June 2017
  • Day12

    Heading Home!

    June 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    The checkout is at 10am and the flight is at 5:18pm. So we decided to save on taxi, Heathrow Express or even Heathrow Connect. We took the tube from Paddington to King's Cross and from there to Heathrow. The journey took over 90 mins. But we literally only used 4 GBP because we have the last journey benefit on our Oyster Card! (i.e. we currently have negative balance on the cards :) )Read more

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  • Day11

    Harold Pinter Theatre

    June 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    A modern adaption of Hamlet. With Andrew Scott of Moriarty's frame as the Prince. The play is based on a modern setting in Denmark but the words are still Shakespearian. Andrew Scott was excellent! Loved it!
    The theatre itself is pretty old, the seats are quite small, but it has many levels so that all the seats can be "close" to the stage but just higher.
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  • Day11

    National Gallery Part 3

    June 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    It was raining hard so the Trafalgar Square is pretty empty for once. We did another round of National Gallery, focussing on Turner. We bumped into an art appreciation class, so we just shameless followed along. Meanwhile, we discovered works like the Four Elements by Beuckelaer and Turner's inspiration Claude.
    After that, we have a late lunch/dinner at a sandwich chain Pret Manger before walking over the the Harold Pinter Theatre.
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  • Day11

    Portobello Road

    June 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Although duped "the world's largest antique market" by the official website, it's quite a contrast between the quietness we saw on a Monday and the official pictures on Fridays and Saturdays. Nevertheless, it gives us opportunities to leisurely take photos of the pretty pastel coloured buildings.Read more

  • Day11

    Grenfell Tower

    June 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    In the morning, we decided to visit the site of the horrible high rise fire in North Kensington. We bumped into a few actual residents of the tower who were still shocked and were staring at the tower. A bloke told us that his father was stuck in the 10th floor for over 6 hours. Miraculously, his father was safe. They happened to live on the side that was not burnt.
    He lived there for 28 years - all his life, and he told us that the exterior was only a couple of years old. The fire would have never happened before the renovation as it was all brick outside - as evident that the building is still perfectly standing and structurally sound after the fire.
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  • Day10

    High Tea at Fortnum & Mason

    June 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    High Tea is what the British is famous for. So we wanted to give it a try. It is basically a buffet where you can ask for more of anything in the chosen set meal. You can also try different teas on the menu too. We even signed up for the "Tea Experience" where a tearista would introduce us to the different kinds of teas - white, yellow, Oolong, black etc. Guess what? Tea originated from China. This I kind of knew, but never clued in. I never appreciated the quality of the tea my Dad has been making me drink all my life!
    That was the heaviest meal we had during our entire trip. We stayed there for over 2 hours and tasted over 10 different teas b/w the 2 of us.
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  • Day10

    Victoria and Albert Museum

    June 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Victoria and Albert Museum is the second most rated museum after the British Museum. It was created by Prince Albert and was the first museum designed for the "commoners". It was the first museum to serve food and first to have public washrooms. Prince Albert wanted everyone to be inspired by the art and bring that sense of awe back to their everyday work.
    The two things that we liked was the real Turner paintings and the casts of Michelangelo's David. Though showing casts in a museum was considered controversial in the days, the casts now have retained better details than the original because of age and weather erosion.
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  • Day10

    Princess Diana Memorials

    June 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    The Princess Diana Memorial is made up of two parts. A children playground where only children under 12 and their parents are allowed in and the Memorial Fountain. The fountain is not really a single fountain with a big water spray, but a ring of running water with highs and lows. The weather cooled off a lot in the past couple of days, but we were caught in the morning heat. So we did not stay long...Read more

  • Day9

    Dinner at the Duck & Waffle Local

    June 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Found this on Yelp as "up and coming". It was close and we were starving. The cuisine has a certain fusion element which is quite special. The burger has a layer of small pieces of instant noodle to give it a crunch. The duck in the duck waffle has a distinct coriander taste too.
    As a first timer, we were given an extra plate of asparagus too.
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  • Day9

    National Gallery Part 2

    June 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We figured out why Trafalgar Square was blocked off all week. It is because of a special event today! There are short presentations from a lot of different theatrical shows going on in town. It's a bit of a show case. However, we focused on Monet and Van Gogh instead..... but we did managed to score 2 last minute Hamlet tickets in the TKTS booth though...Read more