07.02.2017 – City Tour!
Breakfast served at Grand Plaza Service Apartment starting from 7:30 am. We had Nasi Lemak, the bois had bread and Nutella and cereal. The morning was chilly.
I bought Big Bus Tours London tickets online 1-2 months before leaving. The process was easy. All you need to do is choose from the options, make sure your credit card is ready to purchase and print the ticket. Keep the ticket. Buy a plastic folder. A4 size, a cheap one will do. I bought from Daiso at RM5.30. Keep all tickets in one folder.
Free ticket for kids under 5. Yay to more savings! Wallet damage: GBP63 for 24 hours tours and cruise. Print the map and do a lil study on the route and determine your start point the nearest from your hotel/apartment.
When in London, strictly follow your itinerary. It’s very easy to divert from your initial plan. Just stick to it. We waste time walking from Queensway Station to nowhere when we were supposed to jump on a train from Queensway Stn to Marble Arch Stn.
At Queensway Station you can buy Oyster ticket from the machine. We try to avoid using credit card. There’s one cash machine there. I think we bought whole day ticket instead of per ride. For assistance just ask the friendly officers.
There’s a lift/elevator to go underground at Queensway Stn and unfortunately not at all stations. So it was difficult for us to climb the staircases/escalator with a stroller (ours is only 5kg. To fold and unfold it quickly was quite demanding. Huhu) Didn’t know why but we’ve never tried the bus. Hmm…
We ran late to see the changing guards at the Buckingham Palace. A tad sad that my bois can’t experience it as they were so excited to witness one (they watched from Youtube. A lil prep for London. Huhu) When i visited there as a little child, i watched the whole thing that’s why i was excited to share with my bois. Oh well.. Things in the past. But we managed to snap a few photos. I still cant recover from the loss. Hahaha.
And then we strolled the Hyde Park. The weather was clear and pleasant. The bois were in great mood. It felt perfect. Almost near to heaven.
Hard Rock Cafe is only 11 mins from Buckingham Palace. But as far as i can remember, it took us much longer probably because Waze decided to be dumb that day. We lost. But we found Marks and Spencer on our way and bought fresh grapes, milk, brownies, cereal and chips. To stock up sugar and keep us sane. Lol. The walk was pretty exciting. We got to see the people, the cars, the black taxis, the shops, the road, the greens, the trees, the skies. Can’t believe we made it to London 🙂
It was too cold sitting at the upper level of the bus. The hand warmer packs i bought from Daiso were of no use. But i put 1-2 packs in my bois pocket jeans. Not sure if it worked on them. But not with me. We never get on the cruise. Probably because we had to turn back to the stop and we’re not going to see the same buildings twice. So we forego that one. Maybe next time. We got free 24 hours city tour but to be used on consecutive day. But tomorrow is France day.
We took train to Knightsbridge Stn and shop in Harrods. It’s no surprise you can spend a day just in there. It’s huge. And then we went to Primark. Cheap cheap bargains. My bois were exhausted and Mukhriz fell asleep in stroller. Our feet are killing our souls we could no longer shop and it’s dark outside.
And in the evening we walked the Bayswater Road, going shop to shop, and we had a nice dinner at a Thai Restaurant. You can find other interesting places to eat nearby. We were just lazy to google around. Blame the cold. Hee hee.
Wear comfortable shoes. You need them for walking in London. Strictly no heels.
We hopped on Eurostar to France and the real adventure begins! Till next post.
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