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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.
Jump to London 2016 postings.

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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Heathrow T3

2015 : Exploring Europe

April 2015                                                                                     Jump to London 2016 postings.

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 T3

Heathrow T3.

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.

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