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Welcome to my February, time to plan more trips & stop the New year resolutions / January nonsense, #BeHappy

1 Feb

Dear readers

I am sorry I haven’t been posting recently, I have been too busy settling back into the British winter after the holidays spent in Italy and Miami, I am back, for a bit, as usual.

The Christmas time back home with friends and family was amazing, good times, lots of laugher and lots of food involved…not that many people can say they had an 8 hours long Christmas lunch…I can! And when you are about to give up and say Thank you guys but we have been sat for 7 hours, ok the company is great but…And they stop you saying: Next course it the Italian cheesecake (gorgonzola, brie, mascarpone and walnut cake)…followed by panettone and pandoro with coffee mascarpone, what did I do? Just gave upend kept on eating!!!

Italians express their love with food, and that’s what my family does best and I love that, overindulging over Christmas is great but of course it can’t be the normal routine, but what about the pressure everybody gets put under between the New Year and the end of January? Resolutions, dry January, start working out, be kind to people, get better at something…I mean take it easy!

Life is all about balance, we only have one life so please enjoy and make the most of it…plus shall we talk about what happens at the beginning of January?! The release of fitness DVDs!!! Oh My Lord…is that something worse than that? Z-list celebrities who used to be fat and wobbly and suddenly they become gym bunnies, personal trainers addict, food connoisseurs and they tell you: I lost 3 stone, 19 kg, 42 pounds whichever weight conversion floats your boat, YOU CAN DO IT TOO, in the comfort of your living room!! Yes right people exercising in front of the telly in their workout gear, it will happen for a week and they will get bored and quit! Really I can do it too? And you would tell me what to eat too then to reach the perfect body? I don’t follow recipe books, I always add my own touch, let alone to listen to you whoever you are, famous or not, you ain’t a dietologist so why would I bother?!I am very happy with my height & my weight so please, social media stop bombarding us with Are You Beach Body Ready type of messages? Lots of people get sucked in!

Anyway this is my 1st February rant…I am sure I have posted something similar in the past few beginning of the years, this is what I think and I stick by…Italian Style!

Did I mention that I received a pasta machine for Christmas? I love it!!! So if somebody says No Carbs are allowed, my reply can only be one…bugger off!

And of course I am not criticising people who exercise a lot or go to the gym or whatever, not at all, I love fitness classes like body balance, pilates, yoga and body pump, I do lots of them once or twice a week, or once every fortnight it depends…I just get bored easily and I can’t stick to something that long, that’s why I like to do different things to keep me motivated, I do it just to keep busy and toned…but if I don’t do it for a day it ain’t the end of the world, I just go for an hour long dog walk/run, it’s always exercise!

Going back to the travelling side of my post…we had a great time in Miami over new year, as usual, and I seriously cannot wait to be back in a week to escape from the cold weather, it makes such a difference to have some sunshine in the winter, total mood lifting!

And now let’s just have a look at what went on in the past few months

Christmas and the holidays between Italy & Florida, going back to the cold British weather, birthday with friends & toddlers, and a dog photoshoot!

with love

XXX

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Sometimes I come back! Anna in her wonderland on an Italian Christmas late edition and the mid January (non) New Year Resolution!!

12 Jan

Dear Readers

Sometimes I come back as you can see, I know it has been a while with Christmas, the holidays, the vacation and all that but I am finally back, luckily just for a month, I can’t already bare how cold is back here, I am more a sunny & hot weather type of girl, 100% more Miami than Brighton Beach!

I had such a great and amazing time back home in Italy to celebrate Christmas with my family and my friends, they were 8 full days of fun, laughter, shopping trips, lunches and dinners and lots of dancing in the clubs around my hometown of Bergamo, I felt like 18 again! It is so crazy how just a week spend with the people you love most that unfortunately due to the circumstances I don’t see that often recharged my batteries and gave me a massive energy boost to keep going, so glad to have such great family and awesome loving friends in my life!!!

