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sharing more today from our trip to london last week! here’s the first post from our trip, if you missed it! in this post, there are photos from a few of our favorite spots we ate together, getting to see old friends from our DC days who moved to london shortly after we moved back to new york, an epic morning at the science museum (that museum was so so good!) and lots of random moments and photos from all over the area (i think we played at every playground london has to offer! lol.)

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i’m that silly tourist who points out every red phone booth we pass the entire trip being all, “awww! look, another one! so cute!” haha. i was trying to think of what the equivalent might be here in new york that people might identify new york with, but i couldn’t think of any! yellow taxi cabs? rats running across the subway tracks? (that one was a joke!) i feel like the red phone booths are just so iconic and classic and fun!

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st. mark’s mews in notting hill!

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this is the face of someone who is exhausted and tired but so very happy to finally sit down to eat after surviving a super long day of exploring a new city with 3 kids and for some reason, this is a face josh and i make at each other a lot. it’s like our, “we got this???? …we got this!!!!” face.  haha. i love him so much.

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we loved our meal at wagamama. they had a good kids menu too and we ate so much it was crazy! we went to the one right at covent garden since we were just around the corner at the transport museum beforehand.

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could not get over all the beautiful wisteria flowers everywhere!

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these dear old friends from our DC days have called london home for the past few years! it was so great to catch up and see all the kids together and reminisce about those olden days when none of us had babies yet and we were basically babies ourselves. lol. so much has happened in the last several years, it’s wild. loved getting to see them and getting the kids together and do some fun things together with the locals. ;)

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also, julie has the most darling instagram account called london is pink! and it’s the best eye candy account for all things pink around london! only felt right to get a photo together in front of something pink with ‘london is pink’ herself!

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we had a great meal with the taylors at granger and co.! we maybe waited over an hour for a table (most of the kids were passed out asleep when we arrived so we didn’t mind the wait) and josh and i loved the soft shell crab, chorizo and kimchi fried rice with the poached egg. we split it and the ricotta pancakes, which were also delicious.

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on one of our first nights in london, we walked by milk train and the line to go in was around the block. i was like, “i gotta know what they are waiting for, because it had to be some kind of really good treat, right?! apparently, it’s soft serve ice cream cones delivered on a cloud of cotton candy and we stopped by to try it a few days later when there wasn’t a line midday. it was very confusing in terms of how to eat it, but super pretty and fun to try something new! everyone just got regular cones sans cotton candy besides me and samson (he’s my boy! he knows a good treat when he sees one!).

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riding on the top of a double decker bus! i got a few little videos during our trip that i will try to share soon because i don’t have any other pictures from the bus, but the videos on the bus are so fun! so stay tuned.

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when you travel with a stroller and end up not really needing it. ;)  (just kidding. i’m the biggest advocate out there for traveling with a stroller because we usually walk miles and miles everywhere and it’s nice for the kids to have a break sometimes and rest their little legs and feet as we explore together. also, stroller naps for the win! just always funny in those moments where you are pushing around an empty stroller and it’s like, whyyyyy.)

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we spent a good part of our day at the science museum and i think we could have stayed the entire day if we’d had the time! that museum was incredible and all five of us loved it.

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loved trying basically one of each of the sweet treats at ottolenghi. reminded me a lot of birdbath here in nyc.

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sitting down on the steps near the river thames while the kids played and explored and just ran wild for a little bit! truth be told, all three kids fought over the same big stick here until josh broke it into three pieces for them. it was one of those moments where taking turns just wasn’t working out as well as we’d like so props to josh for finding a better solution. ;)

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my tiny trumpeter!

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i am not the biggest indian food lover (mostly because i am a wimp with spice), but per the recommendation of friends and instagram, we tried out dishoom and it was good! i wasn’t too adventurous with my dish and just got the chicken ruby, but i loved it and it reminded me of my old love for the fojol bros food truck in DC that always hit the spot. made me determined to try more indian food here in the city and be a little more adventurous with my ordering in the future!

