Guest blogger – Stephen Goudie

2014-10-21 15:20:46 | Uncategorized

This week we have another guest blogger in the form of Stephen Goudie, a young man who has been working with MINT since early 2013. Stephen has written about a trip to London with his family…

 

My day out in London

On Saturday 16th August 2014, Mum, my brother Alex and I took a day trip to London on the train to visit some shops in Regent Street, visiting Hamleys the world famous toy shop and had lunch at Harrods, a well-known department store.

We boarded the train from Norwich to London. Along the way, we saw some famous landmarks including Stratford, Westfield shopping centre, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Canary Wharf and The Gherkin. When we arrived at Liverpool Street Station it was very busy with lots of people.

Next we had to get on the underground train from Liverpool Street station to Piccadilly Circus. The first thing that I saw were these massive illuminated advertising screens. There were lots of cars, red buses and taxis. In Regent Street Mum went to a Kipling shop where she bought a couple of bags. She thought it was a lovely shop!

Afterwards, we walked back along Regent Street and we came across Hamley’s, the largest and oldest toy shop in the world. Hamleys was founded by William Hamley in 1760 as “Noah’s Ark” in High Holborn, London. The shop was first opened to the public in Regent Street in 1881. Mum, Alex and I went inside the entrance and I couldn’t believe my own eyes at just how big the toy shop was! There were lots of people with children, thousands of toys including giant-sized ones and staff workers helping out in store. My words to describe Hamleys are imaginative, fun, playful, exciting and creative. The staff workers were wearing red uniforms to show that they represent the company and there were people demonstrating the latest toys and gadgets to the public.

We went on every floor of Hamleys – seven in total. Mum, Alex and I were on the ground floor looking at teddy bears, Steiff toys and other stuffed animals. We even saw a couple of life-size teddy bear Royal Guards on display in the shop. On the second floor, they had hundreds of Playmobil toys. I used to collect these toys when I was young and I have kept them since. They had different themes on display such as Treasure Island with pirates, Grand Hotel, country farm and there was even a collection of Playmobil Royal Guards exclusively from Hamleys.

On the fifth floor there was a Lego royal family display featuring William and Kate’s royal wedding, Prince Harry and Prince Charles. There was even a Lego Queen Elizabeth II model. They were colourful and life-size. It took them a long time to make them! I enjoyed going to Hamleys.

After a couple of hours of amazement, we left Hamleys, walked back along Regent Street and went on the underground train to Knightsbridge. Mum went to another Kipling shop, this time on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge. Mum bought some more bags! We walked back along Brompton Road and we saw Harrods, the world’s most famous department store. It was a massive building with lots of expensive luxury items in store.

The store has seven floors. Harrods was founded by Charles Henry Harrod, when he first opened the store in 1834. Harrods has been there in Knightsbridge since 1853. We looked at hundreds of luxury products including homeware, menswear, women’s wear, children’s wear, toys, restaurants, bars, cafes and much more. Expensive items all under one roof!

In the afternoon, we had lunch at Harrods in a restaurant called ‘The Kitchen’ on the fourth floor. It looked like a black and white futuristic restaurant, very stylish, simple and posh. After lunch, we explored more floors around Harrods and found luxury items that cost thousands of pounds.

In the late afternoon, we walked downstairs to the ‘Ice Cream Parlour’ on the second floor for some ice cream. The queue was busy with lots of people. Finally we sat down and Mum had mango and pistachio ice cream and I had 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream. Delicious!

After a few hours of exploring, we left Harrods and we went on the underground station in Knightsbridge to get a train. We finally made it back to Liverpool Street Station. It was a lovely sunny evening in London. We had an incredible day out in London. I had a fantastic time visiting parts of London I had never seen before and saw some wonderful shops!

By Stephen Goudie

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