! We had such a lovely time. We have to meet next time x

  2. Sarah - Arthurwears

    Amazing! Glad the boys’ behaviour picked up for you. Your hair looks fab and I LOVE sushi – I haven’t eaten yet so I’m starving and reading this and seeing those pictures was torture lol!! #Brillblogposts

  3. Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope)

    London is always scary for me! Same reason I need to go there more! And the photos are so lovely and I especially love the chopsticks on Oliver’s nose!

    Thanks for the message in my blog. I am going to the Citizens Advice Bureau next week.

    • Honest Mum

      Oliver is funny! I think like any big city, if you’re not used to it, it can be a little overwhelming, I have friends who feel like that too x

  4. Debbie

    Hi Vicki, fantastic photos as always! How funny that you can get wine at the Science Museum! There’s obviously a need for it. I love the photo of the children standing outside Oliver’s Hotel (well, maybe not yet, but who knows? One day…)

    The photos of all that delicious food is making me hungry just looking at them. So I would have probably ended up eating my way round the food market too.


  5. Kate

    Looks like you had a fantastic week. The sushi place looks so delicious. I love your honesty about sharing when things get tough. Seeing your gorgeous photo’s and sweet kids, it’s refreshing to hear about the reality behind the image ๐Ÿ™‚ #brillblogposts

  6. Mummy here and there

    Haha love the honest and you crammed in a lot. The food looks devine I have heard good things about shack snacke. Your hair looks gorgeous and I adore y our dressed. X #brilliantblogposts

  7. John Adams

    Well you and the BWM really are firm friends aren’t you? You visited some of my favourite parts of town. Shame the kdis didn’t get on at first but glad it all worked out in the end! Delight to join in with #BrilliantBlogPosts as ever.

  8. Franki ~ Wonderful Chaos

    Still never visited London although I’m going this weekend for an autism conference, not sure I’ll get to actually experience any of London though. I want to take Luca to the Natural Histort Museum he’s dino crazy at the moment so think he would love it. Looks like a lovely weekend you had spent with friends.

  9. Lisa

    Great post and lovely photos.
    Looks like everyone had a great time!

  10. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

    Looks like a very busy and fun week for all of you! Food, friends and a lot of adventure are great to have when you’re on holiday, aren’t they? Stunning pics too! #brilliantblogposts.

  11. Rishi Malar

    Loved the Pictures and the Gorgeous smiles as always! Living in London means we take it for granted and hardly take time to hit the center of the town. Seeing your photos tempts me to take a break at some weekend and just go relaxing.

    I have to take a break now gasping the beauty of the pictures before moving to Lego post ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  12. The Pramshed

    So many photos lovely! This makes me realise how much of London I’m missing out on being on maternity leave, but still living in London. The Sushi restaurant is just round the corner from my work too! It looks like you had a fab weekend, so lucky to be able to do so in such a stylish BMW. I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the pics, they tell a story of a wonderful weekend. Claire x #brilliantblogposts

  13. Mess and Merlot

    Wowsa – I think you need a holiday (sans kids) soon to recover! Although it is lovely to do such cool things as a family too despite the initial bickering, kids will be kids eh? Beautiful photos as usual, I’m always envious of how lovely your shots look in your posts. Can’t beat a few days in fancy London town, my two would spend the whole day just using the public transport system ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I do like the look of your wheels for the week! X #brillblogposts

    • Honest Mum

      Aw thanks darling, husband Peter takes beautiful shots and I use snapseed for my phone shots which really help as you can adjust the light and tweak the colours etc. I love taking photos with my G7X which I use for vlogging too, a really cool camera. London was full-on, the kids drove us mad at the start but it was a really fab week overall xx

  14. Hayley McLean

    Oh wow it looks like such a fun week!!! You forget how much there is to do for kids in London and so lovely to catch up with friends! Lol about the full moon and squabbles though – boys will be boys!!! You’d never guess it to look at those angelic faces would you?! xxx

    • Honest Mum

      There must have been a full moon, these guys are either in love or bickering, thank goodness normality resumed after driving me to wine in so early in the day! Haha x

  15. The Tale of Mummyhood

    What a jam packed break you had. It looks like you all head a great time, especially at LEGOLAND, my Husband would be in his element there never mind the kids! You hair looks lush, and a salon with it’s own pet pooch? Perfection!


