The City (Day 1) | London Trip Post No. 1

London has been and will always be my favourite city. 
I have always been in love with that place and I change when I am there. I was only off the plane ten minutes and everything I felt when I was at home in Ireland was gone. There was no anxiety, no freaking out in social situations, no tiredness and no dullness. Everything was brighter and more brilliant and I was just me. I always believe that the person I am in London is the person I am meant to be in live. This has lead me to make the decision to move to London. I will do a more detailed blog post on this over the next few days but just know that it will be happening. 
Until that post comes about informing you of all this information let me first tell you all the amazing things I got up to in London City on my trip there last weekend. 
For those of you who don’t know, I travelled to London last weekend to go see one of McFly’s 4 sold out 10th anniversary shows. This is post one of a trilogy of posts about my trip. This post is going to focus solely on what I got up to around the city while I was there. The other posts will deal with the travelling and McFly aspects of the trip! 
[EDIT: This post got too long so I have broken the first of the trilogy of posts into two sections, I guess it isn’t really a trilogy anymore 😛 The second part will be posted tomorrow!!]
I went to London with my mum and because we were only staying two nights we had to pack a fair amount of activities into our two and a bit days in the city. Naturally the first thing we did was headed to the hotel. We stayed in the Premier Inn at London County Hall. We got a train from Stansted to Liverpool Street, then a cab to the hotel. Normally we’d get the tube but my mum watched a programme on the tube, freaked herself out and refused to get on them thus complicating everything. If you were to stay at this hotel you can get the tube to Waterloo Station which is literally only over the road. The hotel is so central, it’s under the London Eye for feck sake like. It is a bit pricey due to it’s location. It was a little over £300 for the two nights, not including breakfast, but you do get top quality rooms and service for that money. 
When we went to check it it was a bit early as you can’t check in until 12pm and the hotel was pretty jammers so there were no rooms ready early. This wasn’t a bother to us though as we decided to go to the Starbucks across the road and and make plans for our first stop on our trip: MADAME TUSSAUDS!!
Me (not looking to splendid) and apparently Emma Watson
Now Madame Tussauds is a fairly good bit from the hotel and my mum had decided that as well as not getting the tube we weren’t allowed to walk anywhere so instead of walking to Madame Tussauds we had the bright idea of getting a tour bus! We forked £26 each out on 24 hour tour tickets and proceeded to take the tour bus to Madame Tussauds. Now this was actually a pretty good idea as we have never done a tour bus around London and it meant we got to see a lot of stuff we wouldn’t see just walking to Madame Tussaud’s and back. We got to see all the houses owned by the Grosvenor family, some very fancy and expensive hotels, went through Mayfair and saw the usual stuff like the Palace and Marble Arch. 
We had been originally going to pre book tickets to Madame Tussauds because that’s what my mum wanted to do for her birthday, but we got a buy one get one free voucher from a cereal box so we had to queue up an hour to get into the place. It was worth it though, tickets set me back a cool £30 instead of the £60 it would have been.
Now going through Madame Tussauds was great. They stagger entry so there are never too many people in the one place at one time. However I was disappointed with some of the waxworks, well my mum was. I thought some of them were just hilarious. Then there were the ones who looked decent, but when I got my photo taken and checked it later, they just sucked (example Emma Watson, wanted to make all the lads jelly but sure it doesn’t even look like her in the photo). Then there were the photos I was really looking forward to having but mammy fucked up the taking of the photo (Leonardo Di Caprio). All that mattered, being honest, was that I got my photo taken with One Direction. Thankfully there was a professional photographer so she snapped me. My mum then paid £15 for me to get that photo on a magnet, photo frame and keyring. Yeah I was chuffed at that. Typically though the hottest staff member in the place worked the One Direction stall and probably thought I was pathetic, fairly certain I was older than him too…

There wasn’t much else to do in Madame Tussauds. My mum and I didn’t go to the Scream part of the exhibition because of her dodgy ticker. All that was left was to do the Spirit of London part of the exhibition (we didn’t go into the Marvel part either… Jean again). The Spirit of London was a taxi cab ride thing, like It’s a Small World in Disneyland Paris. it brings you through the history of London. It was fun I guess… actually I am lying. It was weird and freaked me out. Someone was seriously high when they came up with that concept.
There wasn’t too much left for us to do then to be honest. It was nearing 5 at that stage and we had dinner reservations in Planet Hollywood for 8pm so we hopped on a tour bus and headed back to the hotel to check in and head off to gorge ourselves. When we got to the hotel the guy who checked us in was BEAUTIFUL. His name was Matthew and I could just see his tattoo poking out of his sleeve and that accent. MY LORD. He had the exact same sense of humour as me and I just wanted to bring him home with me. Matthew if you are reading this, get in touch. WOAH MAMA. 
When we were checked in I had a quick shower and got dolled up to go for dinner. Planet Hollywood as usual didn’t disappoint. Our table was ready when we got there and our server, I think her name was Julia, was so pleasant and helpful. My mum and I got Buffalo Wings to start. I only got them because a server walked past with them for someone else and they smelt of Frank’s Hot Sauce which I am a divil for. then I had La Lasagna while Jean had the Steak Pie. I love the way PH do their Lasagne as they give you three HUGE penne tubes with the meat inside and then the tubes are breaded like mozzarella sticks and my god it is heaven. We got the Chocolate Brownie Super Sundae to share, it comes in a HUGE martini glass and is divine. I had two cocktails while we were there; the Planet Cooler, and the Mango Bay. I’m on a bit of a mango buzz lately which is why I gave the Mango Bay a go but I would recommend the Planet Cooler to everyone. It was divine!!
Chocolate Brownie Super Sundae
Planet Cooler

We finished up the night in the hotel bar with a few drinks. I had a Jack and Coke which cost me £3.49 and Jean had a Guinness, though English Guinness just isn’t the same as the home grown stuff so she wasn’t too keen. We were falling asleep in our drinks anyway so it was definitely time for bed!
It literally took us minutes to fall asleep and thank god because we had a big day ahead of us… CONCERT DAY!!
Stay tuned for day number two of the trip which I will post tomorrow with the post on the concert to follow on Friday. The post about the flight will be online on Saturday and I will do a haul post on Sunday.
I have included some photos from day one of my trip throughout the posts. I hope you enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend a trip to London to see a show and do some shopping if you haven’t yet. It is one of the nicest cities in the world and you can’t have a bad time there. We flew into Stansted with Ryanair and took the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street train station. We stayed in the London County Hall branch of the Premier Inn. Our tour around the city was with the Big Bus Tour Company which we picked up on Westminster Bridge. I have included links for all these places and services as well as Madame Tussauds and Planet Hollywood below in case you want to check any of them out. If you want some recommendations for your trip to London please don’t hesitate to ask. I love sharing my favourite city with people.

See you all tomorrow.

Lynn Jo xox
Generic Thames shot.
Me mate Ben.