I thought that with a certain gargantuan sporting event taking place it would be complete and utter bedlam. I was more than a little concerned that the children and I would be confined to our little corner of East London, but I was very, very wrong. Being in London at this time has been one of the most pleasant, crowd free periods I have ever had the pleasure to experience.
Yesterday evening the OH and I took the kiddies to the park and it was great. No swarms of kids fighting to get on the swings and slides; bliss. *Note to self. More early evening trips to the park*. Afterwards we decided to go for a little drive and grab a quick bite to eat. We went as far as Stratford and stumbled upon the Olympic park. It was positively serene. The architecture is beautiful and the police presence high, however the hustle and bustle we expected was non existent.
It's really bizarre because I envisioned a completely different scenario. Not too long ago greedy landlords and even greedier estate agents, were rubbing their hands together with glee, as they prepared to rent out their properties for truly exorbitant rates, to cash in on Olympic fever. I wonder what they're doing now? And how all this will impact the already struggling economy.
As for me, there are a few events coming up in London that I thought I'd have to miss to avoid all the chaos, but the way things are going I think I'll be in attendance. We'll also make the most of the quiet time and take the kids on some sightseeing trips to see more of this great capital city we live in, maybe even make a cheeky hotel booking for us and the kids to enjoy. Happy days. Every little helps.
What is your experience of London at the moment? Do you think it's strangely serene or is it just me?