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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.

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The colonial styled, black & white designed flats.

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

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The Clifton Court is quite a stretch.

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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.

Paddington

Day 8 – Paddington, London, England

April 2015

We arrived from Southampton into Waterloo train station around 2:30 p.m. and onwards to Paddington where our hotel (review below) was, arriving an hour later. We had a late lunch around our hotel area. Paddington has several halal restaurants including fast food outlets like Subway & KFC. You just need to be on the look out for the halal sign. Within Paddington bus stop leading up to our hotel along London Street, there are 5 halal eateries. A little further down Craven Road, there is a Malaysian restaurant.

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Paddington underground exit besides Hilton Hotel.

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Paddington halal restaurants location (there are more).

The Malaysian restaurant mentioned above is called ‘Tukdin’ situated at 41 Craven Road. From Paddington underground, walk pass Hilton and walk further down. It will be on your left. Menu features various Malaysian dishes.

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Tukdin Malaysian restaurant. 41 Craven Road, Paddington.

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Interior of Tukdin restaurant.

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Our lunch bill ringing up at the cash register.

We’ve made advanced hotel booking via hotel aggregator booking.com for a four nights stay at Abbey Court Hotel, Sussex Gardens, Paddington. We’ve picked this hotel due to favourable reviews, close to halal outlets, nearby to train, tube and bus stations. Convenient access to Heathrow airport and St Pancras train station.

This hotel rate does not include breakfast nor wi-fi and is the most expensive during this trip. Apart from the ‘posh’ exterior of the hotel and the spacious lobby, nothing else good can be said of this hotel.

'Posh' exterior of Abbey Court Hotel.

‘Posh’ exterior of Abbey Court Hotel aka Westpoint Hyde Park Hotel, Sussex Gardens.

To get to our room from the lobby, we needed to go through a maze of doors, no less than five. Room 410 is a twin bedded room on the ground floor with heater but no air-conditioning. In the spring night, the room gets warm but situated next to an air well, opening the windows lets cool air in.

The room is small but we’ve stayed in other hotel rooms of this size. But the bathroom is miniature that we, small-sized Asian felt squeezed in it. Zero reception of cellphone line in room. Hotel internet is at astronomical £10 per day, more expensive than subscribing to my home country roaming data package!

The most absurd incident is the cleaners opened our doors TWICE before the official check-out time. The cleaners however did apologised on both occasions. All-in-all, there are many, many, many more hotels in this area for you to consider. Surf around.

Abbey Court hotel

Small twin bed room, window opens to an air well.

Abbey Court hotel

Entrance door on the left. The wood-grain door leads to the miniature bathroom. About the only ‘space’ in the room is the width of a chair beside this bed.

Abbey Court hotel

Notice the ancient lock of the entrance door. The mirror, hair dryer and kettle next to it.

Abbey Court hotel

Next to the mirror, is the TV at an obscure angle, a ‘built-in’ table and an open closet. Lot of power points to charge your devices.

Abbey Court hotel

The ‘miniature’ bathroom. On the WC, your face is up close to the wash basin.

Abbey Court hotel

The super miniature shower cubicle. It’s slightly more than 3 tiles across. Assuming the tile measures 1 foot across, it’s about 39″ or about 1 meter wide!