London, London, London with your pubs, shops, cars, people, food and so many places of historic significance; I love you. As opposed to last time we visited, this time we were earlier in the year and warmer weather greats us. It’s funny to say but I have come from Australia to London and got a tan.
We arrived in London at around 2pm after a long 21 hour flight from Melbourne via Dubai. Feeling absolutely dirty we decided to check into hotel, shower up, change our clothes and then go for a short walk to stretch our legs. Well the short walk took us around the whole of Hyde park and by time we got back we had clocked up a good 10km. We are staying in one of the many lovely little hotels near Bayswater station just a short 40 second walk from edge of Hyde park. We find it a lot quieter than when we stayed in Paddington but the room is a lot smaller – more like a room with a bed and a ensuite. All we need really as we don’t intend on spending much time here. After our long walk we headed to the pub for my much desired bangers and mash and not so desired pint of warm beer. By 9:30pm we were in bed sound asleep due to jet lag.
Day 2. I won’t bore you with all the details but give you a quick summary. As with the usual Dan & Rachel style we headed out with no plan on what to do but more a general direction and see where our feet took us. Well we visited Portobello Road Markets then walked too Harrods, then to Buckingham Palace, Soho, Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street and West End. In total we completed a 30km walk through London. With our feet burning we decided to retire to our hotel room prior to heading to the second Pub of the day. I seem to have decided that i will try all the different brews i can in London- three pubs down how many to go?
Big observation from first tow days is that there are way too many rich people in London and by rich i mean filthy rich. We saw some apartments for sale for 13 million pounds for a 991 year lease….oh and we counted about 10-20 rolls royces in one stretch of road some of which were customised. Later after talking to Liz i found out that it may be due to end of Ramadan and a lot of Muslims coming to London to spend up big, which in turn ship their cars over to travel around London.
Tomorrow we intend to visit the imperial war museum followed by Westminster Abbey and maybe a market or two. Enjoy the photo’s and i’ll follow up with more.