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2015 : Exploring Europe

April 2015
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Our 2015 holiday started on 07.04.2015. Left Kuala Lumpur via Emirates arriving Heathrow terminal 3 the next morning an hour late at 8:00 a.m. local time. No problem as hotel check-in is 12:00 p.m. Shuttle transport from Heathrow to Travelodge Hotel in Southwark has both been pre-arranged.

Heathrow airport.

Arrival at Heathrow airport

Once cleared immigration and custom, proceed to pick-up my portable pocket wi-fi provided by Tep Wireless at it’s pick-up point at the terminal and purchased two Oyster Cards for me & my wife at Heathhrow underground station which is quiet a walking distance away. Once these settled, it’s just waiting for our shuttle pick-up time to be transferred to our hotel.

Tep Wireless

Tep Wireless pocket wi-fi. Works like a charm provided you are in an area with good signal.

Oyster Card

Oyster cards.

We have booked our hotel, Travelodge Southwark and were happy as the room was spacious. It was on the 7th floor facing ‘The Shard’. There’s a LCD TV, coffee/tea making facilities and ample electrical sockets to charge our devices. Hot water in the bathroom comes within seconds. Free 30 minutes strong & stable wi-fi per day.

Travelodge Southwark

Travelodge Southwark, London. About a minute walk to Southwark underground.

The Shard

‘The Shard’ from our hotel window. The double glazed window kept noise outside.

Next door to the hotel is a small grocery shop which also sells some halal products. I consider Travelodge Southwark as ‘muslim friendly’.

Just a block away within a minute walk, is the entrance to Southwark underground and a little further, Southwark bus stop. This hotel is really situated conveniently.

Travelodge Southwark.

Travelodge Southwark location.

London tube route

Useful London tube map. Click to enlarge.

London bus route

Useful London bus routes. Click to enlarge.







Day 1 – Monument, London

After a little rest and freshening up, we took the underground and started exploring Thames river bank. Alighting from the Monument underground, you wouldn’t miss seeing the Monument structure. It was built in remembrance of the great fire of London in 1666.

Monument to the great fire of London.

Monument to the great fire of London.

The Monument

History behind the construction of the Monument.

View from Riverside Walk.

Day 1 – Thames Riverside Walk, London

April 2015

From the Monument we walked a short distance towards the Thames river bank. Approaching the bank, ‘The Shard’ starts looming straight in-front of you.

Riverside directional sign

Riverside walk directional sign.

The Shard

The Shard from across the Thames on Monument’s side.

From this view-point of the Riverside Walk, the Tower Bridge (not London Bridge), City Hall & HMS Belfast anchored in the waters of the Thames, is already within sight.

View from Riverside Walk.

View from Riverside Walk.

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