One of the five things I wanted to do in London this month was to visit the Charles Dickens Museum which has finally re-opened this month after a big refurbishment. 

Christmas Eve was the perfect time to visit.

The Museum holds a great collection of personal belongings relating to Dickens and is the house that Dickens lived in when he wrote Nicholas Nickleby and Oliver Twist.

It was so atmospheric to visit on Christmas Eve as there were the sweet smell of Mince Pies and Mulled Wine lingering in the air of the Museum and a reading of the Christmas Carol for the visitors.

The Museum is located on a quiet road between Chancery Lane and Russell Square Underground stations in the Bloomsbury area and one of his London homes that he lived in during his life time.

For me, Dickens and December go together thanks to his fantastic tale of the Christmas Carol which I purchased in the gift shop along with a Bah Humbug badge for G.

If you are fan of Dickens this is a great place to visit in London.


Yesterday we met up with one of G’s old co-workers at Burnham Beeches Hotel for a festive Afternoon Tea which was a great giggle and a half.

The old saying of “never judge a book by its cover” describes R to a tee.

The conversation and company was great and it was just lovely to relax on the big sofas and indulge in Afternoon tea which was a first for R.

G and I are off to London this afternoon to stay at The Connaught in Mayfair.

Merry Christmas everyone!


Every Christmas since I have lived in England I have wanted to go to see the Nutcracker ballet performance however have just never managed to make it either due to me studying, me going home to New Zealand or me getting stuck in Germany almost every other Christmas.

Alas this year was going to be different! I booked a ticket for the matinee session today so that I had something to start my Christmas break off with a bang.

The performance was enchanting to watch and put me into the Christmas spirit even though I now am struggling with an icky cold.

The London Coliseum is an absolutely beautiful building and you couldn’t wish for a better venue to hold such a Christmas classic. The building is so stunning that I have decided to go on a guided tour to learn more of the history next year.


One important tip, don’t go to the ballet if your Christmas party was the night before and you had no more than four hours sleep!  I found it extremely hard to keep my eyes open, Tchaikovsky music is so magical that it was slowly putting me to sleep.  I ended up buying myself a pair of pjs on the way home as I was wanting to hop into bed so much (as you do!).


I thought I would share some of my photos of The Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata from a past visit home to New Zealand.

The tour isn’t cheap at $75 pp however its just so amazing to wander around the Hobbit holes and learn how they created the movie set with the high level of detail to get it just right for the fans who were expecting perfection from Peter Jackson.

The best fact was that the New Zealand Army were contracted to build a road for the movie set!

Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend it.