Since having my girls shopping is no longer considered as much of a treat day out as it once was. While I still enjoy a good browse round the shops, it definitely isn't stress free now I have two small people, a buggy, all their paraphernalia and then shopping bags on top of that to carry around. Actually Mads and LL are pretty good when it comes to shopping and I have no worries about taking them out on my own for the day, as long as we have 'sit in the buggy' snack bribes on hand. But it definitely isn't as much fun as it was before children.
Therefore when the lovely people at Westfield London asked if I wanted to come and visit for a day of shopping (and a lot of eating) I couldn't have been more excited. At first I thought about taking one, or both of the girls, before deciding that I needed some much needed 'me time'. Entrusting Daddy to pick them up from nursery a little bit later than usual, my little sister and I headed off to Hammersmith for a day of sisterly bonding.
Having been to Westfield a couple of times before, the one thing that strikes me as I enter each time is just how big it is- it is literally huge and the design is beautiful- there are two floors of all the shops, boutiques, stalls and eateries you could imagine, and we were both in heaven as we contemplated where to go first. If I lived any nearer I would definitely a) be broke and b) be the size of a house because all the food is just so good.
All the main high street stores are there, plus the designer zone and a cinema as well, and you could easily spend more than a day there without running out of things to do. Indeed we arrived at 10am and didn't leave until just gone 8pm as we were having so much fun we decided to stay for dinner.
Here is a little glimpse of our day in iPhone photos...
We started off our day with a delicious juice from Tossed. The most amazing thing about Westfield in my opinion is the dining options- it is literally full of everything you could imagine, including places I hadn't heard of before. I went for a healthy detox juice, with kale, cucumber, mint, and apple.
Westfield from above!
We decided on lunch at Byron as it's one of my favourites- who can resist a big juicy burger? The Byron at Westfield was on the second floor and we had a window looking out over the shops below which was great for people watching.
I went for my usual 'skinny' burger with skin on fries, washed down with a diet coke. It was delicious and the lady who served us was so lovely. I can't rate Byron highly enough and I did a little dance when they opened up in Cambridge a while ago.
It was lovely spending time with my sister. She is ten years younger than me but we get on so great as we both have the exact same sense of humour.
I was really excited to visit Snog because it is yet another of my favourites that I haven't had for ages as they are only in London. We took a mid afternoon shopping break and had a large frozen yoghurt each.
My Snog would have been healthy until I added Oreos and white chocolate stars. But it was delicious!
As this is a family lifestyle blog, I couldn't not mention the family facilities at Westfield. I last went when LL was really tiny and I was still establishing breastfeeding so as such was a little unconfident at doing it in public at that stage. They have pristine clean family rooms, with cubicles with comfy chairs to breastfeed in, plus lots of great changing facilities. This time without children I may have looked slightly creepy taking photos of the family room but luckily no one was about to spot me!
We did a lot of eating! As we were having so much fun we decided to stay for dinner- we went back to Tossed where I had a delicious grilled chicken, halloumi and roasted pepper salad. So good.
We spent far too much money, here are a few of the things we bought- I was after some dark denim skinny jeans which I found in Topshop and I couldn't resist some little Converse for my LL. My collar obession shows no signs of leaving this Autumn- so I bought a a cropped grey jumper and shirt for me and a shirt and sweatshirt for Mads. I also was on the hunt for a leather jacket as although I have a perfectly lovely old one, since I lost weight it was a little too big.
We had such a fantastic day at Westfield, it was great to have a day shopping without the girls, I don't think I have done that since before they were born. It was also lovely to spend time with my sister as well, as normally when Mads and LL are about we don't get to chat as much as they won't leave their 'Auntie Annie' alone. Westfield is amazing, and if you haven't been before I definitely recommend checking it out. Just don't go if you are counting the pennies or on a diet as you will basically want to buy and eat everything!
NB: Westfield very kindly gave me a £200 giftcard to enjoy our day out, but we also spent plenty more of our own money on top of that. All opinions are are entirely my own. We can't thank them enough for a lovely day together!