A couple of weeks ago, we got up very early and got the before 8am train to Euston for our first family trip to London. The reason for our visit and the early start was because we had been invited to an exclusive screening of ‘Journey Beyond Sodor‘, the latest film from Thomas & Friends. Thomas and Daniel are both train obsessed so the early morning wake up seemed worthwhile.
Thomas and Daniel were both well behaved on the way down and they both loved the Tube too. Daniel’s mind was blown by these underground trains that travelled through tunnels all the time. We arrived at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, to be greeted by Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller with Rusty and Dusty to assist him. The boys loved the entertainers and Thomas really enjoyed having a go at the spinning plates.
The event was put on by Mattel who make the Thomas & Friends toys. They had a large selection of toys on display which Thomas and Daniel started putting on their Christmas lists especially the new Super Station Playset which can take every type of toy train currently on sale for Thomas & Friends.
Soon it was time to be taken into the cinema to get ready for the film and a sing sing with the Fat Controller. Daniel loved singing ‘Thomas’ Wheels Go Round & Round’. The film started and they sat in awe as the latest Thomas adventure unfolded. I will not go into too much detail as to what actually happens but Thomas was at one point very worried about Thomas The Tank Engine’s fate and came to me for a cuddle. After the film had finished, Thomas and Daniel were both given goody bags and balloons. We thanked the staff for a wonderful morning and headed off to do some sightseeing.
Our first stop was Trafalgar Square where the boys were fascinated by the people drawing with chalk showcasing all the flags of the world. They liked seeing Nelson’s Column and had a photo taken in front of a lion.
After a quick bite for lunch, we headed to Leicester Square and visited the Lego Shop. We were all in awe at the displays especially with Big Ben and the Tube carriage built completely out of Lego. After buying the boys a couple of treats, we managed to escape without spending a fortune (just about!) and headed off to see Buckingham Palace.
Before we reached the ‘Queen’s House’ as Daniel calls it, we sat down for a pit stop in St James Park and saw the ducks and the geese. The boys enjoyed seeing the planes and helicopters flying low above us and could not believe how many of them there were.
We went up to the gates of Buckingham Palace and saw the soldiers marching outside. Daniel was amazed by their big black hats. I wished we could of taken him to see one of the soldiers up close but time was flying and we walked across Green Park to get the Tube back to Euston.
Once we had successfully made our way to our train (and picked up a train picnic on the way), I rewarded myself with a glass of wine to celebrate surviving our first family trip to London without losing any children and everyone being in one piece! Thomas and Daniel are already asking when we can go and visit again!
Thank you to Mattel for inviting us to the screening and getting us to go to London in the first place. Journey Beyond Sodor is at the cinemas now so you can see it before the children goes back to school or you can pre-order it on DVD here before it is released on 16th October.
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We were invited to attend the screening as guests of Mattel. All travel and any attractions were paid for by ourselves. There are affiliate links in this post.