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Oxford Street to Shepherd’s Bush

October 2017

Start of our 2nd day in London, we are off to Primark at 499, Oxford Street. What’s peculiar is Primark opens for business as early as 8.00 a.m. We’re not shopaholic to come early but to beat the maddening crowd during the later hours as what we had experienced the previous years.

Nice to note Primark has a return or refund policy within 28 days of purchase. The return or refund can be made from any of their branches. This means, purchase made in Edinburgh can be returned or refunded in London. Foreigners who are entitled for VAT refund, bundle all your purchase receipts and get it done from any of Primark’s branches irrespective of which branch the purchase has been made.

Primark, Oxford street.

Primark at the ever ‘busy’ Oxford Street at 8 a.m. Try photographing this location at 4.00 p.m.

Once shopping done, we took a bus in-front of Primark and headed to Italian Water Gardens located within Kensington Gardens. We got off at the bus stop on Bayswater Road opposite Lancaster Gate tube station. One of the entrance gates into the garden, is just by the bus stop. Unlike Hyde Park, the Italian Water Gardens is gated and opens at 6.00 a.m. and closes at varying times according to the season.

Italian Water Gardens, Kensington Garden

Entrance into Italian Water Gardens via Bayswater Road. The Lancaster Gate tube station is directly opposite.

Kensington Gardens

Park map of Kensington Gardens.

The Kensington Gardens where the Italian Water Gardens is located, was part of Kensington Palace in the past. It was built 150 years ago as a gift to Queen Victoria from Prince Albert. The park covers an area of 270 acres and is located to the west of Hyde Park. The main attraction is the fountains and its quiet surrounding even though Bayswater Road is a stone’s throw away. From here, we can see from a distance, the Speke Monument.

Italian Water Garden, Kensington Garden

The Italian Water Gardens with it’s fountains running.

Italian Water Garden, Kensington Garden

The fountain pump house and In the background, the ‘Royal Lancaster London Hotel’.

Italian Water Garden, Kensington Garden

The white marble Tazza Fountain.

Italian Water Garden, Kensington Garden

The pump house viewed from across the garden.

Italian Water Garden, Kensington Garden

Autumn leaves evident at Kensington Gardens.

Italian Water Garden, Kensington Garden

Speke Monument in the distance.

Back on the bus heading towards Shepherd’s Bush, we got off at Notting Hill Gate (stop N, about 4 stops away) just before the tube station. Walk ahead and turn left for Kensington Church street. About 80 metres to your right across the road, you’ll find ‘The Churchill Arms’. The whole building is almost entirely covered with colourful flowers, even in Autumn. This is a favorite photo spot not to be missed.

The Churchill Arms

A London bus passing by ‘The Churchill Arms’.

The Churchill Arms

Entrance fronting Kensington Church street.

The Churchill Arms

Closer view of the entrance.

The Churchill Arms

Blooming flowers in Autumn. It would be a riot of bright colours in spring. This entrance is fronting Campden Street.

The Churchill Arms

The dual frontage at the junction of Kensington Church street and Campden street.

The Churchill Arms

Winston Churchill intensely looking at you.

Back again on the bus, we headed to Shepherd’s Bush getting off at Shepherd’s Bush Road bus stop ‘J’ on Goldhawk Road. Along this road, there are tons of textile stores if you are looking for fabric. A little further up is Goldhawk Road tube station and across the road is Shepherd’s Bush market. We’ve been here in 2016 and as written in our previous post, it’s just an everyday market. If you are short of time, you would not miss much if this market is not in your itinerary. Our main intention getting here is to have lunch at one of the restaurants at the other end of the market besides Shepherd’s Bush market tube station and to perform our midday prayers at a nearby mosque.

Shepherd's Bush market

Welcome to Shepherd’s Bush market.

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Begs & children clothings.

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Pillows & kitchen utensils.

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Purses, begs, luggages & in between.

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Varieties of souvenirs.

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London begs @ £1.50 each.

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Cheap fridge magnets @ £1 each.

