Europe Travelogue – London Day 3 and 4

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Itinerary for Day 3
Itinerary for Day 4
If you haven’t read about Day 1 and 2 of my trip to London, click here :D
Soooooo continuing on to Day 3!
Sloth and I despite sleeping uberly late once again (remember, very deprived of friends the both of us lol so we spent alot of time catching up), we woke up very early to catch the 8am Holy Communion service at Westminister Abbey.
You can check the daily schedule here for all services.

 

Walking along Westminister Bridge to Westminister Abbey
Everytime I see the London Eye, I want to laugh because it reminds me of a stupid thing my bf said before lol.
We were quite cheapo so we wanted to save $$ and not pay to enter the abbey so we decided to go for a service.
That being said, Westminister Abbey is a Catholic church so for me it was no issue.

 

Duckiessssss
Walking there was a breeze again because of the close proximity of her apartment at Waterloo Station.
It felt nice to have the entire bridge all to yourself and no one photobomb-ing your pictures LOL!

 

 

 

 

We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside but saw many tombs of famous British people including one Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles who is buried in the abbey.
Of course, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was there at the entrance.
After the service, we were both very hungry and we decided to head to Covent Garden for brunch!
Walking was of course the mode of transport and we walked along the River Thames, seeing many statues like…
…such.
And these too. Poppies are worn, I heard, on memorial days by everyone in UK according to Sloth.
Brunch was at a cafe in the main square of Covent Garden (sorry, I don’t remember the name.)

 

 

My breakfast

 

Sloth’s breakfast
After which we went shopping in Covent Garden! LOL.
That wasn’t the original plan though because Sloth thought I had wanted to go to King’s Cross to see Platform 9 and 3/4 while I thought she wanted to go to school to complete some work.
The plan was for me to head to the National Museum first so she can do some work and then we’ll meet at King’s Cross station before going to Oxford Circus for shopping.
But, I was too tired by then (sleep-deprived whaddya know) and tummy issues so I said I’ll skip the museum and King’s Cross and we headed back to her apartment to chill for awhile before heading out again afterwards.

 

 

Sheeeeeep anyone? LOL
We both crashed for 45 mins or so, napping because we were both too exhausted.
Afterwards, Sloth wanted to head to some departmental store to return her online buys so we went by bus to Regent Street which is very near Oxford Circus.
Did you know you can return your purchases no questions asked within a specific time period in the UK?
Damn awesome please! They will give you back $$ just like that. Of course with a receipt and the tags still in place la.
Wish Singapore had this policy so I wouldn’t regret buying so many things online >:(
Why queue in SG when this is available in every Tesco? Yeah I bought 1 here lol.
NFL Special along Regent Street

 

SO CROWDED :O

 

 

Famous toy store. I saw alot of people

 

Welcome to my heaven – Topshop’s Makeup Department.
Lemme say firstly that I am not a huge Topshop fan. As in clothing wise.
I only own a couple of their stuff and it’s mainly tops that I bought during my Poly days… then I simply grew out of them when I went to university.
But the make-up… ohhhh I’ve heard tons of things about them and they are mostly good!
So I literally whacked whatever I could buy there (restraining quite abit because I usually just grab grab grab grab then…. 10 minutes later when I decide to pay or when I ran out of hands to hold onto to them I get super dulan and just put everything back lol).
There’s also a Lola’s Cupcakes Store within the Topshop store in Oxford Circus.

 

I was really tempted to buy some to try because I’ve heard raves about them (I mean go all the way to London liao must try right?!) but I decided not to because I wanted to try the Hummingbird Bakery one (which I didn’t in the end. boo.)
Met up with Sloth after buying all my Topshop makeup items and we walked down to Selfridges & Co to buy…

 

…Pierre Hermé macarons! Wohoo! And I really bought them and brought them back to Germany to eat. See at the end of the post lol.
By then it was almost dinner time and we were going to meet Suet for Korean food at Tottenham Court Road.
I was just… blindly searching for a Superdrug outlet to buy my makeup there but alas I couldn’t find it anywhere along the stretch of stores :(
Their store locator bluff me one lol.
But luckily I knew of one near Tottenham Court Road in the direction of Leicester Square and I went there to buy all my things while Sloth & Suet queued up for a table at the Korean restaurant.
Assa

