This is the 2nd time we are going to London, as previously we had a 3 Days Trip to London. And this time we are going from Paris to London by Train!
And you know what? We missed the Train!
Yes, you heard it. We were late. We woke up late, caught in the jam, and voila.. Missed the train.
The Longer Story
It takes 2 hours from our Town to Paris and Gare Du Nord. And from there, we have to park the car somewhere cheaper and walk to the station.
Our train departure is 07.15am and we reached the car park at 07.20am.
And the next train will cost additional €472 for 2 people. The initial return tickets cost €236 for 2. So total is €708 ( S$1100+) for 2 people!
S$1100+ can fly to alot places you know!
Sibei expensive lesson for the day.
So the journey from Paris to London by train will take approximately, 2hrs 15mins. You board at Gare du Nord and alight at St Pancras in London.
Because we drove, so we need to find a carpark for our car before boarding the train. We have tried the car parks at the airports, but we have not tried the ones near the train station. After many research, we fine tune to 1 car park that is affordable in pricing and 10 mins walk to Gare Du Nord.
Entry/Exit: The entry is simple. Just key in the pin code that is given to you when you register for the car park. The door will automatically open, and you can drive your car in. The exit is also the same. Convenient and hassle-free.
Car Park Space: The lane going in and out is very narrow. It can only fit like the sedan or small cars. Those SUV or bigger cars are not advised to book this space. Each car park lot is also all right. Not very spacious but not too narrow till you cannot open your doors.
Value: Compared to the parking charges at Gare Du Nord, this is a good value for 3 days. There are cheaper options elsewhere, but the entry/exit process is quite a hassle. That is why we settle for this car park.
Special Note: To get to the car park, you need to have an entry card from the reception of the hotel. So this carpark is very secured.
It is our first time taking the train from Paris to London. There are a total of 18 cabins, and the cafes are situated at the 6th and 12th cabin usually. So you can grab your quick snacks or munch during this 2 hours.
But if you don't fancy their food, you can Dabao McDonald's nugget from the Mcdonald's just opposite Gare du Nord.
Check In: Now I understand why there is a need to check in 30 mins in advance. We thought it was like taking the Metro or the regional train. You have to fill in some forms before you enter, from there there is a queue for security checks. The process will take you 20 mins at least.
Comfort: Depending on where you are seated, facing forward or backwards. It is always good to face forward, but if you are unlucky like us, getting the expensive ticket and facing backwards, then it will be an uncomfortable ride for some.
But the leg room and space is good. You don't feel cramped up.
Value for Money: Pay €354 per person how to value for money ? But if you can get the cheapest return ticket for €68 if you are booking early.
We were supposed to visit the Buckingham Palace for the Changing of Guards as the previous trip we didn't manage to see it.
This time also didn't get to see it. Cheesepies lor! Our planning actually swee swee one. 8.30am reached St Pancras, go Giraffe at Victoria eat Breakfast, dump our luggage and go for the Change of Guards. So now all have to change.
Now, we reached 2pm. The only thing we want to eat is Burger and Lobster because didn't eat before mah. Must try.
So we went to the outlet near Knightsbridge station because it seemed to be one of the outlets near to where we stay and less walking distance.
Service: The service of Burger and Lobster is excellent. The staff puts on a smile whenever she takes orders, certainly made our day better.
Food: We ordered the Burger and Lobster Combo, the Medium size Grilled lobster and a Calamari. Honestly, the lobster taste quite bland and luckily there is a garlic butter sauce to enhance the taste.
But again, not very tasty leh. I was expecting some WOW effect when chewing it. The grilled lobster at La Paradeta - Barcelona will win this lobster anytime.
Value for Money: The price got increased since 2-3 years ago. Last time the price was like £23 for a small lobster. Now, it cost £31 for the small one. £40 for the 1.5 pounds! I feel it is overrated for this kind of price. And they even have 12.5% for the service charge.
Will I Recommend to Others: Probably yes, if you die die want to try. But I won't return to eat. 1 time experience is enough.
And we were supposed to go this Wonderland and guessed everything overran. You can check out their website on what are the things to do there. Seems pretty awesome! It opens in November, so visit them the next round ya!
Aiya, come to London already expecting to eat Fish and Chips already. So the nearest Fish and Chips to our stay is Seafresh.
Service: Good service. They let you choose any seats you want that is not reserved. Got a hard time choosing actually. Because too many seats to choose from.
Food: We ordered a Large Fish and Chips and a Calamari (again). The fish and chips taste bland again leh. The fries were too big and soggy. The one we ate at Golden Chippy was one of the best Fish and Chips we had.
Value: Price is mid-range, £15.95 for a large Fish and Chips. But the food was a little disappointing though.
Will I Recommend to Others: Ermm, no lah. Go try other Fish and Chips okay?
