The Aussies come to Stay


The Woodland Hotel and the Aussies Adventure.


A few weeks back, my very good friend and her sister came to visit, all the way from Adelaide, AUS. You can read about her travel adventures here


Knowing they’d been bouncing from hotel to hostel and back to hotel, all the while traveling around on a coach, I thought it’d be nice for them to have somewhere to call home for the time that they were here.


I backed my little bag and headed back to my parents’ house, a mere 10 minutes’ drive away. I set my little flat out like a boutique hotel, bathrobes, slippers, chocolates on the pillows, you name it, I did it.




During they’re time here, we did all sorts of typical tourist things, like;


  • An Open Top tour of good ol’ London Town (plus a 15 minute walking detour when we got a smidge lost.)
  • Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4HS – which was amazing by the way. The costumes were so beautiful and the Genie was absolutely suburb, I would go again just for him!
  • Harry Potter Studio Tours. Not going to lie, even better second time. Last time we went the Hogwarts Express wasn’t there, but this time I got to realise my lifelong dream of boarding the Hogwarts Express on Platform 9 ¾ . #LifeGoals.
  • Southend Sea Front, Inc Adventure Island. Now when I was a kid it was Peter Pans Playground, and it will always remain that to me. But, regardless of name, regressing back to my youth and riding the rides and playing in the arcades brought me so so much joy. Note to self, do this more often.
  • Belfairs Woods. Before Robyn moved to Aus, we used to go horse riding at Belfairs Riding School. Revisiting the old tracks we used to trot down was delightful, if not a little groggy considering our slight hangovers.
  • Southend Night Life. When you’ve been away from Southend on Sea since you were 10 years old, you miss out on that right of passage that is Southend Clubbing. Therefore, quite rightly so, we put on our glad rags and hit the town. Stopping in the Slug and Lettuce for 2 for 1 cocktails first, before moving on to my sisters favourite haunt, Dick De Vignes, or as Robyn insisted on calling it, Dick Van Dykes.


We didn’t sit still most of the time they were here, and I just wanted to share with you some of the adventures we all had.



Nicole x





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