Accomodation in London
Accommodation: Valet Apartments Old Compton Street, SGD$335 per pax for 5 nights
Address: 33 Old Compton Street, London
Nearest Station: Leicester Square
Currency: 1 pound : 1.734 sgd
Power Plug: 3 pin (same as Singapore)
It located about 5 mins walk from the Leicester Square, while just across one street, where the london chinatown are. Plenty asia food resturant and supermart available. There is movie theater and casino nearby.
How to travel from Paris to London
We took Eurostar from Paris Nord to London St Pancras, a duration of 1 hr 25 mins. It cost 56 Euro per pax for the Eurostar from paris to london.
At Paris du Nord, fill in the immigrant card and pass the custom. The officer will ask question on where you staying in london and hw many days you are staying. The waiting area is crowded and there are some stall that sells souvenir. I bought a bottle of XO brandy in Eiffiel Tower glass bottle for less than 10 Euros.
Upon arrival at London, alight the train and simply walk with the crowd toward the King cross station.
At the station, at the end on the right side there is several machine to purchase osyter card. Purchase of 1 Oyster card cost $20 pound. Machine dont accept 50 dollar notes, thus, i used my CIMB credit card.
At king cross station, you can visit the harry porter 9 3/4 platform for phototaking.
Simply exit the underground and cross the road diagonally, you will see the king cross station. Use the lift if you are carrying bulky luaggage. The 9 3/4 platform is at the other end so just walk straight down. Professional cameraman and scarf thrower to help you take a good shot. Of course not necessary to buy from them, you can get your buddy to help you to take photos too.
Day 10 28 Nov 2016
Day 1 in London
London tube are very old and they actually doesn’t have lift or escalator. Not friendly to tourist with bulky baggage. Hence, advise to take to Tottenham court where escalator are available just need to walk slightly more rather than hand carry luggage up two flight of stairs.
Leicester aka London chinatown, lively with multi national cuisine can found there and a lot of mini mart well stock up. We walk from our apartment to convent garden where we have our lunch at Jamie Italian. The fried calamari and brownie is super good! The meal cost us 25 pounds for 2 pax.
11 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9FB
Tel: +44 20 3326 6390
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 11.30pm
Sat: 11.30am – 11.30pm
Sun: 12pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Covent Garden
We than follow the google map and head down to bond street to shop the boutique where prada medium size wallet for ladies are selling at 380 pounds. The ferragamo shoe at 385 pounds. (Airport is selling at a cheaper price)
In the evening, we took bus to convent garden and spotted a newly opening flagship store of Melissa. They are on discount and a pair of shoes are selling at 40 pound where I bought for 168sgd in SG.
We than walk back to Leicester to have our dinner at burger and lobster at 26 pounds and burger at 19 pounds.
Burger & Lobster
36 Dean Street, Soho, London
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 10.30pm Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Licester Square Station
There are 2 burger & lobster in Licester Square
Day 11 29 Nov 2016
On 2nd day in London, we head down to St James Park for scenery viewing and had our breakfast in the park and we walk through the park to the Buckingham palace about 5 to 10 mins. There are wild squirrel at the side, and we manage to take photos with them.
Nearest Station: Victoria, Green Park, St James’s Park or Hyde Park Corner
As we walk further down, we are able to reach harrods for some shopping. Harrods is a huge departmental store.
87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Knightsbridge station
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am – 6.00 pm
We decided had our lunch at mandarine oriental, just 3 mins walk from harrods. An expensive lunch but the food is really great. The tipsy cake comes with brandy.
From the hotel, we can walk down to the hyde park, towards the winter wonderland which only opens in November to January.
Hyde Park London W2 2UH
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner Green Park station is best for step-free access
Opening Hours:10am to 10pm daily (except 18 November when it opens at 5pm). Closed Christmas Day. Eat + Churros , Christmas Market
What to do: Meet santa first come first serve, Ice skate - 50 mins £14.50
There are plenty of food fair available, in the wonderland.
We than took a bus towards London eye and from there we able to see the big ben. The night view with lights on looks amazingly great.
Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, London SE1 7PB
Nearest Station: Water Loo Tube Station, Lambeth North Tube Station, Southwark Tube Station
Admission: Price on the day: £19.95, Online Price: £17.96
Hours: January to March: 10am-8pm Daily | April to June: 10am-9pm Daily | July & August: 10am-9.30pm Daily | September to December: 10am-8.30pm Daily
We pass by the big ben on bus on our way to london eye. They do sell river cruise and london eye ride as a package however, when we reach is already 8pm where the cruise are close for the day. Thus we bought the london eye ride.