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london, you were so wonderful. thank you for all the incredible recommendations you all gave us during our time there. i am working on an updated post to share soon about our experiences traveling with little ones abroad and would love to share new tips and tricks we have learned along the way!

ps. a few posts from our time in the countryside of england:  a day in oxford and turville, england, and catching trout and holding butterflies in bibury. also, visiting the slaughters and the farm park in england here!

and our easter sunday in london HERE and part I of our time in london HERE, too. :)

  1. Georgia

    You know, we now have a Wagamama in Manhattan!! I got so excited when I was so excited when I found out because my husband is English and one of our first dates in London was at the Wagamama in Putney, London :)

  2. Bobbi

    okay, that cotton candy ice cream thing was out of control! this looks like such a fun trip. i love your style, especially that long coat with the white sneakers. so cute!

    xo

    Bobbi

    https://bobbihearts.blogspot.com/

  3. that museum looks like so much fun! and that ice cream- ohhhh my goodness!

    xo, brittany
    10 things that make me happy on my blog today!
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  4. Amanda

    I’m an American who’s been living in England for around 7 years now. You some of the great foodie hotspots! MilkTrain is great and of course you have to opt for the candy floss (cotton candy!) Dishoom is one of my favourites. Did you have the naan? It’s out of this world! They are really famous for their black dahl too! xx

  5. You guys take the coolest family trips! I was in London with my sisters last summer and it was so fun to see a different part of the world with them :)
    xoxox

    Meg

    theautumngirl.com

  6. Rosemary

    I had to comment just to say how much I loved these photos! They are so beautifully photographed and engaging, I was sorry when I came to the end!

  7. Ebene

    Your pictures and your family are beautiful. Keep the travel posts with the family coming. It gives me so much inspiration to keep traveling with my 5 kids. What a wonderful gift you are giving them.

    So you recommend taking a stroller to Europe? I have gotten so much advice not to take one.

  8. Natali

    Wonderful London! I have just returned from my trip from London too and it was a blast! I miss it big time!

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  9. Lauren E

    I studied abroad in Dublin and my friends and I were JUST saying, “Do you think Wagamama was really that good, or were we just always starving when we went there?” Good to know it holds up! I miss it.

  10. fefe

    So glad you took the chance at some indian food in London! You just can’t NOT eat indian there – it’s amaaazing!

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  11. I have been DYING over all of your travel photos lately. So beautiful – and MAN is London picturesque. We’re going to Europe again this fall but won’t be stopping in London – definitely need to put it on our itinerary for our next trip. ;)

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  12. Caitlin

    It looks like you had such a great time! As always, your photos are fantastic! Your kids looked like they had such a blast at the museum! You always come up with the best adventures for them!

    Caitlin
    wandererandwolf.com

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  14. Dwi Putri Riantini

    I follow your instagram. And it’s wonderful.
    You have sweet family. Family goals 💕

  15. Hello Naomi! quick question… I’m about to buy a pair of hunter boots for my little girl and I’m not too sure if they are true to size? She is wearing a 5 and a half right now, but I wouldn’t buy a 6 if the 5 runs bigger… :D Can you share your experience? Also, do you usually get any special socks to go with them? Thank you! :)

  16. Maridith Lane

    As parents who travel internationally very frequently with our kids, I’m curious to know what you packed for your kids. I’ve seen your posts before on packing/traveling with kids – but I’d love more specifics! I see your little guys were always in their wellies & rain coats during your UK trip. Was that their main outer wear? What was your clothing scheme underneath? I ALWAYS overpack for my kids & could use your ideas to scale down. Thanks :)

  17. hanna

    The trip looks like so much fun! –Hanna Lei

  18. Amanda

    Those slides at the museum! Looks like a lot of fun. I haven’t been to London since I was a teenager, but would love to take my kids one day. I had to laugh at the matching rain boots. My son loves his green hunters so much and would wear them every day if I let him.

  19. This looks like so much fun for the whole family!

  20. London is so beautiful & your pictures are such a treasure!! That post made my day!! :-)

  21. That cotton candy ice cream cone looks insane! I don’t know how you didn’t gain like 50 pounds on this trip, the food looks incredible.

    I love the yellow phone booths, in Ireland the green postboxes gets me all giddy.

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  22. Jaye

    I cannot get enough of you and your family!
    Glad you had a great time in London! Hope you come back shortly!

    Jaye
    The Life of JP

  23. Thivia

    Hey Taza! What do you use to edit your pics? They are so beautiful! Thanks!