Ella in England….suggestions please!

Next month we’ll be off to London for 3 weeks. We’ve got quite the history with London – Hubby was born and brought up there and I lived there from 2000-2008. We enjoyed being in England when it was just the two of us, but once we started our own family, we chose to relocate to Canada (and we LOVE it here!). Still – I have a very special place in my heart for London – so I’m very excited for this opportunity to visit!

View of the Cotswolds from our Hotel room (taken in 2005)

We’ve previously lived in the Gloucester Road and Canary Wharf neighbourhoods – but since Hubby is going for a work visit, we’ll be staying in Corporate apartments near the City. I’m looking forward to hanging out with my old friends, revisiting my favourite restaurants, shopping (!!!!) but mostly: sharing my favourite parts of England with my kiddies. I want to make the most of our visit – I’ve started making lists and planning already – here’s what I have so far:

MUST VISIT CLOTHES SHOPPING:
-Primark
-New Look
-Miss Selfridges
-River Island
-Dune (for shoes)
-Accessorise (for jewelry)

MUST BUY MAKE-UP:
-Barry M eye shadow pigments (especially shade 38)
-MeMeMe blush in Coral
-Barry M nailpolishes

MUST VISIT SIGHTS:
Thomas the Tank Engine theme park
The Museum of Childhood
V&A Museum
-The Cotswolds

 MUST EAT RESTAURANTS:
-Tas Firin (Turkish)
-Al-Dar (Lebanese)

This is where I need help – please suggest some must-sees and must-buys for my visit! Looking forward to more input.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 26, 2010 / 2:07 pm

    How exciting! I can't wait to see pictures and the goodies you pick up. I haven't been in 14+ years, so unfortunately I have no good suggestions. Have so much fun!

  2. Nicoline
    October 26, 2010 / 2:39 pm

    Love your blog sooo much! Please check out mine, and be a follower:)www.abitofeverything-nicoline.blogspot.com

  3. Ella Pretty
    October 26, 2010 / 6:37 pm

    Andi – I'm so excited…there is so much I miss about London…not looking forward to the packing or the 7 hour flight though!Nicoline – thanks for your comment – I'll check out your link.

  4. Anonymous
    October 26, 2010 / 8:23 pm

    I love London! I think a visit to Topshop is quite important. And to Selfridges on Oxford St and to a Space NK… my favourites!

  5. PearlsAndGreenTea
    October 27, 2010 / 3:04 am

    How exciting! I don't have anything to recommend since the only time I was in London was when I studied abroad there in college. All I remember was a club we went to a lot called cheapskates. Haha..I'm assuming this is not helpful info for a mommy!

  6. Ella Pretty
    October 27, 2010 / 3:30 am

    Thanks Cafe Bellini – I've added Space NK to my list – I want to try the By Terry line!PearlsAndGreenTea – Did you do your junior year abroad in London too? I did (and then went back after graduation)…too funny about the club – yup – not planning on much nightlife on this trip LOL!

  7. Lilly
    October 27, 2010 / 4:39 pm

    Oh London, how exciting is that! I've never been there but I'm hoping to go one day. My sister and her hubby went to England last month and they loved it there. Can't wait to see pictures 🙂

  8. Lindy May
    October 30, 2010 / 2:34 pm

    I can't wait to see your purchases! I love living vicariously through your closet, lol.

  9. Ella Pretty
    October 30, 2010 / 6:10 pm

    Thanks Lilly and Lindy 🙂

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