I've just got back from a three-day school trip to London and it was lovely to take in all the sights, despite dragging round 57 grumpy fourteen-year-olds with us and despite the pouring rain ! We managed to fit in a lot (and I'll be sharing some of the snaps with you over the coming days) - a boat trip along the Thames, trips to the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and the Museum of London, a shopping spree in Covent Garden (the kids' favourite part, obviously !) and finally a trip to Dicken's World in Chatham on the way home.
We managed to spot lots of the unmissable iconic things that London instantly brings to mind for tourists, such as the Queen's Guards and the Beefeaters, Tower Bridge and red double deckers.
There was even a pink one parked up on the South Bank, which the kids took more pictures of than the London Eye which was just a few yards away !
They did all take snaps of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament though, because that was apparently THE London snap that they all had to have !
What I always love about London is the way the old and the new stand side by side, such as The Shard and Southwark Cathedral rising up majestically next to each other.
It was interesting to see which iconic images Ravensburger had picked for the I Love London 170 piece puzzles that they recently sent us to review. The blue box is called London Bobby and features a policeman surrounded by Tower Bridge, The Shard, Westminster Bridge, Big Ben and The Natural History Museum, as well as the classic London black cab and the new Routemaster Bus. In the red box, the London Guardsman puzzle features a Grenadier Guard on duty at Buckingham Palace, alongside The London Eye, the Gherkin, St Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, a traditional red telephone box and a London tube train. All things that we managed to show to the pupils on our trip so I think we did a pretty good job !
The puzzles measure 15.3 x 36.2cm, have an RRP of £4.99 and as they're only 170 pieces, they're not too challenging, making them a great family activity for a rainy Sunday afternoon. I'll be taking them into school for the end of term so that the pupils can have fun putting them together and remembering the things we saw on our school trip. The scrapbook style of the designs means that they serve as a wonderful souvenir of our time in the capital.
Review by Madhouse Family Reviews