On Saturday, I took a trip London with Discover Leicester Square, to see what they have on offer for children and families over Christmas.
It was just me and my oldest, who will be turning five in a few days. It was so easy. I had no fear she’d run off, suddenly need a wee NOW or throw a ridiculous tantrum over the colour of her spoon. Five is going to be good I can tell. Please feel free not to tell me any different.
First up was a trip to Cineworld Leicester Square to the 4DX cinema.
4DX is an immersive cinema experience; some clever people take a film and then add extra special effects like rain, wind, lights and movement so you feel like you’re inside the movie.
Honestly, given the way my child was clinging to me and saying MUMMY GET ME OUT OF HERE I’d probably not recommend it for your sensitive five year old; the Aquaman trailer will live with her for a long time. The 4DX trailer which took you through all the special effects was a thrilling ride but I confess, a bit much even for me, but being a bit scared to leave because the seats were moving we toughed it out and can report that the Nutcracker looks fab (and way less scary).
We then went to the Christmas Markets in the centre of Leicester Square and got a hot chocolate.
Entrance to the pop-up Christmas in Leicester Square is free and you can mooch among the log cabins and feel totally Christmassy. There are plenty of food stalls and a bar, and a Santa’s grotto that costs £10 to visit.
There are stalls selling Christmas gifts, and I was surprised to see that in the main they weren’t massively overpriced.
I bought myself a lovely new pair of earrings (it’s too early to start buying other people Christmas presents after all…) and we had a hot chocolate before heading to the 1920s Spiegeltent for the Brat Kids Carnival show.
It was their very first performance in Leicester Square, but shows are runnig throughout November and December. The circus show which is suitable from age 4, runs for 45 minutes and it was so silly, colourful, clever and very entertaining.
My daughter squealed with delight, and the scary 4DX cinema was long forgotten!
For lunch we went to MOD Pizza.
I decided to give my diet the afternoon off (I’ll be good tomorrow…) as for just under £8 can pick your pizza and have as many toppings as you like – it runs a bit like Subway where you can choose any (or all) of 30 toppings to make your dream pizza. They have gluten free and vegan options too.
The pizza tasted great; we will definitely call back next time.
To finish our day in Leicester Square, we visited the Lego Store Leicester Square.
There we were told about the huge London-themed models, and got to try the Lego Harry Potter sorting hat.
We also part in their Build to Give campaign which is running until 9th December. Build a Lego ornament in store or at home, sharing it with the hashtag #BuildToGive. For every ornament built and shared, they will donate a Lego set to a child in need of play.
My oldest even got a little goodie bag with a small Lego set inside, and then we wandered the five minutes back to Charing Cross station via the Christmas Markets; a brilliant end to a great day.
If you are in, or close to London, then it’s definitely worth a visit over the festive season to see what the area has to offer.
This was a free day out. Thank you so much to Leicester Square and Blakeborough PR for a really fun day out!
Visit the Leicester Square website to find out more details.