Perhaps one of the most widely-known travel destination in the world is the city of London. This does not come as a surprise, considering how this city is brimming with nearly everything a traveler could want. From exquisite cuisine to majestic historical sites, travelers will not run out of things to do.
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When passing by Kensington High Street, you may be surprised to know that this area is home to Europe’s largest roof garden — Kensington Roof Gardens. This spectacular garden restaurant is one and a half acres large. Located in 99 Kensington High St, London, visitors can enjoy the nice view while enjoying the freshest food London has to offer. Oh, and did we mention that there are live flamingos here?
The Thames Path is a 40-mile-long is a national trail that features numerous fun and relaxing spots to be found. The most ideal approach to touring this place is to via bicycle. Cycle the length of the way and you will be welcomed with open shorelines, The Prospect of Whitby — one of Charles Dickens’ most loved bars, and the town of Rotherhithe
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Surely all that walking and biking around the city is bound to make even the coolest person sweat. If you’re a fan of cold treats (seriously, who doesn’t love them?) then head on over to the Chin Chin Labs. This shop prides itself for being “Europe’s First Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream Parlour”. It may be the first time that you see the ice cream makers dressed up like professional scientists!
If you’re craving for some vegetarian Indian dishes, visit the Drummond Street. From the city center, head north until you find the Euston station. This is the hotspot for those who wish to try some of the best-tasting, authentic Indian food in the city. The food is pretty affordable too!
Surely, London has the right to be at the top of your must-visit bucket list. The sights, sounds, and tastes that you will experience here is like no other. This unique and highly diverse capital will make you feel like a true traveler.
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I was walking around the London Eye, thinking about with pictures to take. I had my DSLR around my neck and my cell phone in my coat pocket, yes that is the English summer for me! I need a light coat to survive it. It was a bright sunny day. I could see the blue sky and the gorgeous Central London Skyline to go with it. I was thinking exclusively about taking pictures. I had no idea it would become a ‘when things go wrong while traveling’ moment!
Suddenly I felt a commotion around me. I thought people were trying to attract my attention but this was London! Nobody gives an extra contact to anyone else unless they are tourist, thank god for the tourists! So, I also tried to behave like a Londoner. I walked as if nothing was happening but the commotion persisted. I could hear someone clearly calling ‘miss miss’ and far too many eyes on me.
I turned back to the person calling me, he was a street performer dressed like Charlie Chaplin. He pointed out to a youth saying, “he took your phone.” I was completely dazed. I could see the familiar phone in completely unfamiliar hands. By the time I got the phone and my senses back, the crowd had dispersed! I could not even say thank you to the person who got my phone. Everything was back to normal and yet I was completely shaken. What if it was my passport?
If I would have not got the phone back, I would have thought that I dropped it somewhere or left it behind in a shop or attraction! I remain perturbed after the incident, I could not shake it off easily. It would have been tough if the phone was really gone. I would have survived because it was towards the end of my trip. I also had my laptop so I could still be in touch with my family but it is damn annoying not to have a phone while travelling particularly when I had topped it up with the data too!
This was the first instance of theft that ever came my way in a foreign land. I escaped lightly thanks to the kindness of the anonymous gentleman. However there was something between me and this phone, I dropped it the very next day into water and that was the end of it! It was just not meant for me. Though I wonder why!
Next month in June, I traveled to Sri Lanka. I arrived at the Colombo Airport after an enjoyable flight. At the airport we were waiting for Sankara, a fellow blogger from India. Eventually we got into a nice car and we were headed to Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo.
On the way he wanted to withdraw money, so I thought why not, let me also withdraw, after all it is the cheapest way to get foreign currency in most of the countries. The first ATM didn’t work, so we decided to stop at the next one. At the next one, Shankara being chivalrous said, “ladies first”. I went ahead, inserted my card and watched in horror the machine hanging. It started rebooting like a computer and then try whatever we may, it simply swallowed my card and refused to throw it out. Thankfully I had leftover pounds from the May trip to United Kingdom. Also it was a HDFC card which let me hot list it at the click of a mouse via net banking. I asked for a reissue of a card from the available options. Then in my nervousness I hot listed the to be issued card! Still I was at peace as my card could not be misused. Once I got home I walked to the HDFC office and got another card issued.
I know these are minor incidents but still I was rattled. I think I was more affected with the phone pick pocketing because I was completely unaware about it. Someone can put their hands in my pocket and I would not feel it at all is a creepy sensation! It was a huge wake up call to me. I wonder how I could be so completely oblivious to my surroundings! I mean what if it was my passport, I would have been in such deep trouble or even with my wallet! I believe I was lucky after all, escaping unscathed.
There are quite a few London pictures that must have been clicked a gazillion times. Well here is a post making it gazillion plus one! You know all the sights, You must have seen them a million times already, I invite you to view them one more time, through my lens!
I will start at the beginning with the landing at Heathrow. I had my window seat but I do not have much to boast for it!
