Day 3 was short. We strolled at Kensington Garden, to the palace and the round pond and went to Camden Town for cheap souvenirs. From St. Pancras, we took Eurostar to go to Paris.
Day 2, we went to Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, London Eye and Trafalgar square. The Oyster card that we purchased at airport when we arrived definitely made it easy to commute. The highlight of the day definitely was Buckingham Palace. As the Queen and the royalties were away for summer vacation in Scotland, the palace was opened to public for visit so we had chance to enter this grandiose palace. We love the given audio guide system which was extremely convenient for us to learn and explore the state rooms by our own pace. There was also royal collection exhibit that time – Diamonds, A jubilee celebration. Ticket can be purchased online here.
After visit to Buckingham Palace and lunch at Café Nouf, we walked to St. James Park. My son enjoyed running and chasing the pigeons. We had short rest there before continuing to London Eye.
London Eye was great but the queue was long. Luckily my son was joyfully chatty that time, so listening to him made the time passed quicker.
From London Eye we walked passed Downing Street to Trafalgar Square. At the square we saw a rally protesting against Assad to stop killing Syrian children.
Knowing that there will be Notting hill carnival that night, for our own safety, we decided to stay and rest at the hotel. The next day, it was reported in the news – a man in critical condition after he was stabbed near the carnival.
Day 3, to be continued.
It was in August 2012, when we went to London by Malaysia Airlines A380. We chose that period because it was end of summer. The day was longer and weather was just nice, except occasionally it was wet.
Thistle Kensington Garden was the place we stayed. The place is within walking distance to tube (Bayswater and Queensway) and just opposite to Kensington Garden. There is Waitrose (mini-mart) below the hotel. The only grouse we had that the room size was small (nothing is cheap in London) but it was expected, other than that the hotel and staff were superb.
Along Bayswater and within walking distance to Queensway, the location made it an excellence choice especially to get halal foods. Malaysia Hall Canteen located within walking distance from the hotel. The address is 30-34, Queensborough Terrace London W2 3ST. The food was very cheap (by London standard) and the portion was very generous. There is prayer room provided for the guest. A notice can be seen at the door mentioned only Malaysian or guest accompanied by Malaysian is allowed. To easily locate the place, look for Jalur Gemilang – the Malaysia flag.
For Day 1, we went to Victoria & Albert Museum, Madame Tussauds and Tower Bridge. All were accessible by Tube. Our highlight for the first day was Madame Tussauds, not because of the celebrities but because of Spirit of London and Marvel Super Heroes 4D experience. We skipped the SCREAM because it was not suitable for our son. We bought the tickets online so we managed to skip the long queue at ticketing counter but still have to queue to enter. You may purchase the ticket here.
Day 2, to be continued.