Touched down back in the Kingdom it was time to celebrate with my husband and leave the cold behind for the sunny shores of Miami, our favourite place on earth, where we just enjoyed hanging out, sunbathing, swimming, eating and drinking, walking the neighbours’ dog (I have the new role of Floridian dog sitter to a gorgeous 7 months old golden retriever), getting the boat ready for the February trip and having fun!!

I have been reading a lot on social media recently about New Year’s resolution…is that me but this year it seems a bit gone too far…I mean so many people are talking about it non-stop…and will they actually “obey” to their NY’s vows? Of course everybody (apart me) feels a bit fat after all the overindulging during the Christmas holidays but a bit of control and a bit of exercises will get everything and everybody back in track, without any drama and without becoming a body builder or a fitness fanatic for a few weeks!

So pleased of my fast burning metabolism, in Italy I must admit all I ate was pasta, tons of pizza and I couldn’t resist to focaccia when I drove down to the Riviera for the day…lots of veggie too but just such a different diet to what I normally cook and eat here…and within 3 days 2kg were gone, where I do not really need to lose weight!! The secret is just happiness and moderation, in everything, and stop going on with all new year’s resolution bullshit, have fun & be happy!

With Love

The view of the Riviera, happiness from the balcony

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Flower powerAnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (31)Ceresio 7 Milano, rooftop aperitif, even in December!

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Christmas day finally reunited with my niece Martina!

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Ready for our date night at Cecconi Miami BeachAnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (53)

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My new mate, Cody!AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (52)

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After a long day, nothing can beat a moijto by the pool, cheers to that!AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (56)

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Feliz Navidad Prospero año y Felicidad, Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo, Merry Christmas and happy new year, feeling festive and ready to go!

17 Dec

Dear readers,

It has been a long time since my last post, so much went on and now, that I am getting ready to fly home to spend Christmas time with family and friends, I found a few spare minutes for my blog, I am not neglecting it but sometimes it’s hard to find time for everything!

I can’t believe it’s Christmas time already, last minute wrapping presents, my suitcase to fill, the smell of winter in the air…loving this time a year!

Recently I have been busy organising a surprise birthday party for my mother in law which went so well, all the family and friends here at home for Sunday lunch of celebrations, such a good event!

From party planning to wedding planning…to DIY expert…we are doing some renovation at home, having a new bathroom fitted upstairs and of course my husband and a friends are working on it, and every hour you can hear : Anna…can you go to wickes or B&Q to get this…this and this?? I even have a DIY account at the local store now!!

Bathroom apart now it’s time to get ready to go home, Italy I am coming!!! Coming back here on Boxing day and fly away again for new year’s eve in Miami…it sounds like our usual good plan!!

Merry Christmas and Happy new year everybody!!!

xxx

Cover up it’s cold outside!

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Coco doing what she does best…

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So obsessed with babies and so in love with my little friend

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Memories I found online of the Poker run…back soon!

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Macaroons…my latest discovery!annainherwonderland Christmas 2014 (5)

Ready to party coco!annainherwonderland Christmas 2014 (6)

Our Christmas…card?annainherwonderland Christmas 2014 (8)

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Hanging around the Christmas tree…

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Day of shopping in London…with a lovely lobster lunch at Burger and Lobster!

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Day of shopping with good friends!!!annainherwonderland Christmas 2014 (13)

And my friend Anna knows me well…thanks!!!annainherwonderland Christmas 2014 (14)

The cat under the tree…escaping from the dog

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My little friend Evie!!annainherwonderland Christmas 2014 (17)

Saturday night…we needed a drink!annainherwonderland Christmas 2014 (15)

Night out in Brighton with my new knee high boots, festive!

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Time goes by too quickly when you are having fun: Anna, Anna and Kim take Miami! The vacation to celebrate our 30th Birthday

20 Nov

Dear readers

The past ten days have been simply amazing, after a few years of living apart in different countries, my best friend and I managed to squeeze in a week long vacation together, like the old good times and trust me we had so much fun!!! I keep on looking back at the pictures to try to live all the moments again, it is true that time goes by too quickly when you are having fun and spending time with the people you love! From Miami to Boca Chita (by boat) and from Brickell to Key West (by car) every moment was a laugh, every song listened remind us a good moment in time…oh God it wish it wasn’t over! Anyway let’s start the countdown to Christmas and to the next two trips planned, Italy and Florida again of course! I am stuck with ideas for Christmas gifts for everybody, any suggestions?? Now you can have a look at the pictures of Anna, Anna & Kim Take Miami!