A very common site across London is the striking red bus! It is a lot more fun when you get it against a landmark like Big Ben!
I saw the Duck Tours buses for the first time, but then what do I know? They might have been around since ages! I wonder how their tours are, their bus for sure is eye-catching.
I got two bright and sunny days in London and then I got the usual London weather on the last day. I am not complaining at all.
On a sunny day, so many people were out in the park, enjoying. I simply can’t remember where I clicked this though! It is somewhere close to Tower Hill but other than that just can’t figure out which park is this, even with Google.
Got the Tower Hill on a moody, mildly rainy evening. But the weather changed for better quickly. I continued walking in the area for two hours more!
It was my first glimpse of Shard. I can only imagine the view from the top on a nice sunny day, particularly at the sunset!
The Natural History Museum is huge. I just ran around here and there. And then I went back as I had a plane to catch! I learned that all the national museums in London have free entry for the main collections! i have marked this bit for the next time!
Off all thing in London, I fell in love with the London Underground! So, with the picture number 10 and without much rhyme or reason, I end my post of the London pictures posted a gazillion times before! I hope you still enjoyed them!
I went to UK after a gap of 5 years. I was going to cruise on the Harmony of the Seas (on invitation). I was sure I wanted to extend my stay. I was not sure what to do tough. In the end I decided to stay in London for 3 nights on my own. Visit Britain in India sponsored some of my tickets in and around London. The next task was to find a roof over my head. I now wonder why I was so nervous. In the end I asked one of my former students to recommend me a place in London. His name is Chander and he works in the hospitality industry from past many years in UK. He asked if I had any special requirements. My only requirement was that the hotel should be close to the underground and should not cost me a bomb. He told me in that case I could stay at his former workplace, Ibis Budget London Hounslow.
I booked the hotel closer to my departure. I paid in full from India itself. I arrived at Heathrow, went to Southampton to the cruise, which was amazing. I was dropped back at the Heathrow and it was time to find Ibis Budget hotel in Hounslow, London. As usual I walked for 20 minutes in the opposite direction before giving up on Google Maps offline. I asked a human being about the hotel and they set me on the right path.
I met Manuel (people mention him a lot on Tripadvisor) at the reception. To find my reservation, I handed him my passport. He offered to keep my luggage as I arrived much before the check-in time- 2.00 pm.
I went out to the High Street in Hounslow which is a one minute walk from the hotel. Before I headed out Manuel added I do not look old enough to be Chander’s teacher! Most of the staff at the hotel identified me as Chander’s teacher. When I came back around 2.00 pm, there was a young girl at the reception. I gave her my passport and waited for the room keys.
She said, “I immediately started smiling when I saw that you are related to Chander.” I repeated that I was his teacher. She said he was the best manager she has ever worked with. She praised him to the moon and back as a manager. It always feels good see my students doing well!
I went to my room, it was spacious. I have a feeling that it was the accessible room and hence it had more space. My window opened to the street below. There was a table for me to work but I would dump every odd and end there! The bed was comfortable. It was a basic room, absolutely clean. In the bathroom they give only soap but I read this on the Internet and I carried my shampoo. I am not much of a moisturizer person anyway.
I stayed there for 3 Nights. I paid the ‘friends and family rate’ thanks to Chander. Usually the breakfast is not included in the room rate but for me it was. I paid 42 pounds per night. There is no tea or coffee making facility in the room, there is a coffee machine in the lobby (extra charges) where there are café style tables. Breakfast is served in this area. Only at the breakfast the tea/coffee is free. The breakfast had fruits, bread, butter, other spreads, croissant and muffins and cakes. I enjoyed my breakfast on all the days.
Finding a reasonable room in London is no easy task. As I was paying for my London hotel stay from my own pocket I could not afford to spend a lot of money. The hotel is five to seven minutes walking distance from the Hounslow Central tube station. That made it perfect for my needs.
While I was staying at Ibis Budget Hotel, a large group of students also checked in. I was wondering if they would play football in the corridors at night! There were school kids all around my floor. But to their credit and to their teachers, they did not make any ruckus inside the hotel. One night, I was walking back to my room around 11.00 pm. I was coming back after meeting my two former students who stayed near the hotel. I think the instruction to the kids was that they could not venture in the corridors late at night. As soon as they heard the lift doors opening and my footsteps approaching in the corridors, they just ran back to the rooms. I could not even see a single one, they were that fast! When I saw so many students, I was a bit worried if it would get to noisy at night but it was not.
Not only did Chander get me a special rate, he also invited me to his home for dinner with his wife and son. When I met him, after a while he said, “ma’am do you remember how bad my English was?” I replied “I do remember but I am surprised that you remember!” He remarked, “It is one of those things one can never forget.” He has done so well for himself. Even though he is no longer the manager at Ibis Budget Hotel, London, Hounslow, his stuff remembers him with a lot of affection. Thanks to him and his staff, I had a comfortable stay in London!