Our course ended pretty early on Friday at noon, so I had about half a day to explore around London. Londoners must really have quite a slack work life though, the pubs were already flooded with people are 3pm onwards.
First off, I had the Singaporean favorite Burger & Lobster which used to be 20 pounds a year ago. But now, it’s 27 pounds ish. #b&linflation.
Anyway, I had the combo which gave both the lobster AND burger hohohohoho. And with this meal, I managed to conquer my fear of eating alone in a restaurant. Woots, even thought this waitress told me “No worries” when I requested for a table for one. Hurhur. Wells, the lobster was definitely worth it for the awkwardness.
Took a walk to St Paul cathedral after to snap a picture of the signature cathedral. I didn’t even register this landmark the last time I was here although this was the station I alighted at daily hahaha.
Walked across the Millenium Bridge to stroll along the river and got some pretty good pictures of the Shard (again) and a close-up of the Tower Bridge (again)
Managed to reserved a free ticket for the Sky Garden which is in the walkie talkie lookalike building along Fenchurch. It was on Level 40 as well, must be some lucky number for the real estate in this area.
Anyway, the view was amazing, even better than that of Duck & Waffle since it was nearer the Thames River. I spent at least an hour up there just enjoying the breeze and the view.
And then went off to meet some friends for an awesome steak dinner, which photo was too blurry since I ate it in such a rush hurhur.
Thursday evening was pretty free for me, so I decided to catch Lion King, which my family tried to watch when I was 7 but tickets were sold out. And I never had the chance, until now, to catch it!
Only decided 2 hours before the show that I was gonna follow through with it, and watch my first alone musical. Thankfully, there was actually 1 seat left on the first floor.
And wow, was I impressed with the show. The production level was ridiculously high, the props were amazing and the songs were nostalgic. It was amazing.
My jaw was hanging wide open on certain occasions, and the intro performance of a Circle Of Life was enough to already blow me away and assure me that I didn’t make a mistake in choosing to watch. It was crazy amazing. Speechless.
Although I’ve been in London a couple of times, I’ve actually never seen the famous Platform 9 3/4. So since I had to drop by that area to pick up some lost mail, I decided to go in my teeny Harry Potter hunt.
Most of the websites I researched on mentioned that the exterior of King’s Cross in the HP movies were actually not of King’s Cross, but of its neighboring station, St Pancras.
Which totally made sense since it had the whole medieval magical look going for it.
Next up was my hunt for Platform 9 3/4. Hoho, and there was a Harry Potter shop and an amazing long line to take photos with the trolley.
The insane line!
And the shop hahaha.
After dinner with colleagues, we took a stroll through Hyde Park, and it was honestly some of the best weather London ever had. The blue sky!
The Round Pond with a ton of ducks and swans.
And Kensington Palance which laid on the edge of Hyde Park.
My hotel was rigggght opposite Duck & Waffle, so made a reservation and took the speedy elevator up to the 40th floor. And we had this awesome table right by the corner windows with the awesome view.
And of course, duck & Waffle & duck egg was da bomb.
Stuffed ourselves so full that I decided to explore the neighborhood around Thames.
Headed towards the river and saw the Fire Monument which commemorates the London Fire of 1666. It’s the tallest isolated stone column in the world…. Whatever that means.
Headed to the London Bridge, and there were flowers in the side of the pavements to commemorate the victims of the terror attack. Honestly I was hesitant to be on any bridges since they seem to be a sitting duck for rogue trucks. But oh wells, I wanted to catch the sunset (which I did! Setting over St Paul I think?), and had a great view of the Tower Bridge too.
Next, I walked by the river towards the direction of Tower Bridge and chanced upon this Clarke Quay-like hangout with the Shard in the background. I randomly took a photo but it actually turned out pretty well.
A closer up views of the Tower Bridge, I hope to make it across the river to the South Bank since I heard the view of the bridge is better from that side.
And oh yeah, the Tower of London was next to the bridge, and I still remember visiting this place when I was 7, and the sight of all the crowd jewels made me really want to be some sort of royalty.
And then daylight set and I made my meandering way back as I got lost left and right hurhur.
In London for work this week. And chanced upon this peak hour crowds resulting from train delays.
Well I guess SMRT and SBS aren’t the only ones messing up.
On a side note, saw 3 police cars racing down the streets (against the direction of traffic) with blaring sirens during lunchtime today. Hope everything’s OK.