Location: This stay is located in Pimlico. 10-15 mins walk from Pimlico station. Average location, however, there is a bus #24 that seems to bring us to everywhere we wanted to go. And 10 - 15 mins away, there is a Sainsbury supermarket, and most of the eateries are located there.
Check-In/Out: Checking in is okay as they only allow you to check in after 2pm. If you are early, you can actually dump your luggage at their reception office which is near Victoria station. And this is a self-check in with the Door pin only given to you 2-3 days before your arrival.
Communication: Prior the stay, communication via Telephone is poor. Because their account got suspended on Airbnb but was reinstated after which. I was worried that something may happen to the booking. Called their customer whom does not seem to know about anything. However, the communication via Airbnb app was good. We had a heater problem, and they rectified instantly. (We were out anyways)
Value: Very valued stay, because the price is affordable, situated near to Pimlico Station which has a direct train to St Pancras Station. There is a small equipped kitchen too.
Cons: Probably the walk from the station to the accommodation. Otherwise, it would have been a perfect stay.
After our long day yesterday (we woke up at 4.30am), missed the train. Nua (idle) at Mcdonald's for 2 hours. We very shag already. Knocked out instantly.
We actually did not plan much for our London trip as previous we covered quite some itineraries for our 3 days in London. But this trip will be doing things that we missed out previously.
Aiya, you know lah. Every trip must plan shopping or similar for my wife. If not, I get feedback that I did not cater time for her to shop.
Be sure to go the Toy Kingdom. There are like more adults than kids around. And many product/toys demonstrations by the staffs there.
Recommended Duration: Depends on what are you there for. We stayed there for like 2 - 3 hours.
Location: Located just outside of Knightsbridge station.
Worth To Go?: Things don't look cheap, but more to the upmarket prices. A croissant cost like £2. But I guess the Harrods brand is a famous brand here. Like Takashimaya in Singapore? Hmmm..
Note About Harrods
Harrods is a luxury department store located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, London. It is now owned by the state of Qatar. The Harrods brand also applies to other enterprises undertaken by the Harrods group of companies including Harrods Bank, Harrods Estates, Harrods Aviation and Air Harrods, and to Harrods Buenos Aires, sold by Harrods in 1922 and closed as of 2011.
The store occupies a 5-acre (20,000 m2) site and has 330 departments covering one million square feet (90,000 m2) of retail space.3
We actually wanted to have our brunch at Giraffe on the 1st day. So, instead of having Fish and Chips somewhere again, we decided to visit Giraffe for a change.
Service: The service is excellent, the staffs are friendly and humorous too.
Food: We ordered the set of 5 Tapas which is like Dim Sum. You have 5 different kinds of small bites.
All the dishes are so tasty! And each has their own dip sauce. Awesome meal!
Value: £5 for each dish is not very expensive. But if you are a big eater, you will not feel full after eating this. For us, the portion is just nice.
Will I Recommend to Others: Yup! If you are sick of Fish and Chips and want to try something different. This is the place you can try out. They have many outlets in London.
The main highlight of our 3 days in London. Catch the Phantom of the Opera. It has always been a bucket list for my wife to catch a play in London. We were lucky only to book one because we intended to book another play the day before.
Recommended Duration: 3 Hours. The show is 2 hrs 30 mins. Be there early as they only allow you in at certain chapters if you are late.
Location: Located at Haymarket street, the nearest underground station is Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines).
Worth To Go?: Not worth the money actually. The seats are narrow and lack of leg space. The theatre is small. You even need to pay to deposit your jackets. But if you die die want to see, then can go ahead. Maybe because we have been to a similar play at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
Holidays are always so short. So fast it is the 3rd day of our 3 days tour of London. This morning, we were very lucky to be greeted with the 1st snowfall of 2017 in London.
Snow has always been a fascinating thing for Singaporeans. Because we see the sun almost 365 a year. And snow always seem beautiful wherever you are.
We also scare we miss the train again, so we go Mcdonald's to have breakfast and also to meet our cousin there too.
You may be wondering. Huh? Mcdonald's for breakfast. Actually I tell you, the Mcdonald's in UK has more varieties than the breakfast option in France. And they even have hash brown similar to Singapore.
Yummy crispy hash brown!
And we have a little surprise gift from our cousin too! He brought us 1A crispy curry puff from Singapore! Best lah! Just as we were craving for curry puff.
Taking the train from London to Paris is much easier somehow. Probably because we were there earlier. Everything is house under one roof. The metros, the regional line as well as the international line. Because it was snowing, so we need shelter right?
But still, be there 30 mins to 1 hour in advance as you will be subjected to security checks.
This marks the end of our 3 Days from Paris to London trip.
Overall it has been a very relaxed trip apart from the 1st day morning rush and expensive late fee. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed ourselves pretty much.
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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