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Oxford Street to Shepherd’s Bush

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.

Shepherd's Bush market

Begs & children clothings.

Shepherd's Bush market

Pillows & kitchen utensils.

Shepherd's Bush market

Purses, begs, luggages & in between.

Shepherd's Bush market

Varieties of souvenirs.

Shepherd's Bush market

London begs @ £1.50 each.

Shepherd's Bush market

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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Clifton Court, London

Paddington, London

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.

Jump to London 2015 postings.
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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.

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London repeated

London Repeated

April 2016

Whilst our visit to London last year (2015) was a frantic dash from one attraction to the next, this year’s itinerary is more relaxed. In our 6 days stay, we covered 9 new London’s attractions and the rest are repeates of places we’ve been.

London repeated

The unmistakable London red buses.

We have never repeated a same destination two years running, but London has an unexplainable aura of drawing me and my wife back. Probably due to the extensive & efficient transportation network, the ease in obtaining halal food, the friendly & helpful locals, those charming road and town names …. arrrgh, we don’t know what exactly. Don’t mind going once more next year.

London repeated

Edgware Road. Along this stretch, you’ll find plentiful of halal eateries.

Oxford street, the shopping street known to travellers. Not that the prices are cheap, but this is where the crowds are. For affordable and value for money shopping, try Primark at reet. They sell most of those things we’ll wear regularly.

London repeated

You must be crazy not to be at Oxford Street when in London.

London repeat

Debenhams at Oxford Street. You’ll need a bigger wallet/purse here.

London repeat

Street entertainment along Oxford street.

For those with fat and bulging wallet/purse, you can shop your heart’s content at Harrods. About what we could afford here, are the green Harrods shopping bag. Ouch!

London repeat

Those medium signature shopper bag at £21.95.

London repeat

A beautifully decorated cake at Harrod’s food section.

At Portobello Road, the world’s largest antiques market, you’ll probably be able to find some interesting and affordable item to buy. You can also find souvenirs and food stuff here, just like any other street market elsewhere in other countries.

London repeat

Colorful section of buildings at Portobello.

the world’s largest antiques market

All Saints is a British fashion retailer you’ll find along Portobello Road. Inside, they have floor-to-ceiling display of sewing machines. Awesome.

This year we once again made our way to Arsenal Stadium to get a T-shirt for our son an ardent fan of Arsenal. The same designed T-shirt we purchased last year has gone up by­ ­£5. This time around, our son wanted a training jersey instead.

London repeat

Emirates stadium, home of Arsenal FC.

London repeat

Training jersey are the ones with stripes. Match jerseys are in yellow.

Travelling by underground tube is one of the most efficient transportation in London although not cheap. The London bus is cheaper, but one must know which one to take and any change of bus required.

London repeat

Empty tube station passageway.

London repeat

Reminder to the passengers.

London repeat

Upgrading should be completed by the time you read this.

London City Airport.

You’ll need these for your tube & bus travel.

Some of the different tube stations we got on or off. Edgware has two stations nearby each other. One serves the Bakerloo line while the other the District, Circle & Hammersmith lines.

London repeat

Most frequently used tube station. Close by Tune Paddington Hotel.

London repeat

Bayswater. Another area to easily get halal food. Souvenirs are cheaper in Bayswater area.

London repeat

Tower Hill tube station for Tower Hill & Tower Bridge.

London repeat

Imagine the crowd on match day at this small Arsenal tube station. Emirates stadium is 5 minutes walk away..

If not for the Tower Bridge Exhibition, we see no necessity to be here again. But to be up on the Tower Bridge glass walkway is something else. What more when we were able to witness the drawing of the bridge right underneath our feet.

London repeat

Tower bridge repeated.

London repeat

The HOHO bus as seen through the glass walkway of the Tower Bridge.

Common signposts in UK.

London repeat

Trafalgar Square bus stop.

London repeat

Street directions.

Landmarks around Oxford street.

London repeat

Crowds at Marble Arch.

London repeat

‘Still Water’. A bronze sculpture of a horse’s head nearby Marble Arch.

London repeat

Legendary red post box.

London repeat

A bicycle with disc brakes.

London repeat

Foldable bicycle.

London repeat

London fridge magnet to bring home.

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