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Clifton Court, London

Paddington, London

October 2017
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Our Virgin train leaves Edinburgh Waverley station at 8:30 a.m. There will be a few stops along the route and estimated time of arrival at London King’s Cross station is 12.50 p.m. Our ticket cost £25 as we’ve booked way in advanced, otherwise expect to pay more than £100. Better to fly then.

Berwick-upon-Tweed

A short stop at Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Newcastle Railway Station

Newcastle was also one of the other stops.

York Railway Station

York was a busy station with lots of passengers getting on.

Nuclear Power Plant

Outside York, you’ll pass by this power plant on your right. If I’m not mistaken, it’s located in Eggborough.

Although along the journey there was an 8 minute delay getting into some of the stations, we eventually arrived King’s Cross only a couple of minutes late.

King's Cross, London

King’s Cross London train station.

King's Cross, London

Fellow passengers getting off the train at King’s Cross.

King's Cross, London

Bicycles parked just off the platform inside the station.

King's Cross, London

The train head looks a little tired and aged but it got us from Edinburgh to London safely and almost on time.

Our accommodation in London will be at Point A Hotels, Praed Street, Paddington. This hotel was formally Tune Paddington when we stayed last year. We found the hotel’s location to be very convenient. Just in-front of this hotel, behind a row of shop lots is Paddington Basin where you’ll find Merchant Square. This is the spot where the movie Jason Bourne was shot.

Point A Hotel, Paddington

Previously Tune Paddington, now under new management known as Point A Hotels.

After lunch, we headed to Merchant Square, in Paddington basin. Naturally we’ve been here last year (2016) and we can see there are some ‘upgrade’ project that’s been done. Notably is the ‘Pocket Park’, a 730 sq metre floating park in the basin that provides green space on the water for the public to enjoy and mooring spots for canal boats

Merchant Square, Paddington

Merchant Square, Paddington Basin.

Merchant Square, Paddington

Pathway leading to the ‘Pocket Park’ a small 730 sq metre floating green.

Merchant Square, Paddington

Further down, canal boat moored by the canal.

Merchant Square, Paddington

Something that wasn’t here in 2016. Free canal tour by water taxi from Paddington Basin to Bishop’s Bridge.

Jason Bourne

A clip from the movie Jason Bourne. Credit : movietrip.me

Merchant Square, Paddington

Photo taken from the spot Malcolm Smith (above) waiting for Bourne at Merchant Square. View towards St Mary’s Hospital in the background.

A short walk from Merchant Square we boarded a bus at Edgware Road and got off at St John’s Wood a few stops up. Across the road from the bus stop, you’ll find Clifton Court flats. These flats were built in the traditional black & white colonial design. We are here just to photograph these buildings and to pass our time for the evening.

Clifton Court, London

The colonial styled, black & white designed flats.

Clifton Court, London

Clifton Court is at the junction of St John’s Wood & Maida Vale.

Clifton Court, London

The Clifton Court is quite a stretch.

Clifton Court, London

Another view of the flat.

Having taken enough photographs of the Clifton Court, we headed back to Edgware Road. Before heading back to our hotel, we strolled along Cabbell Street starting just besides the Edgware Road (Circle & District) tube station. Hyde Park mansions is located on this street and the red-brown coloured facade is nice to photograph.

Hyde Park Mansions, London

Hyde Park mansions along Cabbell Street.

Hyde Park Mansions, London

The stretch of Hyde Park mansion.

Hyde Park Mansions, London

The opposite side.

Hyde Park Mansions, London

Posh cars lining the street.

Edinburgh Halal

Halal Food, Edinburgh, Scotland

September 2017

Finding Halal food in Edinburgh isn’t difficult, there are plenty of halal eateries. We spotted them through the word ‘halal’ either in Arabic or in English on their store front.

Kindly bear in mind, on this page we’ve listed them based on seeing the ‘halal’ logo and/or wordings on their premises. For your peace of mind, please confirm with the store owner or personnel beforehand as ownership of an eatery may change and so would the menu and the status of the food.

Close to our hotel at Dalry Road, there are two such eateries. One is ‘The Chicken Crew’ and the other, in-front of it is ‘Ali Baba Kebab House’ (24 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2BQ, UK). Apologies for not having pictures of Ali Baba store front but there is a ‘halal’ logo in Arabic on the signboard. Both eateries are about 5-10 minutes walk from our hotel.

Haymarket Edinburgh Halal

Halal eateries around Haymarket area.

Edinburgh Halal

‘The Chicken Crew’. Arabic ‘Halal’ wording on center top left glass pane. Location : 25 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2BQ, UK

Edinburgh Halal

The order counter. We had dinner here. Naturally, they specialise in chicken.

Right in Edinburgh’s old town on South Bridge road is where you’ll find even more halal eateries. Notably is ‘Mosque Kitchen’, a big establishment with dining area, good patronage and serves delicious food. We had chicken Briyani for lunch and drinking water is free. Oddly, on it’s premises, there was no halal logo on the front unlike it’s takeaway section as few doors away which has on it’s signboard. There is an Arabic ‘halal’ logo on their menu if I’m not mistaken.

A short walk from ‘Mosque Kitchen’ is Edinburgh Central Mosque.It’s located at 50 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT.

South Bridge Edinburgh Halal

Halal eateries around South Bridge & Royal Mile. Very close to ‘Mosque Kitchen’ is Edinburgh Central Mosque.

The list of halal eateries found in Edinburgh old town area. There could have been more that we’ve might missed, so do look around.

Mosque Kitchen
31-33 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX, UK

Kebab Mahal
7 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BH, UK

Palmyra Pizza
22 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DH, UK

Roti
42 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1LL, UK

Zuhus
29-30 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1LL, UK

Zenobia
14A South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1LL, UK

Shamoli
105 High Street, (First Floor), Edinburgh EH1 1SG, UK

Edinburgh Halal

‘Mosque Kitchen’ is probably the favorite of many. Spacious dining area..

Edinburgh Halal

The varieties of dishes for your choosing.

Edinburgh Halal

Front section of the dining area.

Edinburgh Halal

Few doors away, is ‘Mosque Kitchen’ takeaway counter. ‘Halal’ logo in Arabic on the signboard.

Edinburgh Halal

‘Mosque Kitchen’ takeaway menu.

Edinburgh Halal

The takeaway counter.

Edinburgh Halal

Directly to the side of ‘Mosque Kitchen’ across the Nelson Square is ‘Kebab Mahal’. Arabic ‘halal’ logo on the signboard & store front.

Edinburgh Halal

Diagonally opposite ‘Mosque Kitchen’, is ‘Palmyra Pizza’. ‘Halal’ wording in English on front glass pane.

Edinburgh Halal

From ‘Palmyra Pizza’, walk towards Royal Mile and there is ‘Roti’. ‘Halal’ logo in Arabic on signboard.

Edinburgh Halal

Walk further up from ‘Roti’ and you’ll reach ‘Zuhus’. Arabic ‘halal’ logo on front glass pane within the small red circle.

Edinburgh Halal

Walk further up from ‘Zuhus’ and before the junction to Royal Mile, you’ll reach ‘Zenobia’. ‘Halal’ in English on the signboard.

Edinburgh Halal

Walk further up from ‘Zenobia’ and turn right to Royal MIle. Walk a further 20m and to your left is ‘Shamoli’. ‘Halal’ wording in Arabic written on display banner. The eatery is on the 1st floor.