53 St.Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LH

So we had dinner at this restaurant that Suet recommended because I was craving for Korean food and it is really no fun to eat alone in Germany for me so I didn’t attempt to find any Korean places there.
Very awesome dinner that night what with friends and good Korean food! YUMMMMMMEH!
Here’s what we ordered:
Stir-fry bulgogi
Samgyupsal (my all time fav Korean food!) and bean paste stew because my tummy was still crappy that evening.
Seafood pancake
All in all, we spent about £13 each for 4 sets of dishes which in my opinion was quite cheap for London’s standards.
And to end off an awesome last night in London.. we went for bubble tea :D
Chatime (Soho)

11 Old Compton Street, London. W1D 5JF

I’ve never drank Chatime in Singapore before because I mainly prefer KOI or Gongcha but… beggars cannot be choosers ah. Have bubble tea to buy, just drink! Cannot hiam liao lol.
Paid £3.60 for this alone and I insisted on a picture because.. bloody hell expensive cup of bubble tea OTL
But it was nice, the taste of bubble tea after 1 month of not drinking since I left Singapore hahaha.
Damn drama but it was really a good end to that day the bubble tea.
Went home after that to pack and… talk some more with Sloth lol (never ending one leh the both of us).
Final morning in London before I flew back to Germany was spent at… St James’ Park!
Sloth had the idea to feed the fowl and squirrels there so it was interesting for me.
Squirrels were damn greedy lol we kept saying they were super 忘恩负义 because they took the nuts and just ran away from us!
You noticed how only Sloth is in the pictures feeding the animals? Because I was scared :( But I did feed a few squirrels when they didn’t come too near me.
The animals just roamed around freely and to be honest it kinda scared the shit outta me because animals from afar for me are ok… but when you start feeding them and they come closer and closer to you, it scares the shit outta me T.T
Ducks! Quack quack. Lol.
Had some Lola’s Cupcakes that Sloth bought at Selfridges & Co for us to share.
See how unafraid the squirrels are of humans?
WOW.
Sloth and her furry friend
My turn.
:D
Yup, that’s a pelican!
She’s super daring lol
I liked how we spent the last day just frolicking around, trying to rid ourselves of the nuts and bread to the critters and fowl at St James’ Park.
It’s definitely something I wouldn’t do in Singapore lol so it was a good experience! Heck I cannot even remember the last time I went to the Botanic Gardens >_<
After that we got hungry and decided to go and have breakfast at McDonald’s again lol.
Found this in Mark’s and Spencer’s
Not much time left before we headed back to grab my luggage and we made our way to Victoria Station via the Tube. I was catching the Gatwick Express to Gatwick Airport to catch my easyjet flight to Düsseldorf.
Said goodbye to Sloth (See you soon dear old friend!) at the train station then I took the train to Gatwick Airport.
In my opinion, immigration staff aside, I preferred Stansted Airport because it was much more well-furbished than Gatwick Airport.
Gatwich’s was more…. lao ya if you get what I mean?
But the Boots in the departure lounge HOMGGGGGGGGG.
If I hadn’t been on the dot for my check-in, I would definitely allocate extra time just to buy shitloads some more of make-up there. Maybe next time xD
Oh, and yes another tip: please allow extra time to travel to your check-in counter because the train stopped at a terminal and easyjet flights were all at the other terminal.
Was kinda worried I wouldn’t make it in time before the check-in counter closed because I recalled the huge queue from Köln-Bonn airport but thankfully made it in time with 10 minutes to spare! :D
So the plane was relatively good too (I had no complaints here for it).
I paid for extra legroom again because…. I’m just that spoiled hahaha!
Reached my apartment in Germany at approximately 7pm even though I had landed at 5pm because I had to freeze at the bus stop and wait for the bus to come for 30 minutes D:
I will show my London makeup haul in another entry (probably when I get back to Singapore at the end of the year because I gave everything to my father when he came to visit me last month to lug it back to SG for me. My mum screamed at me over Skype over my makeup haul -.-“) but here’s some of the food I bought!
I loved the Twinning’s tea! Especially the Camomile & Honey one. Gonna ask Sloth to get some for me before she comes back next year during CNY because it’s darn cheap in the UK! Particularly when Tesco has special offer on them (you have to check diff outlets. The offer varies from store to store.)
My Pierre Hermé macarons with the special London box which sadly I had to leave in Germany before coming to Switzerland because my luggage was packed to the brim :(
Love the packaging. But the staff there were snobbish though. Paid £16 for this whole box of 7 macarons if I didn’t remember wrongly.
And I gobbled all 7 of them in a day all on my own lol!
It’s really yummy – wayyyyy better than Ladurée ones (okay maybe I’m biased because the Ladurée ones in Singapore are not very nice and super overpriced).
I am heading to Paris at the end of this month – maybe I will purchase both Pierre Hermé and Ladurée macarons again just to have the authentic ones from France heh xD
Alrighty, end of my London escapades and… I will try and blog more often now that I have wifi in the hotel I am staying in :D
Annyeong!

