On a child free weekend in London we didn’t need Jen’s fantastic ideas on free but fun things to do with children in London. To be honest, flying in for a night, going to an engagement and fancy dress party and staying in a hotel pretty centrally pretty much rules out the “free”. But it is amazing how much you manage to do when there are no kiddos in tow: we caught up with dear friends, partied, had fun cross dressing (what else would parents do on a child free weekend in a hotel room?), enjoyed relaxing meals in pubs and restaurants, and did some nostalgic walking along Thames and also passed most of the known sights we’ve seen the last time almost 10 years ago (we spent our first Christmas together in London). We decided against all the great museums, even Tate Modern with a free entry, because we felt we wanted just to be together. Sofa dates are great but sometimes it is nice to have more couple time together.
But there is one free thing I love in England: the shop and pub fronts. I think they often have more character in smaller towns and the suburbs, but this time I only took my mobile out when walking through the city centre. Even they look just awesome when there are plenty of them!
I do love that London sticks to its phone booths and buses, but it was the first time I noticed that there are plenty of bike paths. Have they always been there or is it more recent to promote the bike riding? Anyway, the bike rentals seemed to be so easy to use, that a bike would be a fun way to explore the city!