Thursday 1 September 2011

London calling to the faraway towns.

When Ellis-Rose, my niece, turned 8 a few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to do something a bit special for her. I mean, I already made her an awesome cake, but I thought it would be really nice to go on a bit of a day trip. So we decided to hop on the train and head into London for the day. I loved being able to do this with her - she's never really had a proper day out in the big smoke, apart from the usual museum trips, which I don't think really count (they're amazing, but you don't really SEE much of London, you know?).

We spent most of the day in Covent Garden, watching the street performers and pottering round the shops. ER loved the performers - me, not so much, as within five minutes of watching a guy on a pogo stick he dragged me into the centre of the circle to be his glamorous assistant. Which wasn't embarrassing at ALL.

Because it was a special day, we went to the new Laduree cafe for lunch. It was SO lovely but incredibly expensive (£15 for a sandwich and chips!). I'd definitely go again, but not for lunch - just for cake. Let's face it, cake is why you go to Laduree, isn't it? And the cake was GOOD.

I gave ER her birthday present when we were on the train, which was her first camera (other than one of those pointless Fisher Price ones that take terrible photos). She did me proud, running round, taking photos. Especially of food. Definitely related to me, that kid.

Oh - and as ER is my little baking buddy, we couldn't leave without a visit to the Hummingbird Bakery in Soho (and yes, she took lots of photos) for a cheeky cupcake. It was SO much fun - my niece was a perfect little angel all day and it was lovely spending some quality time with her - I've really missed her now I don't live with my sister any more. Now... where to take her next year?



  1. Such a cute post!! You've made me realise I now really need a London date with my little sister. Well, she's 17 but I still think of her as my wee bairn haha! :DD

  2. She is so cute, I use to do the same thing with my little sisters when they were her age.


  3. Aww looks like she had a lovely day. Reminds me I want to visit Laduree when I'm next in London, but just for a cake at those prices! x

  4. Looks like you had so much fun!

    The cake there is seriously amazing.

    Emily xx

  5. Oh dear. I just realised what a crap Auntie I am. :-(

    Lovely post though and she's a cutie.

  6. Aw, how lovely! Your niece looks so sweet too. I love Covent Garden! What a lucky little girl, bless her xx

  7. This is such a lovely post, your niece is so cute! And she has such lovely hair in that last picture!
    Sirens and Bells

  8. Aaaw that's so cute!! I have a feeling I'm going to be a cool big sis rather than an aunt as I'm the oldest of three girls... my little sis (11) is already anticipating me moving out

  9. She is adorable!!! And seems like you gave her the perfect Birthday! I love Laduree.

  10. looks like you had an amazing day :)
    she's a lucky one xoxo

  11. Possibly the sweetest blog post I've read in a while. Your niece is absolutely adorable, I love the snapshots of her with her first camera/taking photos. xx

  12. O bless you, what a great Auntie you are! xxx

  13. What a sweet post! She's a little cutie and glad to see you're spreading the photo addiction ^_^
    You know I wonder if we were in London on the same day! I saw the guy with the sword and the one in the hat with the balloon, just probably a little later on when it was less sunny.

    Florrie x

  14. your niece is absolutely beautiful... it looks like u had a ball xx


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