Europe Travelogue – London Day 1 and 2

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Itinerary for Day 1
Itinerary for Day 2
Hello everyone *twirls around*
I made my foray out of Germany after being there for 4 weeks because I was getting bored lol.
No la, I’m just kidding to be honest. But I was super super excited I kept telling everyone at work I was going to London lol.
They kinda got sick of me repeating it heh xD
I made plans to head up to London to visit dear Sloth who is there and stay at her apt there wahahaha (I brought ‘payment’ ok… Hanuta chocolates, Haribo Smurf gummis and Milka chocolates!) when I arrived in Germany. It was a very impromptu trip, very YOLO. I like.
So I left on a Thursday evening and took Friday off from work because I wanted to maximise my time in London.
Being there on an evening didn’t bother me because accommodation was… free :P
Took the train to Köln/Bonn Airport from Leverkusen after work (I even brought my luggage to work leh, excited much despite being mindfked by one of the directors at work lol.)
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This airport is not an international airport as you can see, mainly they serve domestic and budget airlines so the place was pretty small BUT free wifi and that, deserves thumbs up from me :D
Airline of the evening: Germanwings
I had originally wanted to take Ryanair because it was tons cheaper but after reading so many horrifying reviews online and the fact that the airport terminal was damn far for me (Düsseldorf Weeze is about 30 mins away from Düsseldorf Flughafen) I decided to just pay more for Germanwings (departing from Köln/Bonn) and easyjet (My returning flight, arriving at Düsseldorf Flughafen) just to have a peace of mind.
You’d be surprised by the reviews I’ve read about Ryanair and I asked my colleagues who told me not to take it as well lol. Trust the Germans on this I say.
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Reached the airport with plenty of time to spare because I was kiasu (literally means ‘scared to lose’) and luckily I did because I had to queue up for awhile to deposit my baggage.
The budget airlines in Europe operate differently from those in Asia (at least from my experience).
We had to check-in online on our own, print out our own boarding passes (yes, A4 sized ones) then head to the counter to deposit the bags if you paid for any baggage.
I opted for the Smart fare option because it came with extra legroom, hand luggage, 23kg checked-in luggage along with a snack and drink. For 20 euros extra.
This notion was probably influenced by my stupid bf lol but I didn’t want to get stuck in between 2 big sized angmohs and suffer throughout the flight.
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Our airplane for the evening
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Budget no? LOL You get what you pay for man.
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Flight was reasonably peaceful. Seats were alright perhaps because I was so small-sized anyway LOL and aircraft was clean.
The staff were very nice as well so hurrah on that! (I keep imagining them to be uberly rude like how I read about the Ryanair staff) and in about 45 mins, we landed at London-Stansted Airport.
I had a horrible experience at the immigration there.
Was uberly happy that the non-EU queue was wayyyy shorter than the EU ones.
Wah piang eh, the staff there were just hell bent on being assholes and plain rude to be honest.
Ruined my day or whatever I felt for this trip there and then.
Thanks again, I hope you improve on your service towards tourists. We are after all boosting your economy no? Pfffft.
Just remember if you are entering the UK – always fill in your address correctly down to the postal code and what not and remember to print a copy of your return ticket.
I got f-ed up by the officer because I didn’t put in the full address of Sloth’s house and she was harping on if I got bounced back by German authorities on my return flight no one was gonna pay for my air ticket back to Singapore simply because I didn’t have a visa to prove I was staying in Germany long term.
Bitch pls, I honestly wanted to show her the finger. Did you have to so snarky about everything? WTF.
This poor American guy in front of me got held up for 30 minutes because he didn’t have his return ticket printed out.
So yeah, that sums up my horrid experience at UK immigration – welcome to UK I would say -.-“
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By then it was very late already so I hurried to change some SGD to pounds at the money changer and hopped onto the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street.
Super dulan then so didn’t take any pictures but the train was very new and clean + it had free wifi! :D
And tickets weren’t cheap (£23.40 wtf) because I wasn’t travelling in a group and wasn’t planning to return via the same airport (sobs!). Go see the train fares then you’ll understand what I mean. 
