We love London!

This weekend we had a fabulous time in London again, we just can’t resist an afternoon tea! This time it was Cherish Finden’s afternoon tea at The Langham. You may recognise Cherish as a judge on Great British Bake Off: The Professionals so as you would expect, it all tasted amazing! I really should have taken a picture of the decor as well as it was a lovely setting for our delicious tea and cakes. Have you ever seen such pretty pastries?

 

We did check out some more of London’s famous sights (we needed to do some walking after all that cake!) so we saw Big Ben and a great new play starring Amanda Holden called Stepping out. What a treat.

     

 

I do love London at night.

Rosie x

Shakespeare Sunday

Today was all about Shakespeare.

This beautiful 16th century building is actually William Shakespeare’s birthplace where he was born, grew up and played. Shakespeare also spent the first five years of married life in this house with his new wife, Anne Hathaway. Fascinating.

 

Next up on our whistlestop tour is Anne Hathaway’s cottage and gardens. This pretty thatched cottage built in 1463 was the birthplace and family home of William’s wife Anne Hathaway and was where he courted his bride-to-be. The cottage contains some of its original family furniture including the Hathaway four-poster bed. Gorgeous!

     

Lastly we have Shakespeare’s New Place which is the site of Shakespeare’s grand family home where he lived from 1597 to his death in 1616. He was already an established playwright when he bought New Place at the age of 33, and it is believed that he wrote his later plays there, including The Tempest. Sadly New Place was demolished in 1759 and it has been preserved as a historic garden ever since. Sadly we didn’t get to go inside to see the gardens and specially-commissioned artworks to commemorate 400 years since his death.

 

Rosie x

Stratford Upon Avon

Well Stratford-Upon-Avon has been a busy trip I can tell you. We started off by taking part in my first ever Parkrun! We had lovely weather for it and got to run around the park next to the River Avon and past the Royal Shakespeare Company building which you can see in the background. We met some lovely friendly people and will definitely be taking part in another Parkrun in the future…keep your eyes peeled!

     

 

We have also been to the Butterfly Farm which had so many pretty butterflies flying around. Some took a liking to me but a lot of them were too quick for photos!

     

And I couldn’t mention Stratford-Upon-Avon without mentioning the beautiful architecture. Just look at these stunning buildings!

                           

Oh and don’t worry, we are checking out all things Shakespeare tomorrow! It is Shakespeare Sunday after all.

Rosie x