Visiting Chinatown London

Last week we headed to the west end to visit Chinatown and see the colourful lanterns.

Over 50 big, lanterns with different characters are now strung up through the streets amongst lots of brightly coloured lanterns, they will remain there until November 15, 2020. We arrived for 3pm and waited until it got dark.

The lanterns are up in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the most important harvest event in Chinese culture. To celebrate, colourful lanterns in all forms are carried as beacons to bring prosperity and good fortune. They are also promoting an animated Netflix film called Over the Moon.

Seeing these brightened up a dull rainy day and we also tried a taiyaki ice cream from Bake on Wardour Street. These ice creams are served in a soft, spongy fish shaped cone and come in matcha or vanilla flavours.

London was very quiet considering it was half term. As it was Finley's birthday the day before we did queue up to go into the Lego Store on Leicester Square (I would say we queued for about 40 minutes) but it was very Covid safe inside - minimal people and lots of cleaning.

The underground at Victoria was the quietest I have ever seen it for a peak travel time of day.

With the new lockdown coming in on Thursday, I am glad that we managed to escape for an afternoon out.

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