Having spent a couple of days back on home turf, catching up with bits and bobs, it suddenly dawned on me that with all the rushing around I’d barely seen my fella.
Thankfully it seemed he’d missed me too, so suggested a Day Date.
Rather than a fancy evening meal and dancin’, we put aside a couple of hours of sunshine to hang out and be kids together.
What did two kids, footloose and fancy free in London want to do?
Find some dinosaurs, naturally!
With a good bit of seasonal tomfoolery along the way.
We went to one of my most beloved London spaces; The Natural History Museum.
Where you’re immediately greeted by a grinning dinosaur.
Which is nice!
But really I come for the architecture, the light flooding through the dusty windows, the cool touch of stone under fingertips, the icy bronze railings, the stairs smoothed under a million footsteps and the echoing giggles of enraptured school children.
If there’s still magic to be found in the world, you’ll find it here.
You’ll find monkeys (of all ages) everywhere…
It’s a good job these shoes were made for walking.
Rather proud of this snap of Darwin ^ looking over his great hall.
Having thoroughly explored the halls, corridors and glass cases we strolled off hand in hand for some lunch.
Wrapping up against the Autumn chill outside.
It comes in three glorious colours, each more beautiful than the last (and I’m saving up for the yellow lined one).
Teamed with my new prized baby.
Which already got a little bit squished, because I’m a terrible mother.
But enough of that, off to lunch!
We made a beeline for a restaurant I’ve been meaning to try for ages.
I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about Tanya’s Cafe and was very excited to finally give it a go!
Wearing the ultimate London cashmere jumper! (There’s a bus version too.)
It wasn’t until we were half way through our drinks, happily slurping away and perusing the menu, that we thought something may have been amiss.
I was certain Tanya’s was a raw, healthy, “clean living” place, but the menu seemed to be full of burgers and pancakes…
It turns out we went to the wrong restaurant.
One building, two restaurants. You’re supposed to turn right, we turned left.
Far too British and awkward to leave, we ordered what turned out to be a very disappointing burger and a sad stack of sorry little pancakes.
With some quite good sweet potato fries.
So a happy ending after all!
I thoroughly recommend you give day dating a go. Grab’em and whisk’em away for a surprise adventure one afternoon.
You won’t be able to wipe that smile off for the rest of the day.