Day 1 – Airport to Paddington station> Check-in > Borough Market > London Bridge > dinner at Burger & Lobster
It was my first time to take Virgin Atlantic to London and I was travelling in Premium Economy class. It was a great experience as the seat was spacious (my short legs have plenty of room to move around) and they serve better food than economy (some airlines’ premium economy class serve the same meal with economy class). The flight took over half a day – and the extras in premium economy definitely makes it more comfortable than I’m used to.
As soon as I landed, I bought the prepaid sim card from Three.co.uk, at the airport vending machine. For GBP20, I have unlimited data, 300 mins for 30days validity. It seems that the sim card from the vending machine is the best deal compared with the sim cards sold at the shop in airport.
After sorting out my sim card, I was ready for my London adventure. The quickest way to get to the city from the Heathrow airport is by the Heathrow Express. It takes 15mins from Heathrow airport to Paddington station. Alternatively, there are other cheaper trains which take a bit longer. It is better to ask the staff selling the train tickets and I find them to be quite helpful.
Finally I arrived at Paddington station.
That’s the famous Paddington bear.
The famous London cabs, though I actually didn’t get a chance to take them during this trip as Uber is more convenient and much cheaper.
As soon as I dropped my luggage at the hotel, I went straight to Borough market for breakfast. I read the Timeout London for the best of Borough Market and decided to try as many of them as possible – I think my eyes were bigger than my stomach.
La tua pasta is one of the stalls recommended by Time Out London. It is famous for their pasta – looks absolutely delicious.
I ordered the tortelloni with black truffle. The portion wasn’t very big but it tasted great.
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 10:00-17:00, Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 08:00-17:00, close on Sun
Address: Stand 26, Rochester Walk, Borough Market
Official Website: http://www.latuapasta.com
Next on the list – Shellseekers.
I ordered the famous scallops. It was good as well with quite a bit of flavor.
Opening hours: Mon to Sat, close on Sun
Address: Middle Road, Borough Market
Borough Market Website: http://boroughmarket.org.uk/shellseekers-fish-game
Then we walked past this stall selling oysters and I just couldn’t resist and had to make a quick stop.
They have a set for 4 oysters plus 1 glass of prosecco. Oysters were fresh and it went well with the glass of bubbly.
Opening hours: Tue to Wed 10:00-17:00, Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 08:00-17:00, close on Sun
Address: Stoney Street, Borough Market
Official Website: http://www.richardhawardsoysters.co.uk
We had an enjoyable time at Borough market tasting the free food samples.
Opening hours: Lunch market: Mon to Tue 10:00-17:00; Full market: Wed to Thu 10:00-17:00, Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 8:00-17:00, close on Sunday
Address: 8 Southwark Street, London
How to get there: London bridge station, Borough high street exit
Official website: http://boroughmarket.org.uk
After all the savory treats, we went to have some gelato near the market.
There are quite a lot of different flavours to choose from and the portion is quite big. Great value for money (well for London anyways)!
Opening hours: Mon to Sat 8:00-22:00; Sun 10:00-18:00
Address: 4 Park St, London
Official website: http://www.gelateria3bis.co.uk
After visiting Borough Market, we took a walk around the area.
This museum is a bit creepy, and there were a lot of ghost tours which were advertised but we didn’t end up joining any. Maybe I’m used to relatively new high rises in Hong Kong, but I found it extremely enjoyable and relaxing just to walk around and see the relatively older style buildings around London, this despite the rain.
Finally we arrived at the famous landmark London Bridge. It was a shame that the weather was a bit gloomy, and there was a light yet constant drizzle, but that’s typical UK weather, innit?
Photo credits to Mr Map and his Nikon D610
We decided to go for an early dinner at Burger & Lobster after the sightseeing. They have many branches in London and it is famous for their GBP20 set. It is highly recommended to make a reservation as they are all very popular.
We both ordered the steamed lobster with butter sauce, though there are other things on the menu – the lobster roll is also popular. The set comes with fries and salad. It is a really good deal for dinner in London! During our 2 weekends in London (I had to work during the week just outside of London), we visited Burger & Lobster twice (even Mr Map sneakily went there without me, and he’s not usually a fan of seafood) and we’re still missing the yummy lobsters after our trip. I devoured mine in record time! If you love lobster as much as I do, I would recommend to make your 1st stop here.
Burger & Lobster (Oxford Circus branch)
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 12:00-22:30, Fri to Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-22:00
Address: 6 Little Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London
Official Website: http://www.burgerandlobster.com/home/
We decided to get back to the hotel after dinner and get ready for an early start with our day tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford.
We walked pass the Liberty (high end department store) after dinner. Most items there would cost more than our lobster meal.
Have you been to London? Where did you go? If you enjoy reading my blog, feel free to follow me on twitter @MinionTravel to get the latest update.