London is definitely not a place to drive especially the cost of parking is so expensive. Hence the 2nd day, we will be taking the underground visiting the places.
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Golders Green to Bank Station: 20mins
From Martel Guest House, it's around 25mins underground ride to Tower's Hill. In London, they use Oyster Card, similar to our Singapore's Ezlink card. And so unlucky that, the Circle Line is closed on the day. We have to walked from Bank Station to Tower of London.
Open Mon - Sun
9am to 5pm
From £ 21 / Adult
Recommended Stay Duration: 3-4 Hrs
Not too bad, we get to see some happenings stuffs along the way.
We reached the ticket office at 10.30am and the queue is long! We bought the Thamesclipper bundle with Tower of London (£4 savings) so you need to go to the Group Ticket Office instead of joining the main queue.
The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.
It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the square mile of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill.
The first thing you will encounter is the Free Tour with the famous Yeoman Warder tours, this tour starts every 30mins and a duration of 1 Hour. A narration of the past of the Tower of London, and each of the landmarks are for.
Next up is the Crown Jewels, we were so lucky that there wasn't a queue going into the building displaying the Crown Jewels. It is actually quite interesting to know about the history of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. And why is a Queen selected instead of the King. Read up before your trip and you will have better knowledge. Because the internet connectivity isn't very good inside the building.
I will say the Crown Jewels is probably the Key Highlights, and there are a few key places to take a look if you have time.
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Tower Pier to Westminister Pier20mins
As we are planning our route in London, Thames Clipper came as a wise choice for us to enjoy the cruise along Thames River from Tower Pier to Westminister where we are going to see the Big Ben.
The River Bus is pretty enjoyable, queue is not very long and ample seating space inside the ferry. However, if there is limited seats for the outside area. You may need to stand to enjoy the cruise.
We wanted to take a look at Big Ben because Jay Chou sang a song on Big Ben. Westminister Palace and Abbey are closed on Sunday so it is just a touch and go for us. While we tour the Thames River from Tower of London to Westminister and proceed to our lunch venue.
The sun was pretty glaring when we are there around 2pm. Can't take beauitful shots of Big Ben though. Nonetheless, westminister seem to be a popular spot. There is a lot of passerby!
There is actually Fortune Cookie, Four Seasons and Gold Mine to choose from. Gold Mine is the furthest away from the underground station though.
Before we even come to London, we are craving roasted duck! The one in Tricotin isn't as good as this! While researching on which London to take. We conclude with Gold Mine.
Reviews say that can try Fortune Cookie (which is cheaper) or Gold Mine.
When entering Gold Mine restaurant, we were greeted with a sign (no credit cards payment) as their payment machine is faulty. We got abit worried though as we are left with £60 Cash. We are used to paying by card in France so we actually draw out £100 for our trip. Lucky the bill came up to be less than £50.
And at 3pm we are so hungry, that we ordered half a duck and deep fried squid. The Chilli for the Duck is also awesome, we requested refill for the Chilli Sauce.
After a hearty meal, while planning whether to Go Harrods or Primark, we realise they close at 6pm on a Sunday! Now we can only go 1 place and Primark it shall be.
Value for Money
Open Mon - Sun
With only 30mins to shop we are rather short of time! So we just agree on a time to meet then do our own shopping. I would say most of the stuffs are rather cheap but all of them are made in China.
I got a Winter Jacket for £19 ! And here's our shopping for 30mins.
With Primark closing at 6pm, we just wander off along Oxford Street from Totteham Court Station to Oxford Circus Station. In fact, that day we walked 16km!
Before driving back to France, I was making my final check on the best routes to take and whether if there is any toll to pay and google map keep mention about Toll charges, that is where I realise, we have to pay Toll when crossing to Dartford (Queen Elizabeth II Bridge)
Dartford crossing is a major road crossing of the River Thames in England. So if you are the upper part of London above the Thames River, this is one of the bridge to cross with charges!
You can only pay on their website according to this article, they have taken away the Toll Stations for convenience sake.
So remember to pay your Dart Charge if you are required to cross. Charges apply between 6am and 10pm every day, including Christmas and other bank holidays.
Open Mon - Sun
Before we conclude with Ashford Designer Outlet, we actually wanted to go Blue Water Shopping Centre which is at Dartford.
Somehow, we decided to drop by Ashford instead because there is a Gap Outlet and Abercrombie & Fitch Outlet.
According to my wife, she mentioned the clothes in A&F are much cheaper! The top she got for me last time at SGD50 cost SGD30 only! And if there is a 10% discount on your next purchase. So the first minute, you just purchase any cheaper stuffs, you get 10% on your next purchase instantly!
With so many brands to shop yet only 2 hours, we definitely be there the next round.
After our 3 hectic days trip to London, it's a long drive back to Sens. It is not as long as the Germany Trip as I get to rest 35mins in the EuroTunnel Train. Driving 4 hours from Calais to Sens is consider acceptable.
Value for Money
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10am - 7pm
After exiting the EuroTunnel, we decided to take a look at the Outlet Store nearby.
Definitely good bargain stuffs there, I got an Orange Adidas Sneaker for €30! Do check out that outlet store if you have time.
Well, 4 hours back home! Will be back to UK and London for sure!
Don is a Kiasu Singaporean that blogs his journey while exploring Europe. A Singapore Travel Blog that provides travel guides and tips on how to travel free and easy in Europe.
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