I think most people have found this lockdown harder. We’ve been inventive in our activities and kept busy. However, we are starting to look ahead and have a wish list. Crazy golf is already booked for the last day of term on April 1st.
Overwhelmingly, we just want to see friends and family again without any restrictions, but here’s our more specific post-lockdown wish list.
Family wish list
Trip to the British Museum
Maria and Gabby are studying the Egyptians (Key stage 2), which they love. It would be great to see the museum’s vast Egyptian collection again. We also recently really enjoyed watching The Dig, so are keen to go and see the artefacts from the Sutton Hoo site.
The girls have wanted to go horse riding for a very long time. We had this planned last March for when we were visiting the Derbyshire Peak District. Sadly, the trip got cancelled (lockdown one). It’s very high up on the wish list.
This is one of our favourite seaside towns. We can’t wait to get back to visiting the coast and this will be one of our first destinations; crabbing, metal detecting, beach combing and great seafood. We had our first meal – after the so-called ‘Super Saturday’ relaxation of lockdown rules (July 4th) – at the brilliant The Lobster Shack.
Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
We had a great late summer’s day down here as part of Maria and Gabby’s birthday celebrations in 2019. The simple pleasure of splashing about in the water and grabbing an ice-cream.
We had a fantastic driving holiday last year and would love to repeat. It was amazing to stop in so many wonderful locations. I think it’s too risky to book lots of accommodation at this point. Instead I’ve nabbed some very cheap flights on EasyJet. If we can fly out come July, we’ll stay with family in Italy. If things look more positive in the run up, we’ll book accommodation in other parts of Liguria as well. I’m thinking Cinque Terre. We’ll see. 🤞🏻
Visiting an antique shop
The girls love shiny things, curiosities and bargain hunting. We’ve had many visits to antique shops and this is something they can’t wait to resume. One of our favourites is The Hampton Court Emporium in East Molesey.
Mooch about London
Despite that, aside from Matt, we were all born in London and live just 15 miles outside, the capital still holds a fascinating appeal. We’d like a day visiting our favourite spots – including the church in Covent Garden where Matt and I got married (and where my mum is buried) -, taking a walk in a London park, strolling by the river, taking in a museum… I’d also like to take the girls to The View From the Shard to see all across London from up high. I fancy taking a tourist bus; as a Londoner it’s something I’ve never done.
Big Garden Party
A couple of years ago we had a big garden party and the kids absolutely loved it and still talk about it. We love entertaining and have missed socialising so much. We really want to do something on a big scale again for neighbours, friends and family. The girls want to get out the gymnastic equipment, have netball shoot outs and play badminton and other garden games with their friends. We love to feed people; we also need to have my dad on arrosticini duty – these were a huge hit last time.
The girls are desperate to have a sleepover at their friends’ or have friends over here. A simple pleasure that’s been denied for almost a year.
Going on a steam train is quite magical in any case, but when you travel through 11 miles of wonderful countryside carpeted with 1000s of beautiful bluebells it’s something else. Fingers crossed it opens in time for the season. https://www.bluebell-railway.com/
This is a perennial favourite (especially on a rainy day) so no surprise it’s on the wish list.
Sofia and my theatre trip
My eldest’s birthday is in December. For the last few years we’ve had a day out just the two of us along with her friend and friend’s mum: shopping, food and then The Rose Theatre. We missed out last year because of Covid; we’re already booked for December 2021!
Chessington World of Adventure
No explanation required!
We all love eating out and it’s the focal point of most of our trips.
The girls unanimously said Flat Iron as their first port of call for a nice steak.
Then, in no particular order, as requested by the kids and ranging from inexpensive to Michelin star (!):
- Tozi in Victoria for cicchetti
- A banquet in China Town – spinny wheel in the middle of the table essential
- Galu (Mediterranean Bar & Grill) – our most local restaurant in Banstead, Surrey
- Haché – for a burger
- Locanda Locatelli – we were meant to go here on Mother’s Day 2020 but, you guessed it, it was cancelled
- Al Forno – family favourite in Kingston
- Cin Cin – an absolute gem in Hove, one of our favourite seaside towns.
Wish list just for the parents
I’ve never seen Les Misérables at the theatre. After watching the film and the BBC series, we’d love to see it on stage.
The kids have been bloomin’ amazing throughout this crazy period. However, it would be lovely to have a night or two away just the two of us.
We’d like to see the postponed James Bond film No Time to Die. It’s currently scheduled for September 30th. I can’t remember the last thing we actually saw at the cinema.
Minus the kids, Matt and I would like to have return visits to Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Hospital Road and Trinity in Clapham. We also want to go to Al Boccon Di’ vino in Richmond. We have a reservation at another favourite (Sorrel) already in the bag for June.