Come Fall In Love With London…! <3
10th February 2020 morning is the day when I get this message on my phone,’ the processed visa application will be delivered to the chosen address’. I was still unaware of whether my visa was approved. And then, I receive a call from my mother-in-law stating that my visas were approved, and I sprung in joy. Phew, I heaved a sigh of relief..!!
All the preparations started immediately by booking the tickets, purchasing the necessary kinds of stuff, packing-unpacking-packing of the bags, that’s a really long process till the last minute. How could you forget theplas, being a Gujarati you have to place an order for kilos of theplas before you depart the country. It’s just a Guju fling. I love theplas and I so miss them right now. Tickets booked, seats selected, web check-in done, bags finally packed, and now was the time to say Au Revoir to my family and friends…
21st February, I finally, bid farewell to all my loved ones in India and commence for my journey.✈ It was a long 9 hrs flight from India to London by Air India. To all the people who have negative notions by flying Air India, let me tell you it was a great flight, the air hostess, and purser took real good care of their passengers on board. The meal was really yummy, the seats were comfortable, entertainment on point. Most importantly a direct flight that allows 2pcs of baggage with 23kgs each and a hand suitcase. What more do you require? Maza ni life..!!. Finally, I arrive in London completing all the airport procedures and meeting my Patidev after 2 months of our marriage. I was elated to see him. Lovestruck moment..!!😍 He definitely knew how to greet and impress me with those flowers 🎕🎕
Reminder – Everything here costs you a bomb..!!￡
|@ London Heathrow|
Kings Cross Station: Just after taking some rest we thought of seeing the city. We headed to the nearby Underground to take the train for our destination. We arrive at Kings Cross station, move out and take my residence permit from the local post office. King’s Cross Station is a major railway and underground station in London. King’s Cross Station is near St Pancras International Station for the Eurostar. The station is also home to the legendary Platform 9 3/4 where the train to Hogwarts departs!. Nearby tourist attractions include The British Library and Regent’s Park.
It’s not so difficult to commute to London. Easy to understand the signals and instructions even for the ones who are new in the city. Public transport is a boon..! Its always hustling and bustling here just like Mumbai. For me, I was so excited to travel on my own in this new city. To begin with, I started fetching my husband from his office almost every day, to get accustomed to the commute. It was fun to fetch him up and see a new place almost every day.
The Shard: The Shard is 309.6 meters, or 1,016 feet, high and is Western Europe’s tallest building. It is 95 storeys tall, with level 72 the highest habitable floor. We were here on 72..!! the building is served by 36 lifts, some of which are double-decker. Lifts in The Shard travel at speeds of up to 6 meters a second. The View from The Shard offers visitors unobstructed 360-degree, 40-mile views across the London skyline and beyond. You definitely have the best views from here. I am in love with the view. Luckily, my husband is working in the same building, so we could plan a great evening here. For the employees of this building, it’s a free pass to visit The view from The Shard and for their family, it’s a discounted fee.
|View From The Shard..!!! 👀|
Tower of London: The Tower of London has become established as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. The Tower has served variously as an armory, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public record office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of England. Our Kohinoor diamond can be found in this Jewel house.
P.S: Please wear comfortable footwear as there is a lot of walking required inside. Girls avoid heels..!!
Tower Bridge: The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London. As a result, it is sometimes confused with London Bridge, about half a mile upstream. It’s a great place to have your evening run or walk. The night view is much better personally. Don’t you agree? (picture is given below)
Lots of cafes, restaurants around this bridge. One such restaurant we went to was called Vapiano. The Vapiano concept is based on great quality, freshly made food in a lively, feel-good atmosphere. Italian specialties are handmade daily, with all dishes prepared in front of the guests “à la minute” and customized to the guests’ requirements. Do Visit here when in London.
Trafalgar Square: Trafalgar Square is a public square in the City of Westminster, Central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. Lots of events take place in and around the square. You can simply opt to sit and relax after a long tiring day.
London Eye: The very popular Ferris wheel is located at the south bank of the river The Thames beside a small park, the Jubilee Gardens. This pedestrian bridge across the Thames offers a good view of the London Eye and the surroundings. We were just there. Haven’t yet taken a ride on London eye so can’t really describe the experience. Book your tickets well in advance to avoid queues. The ride duration is around 30 minutes.
Buckingham Palace: Usually you can have a look at the outside of the palace every day, tours through the royal premises are only possible from the end of July till the beginning of October. The Changing of the Guard in front of the Buckingham Palace is the event which attracts most of the visitors to this sight. Still waiting for it..!!
Hyde Park : Hyde Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and covers an area of 350 acres. What a beautiful day it was..! Sun, rain, and strong winds altogether. The park also has a small lake inside. During winters it’s a great sight as the lake is full of ducks and swans around.
British Museum: The British Museum in London is due to the vast range of unique exhibition objects worldwide leading in art and cultural history. The museum is especially well known because of the extensive collection of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities. There is no admission fee for the entrance to the permanent exhibitions. There is also a Clock and Watch gallery inside the museum which I personally loved gazing at.
What is the English cuisine? – Apart from fish and chips, full English breakfast is famous. It’s the perfect weekend breakfast and the ingredients can vary, but usually, it includes eggs, sausages, bacon, toast, beans, grilled tomato, fried mushrooms, fried potatoes, and savory black (blood) and/or white pudding. Hell yeah, I would love to try this full English breakfast.
Famous Eating places in London…
2) Vapiano – As already mentioned above, this place has a live cooking concept where the chef cooks your desired meal as per your requirements right in front of you. We ordered the below cheesy portions of pasta…!!
3) Amorino: – ”I scream, You scream, we all scream for ice cream…!!” Isn’t it really mouth-watering?
Best part you can choose as many flavors as you wish..!!
3) Saravana Bhavan: -We’ve been looking out for a nice south Indian restaurant as my dearest hubby was craving for some dosa. Finally, after some searching, we found this restaurant tucked away behind the National Portrait Gallery (near Trafalgar Square). There are several other Indian restaurants around. The food is very delicious…! They also serve typical south Indian filter coffee which is worth trying.
Hoping this lockdown to get over soon so I could restart exploring the city, relish the English breakfast and share my post lockdown experience. Until then stay safe and keep reading and following the blog..!!