    • Honest Mum

      Thanks, amazing week bar the boys arguing at the start-Smooth You is awesome and Jason is a hair magician. I wanted to take Smoothie the pooch home with us! x

  16. five little doves

    Wow what an adventure, and your photographs are stunning as always! We went to London back in April and surprisingly Hamleys was one of my sons favourite places also! We keep talking about going to LEGOLAND but have never got round to it, must look into it more as it looks fab! #brilliantblogpost

  17. Elle

    Your boys are just the cutest hun (although you probably didn’t think that at the beginning of the week, but they seriously are gorgeous). Love your honesty and I love that you made it such a fun week for them. Such a beaut family!


    • Honest Mum

      Thanks gorge, those kids can be the sweetest and also the most challenging at times but we had a fab week in the end. Speak soon hun xxx

  18. Lucy at occupation: (m)other

    What a wonderful London break! I love that the Science Musuem do wine! Is it wrong that out of all the food pics, the cheesy chips are the ones that really made my mouth water…? We braved our first London trip with my three old…such a special feeling when you take them to places that have meant a lot to you. Lovely pictures. Thank you for hosting #brilliantblogposts

    • Honest Mum

      Aw it is rather special isn’t it-gosh we ate so much amazing food in just a few days, we literally rolled back to Leeds! x

  19. Rach

    Gorgeous photos! What an action packed week you had.
    Your hair looked utterly stunning and I’m in love with the jeans and gilet combo – looking hot!!! You really are an amazing photographer, I’ve not seen photos like this on any other blog – incred! #brillblogposts

  20. Geraldine

    I’ve never been to London. I’d absolutely love to go especially after reading about your visit! And huge respect to the locks:) #brilliantblogposts

  21. Andreea Sandu

    Awesome pictures! I went recently to the natural history museum, but that dinosaur wasn’t there! How did I miss it? Legoland is cool, but I remember we tried the boat and even though it looked innocent from a certain distance, when we got in we couldn’t wait for it to be over. Happy you had a nice time and the boys eventually enjoyed it as well! xo

    • Honest Mum

      Really?! I thought it’s always been there! Ooh wonder if it’s the same boat, this was in really shallow water but appreciate boats are not for all xx

  22. Lou and Abby

    Loved these pics- lived in the big smoke myself for 7 years yet feel like such a tourist when I take my kids there for a visit! Envious of the swishy hair experience- go girl and the food looks amazing!
    Lou at http://www.peppermintcove.com

  23. jodie filogomo

    Girl—I’m tired just reading what you did!! But it’s funny to hear your stories—and I love the food pix!! That is probably the biggest reason we vaca—that and to see friends!!

  24. Alexandra | I'm Every Mum

    Looks like an absolutely action packed week. So glad you stuck it out and it became more and more lovely as the week went on. Gorgeous photos and I love the one of you smiling with ‘smoothie’ you’re so stunning. Great post xxx

  25. Ebabee

    What stunning pics – now I HAVE to go to Legoland and try Feng Sushi. It was so amazing to catch up – I really feel like I’ve known you my whole life. That feeling you get when you know a true friend gets you like you say, is just how it is. And I was delighted to meet the boys and Peter finally – so, so lovely to see the kids bond. Need me some Vicki tonic again, and soon xxx

    • Honest Mum

      Aw Nomita I feel that way too, so amazing when that happens, feel so lucky to have you in my life and to have our kids bond like that was magical. Knew they’d love each other! Yay for seeing each other very soon xxx


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