This entry is waaaay overdue. We went on our honeymoon to London and Paris right after our wedding (last October) and finally I’ve the time to write about it. I can’t believe how impossibly blessed I am, to be able to go to my two dream destinations – Paris and Maldives in the same year, with the person I love. :) Anyhows, here’s my travelogue!
We travelled on Lufthansa and transited via Frankfurt before reaching London. Upon touching down, we left our luggages at our accommodation which we booked via WaytoStay.com and left to explore the city. First stop – Harrods!
We decided to have lunch at Bentley’s Sea Grill at Harrod’s Food Hall.
Here’s my sea bass with some really interestingly yummy seaweed!
The Food Hall is decked with scrumptious bakes and savoury items. We grabbed a couple of cupcakes and pastries and made our way over to Hyde Park! The weather was quite gloomy, and it drizzled slightly while we were there. Nevertheless, we ate our cupcakes there and fed the swans and ducks. :) I must say, the swans are a lot slower than the ducks in getting to the food.
We also checked out M&M’s World, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square. Because we are in London, we must catch a musical and we bought tickets to watch Les Miserables the following night. :)
Excuse me while I have a drink!
Oh yes, we checked into our apartment and we were in for a rude shock late at night because the hot water for the place was faulty. :( It was really cold at night and it was impossible to shower with cold water. Multiple calls to the concierge didn’t help with the situation and they said they will solve the issue so I waited. I waited for several hours and nothing was rectified. In fact, it was only solved on our last night in London. >:( I know I can’t fault them (and I don’t know how the rest of the occupants in the building handle that, maybe they don’t shower) because the whole building was undergoing renovation and they had made plans to allow us to shower at a gym nearby but I thought they should let us know beforehand. Anyways, to deal with this situation, we went to Waitrose nearby and bought a pail to prepare our water for our shower. This method is so backward but we just gotta suck it up… ARGH. The only good thing is that we have a kitchen and we can cook! So sometimes we buy items from Waitrose and whip out meals. :)
The next morning, we had breakfast at a cafe nearby before we started our plan for the day.
Flowers at the train station! I absolutely adore flowers and they just really perk one’s spirits up :)
On our way to Bicester Village to do some major retail therapy to take our minds off the traumatic shower times at night and in the morning (haha)!
Of course, I have to take a picture in the city’s iconic telephone booth.
This place is amazing! Every shop’s minimum amount for VAT refund is different (and can be quite low too!) so we (or rather I) shopped up a storm. :D
We refueled at Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts. I can see why people like to dine alfresco here. Chilly weather paired with adequate amount sunshine, who wouldn’t like that?
We decided to call it a day and headed back to the city. It was 3ish, almost 4pm then.
Happy with our loot for the day!
We headed to Waitrose to get some items to whip out a simple meal before heading out for Les Miserables in the evening :)
We were seated quite far up and it was quite steep, so the view was still pretty okay. I was quite pysched, but I guess we’ve been too ambitious because we were feeling quite sleepy and were struggling to stay awake.
The next day we continued exploring London.
The Tower Bridge and I!
These kids on a field trip look so cute!
We headed back to our apartment and had lunch. I had Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks and some scones. Pumpkin Spice Latte is really yummy, please bring this into Singapore, Starbucks!
While Kevin decided to take a nap, I continued my exploring of the city… so I went to V&A Museum!
Love how the city looks after a bout of rain.
Pretty dangling lights greets you at the entrance when you look up. :)
An exhibition on the fashion through the ages, I also checked out another fashion-related exhibition but photography was prohibited in that one.
If you know me, I love museums and getting lost in the labyrinth of artifacts, sculptures and paintings. Exploring the place on my own allowed me to meander into different areas at my own pace, and allow me to be absorbed in my own observations. Conversations were also struck with strangers who thought I was an art student, hahaha.
I find it pretty cool that people here actually bring their sketchbooks and materials out to sketch, I have never seen this happen before!
It was kinda cool to see Kylie’s room backstage….
Close up of her dressing table.
Costumes of the Lion King musical can also be seen at the museum, how cool is that?!
I met Kevin later on, and we went to Hamleys – which is an amazing emporium of toys and games!
Passing by Oxford Street…
I didn’t take much pictures in Hamleys because I was too busy checking out toys and the staff over there are really enthusiastic about the toys they were promoting. It’s such a fun environment! :)
There are even Lego statues of the royal family!
I walked away with some toys for my little cousins and sister ;)
It was night time by the time we left the place, and so we had dinner.
The next day, was our last day in London, before we head over to Paris. We took a stroll through Hyde Park (I think? haha) to get to Buckingham Palace.
Passing by the Wellington Arch…
We also came across wreaths of red poppies hung on the railings.
Early morning in London, look at that beautiful sky
No changing of guard while we’re here I guess…
It feels like I’ve barely scratched the surface of London, it’s an eye-opener but I know we have to be back again for sure.
Next stop, Paris!