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3 Days Itinerary from Paris to London (Day 1) Check out the Best Fish n Chip in London

When we first arrived in London via the EuroTunnel, everything is so similar to Singapore. It's like arriving home! 

  • Right Hand Drive
  • Singapore use Cambridge Education System (PSLE, N/O/A Levels)
  • English Speaking Country
  • Multi Racial - Their supermarket have alot of International food stuffs and Chilli Sauce. Indian, Mexican, Asian etc
  • Drivers in London are like Singaporeans - Impatient!
  • Congestion Charge Zone - ERP Zone like Singapore

After our experience drive to Germany, we decided to have a 3 Days Drive from Saturday to Monday. We can save a night of Hotel this way.

Things to Note Before Driving from France to London

  1. UK Drives on the Left. France and other EU drives on the right. You have to really check your blind spot when overtaking or at congested roundabouts. You probably can't see most cars coming on the right.
  2. Road Signs are in Miles. Not in KM
  3. London Congestion Charge Zone. You have to pay an £11.50 daily charge if you drive within the Congestion Charge zone between 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday. [Download Map here]
  4. UK use Pounds not Euros.
  5. Dartford Crossing Charge. You must pay if you use the Dartford Crossing (the Thames River) between 6am and 10pm. You must pay by midnight on the day after you cross. The payment service is called Dart Charge.
  6. Petrol. UK Petrol and Diesel are more expensive than France. Fill your tank before you enter UK at the stations in Calais.
  7. Passport. You need a passport to enter into UK from France

​Day 1: Crossing to UK via EuroTunnel

Drive to Calais


3 Hours Drive from Paris
22 Toll Fee
300 km Distance

Via A1, A26.

As usual, we will stop at Calais, Macdonalds for our Brunch (ard 10am), top up petrol before heading to the Eurotunnel.

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This is our first time in this area and the road signs are confusing. We have a hard time finding the Petrol Kiosk and also the Check In for EuroTunnel. Luckily we reach Calais early to allow us more time to navigate.


EuroTunnel


From € 80 / Way

Toilets Available

35 mins Journey

Check in EuroTunnel

We have bought our tickets via www.eurotunnel.com earlier. The process to self check-in is very fast. Just insert the credit card you used to purchase the ticket. The machine will print out your "boarding ticket". Hang it at your rear view mirror or your dashboard.

If you are early, you may even board the earlier train, and pay the difference in fares if there is.

We are so excited as this is our first time, driving a car into a Train. The space for a car is pretty tight but we managed to get it through.

After driving for 4 hours, from Sens to Calais, a 35 mins train ride is definitely a good rest. I can close my eyes and take nap after having our Macdonalds breakfast.

Exiting the EuroTunnel

Once you reach UK, you will need to drive your vehicle out of the train and off you go on the UK highway via M20. It takes away for us to get used to the speed limit as it is in MPH, you gotta do some mental conversion. 


Shop: Sainsbury's Ashford


Value for Money

Many Discounts

Open Mon - Sun

  • UK #2 Largest Supermarket Chain
  • Check out their website

This is our first stop in UK, as we googled online, Sainsbury is the #2 supermarket Chain in UK. This place sells my Lingham's Chilli Sauce at £1.50. You definitely can't find this in France. I am also looking for Curry Leaves, but unfortunately it is not sold at this outlet.

Sainsbury

Sainsbury

But if you are looking for a Bargain, you can try Asda. For the £2 Heinz Curry Sauce at Sainsbury, it is sold at Asda for £1​


Eat: Golden Chippy


Less than £8 

Superb Service

Delicious!

  • Located at 62 Greenwich High Rd, London
  • Top Ranking Fish and Chip in London by Tripadvisor
  • Fish n Chips at less than £8 !
  • Awesome Service!
  • Probably the Best Fish & Chips in UK

​We were surprised by how Customer oriented Golden Chippy is! They took time probably every 15mins to check on the customer's and even serve fruits after the meal.

Standard Size Fish n Chips

Large Size Fish n Chips

It has been quite some time since we experienced such good service vs ¯_(ツ)_/¯ we get all the time in France.

2Pc Chicken

Le Menu. Prices for Take Away

We ordered the Standard and Large Codfish, 2 Piece Chicken to share among the 3 of us. The codfish taste fresh and the batter is crispy too! And bill come up to be £23 including 2 coke (with ICE!)


Carpark: Vintry Thames Exchange


2 Hours Drive from Folkestone
12 £ Parking Charges
115 km Distance

£12 for 12 Hours During Weekend. Pre-Book your Parking here!

Finally, LONDON!

Finally, LONDON!

Driving in London centre is definitely similar to driving in Singapore. The drivers are impatient, congestion everywhere. And there seemed to be a lot of speed cameras in London - Like really alot! Try counting..

Parking in London centre is definitely expensive. But we found a place to Pre-Book Parking at £12 for 12 Hours during weekends! Check this website for more info! So fun, it is one of the cheapest parking we can find in London. If you manage to get a roadside parking, good for you. It is free on Sundays.


Go: Borough Market


Open Mon - Sat

Wide Variety of Food!

More than 130 Traders!