Xxx

Let’s start with a mandatory white pedicure before go boating…BLANCO para el Barco Mañana

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First night out, sushi dinner at the SLSannainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (53)

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Fun at Boca Chita Keyannainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (22)

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annainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (14)We just packed beers…so we opened a coconut for lunch! annainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (20)

Friday lunch at Nikki Beachannainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (27)

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After that somebody fell into a hole in the road…annainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (29)Ready for our road trip to Key West at the weekend

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Selfie in the Cobra & 500!annainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (30)

Islamorada Key Lime Coladaannainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (32)

Beautiful sunset in Key West, even better at happy hour!

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Last night together with dinner at Rusty Pelican

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Anna has gone back to Italy so I tried to cheer myself up with food! Bacon, butterscotch and pecan cake

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Miami beach marina at nightannainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (44)

And some funny meetings on our morning ride on Brickell Key

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Shake Shack for lunch!!!annainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (49)

Anna goes to Italy : Feliz Navidad…Buon Natale…Merry Christmas from my wonderland!!

24 Dec

Hello dear readers

And Happy Christmas to everybody! I came back home to visit my family on the 18thand, despite I miss a lot my husband (and the dog) I am loving being back home, spending time with the family, hanging out with my best friends, enjoying evenings out, enjoying mulled wine, traditional food from my hometown, Bergamo, which I love deeply and just being happy to be back !!

I am seriously obsessed with the song Feliz Navidad right now, constantly on repeat on my iPhone, so I can try to learn something more in Spanish, just to practice for the next Miami trip, just in a few days, I can’t wait!!!

I wish you all merry Christmas and Happy New Year….and I will post from Miami!

Enjoy the holidays everybody

xxx

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Size doesn’t matter they say, mini Christmas tree at home

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Marocchino and Italian espressoanna in her wonderland xmas timeBest aperitif in town, Il Maialinoanna in her wonderland xmas time

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Casoncelli alla bergamasca, the best ravioli ever!!!

anna in her wonderland xmas timeRainy night…anna in her wonderland xmas timeWhat a joy to see Coco and my husband with Skype!

anna in her wonderland xmas timeLove IManna in her wonderland xmas timeDinner at noodles in Milan for my cousin’s Last Dinner before move to London Town!

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anna in her wonderland xmas timeGertrude!anna in her wonderland xmas timeSaturday night, dinner with friends, so glad to be together!!

anna in her wonderland xmas timeTable number 3 from my wedding reunited for the Christmas dinner, all my best friends in one place, love it

anna in her wonderland xmas timeDinner, all traditional!!anna in her wonderland xmas time

anna in her wonderland xmas timeFinally I met Andrea, the new entry in my friend’s house, so much love!!!anna in her wonderland xmas timeIsotta supervising the Florist shop!

anna in her wonderland xmas timeGetting ready for a Sunday night out clubbing in town with the girls

anna in her wonderland xmas timeMy best friends was planning to get me drunk with hierbas, clearly!

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Long time no post, Anna in her wonderland is back! The Miami resume post

6 Dec

Dear readers

Sorry about my late post about my last holiday in Miami, I have been back for 2 weeks and I just now find the time to sit down, go through the pictures and post about. 2 busy weeks back home, with good and bad things that have happened but that now everything is behind us.

Our latest vacation in Miami was so much fun and good times spent with our friends, endless dinner out, boating days, shopping days and lots of laughing involved, I can’t believe it has gone so quickly as usual. I have lots of pictures to show you, days are manic now organising the final renovation at home, organizing Christmas presents for everybody and thinking about my Italian trip in 12 days, and Christmas of course and Miami again, this time with my parents!

Enjoy you all the pictures and have a great weekend!!!!

Here we go!

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My new favourite, Lobster Mac & cheese

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anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (52)Manicure and pedicure day

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anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (46)Sushi I love it!!!

