Another one of my favorite days in London had to have been boating in Hyde Park followed by watching the RAF’s (Royal Air Force) 100 Year Anniversary Celebration Flyover where they spectacularly flew 100 aircraft over London.
We actually weren’t really aware when we started our day what exactly was going on – just kept hearing tidbits of it from people that the RAF was doing some sort of fly over that day but we didn’t really think anything of it so we headed back to Hyde Park that morning for peddle boating around the Serpentine. We bought 2 boxes of duck food (though in hindsight we should have bought 4 as it was so much fun to feed them). We brought some Pret A Manger sandwiches, beers and Pimms cans (though as we left we saw a sign saying no alcohol…oops) and hopped aboard our little boat. The kids were ecstatic! We boated along, feeding ducks, and checking out the area. We also got to go right up to this crazy art installation by Christo called The London Mastaba, a 20-metre-high sculpture floating on the lake featuring 7,506 barrels. It’s pretty breathtaking to see in person and the kids loved boating around it. This was one of my favorite things we did in London the whole trip, the kids were happy the entire time feeding the ducks and enjoying the adventure and I liked being able to sit and have a Pimm’s Can and sandwich while being driven around a lake by my Dad and Wiley.
After we finished our tour of The Serpentine by peddle boat, we made our way to the obvious choice… Maggie Jones’s for another delicious lunch. Just as we were crossing the Serpentine Bridge we noticed people gathering on it to view the flyover so we decided to stay for a bit as it was a super brill viewing point for it. As 1:00 came around, everyone had their eyes up on the sky, including the Royal Family who watched from the balcony of Buckingham Palace as a squadron of jets flew in the formation of a “100” over the Palace. It was so much better than I was imagining. And actually quite exciting even for the kids though it was my Dad who enjoyed it the most, naming every aircraft as they flew by.
After the flyover was complete, we walked across the rest of the park to Maggie Jones’s for our fix (I knew I had to visit twice on our trip or I’d regret it later). Their creamed fish pie and red wine was the perfect end to another fabulous day in Hyde Park.