Train journey took me 45 mins to reach Liverpool Street Station where I changed to the Tube and reached Waterloo Station to meet Sloth! :D :D :D :D :D
Sooooooo happy to see her despite meeting her back in May/June in Singapore.
Maybe I am really deprived of friends here in Europe, it just made me alot more happier to be around a familiar face.
Day 2 (Friday) saw me waking up really stoned because Sloth and I talked so much throughout the night (girls! HAHAHAHA.) but she had to head to school to do some work and before that we had breakfast at McDonald’s at Waterloo Station.
Random idea of ours lol cos the plan was for her to just go to school and I will leave the house at a later timing with her friend.
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This was damn good! The wraps in Europe from McDonald’s are all pretty awesome lol! I wish Asian ones had them too :(
Sloth went off to school while I went back to shower (erh yes, I went out in my PJs) and meet Suet, Sloth’s housemate’s friend/uni friend who was staying at the apt as well in the other room with Sloth’s housemate hahaha long relationship line.
But it was good to have someone with me, despite me just meeting her the night before lol.
Waterloo is very accessible to all the areas in Zone 1 so we decided to walk to Buckingham Palace because I wanted to see the Changing of Guards Ceremony there.
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Westminister Bridge with Big Ben behind
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London Eye. See what I mean when I say Waterloo is damn accessible?! I was quite skeptical when Sloth told me that but now I know lol. Always listen to the people living there wahahaha!
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Telephone booths which smells of pee inside. Don’t venture in please hahaha!
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Very nice foliage up to the road to Buckingham Palace
Having Suet with me was good because she helped me to take pictures lol!
Sorry, damn tourist but if she wasn’t there I’d have to resort to selcas like I normally do in Germany D:
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At Wellington Barracks where the band and new Guards were
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Police to divert traffic. We kept laughing at how you have to be a rider in order to become a policeman in UK.
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Marching past
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Look at the hordes of tourists waiting D:
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Buckingham Palace
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Victoria Monument in front of Buckingham Palace. Yup, packed to the brim with tourists lol!
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Couldn’t really see much because I was vertically inclined but as you can see, many tourists! Beware of pickpockets and what not ok.
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We left after awhile once we were sure everything had ended and walked towards Covent Garden direction because there was where Suet said we could do shopping hehehe xD
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But we passed by this place in the direction of Trafalgar Square then I said I wanted to take a picture with a Guard up close.
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Good thing I did because we managed to see an inspection after that lol so front row seats literally!
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Did you know that the higher the hat of the guard, the higher the rank he is? Just FYI haha!
So we really walked alot and I liked it despite me hating to walk in Singapore because of the weather but the weather in London was warm and cool plus all the architecture and foliage was soooooooo beautiful!
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I honestly have no idea where we passed by but we finally reached Trafalgar Square – famous for the Christmas celebrations and Nelson’s Column statue.
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Nelson’s Column
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Blue cock lol. I told Suet I had to take a pic with this this cos it was damn funny among all the statues there.
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National Gallery. Free admission but I am so not an art and history person so we didn’t go in lol. No time la! Maybe next time when I have more days in London.
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Walked up towards Covent Garden. I went to shop at H&M because all their summer items were damn cheap! All below £10. BUY!
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Atas area hahah even the Starbucks and McDonald’s look different.
