London 2016: To See a GOAT on Grass

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Intro to London 2016: To See a GOAT on Grass
American Airlines Business Class Chicago (ORD) to London (LHR)
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Leicester Square
The May Fair Hotel
Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Westminster Abbey
Tower of London and Tower Bridge
Wimbledon AELTC
London Eye
Dining in London
Brexit, London Street Scenes and Red bus tour
British Airways Business Class London (LHR) to Chicago (ORD)
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Intro to London 2016: To See a GOAT on Grass

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The GOAT on Grass

Last October British Airways had a flash sale on airfare that lasted for around 48 hours. I wrote about it then.  We booked our airfare at that time and the deal was that we would take one trip a year without our baby and just the two of us.  My wife was hesitant but agreed.

In reality though I had begun planning for the trip months prior to booking our airfare.  I had started to book a few nights accommodations in London by burning some of our Club Carlson hotel points before they greatly devalued their points.  I booked a few back to back nights just to get something locked in at the time back in April of 2015.  I knew I wanted to visit London during Wimbledon and continue my quest to attend all four of tennis’ Grand Slams. I also wanted to make sure to see Roger Federer play Centre Court at Wimbledon. He is the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) and although I am a big Rafa Nadal fan I still respect Federer’s accomplishments. So after booking the nights and having the flights locked up I did some minor tweaking to our hotel reservations like adding more nights at the Mayfair and using some free night certs instead of points.

As the trip got closer my wife decided we couldn’t take the trip unless the baby came with us.  The baby still nurses and well, the truth is my wife couldn’t stand to be without him for six nights! Decisions had to be made! Cancel the trip and be out $500 per ticket on our airfare or buy a lap infant seat for several hundred dollars to join us.  We decided to book the airfare for our baby.  I still think charging money to passengers just to have the opportunity for a baby to sit on your lap is a big ripoff! I mean the baby isn’t taking up a seat and isn’t allocated a meal so why charge infants? I suppose it’s situations like this and they know suckers like us will pay it.

I decided to try American Airlines business class for the outbound flight.

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American Airlines Business Class

And fly British Airways business class on the way home.

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British Airways Business Class

For our accommodations we ended up staying two nights at the Radisson Blu in Leicester Square.

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Radisson Blu Leicester Square

The final four nights were spent in upscale Mayfair at the Mayfair hotel.

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Our room at the Mayfair

Safe to say we preferred the Mayfair. In fact my wife really doesn’t ever want to stay in a “Radisson” when we travel but if more of them were like the mayfair she wouldn’t mind so much. I will of course have full reviews of both hotels in a later installment of this trip report.

We got to see quite a bit of London even with having to take a daily break or two for our baby!  We tried to get around to most items on our “hit list”. Things like…..

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Buckingham Palace gate

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St. James Park

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London Eye

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St Paul’s Cathedral

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Big Ben

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Tower Bridge

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Wimbledon

One key aspect of our trip that was a big hit was our new travel stroller for our baby.  The GB pockit! It’s the smallest stroller in the world when folded down.  It was very convenient to just pop it up and pop it back down (literally in 5 seconds).  It can fit in a backpack or you can just carry it if your not using it. It fits in the overhead bins or under the seat in front of you on the airplane, you don’t have to check this stroller! We HIGHLY recommend it and if your interested in purchasing it you can buy it here using my Amazon link!

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Our new travel stroller-the gb pockit

We had a very fun-filled trip in London for the week. Our baby even seemed to enjoy looking at and being in the new environment.  Our flights went great and hotels were in great locations. It was very easy to get around London by either walking or taking the “tube”.  My wife and I preferred London over Paris just slightly and would both like to return. Stay tuned for the upcoming installments of this trip report were I will detail our flights, hotels and activities.

 

-PointsPinnacle


 

 

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