The Regent’s Park 166 hectares has the largest outdoor sports area in London. It has a football, softball, rugby and a cricket pitch. The London Zoo is located within, as well as an open air theatre and a boating lake. You can get here by dropping off at Baker Street tube station. Along your way to the park, you’ll pass by the London Beatles Store and two doors away is The Sherlock Holmes museum.
London has many parks and all are charming in its own right. They are well-kept, clean and makes a good get-away for exercise or to unwind. Patches of small flower garden are a welcome sight.
Back during my primary school days, The Beatles were creating a storm with their music and hair-do, and I naturally became a fan. So in London, we took the opportunity to check-out the London Beatles Store at Baker street. It is London’s first and only Beatles Shop totally devoted to everything Beatles. It’s open daily from 10am – 6.30pm. You’ll find new and original 60’s Beatles memorabilia, T-shirts, posters, records, mugs, books, plus autographs among others. Depending on what you’re looking for, prices ranges from a couple of pounds right up to a couple of hundreds.
London Beatles Store frontage.
Member of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club.
T-shirts of everything Beatles.
Abbey Road crossing T-shirts.
T-shirts for children.
More T-shirts designs to choose from.
Racks of mugs and road name stickers.
John Lennon legendary styled glasses for £70.
After browsing the store, we headed to Abbey Road studios where it all started for The Beatles. London Beatles Store provided a pamphlet on how to get there. You can take bus no. 139/189 from Gloucester Place bus stop nearby and it will take you to Abbey Road bus stop right in-front of ‘Abbey Road Shop’ beside the studio. At this shop, you can obtain more Beatles memorabilia. The famous Abbey Road crossing is here too but expect small groups taking pictures while they cross the road imitating how The Beatles did it decades ago.
Pamphlets provided by London Beatles Store. Thanks for showing the way to Abbey Road.
Location of London Beatles Store and Gloucester Place bus stop to get to Abbey Road. Click to enlarge.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum just two doors away from London Beatles Store.
This is the bus stand where we got-off the bus coming from Gloucester Place.
Souvenir shop besides Abbey Road studios.
This isn’t the studio, it’s the souvenir shop.
Beatles related souvenirs.
Fridge magnet in the shop.
Pillows and tote bags.
Abbey Road album, one left.
Abbey Road studios, where it all began.
The famous Abbey Road crossing partially closed for road works.
Prior to Chiltern Railways operating a rail stop at Bicester Village (pronounced Bis-ter), a luxury shopping outlet center for designer fashion and homeware stores located at the outskirts of Bicester town in Oxfordshire, you will have to take a shuttle bus from dedicated pick-up points in London and head over there. The journey would take 1½ hrs and cost £28 return.
With the introduction of a new rail stop at Bicester Village by Chiltern Railways, you can now catch a train from Marylebone station in London and reach Bicester Village within 45 minutes. Rail tickets bought on the day would cost similar or higer to a shuttle bus but bought in advanced, you may get as cheap as £12 return. Once you return to Marylebone, it a matter of changing platform one level down for the tube to your final destination.
Chiltern railway advanced ticket reservation for 2 passengers.
Once your advanced tickets are booked and paid, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Chiltern Railways. You will then need to obtain a physical ticket at a self-service ticket machine at a train station you have selected (not necessarily at Marylebone). Remember to bring along the credit card you used for the purchase of the tickets. You will be required to slot-in the credit card at the self-service ticket machine for verification. Don’t worry if your reservation had been made months earlier, your tickets will be waiting.
Marylebone underground and rail station, London.
Marylebone train station is on the upper level, the tube below. You collect your tickets at the blue self-service automated machines. The credit card you used for the reservation will be required to be slotted into the machine.
Clean and comfortable diesel-powered train. Free WiFi provided.
Bicester Village station.
Once you reached Bicester Village Station, cross over to the platform on the other side using the overhead bridge and at the end of the covered walkway to the far end is literally Bicester Village guest service counters. From here, you’ll need to walk about 100m to the outlets itself. The guest service counter has chairs for you to sit and is a welcome relief during the chilly days while waiting for your return train.
Overhead bridge to Bicester Village station on the other side. Credit : Robert Nixon
The train ticket validating machines just outside of Bicester Village guest service counters Credit : railfuture.org.uk
From the guest service counters, it about 100m walk to Bicester Village.
Entrance into Bicester Village if you came by train.
Branded names such as MK, DKNY and Boss.
Benches all over for you to rest or wait for your wife to come out.
Burberry store besides Pret a Manger.
Visitors volume picking up during lunch time.
Fossil store. Watches and handbags.
The all-time favorite shoe store, Clark. Not the latest designs though.
Longchamp window display.
This food truck, errrr …. van ….. errr scooter, serves halal food.
Bicester Village entrance if you had come by bus.
Nice spot for selfies which we did.
On a chilly spring morning, sampaisudah.com reached Bicester Village.