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anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (44)Selfie in the restrooms?

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anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (41)Dinner at Cecconi’s

anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (42)Day out on Crandon Beach Key Biscayne

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anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (35)Delano, a Miami classic

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anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (30)Bloody mary, 5pm somewhere

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anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (26)Easy sunday lunch, better than a roast!

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anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (5)First night latin food

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anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (7)Macaroons!

anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (8)Pale to start the first few days

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anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (17)Boating day

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Lille: The Best City for Christmas Shopping

16 Nov

When it comes to shopping for Christmas, finding gifts for all your loved ones that are unique, thoughtful and/or lavish, you can always count on good old London Town. From Oxford Street famous names to quirky stalls in Camden Town you’ll be sure to find everything you could need. You can’t beat that satisfying feeling of coming home with your arms full of shopping bags that each contains special and exciting gifts for everyone, bargains and luxuries alike. Putting the kettle on and a Christmas CD or DVD whilst you wrap your purchases is one of the little joys of the season for many of us. But did you know that away from London, which can become rather too busy over the Christmas period (especially at weekends) you could take the iDBUS from London to Lille for an excellent Christmas shopping experience that combines a mini break with shopping heaven? Yes, with iDBUS’s mini-prices you could be on your way with iDBUS from London to Lille, which features one of France’s largest Christmas markets and plenty of year-round stores to explore. As with all iDBUS coach trips, you will be delivered from and to centrally-located coach stations and Vieux Lille is a compact town that is easy to navigate and explore on foot, so you don’t need to worry about finding connecting buses or Metro trains to get to where all the shops are. You will never be short of places to eat in Lille, which is known for its gastronomic delights and, being close to the border with Belgium, has moules et frites, waffles and fine chocolate dishes on almost every menu. If you want to take in the sights of the city you can take a ride on the Ferris wheel in the Grand Place and try to decide which of the eighty-plus Christmas stalls you will want to visit. Stay within the old town for charming hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation with character, or head into the newer part of town for more spacious, modern accommodation. Either way you will be within easy walking distance of the shops and the coach station to take you back to London when you are ready. By the way, if you book with iDBUS you can book single tickets for the same price as returns, so if you are not sure of how long you want to stay you can just book a single ticket to get you there and then book a return journey once you are ready to leave after a few days – the price of the tickets remains the same regardless of when you book them. It takes less than 6 hours to get from London to Lille with iDBUS but iDBUS coach trips always feature spacious, comfortable seating, free on board Wi-Fi,plug sockets (but don’t forget your euro plug adapter!) and frequent departure and arrival times for your convenience. So take in the sights and smells of Christmas in Lille – cinnamon, ginger, mulled wine, fake snow and an ice rink, colourful crafts and gifts, decorations and local produce. And with the iDBUS Mini Prices you can afford to spend a lot more when you’re there!

A few more days in the countryside before fly away again, being an housewife full time, still baking a lot and…being obsessed with my new iPhone!

24 Oct

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Hello readers

If I could just speak with hash tags this post will be called #annainherwonderland #hasdiscovered #newhorizons ….yes I finally stepped into the future…I gave up my Blackberry for the new iPhone 5s and I absolutely love it!!!

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My poor husband is quite traditional and not as open as me to change phones, to use tablets and general technology speaking… after a few looks at the iPhone and after a few touches of the screen said: It’s like a mini iPad!

My reply was a bit like “which came first, the chicken or the egg?”

The iPhone clearly! 🙂

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Anyway, apart play all day with my iThings (still a definition from my husband) I am working on another wedding in Tuscany, which makes me really excited, we are changing a few bits around at home and I am intrigued by interior design, furniture shops and so on…I keep busy with the dog, as usual, and my food and baking obsession hasn’t stopped…luckily I am still firm on my 50 kilos! I am trying to enjoy the time here as much as I can, until the next trip planned in a few weeks, which I can’t wait for! Ten days in Miami with our good friends, it’s going to be good!

