turns out we have lots of holiday to use before the end of the year. just didn't have the time (or more likely money) to tick any places off of our "must travel to" list.
instead we went to the zoo and had a really beautiful fall day out in london.
i had really wanted to go to the zoo (which is in regents park) when we lived in st. johns wood, but it's just one of those things...when you live so close to somewhere you figure you'll get to it. you never do.