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At the weekend me and the husband got the train down to London from Manchester to stay over for the night.
Originally we were one of the many who had payed for a ticket for the "Secret Cinema Presents Back To The Future" event that was taking place over the next two months, however us and the thousands of others got the bad news that they were having to cancel the event for the week due to unforeseen circumstances.
Well secret cinema you can kindly kiss my ass, despite the bad news and the money wasted, we still had an excellent weekend in London.
We stayed at the Hilton Hotel At Canary Wharf, which we got a good deal for on hotels.com along with 10% cash back which ended up paying for our breakfast the next morning.
The hotel was lovely, with all this warm weather we've had, it was actually a relief to have air con in our room which also meant we got a good nights sleep.
The rooms were spacious and had all the amenities you'd expect including a pretty good hairdryer and a shower I couldn't get out of the next morning.
We really enjoyed our night here and we'd stay again.
Our hotel was situated right next the underground which was only a 5 minute walk over the bridge and the view overlooked the O2 Arena, so this hotel was placed in the perfect area really.
There was also a big shopping center nearby which also had a Tesco Metro - the perfect place to buy some goodies to take back to your hotel - I just can't justify mini fridge & room service prices.
When we arrived, we were able to check in early instead of the 2.00 pm time we were given at the time of booking, that gave us chance to leave our suitcase in our room and go out and explore.
Because we were meant to be going to the Secret Cinema event, we didn't have any plans of where we were going go or what we were going to do, so we went with the flow and decided to see where the day took us.
I really wanted to go to Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium but we had tried to make a booking online a few months before but it was booked up completely, we decided to go down anyway on the underground just to see if there was any cancellations and would you believe it there was - trip to London made - I'll be putting up a separate post about the kitty cafe hopefully sometime next week so keep your eyes peeled.
We had bought a day ticket for the underground so we used that to go everywhere on the Saturday, we visited Leicester Square to do all the typical London sightseeing,
Then we had a walk along the River Thames, we weren't fussed about doing any tours or the London eye because we've done and seen it all already so we just had a bit of a walk about really, there was quite a lot going on down here and there was a Festival Of Love on which which was celebrating the same sex couple act.
We ended up walking from the London Eye to The Tower Bridge- I think I burnt about 1000 calories just walking around today.
Luckily it was really gorgeous weather, a whopping 28 degrees too, which we aren't used to in England.
After a bit of sight seeing, we went back to our room and relaxed for an hour, I had a sneaky 15 minute nap.
In the evening we got ready to go out, we got the underground to the O2 Arena, it was my first time here so I wasn't prepared for how big it was.
We ended up in good old TGI Fridays, we figured they wouldn't let us down and they didn't....
We got two huge cocktails to drown our sorrows - it worked because we forgot all about you secret cinema.
We both shared some appetizers and got the "Jack Daniels Sesame Chicken Strips" and "Garlic Bread "
Then we both ordered out mains "Fridays Double Glazed Jack Daniel’s" - Jack Daniel’s sweet ‘n’ smoky glaze, Monterey Jack cheese, Jack Daniel’s
candied bacon and Fridays mayo served with Crispy Fries - I'm drooling thinking about it again.
Daz tried his best #BURGERFACE.
The food was amazing, and we'd eaten pretty late so we headed back to the hotel for a few drinks back in our room before hitting the bed - we were pretty tired after today - and full.
We woke up early the next morning so we could have breakfast, grab a shower and get ready so we had a bit more time in London before our train home later.
After we had checked out we left out suitcases with the hotel and we got onto the underground to Camden so we could visit the Camden Markets, again I have never been here before but it is a shoppers paradise. There was food everywhere you went which didn't help because not only did it look and smell good, I was still full from last night and breakfast - but it didn't stop me eyeing up the doughnut stand.
I loved all the little market stalls in Camden, there were some really unique shops, I'd love to come back when I had more time and money.
After a few hours here, we headed back to the underground and got on it to the O2 Arena again.
Daz really wanted to go on the Emirates Air Line which gave you a fantastic view of London from a cable car, it was about £13.50 for a return journey for both of us, we also got 25% off because we had bought day tickets from the underground.
We got off on the other side but there wasn't much to see or do, there was a few bars and a little beach area but we didn't really want to eat or drink still so we had another wander before we jumped back onto the air line again and headed back towards the O2.
When we got back to the O2, we walked about to see what else there was to do other than eat at all the bars and restaurants and we came across the Sky Studios where you could go behind the scenes of the show, which was all completely free.
We got to take some silly photos against a green screen and even had a go at presenting some of the latest headlines on camera which they recorded, they told us to go online later so we could download it to watch, we weren't pro's but it was a good laugh - and that video is staying on facebook.
We had a nice nights break in London and we did plenty, you may have disappointed your customers Secret Cinema but London didn't disappoint us.