  • Located at 8 Southwark Street, London
  • One of the largest and oldest food markets in London.
  • Nearest Underground Station is London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines)

Borough Market with The Shard just behind

Doesn't look that appealing though

Phone Booth making way for ATM

Phone Booth making way for ATM

Lobster with Free Fork anyone?

Lobster with Free Fork anyone?

Look at the Crowd on a Saturday Afternoon!

Look at the Crowd on a Saturday Afternoon!


Eat: Richard Haward's Oyster


£1.50 for Medium Oyster

Taste Fresh!

Delicious!

  • Located at Borough Market Facing the Street

We went specially to try this Oyster out as recommended. This is probably my first positive experience trying out raw oysters.

Oyster Specialist!

Oyster Specialist!

Fresh Oysters!

Fresh Oysters!

3 Medium Oysters - £1.50 Each

3 Medium Oysters - £1.50 Each

Because they have a few selection of oyster and I have no idea how to order from there. I just went up to the boss and told him, Ermm, 3 Oysters please!

2 more pls!

2 more pls!


See: The Shard


Open Mon - Sun

From £ 26 / Adult

Recommended Stay Duration: 2 Hrs

  • Located at 32 London Bridge Street
  • Tallest Building in UK, 4th Tallest in Europe
  • Nearest Underground Station is London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines)
  • Pre Book via Website for 15% off
London Bridge Station

London Bridge Station

From the Bottom of the Shard

From the Bottom of the Shard

About the Shard

The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, is a 95-storey skyscraper in Southwark, London, that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. Standing 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, the 105th tallest building in the world, and the fourth tallest building in Europe. It is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the concrete tower at the Emley Moor transmitting station.

From our previous trips, we often will go to the tallest building or tower to view the entire landscape of the region or city. This is the most expensive entry ticket we have encountered so far. Do Pre book online for 15% off!

From the Left to right, Millennium Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Railway, London Bridge

From the Left to right, Millennium Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Railway, London Bridge

Sunsetting, can you see London Eye ?

Sunsetting, can you see London Eye ?

View of Tower Bridge

View of Tower Bridge

View of Tower Bridge at Night

View of Tower Bridge at Night

London Bridge Station Railway Lines

London Bridge Station Railway Lines

Probably the Best View Toilet in the entire london

Probably the Best View Toilet in the entire london

We purposely book at around 5pm to the shard so that we can view the region during the daytime and catch the sunset.​

After a whole day of driving, we just stayed one corner of The Shard, sat down and enjoy the scenery while resting.​

View of Tower Bridge from London Bridge

View of Tower Bridge from London Bridge

Bicycle Lanes Bigger than Car Lanes

Bicycle Lanes Bigger than Car Lanes


Stay: Martel Guest House


Free Parking

Breakfast Included

Aircon

£110 / Night

Triple Room

Free Wi-Fi

  • Located at Zone 3 of London - Book here
  • Breakfast is freshly prepared
  • Daily tidy of the room 
  • Book early, as it gets unavailable very fast!

Driving back from London to Martel Guest House takes about 45mins, the distance isn't that far but the roads are slightly congested during a Saturday Night. We even pass by Camden Town along the way and it looks happening!

Upon reaching the Guest House, we are greeted by Mr Phil! From all the reviews gathered, ​indeed his introduction and service makes our day too. He is very patient to explain the whole procedures, the keys and the breakfast timing.

Yummy Breakfast! Wonder why the Eggs so white.

Yummy Breakfast! Wonder why the Eggs so white.

Free Parking!

The only complaint we have is, as we are at the bottom level, we can hear the thumping sounds whenever the 2nd level guest walks about in their room.​ Mrs Travelvoila complains about the bed being too firm though. Probably we walked 14km for our first day in London.

Voila! ..

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Angela - November 6, 2017

The oysters looks good! Are they fresh?

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Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten - November 10, 2017

I have been to London 5 times, taken the Chunnel and never thought about the cars that are put on! Love London and you packed a lot in. I have never gone up the Shard, need to try it next time- as long as I can handle the height!

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    Donovan - November 10, 2017

    That’s our first trip to London. Visiting them again soon.
    You should try the Shard, beautiful but expensive.

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Jithin - November 10, 2017

Driving to UK from France sounds interesting. The country side of UK is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing the information.

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    Donovan - November 10, 2017

    It is quite fun taking the car up the train. The only thing is the car is not suitable for left hand driving, especially driving in London. Too many blind spots.

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RJ - November 10, 2017

Yay! What an experience.. I wanna try this in the future.. I guess driving would save a lot of money for hostels/hotels and It would be fun.. Road trips are the best.

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    Donovan - November 10, 2017

    Yaa, we love road trips. Flexible and cuts down abit on cost. But, try not to drive in the cities.

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Maria Angelova - November 10, 2017

Thanks for the useful tips. I have only heard about the congestion charge but obviously it’s real. Driving on the ‘other’ side, however, is the biggest challenge for me.

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    Donovan - November 10, 2017

    Ya, i guess it does helps with congestion. Driving is pretty congested in London, driving on the left hand side of the road, with a left hand drive car makes it more challenging.

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