I don’t normally think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday of November). But this year, I’m feeling festive a bit early. And I think it’s because my family and I spent the day in Leicester Square on Saturday. My daughter was at a sleepover, so Husband and I took Dubz for a fun-filled Christmassy day in central London.
We rarely get alone time with Dubz, so we were really excited about having a day with him in Leicester Square. Sadly, Dubz did not get the memo and thought it would be the perfect day to be grumpy. We spent half an hour arguing that he would be cold if he wore shorts and no coat on our outing. We then gave up, and when he went outside he realised he needed more clothing. This made us miss our train into Waterloo. At this point, we decided to start again and hope for a happier day.
Upon arriving at Leicester Square, we went to Cineworld to check out their 4D movie experience. We got to watch the first 15 minutes of the new Nutcracker film. To be honest, I hadn’t been bothered about watching it until I saw some of it. It looks wonderful, and I have promised my daughter that we will have a mother-daughter day soon and see it together. I really liked the 4D experience (faux snow falling, the seats moving,the feel of wind on your neck). I don’t think I could handle it with an action-packed film, but it would be cool for something like ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’.
After Cineworld, we headed to the Christmas market for hot chocolate, a wander and then to watch Brat Kids Carnival at the Spiegeltent. My son loved the show. It was a good mixture of silliness and acrobatics. His favourite part was when the monkey juggled with fire (don’t worry, it was a man pretending to be a monkey). The show lasts for about 45 minutes and I think it would be best for ages 3-10, though adults will be entertained as well. Tickets starts at £10.25 each, and the show is on until the 30th December 2018.
We were all starving at this point, so we headed to MOD Pizza for lunch. MOD was started in Seattle as a place for families to get a fast but affordable meal. You order your pizza (and whatever else you want) at the counter, pay, and then they bring it to your table. A regular pizza costs £7.87 and includes as many toppings as you want, but they also have mini pizzas and big ones.
Last, but certainly not least, it was time to visit my son’s spiritual home. The LEGO store! We’ve been wanting to go for ages. And it did not disappoint. The LEGO store in Leicester Square is the world’s largest LEGO store. There’s an amazing tube carriage made up of over 600k of LEGO bricks. There’s a red phone box, Big Ben and a very dapper dragon. My son’s favourite part was the area where you can make your own mini-figure. He is obsessed with mini-figures! My favourite part was squeezing onto chair for the LEGO Harry Potter sorting hat (though they seemed to make the chair for children, not sure why). Another thing I loved is that LEGO are asking children to make a brick ornament during November and December, and will donate a set for children who are in need.
Thank you to the lovely folks from Leicester Square who invited us over for a fun family day. It really got us in the mood for Christmas. We will have to return with our daughter to show her the fun on offer at Leicester Square.
We were invited to try out the lovely things that Leicester Square has to offer for the purpose of this post, but all opinions are entirely my own.