Plus I have so many things to look forward to

  • Miami trip
  • My best friend is coming to visit
  • 10 days in Italy for Christmas

I love the Christmas season, I am already thinking which decorations to go for the tree, I have already made a list of presents for family and friends, and I must be honest, I have already the Christmas cards sorted…call me super organized…or say that I haven’t got a damn to do all day, your choice!!!

xxx

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Christmas very late edition with some good and old New Year resolution…does it work? It doesn’t for me at all…my disrupted wonderland of broken promises.

16 Jan

I must admit, I am not very good with New Year resolutions…I mean I always mean to keep my word and go for it, but it doesn’t work very well. My last year resolution was to write a recipe book (as you can see in a post I published one year ago)

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But the idea got abandoned after my lack of culinary order, I wrote a few recipes and stored them on my laptop but my problem is, I hate follow recipes when I cook because I like to be creative ad change things around…so with this problem I can’t even follow my own recipes and stick with it…LAST YEAR RESOLUTION result: FAILED.

Another last year resolution was to join the gym and go for it: I did join the gym, I did enjoy, I did get back pain and muscle aching, I did go at least twice a week (for 4 or 5 months), but with the new wedding planning business going on and all the traveling…I haven’t put my foot there since end of October, I actually have frozen my membership temporarily  with the aim of starting again in February… LAST YEAR RESOLUTION result: FAILED, AGAIN.

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So as you can see I am not very good to keep my own promises but what is the good thing about Christmas and new year (excluding the presents, the industrial quantity of food and drinks eaten and drunk, the few pound put on and the traveling)? The fact that everyone feels more positive to have a new start, even if it doesn’t happen.

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As today, I am happy to face the new year with my new gorgeous Louis Vuitton handbag, the Petit Noe’ (thanks to my amazing husband). 2013…the world is ours!

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Festive London: Meet Father Christmas at Hamleys

15 Jan

Hamleys Toy Shop, established in London in 1780, is known as the largest, and one of the best, toy emporiums worldwide. With toys, games, gifts, treats and more spread out over seven floors, it’s a wonderland for children of all ages, and their parents.

During the run up to Christmas the atmosphere at Hamleys becomes decidedly festive, with stunning Christmas displays, trees, and more than a few cheeky elves to help you to explore the store. Why not book a family room for a London stopover and treat the kids to a day out in the city that they’ll never forget?

Travelodge have hotels all over London so you’re sure to be able to find bargain accommodation in the heart of the action. With 51 hotels to choose from citywide, it’s easy to find a Travelodge hotel in a location that’s convenient for you, whether you choose to stay near the train station, near Hamleys toy shop itself or near another attraction.

One of the best things about Travelodge hotels is that they offer family rooms at very reasonable prices, so treating the tribe doesn’t have to break the bank. Better yet you’ll have more money left over to treat your little ones to a pre-Christmas gift – after all, you can’t take them to the biggest toy shop in the world and expect them to leave empty handed!

Those with little boys will want to head straight up to the 5th Floor for a wonderland of boy’s toys including action figures, vehicles and more. Just one floor down, you’ll find model kits, model railways and remote-controlled vehicles.

The third floor is a girly delight full of dolls, dress-up outfits, arts and crafts and even pop up pamper areas. The floor below that is the place to take pre-schoolers, with a wide range of toys for threes and under to enjoy.

The first floor is a joy for all with board games, jigsaws, a Build a Bear Workshop and sweet shop. As is the ground floor where you’ll find a zoo of stuffed animals, as well as a section just for magic. Venture down into the basement floor and you’ll find Lego and other construction toys galore, as well as the computer game experts at Game.

If, however, you really want to see your children’s eyes shining in wonderment, you simply must treat them to a trip to Hamleys very own Father Christmas. This isn’t any old grotto – the ‘I Met Father Christmas at Hamleys’ experience includes a meet and greet with Santa and his elves, a meal, games and activities and a small gift.

At £45 per child, it’s not cheap, but for a once a year treat that’s sure to provide precious memories for a lifetime it’s got to be worth it. Of course, saving on your London hotel room will leave more cash to spend on festive treats, so it’s worth seeking out a great deal on Travelodge hotels in the city.

 

 

 

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