Spent 5 wonderful days in London at the end of august. Here is our trip report: mum, dad and a 9yo boy.
Day 1: - Thursday 25/08/2011 –
I didn’t want to waste any minute of our holiday and booked a very early flight: we landed at Heathrow at 9am!
Luckily no one (and I’m not joking!) at the passport control; in may I queued for about half an hour!
Well, we were not lucky with the weather; London welcomed us with torrential rain and we got very wet just walking from St. Pancras tube station to our hotel: Novotel, on the Euston Road.
Obviously our room was not ready but checked-in anyhow, left the luggage in the storage room and were told to come back after 2pm.
Generally speaking I don’t like shopping but I decided I wanted to have a look at the ‘Christmas department’ at Selfridges; despite my many visits to London never entered this place before, and managed to buy nice decorations for my next Christmas tree:
Very interesting the food hall, but we had lunch at the top floor.
I know it might sound strange to the most of you, but you can’t imagine how much I enjoyed a simple plate of roasted potatoes: crispy outside and soft inside. Delicious! Wish I knew how to cook them (I’ll look for the recipe on Google).
The lady who hosted me when I was student, used to cook them in the same way; I was too young then, not yet interested in cooking and never asked for the recipe.
Even if it stopped raining and the sun was trying hard to find its way in the clouds, we decided to go back to the hotel. We got up at 5.30 that morning and we all needed to rest a little bit and a shower.
It was 3pm but, the guy at the reception (the very same who checked us in earlier in the morning and who told us to come back after 2pm) informed us that our room was not ready yet.
I didn’t say anything, I’m afraid he saw the expression of my face and he got ‘scared’: he immediately picked up a telephone and few minutes later, we were in our room, 15th floor, and this is the view we enjoyed for 5 days:
Planned Indian food for supper and decided to go to the Cafè Spice Namaste, not far from the Tower Bridge.
Someone recommended it here (I think TP), mixed reviews, checked the menu on the web and decided to give it a try: we enjoyed the food very much, the service was good, nice interior, a bit expensive.
The weather was nice and decided to go and have a nice walk till one of my favorite places: St. Katharine Docks first, then Tower Bridge.
Well, after a rainy day, look at this incredible sunset:
Tower Bridge and Tower of London by night:
Walked till London Bridge, but we were tired and it got windy and chilly, so decided it was time to go back to the hotel and have a nice sleep.