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London & Surrounds – Installment 2

Castles & Jousting in Kent, London and trip to Oxford

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We spent Saturday in the local area shopping and an afternoon visit to Hatfield House – the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I.
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On Sunday we drove into Kent to visit firstly Leeds Castle with its beautiful grounds and moat.
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We then ventured to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Bolelyn, which featured a jousting festival and a visit from Henry XIII and his Queen. It was a fantastic display of horsemanship, jousting, sword fights and slapstick.
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Monday London – London Science Museum, Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, and Hamleys Toy Shop
Ear popping excitement for kids, Crash, Bang, Wallop, is a live explosion demonstration at the London Science Museum. It is a show about how explosions work and what they do. The Museum is interactive and features a numerous activities for the kids and like minded adults, including simulator pods.
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Hyde Park offered welcome relief from the holiday crowds and a great place for lunch and run around for the boys.
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In the afternoon a quick stop at Piccadilly Circus and then we visited Hamleys – the finest toy shop in the world!? The boys enjoyed the chance to choose a souvenir of their London visit and will love to show you upon our return.
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Oxford on Tuesday
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The highlight of our Oxford visit was lunch at the Head of the River a lovely pub literally overhanging the Thames River nestled under the Folly Bridge.
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We also enjoyed a guided walking tour, we were the only ones on it,
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as well as seeking out a number of the locations used in the Harry Potter movies
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Posted by aadjoTRIP 23:16 Archived in United Kingdom

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Hi guys,
What a fantastic time you're having. I love the photos! Continue to enjoy the rest of the holiday.

Take care,
Suzanne

by Suzanne

As a lover all of all things historical...I was sold at the castle and moat photograph. Great to see you all happy and having a great holiday. Take care.

by Monica O'Brien

Hi angela, as i sit at my desk eating museli i just wanted to say thanks for making my rather bland morning (and breakfast) so much brighter!!!. I feel like i am there with you. Photography and commentary are just incredible, i am in awe of the places you have been so far. You are all looking so fantastic. Thinking of you and take care. I look forward to my next breaky catch up sheen xox

by sheenagh doran

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