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A Cooks Tour of London.

Pushka

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Now that the family business has long gone and everyone jetted back to the routines - well except for the honeymooners now ensconced in their five star resort on The Palm Dubai, we have trained it from Manchester to London Town.

The newlyweds Emirate chauffeur collected them on time in Heswall up a rocky road to their parents house and they were well entrenched in the um, swanky? EK lounge or whomever Services EK flights. They are not into that scene like us AFF’ers but do know a good buffet when they see one. And champagne at 7am.

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Meanwhile we drove the rental car back to Manchester airport then dropped off other son to the Terminal for his EK flight then off to the trains. A request to move to an earlier train wasn’t allowed. So big coffee and a wait. No sparkling for us!

Train left on time and we took up a bit of room with luggage but train wasn’t crowded. Connecting train from Crewes to London was cancelled and we lost our reserved seats and next one was full. Luggage racks full so we had to use seats for the luggage. We weren’t challenged but a tad annoying to see 1 passenger in each of the four table seats that would have been perfect for us.

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Meanwhile the kidlets were fine

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Train pulled into Euston and we walked the 15 minutes or so to our Hotel The Montague on the Gardens, right next to Russell Square and the British Museum. We stayed with our then 2 year old in The President right near by. 30 years later we return. On the earlier trip we had flown Adl-Sin-Muscat?-LHR on the one go and we were exhausted and tried desperately not to fall asleep in the Square until we could get into our room. A 2 year old on probably what was a 35 hour trip in Y is exhausting.

This trip we aren’t jet lagged and we have two full days and 3 nights here.

The plan today is Harrods, obligatory walk to The Palace and gardens, British Museum and buy a suitcase for the broken one.

Tomorrow we’ve booked a Tour of Lords!
 

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I see 2 potential problems.

1, Now Son knows how you have been travelling the past few years, and
2. You have ruined him and his new wife for Y travel forever :)
 

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I see 2 potential problems.

1, Now Son knows how you have been travelling the past few years, and
2. You have ruined him and his new wife for Y travel forever :)
It was her dream to fly F once in her life. Son was sorting out marriage plans etc and alerted me about 15 months in advance so I started sorting out points and timings. We thought Manchester through EK to be the best choice. About 13 months prior I started checking everyday until I knew the release pattern. I was going to book 1 leg first and then second leg a couple of days later after their stay. At 9am I checked - not released. Checked at 10am they came out for the entire trip. So several days released at once. But had to call up to book for some reason. Then we had to keep it secret until the proposal.
Bangers, bubbles and fart beans!

How long is that flight?
6 hours. She‘s British. She’s used to it.
 

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I've stayed at The Montague a few times! It was lovely. But it was a couple of decades ago. I hope they have kept up standards!
Staff standards are superb. Rooms soooo tiny. They give a tour to each guest. We had bought some drinks etc but could not find a fridge in the room. They don’t have fridges - they are only in suites :eek: but they brought in a traveller fridge. Lying in bed this morning I looked up at the ceiling and thought this is what it must be like in a double coffin! I’ll take photos once room has been serviced.
 

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Very windy here right now. We thought we’d go to Scotland originally for these days but time shortened somewhat so we went for London. Best decision for us anyway as there are storms and an ex cyclone ripping through Ireland and Scotland. Here it’s just very windy.

We started off this morning with breakfast which was included, otherwise it was £20pp.

It was really good and many choices.
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Orders for eggs taken at the table.

Pink Grapefruit. Love it.

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Waiting for poached eggs that were cooked perfectly.
 

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