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Suet told me most tourists areas had such maps so even if I didn’t have data on my phone I can still find my way around London without fear. And yeah, I did because I walked on my own from Covent Garden to Tottenham Court Road using such maps.
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Covent Garden
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Mad hungry by then. My breakfast had disgested by then so I sat down and ate my half price Itsu Sloth bought for me the night before lol. YUMMMEHHHHH! :D
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Covent Garden is a nice place in my opinion, I really liked it there.
Several cafes (Ladurée is here!) and Shake Shack was there too.
But, my ultimate agenda at Covent Garden was…
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…ta-dah! LOL
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Chanel Heaven *_*
And I left with a Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in 30 because they only sold 10 and 20 in Asia. Plus the packaging of the Chanel store in Covent Garden is madddddd cute!
I have a tag that says Covent Garden on the bag – mad atas and sooooo pretty!
Yes, only I will die of happiness from buying makeup items and packaging lol.
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I headed alone up North towards Tottenham Court Road past Leicester Square because I wanted to go to Primark there lol. There are 2 Primarks along that stretch – one at Oxford Circus, one at Tottenham Court Road.
Quite gung-ho in my opinion, me travelling alone lol. Europe has really taught me plenty.
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Reached Tottenham Court Road and immediately saw Primark!
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Primark is damn brilliant in my opinion and it was humongous! And reasonably priced la.
But of course, quality wise it’s not as fantastic. You really get what you pay for.
I exhibited tons of self-control because I thought Sloth wanted to go with me the next day to shop at Primark too so I mainly bought things like PJs and underwear and a pair of shoes etc.
But we didn’t go back to Primark again the next day so… technically I saved alot of money haha and went to the outlet in Essen when I came back to Germany and spent 100 euros there -.-“
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I made plans with Sloth to meet up at Leicester Square a.k.a Chinatown for dinner because she knew I wanted Asian food and she wanted to bring me to have some Singapore/Malaysian cuisine because I am deprived of such food in my area in Germany. Nearest one was in Frankfurt and nope, not gonna pay 66 euros one way just to eat food which I don’t even know is nice D:
So I walked back again to Leicester Square and promptly froze at the place to meet her because she was caught up in traffic for 45 mins.
FYI there is no signal in the Tube so if you wanna contact someone, you have to get up to ground level to do so.
Oh and there are tons of entrances/exits for the transportation in London so make sure to ask clearly where to meet your friends else you’d be waiting like idiots at different places lol. They don’t number their exits too by the way.
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I love the London buses… And I love Princess Diana! Mum’s favourite too lol.
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Leicester Square!
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Famous restaurant selling roasted duck – Queue was damn long! Lol.
Went to a restaurant called Rasa Sayang in the heart of Chinatown.
OMG CHAR KWAY TEOW I LOVE YOU!
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My char kway teow which tasted like fried hor fun.
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My teh tarik and the curry chee cheong fun we shared.
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Sloth’s beef rendang
Food was alright, nothing beats the food back home lol.
Price-wise… standard and not as expensive as I thought it would be haha.
My stomach wasn’t feeling that up to it then probably because I didn’t have much to eat during the day and the weather was killing me abit lol so I didn’t finish the food.
We went to walk around in the Asian marts there before walking back to Waterloo (yes, walk again!)
FYI there is bubble tea in Chinatown (ChaTime) but it was too cold that night so I said nevermind, we may have bbt another day hahahaha.
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Sherlock Holmes Bar/Café
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Night view of the London Eye!
And that concludes my first 2 days in London. Pretty awesome in my opinion!
Didn’t spend a single cent on transport but of cos my feet hurt that night lol and I was perpetually hungry thanks to all that activity all day long.
Will post the entry of the remaining 2 days I had in London soon!
Update: Post for Day 3 & 4 is up here.