After lunch, it’s a 300 metres walk from the other end of the market to Shepherd’s Bush mosque. The mosque is located in between shop lots at . The female prayer hall is upstairs whilst the male downstairs. There was a big congregation for the midday ‘Zohor’ prayers full to the brim at the male prayer hall.

Shepherd's Bush mosque

Main entrance into Shepherd’s Bush mosque.

Shepherd's Bush mosque

Women prayer hall upstairs.

Shepherd's Bush mosque

Male prayer hall. Main entrance at the far end.

Shepherd's Bush mosque

Male prayer hall.

After prayers it’s back on the bus heading to Westfield London, a huge shopping mall close to Shepherd’s Bush tube station. Don’t be confused with Shepherd’s Bush Market tube station which is ½ mile away. At Westfield, you’ll find all the big brand names. Westfield is where most Londoners shop, not at Oxford Street where it’s flooded with tourist. Although you can find big brand names along Regent’s Street, Westfield offers the convenience of everything under one roof.

Westfield, Shepherd's Bush

Westfield London located close-by Shepherd’s Bush tube station & bus stop.

Westfield, London

Westfield London shopping mall.

Westfield, London

Overview of a section of Westfield.

Westfield, London

A favorite store for the youngsters.

Westfield, London

A small section inside Debenhams with items on sale brought in the crowds.

Westfield, London

For the sports addicts, Sports Direct.

Westfield, London

Multi floors House of Fraser.

Pelangi!, Westfield, London

.Penang!, a halal Malaysian restaurant outside Westfield opposite House of Fraser.

Places visited plotted on Google map.

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Shepherd's Bush Market

Shepherd’s Bush Market, London

April 2016

After visiting Kyoto Garden, we proceeded to Shepherd’s Bush Market by bus from Holland Park, which takes about 10 minutes. If you’re coming by tube, ensure you get off at Shepherd’s Bush Market and not at Shepherd’s Bush station. Like Edgware Road, Shepherd Bush caters to much of the needs of the Muslims community. Numerous halal outlet are found here along the road to the market and at the market, you can obtain halal meat. On the way there, we stopped by a halal confectionery shop for breakfast to have a taste of genuine English-made cakes and cookies.

Opened since 1914, Shepherd’s Bush Market is a historical landmark in West London. The market has long became a one stop shop for the local community gaining a reputation as one of the most diverse locations this side of London. It houses over 90 traders and is opened Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm. It is located between Shepherd’s Bush Market & Goldhawk Road Underground stations.

Shepherd's Bush Market

Freedom of expression before Brexit.

Shepherd's Bush Market

Shepherd’s Bush town.

Shepherd's Bush Market

Convenient bus connection in town. The market is about 100m away.

Shepherd's Bush Market

Cakes for breakfast.

Shepherd's Bush Market

Yummy donuts and cookies.

The trade at Shepherd’s Bush Market is similar to Church Street market we visited earlier today, although the traders here has permanent stalls. They sell wide varieties of goods, including fresh produce, meat, cooked food, music CDs, household goods, furnishings, clothing, fabrics, etc. You’ll find souvenirs like fridge magnets much cheaper here than in shops elsewhere.

Like Church Street Market, the Shepherd Bush Market as the name suggest, is a market. Not much different to any other market in other countries. In my opinion, if you are short of time, you would not miss much if these two places are not in your itinerary especially, if you had or planning to visit Portobello Street Market.

Shepherd's Bush Market

Entrance to Shepherd’s Bush Market. The Shepherd’s Bush Market tube station is right across the road. The first stall on the left sells halal Falafel.

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Overview of stalls at Shepherd’s Bush Market.

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Ladies clothing and begs.

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Local and imported fruits.

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Fresh seafood are available.

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The tube passing overhead the stalls. This section of the tube, is above-ground.

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Shepherd’s Bush Market tube station. Two doors from this entrance to the left is Rooster’s Grill which serve delicious chicken meals and two door more is Fisherman’s Hut serving sea food. Both are halal eateries.

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Shepherd’s Bush Market tube platform.

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