The time had finally come, to pack my huge suitcase and get on the train home. It had been a long time coming, I was more than ready and so excited.

My first part of the Christmas holidays was going to Kent to see Mark. He had planned 3 days worth of adventures for me which I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and see some new places.

On the Friday (13th) I caught my train into London St Pancras then caught a connecting train to Gravesend.

Bags packed, I'm ready to go!

Bags packed, I’m ready to go!

I couldn’t wait to see him. He picked me up from the station and after a quick lunch stop, we drove into London to go to Westfield shopping centre in Stratford. It was mayhem, with the hustle and bustle of shoppers and their shopping bags, it was hard not to bump into anyone. I must admit, I’m a sucker for shopping but only when it’s quiet – a reason why I avoid Christmas and January sales shopping.

Once we were all shopped out, we decided to head back and had a chilled evening watching movies. We watched Elf, which even though I’m a bit of a Scrooge, it is my favourite Christmas film. The film which is now 10 years old, hasn’t aged one bit, the picture is still clear and the storyline never gets old despite how many times you watch it, and it brings alive the inner Christmas spirit of everybody – even I felt a little bit Christmassy.

Saturday was my favourite day, we were venturing around London – we planned to go to Covent Garden, Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Oxford Street and Regents Street.

First stop was Covent Garden. I’d been to Covent Garden when I was in sixth form a few years back, so I remembered the cobbled streets and the street performers.

It was so Christmassy, every corner of the square was filled with Christmas decorations (those of a tasteful kind of course), the smell of mulled wine from the markets, and just the general noise from tourists, like myself and Mark.

Christmas Tree in Covent Garden.

Christmas Tree in Covent Garden.

Candy Canes in Covent Garden.

Candy Canes in Covent Garden.

Having fought off the crowds as it was so busy, we decided to go and have a quiet sit down and get warm, as the weather was so fresh but really cold – it was a hat and scarf kind of day.

Mark took me to a place just off the square called Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar, where we had a cheeky cocktail each. Mark had a vodka daisy, and I had a a passionfruit punch.

Sophie's Steakhouse and Bar, Covent Garden.

Sophie’s Steakhouse and Bar, Covent Garden.

Mark and our delicious cocktails.

Mark and our delicious cocktails.

The atmosphere was so chilled and the decor was fantastic. Sophie’s bar had hanging glass spheres, that kind of looked like larger icicles but more formed, dangling from the ceiling which was simple but incredibly effective.

We quickly drunk our quite strong but refreshing cocktails and got back on the tube to go to another area in London.

Next stop, Oxford Street and Hyde Park.

We walked through Oxford Street, it was absolutely heaving. It was just shop, after shop, after shop and shoppers here were on a Christmas mission do get their Christmas shopping done.

Throughout the day we kept seeing people dressed up as Santa’s and remembered it was Santacon. An annual celebration of the festive season and to drink plenty of alcohol, it’s been said that the Santa’s are to give out presents to strangers – Myself and Mark saw thousands and we didn’t get a gift of goodwill, maybe they were a little too merry to remember their job.

Santacon - so many Santa's!

Santacon – so many Santa’s!

We didn’t fancy looking in the shops, having been to Westfield’s the day before, so we headed straight to Hyde Park. This was where London was holding Winter Wonderland, thousands of people were in the park, queuing up to get their taste of mulled wine, mince pies and German sausages. The queue was massive and having been walked around for hours, we decided not to queue up but just to sit on the benches around Hyde Park and had a cheeky selfie whilst watching those decent on the market.

Autumnal Hyde Park, beautiful.

Autumnal Hyde Park, beautiful.

Yeah, we like selfies in Hyde Park!

Yeah, we like selfies in Hyde Park!

The clouds were drawing in over London so we decided to grab a quick Starbucks, as we always do, and head back towards Charing Cross where our train was.

On our way back to Charing Cross we walked through Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square which made me feel so Christmassy. The sky was getting darker and the Christmas lights were switched on, it was simply magical. It started to make me feel Christmassy, and I don’t usually say that sort of thing.

Piccadilly Circus.

Piccadilly Circus.

Leicester Square, Christmas Market.

Leicester Square, Christmas Market.

Heading down to Charing Cross station, I spotted some red telephone boxes which really did do what they had been set out to do – entered some colour into my life just by looking at them. True element of London, the free art and just helping someone feel happy, I guess.

Inspiring.

Inspiring.

Our adventurous day in London was over, we raced for our train and there was was a sigh as we both sat down and awaited our final destination to Gravesend.

London had been awesome.

Peace out.

Autumn x