Day 5 in London – Camden Town, Little Venice, King’s Cross, Arsenal Stadium

Day 5 – Boat ride from Camden Town > Fortnum & Mason at St Pancras > Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross > Arsenal’s Stadium

We started our day with a traditional English breakfast nearby our hotel. Besides having the traditional English afternoon tea, you must try a full English breakfast, and I’m not just talking about a cup of tea. Luckily we ordered just one portion, as it was easily big enough for us to share.

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We took the tube to Camden Town station to catch the boat along the Regent’s Canal.

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I never get tired of the cool wall art in the London underground stations.

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We arrived at the Camden Market as soon as we got out of Camden Town tube station.

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I was intrigued by the quirky wall display just above the boutique stalls. This area is so different and makes it very interesting, and enjoyable just to wander around aimlessly.

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We needed to ask around to get to the pick up point for the canal boat ride. It is located at the Camden Lock Market and is surrounded by a lot of food stalls. It was a pity that we just had our breakfast and were in a bit of a rush, or else I would have spent a few hours trying all the street stalls.

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We took the canal boat trip operated by London Waterbus Company. The whole journey from Camden Lock Market to Little Venice takes around 50mins. The boat takes off every hour between 10am to 5pm during the summer and the schedule is less frequent during winter. Please click here for detail schedule.

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We passed by some water front apartments and were wondering how much it would cost, no doubt, beyond my budget. Given that the property price in London is rocketing sky high, we imagine those apartments would cost a fortune. Some people got off at the London Zoo but we stayed till the final stop at Little Venice.

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I found this cafe really cool.

Next stop in our itinerary – King’s Cross. We notice that there is a Fortnum & Mason shop nearby at the St Pancras station and went to have a look. It is an upmarket store famous for it’s tea selection. Their flagship store in Piccadilly is much bigger and has 4 restaurants but we did not have time to check it out this time. It is a signature store in UK and many tourists buy their tea as souvenirs.

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Fortnum & Mason (St Pancras)

Opening hours: Mon to Sat 07:00 – 21:00; Sun 08:00-20:00

Address: St Pancras International Station, Pancras Road, London

Website: https://www.fortnumandmason.com/stores/stpancras

Fortnum & Mason (Piccadilly flagship store)

Opening hours: Mon to Sat 10:00 – 21:00; Sun 11:30*-18:00 (*11:30-12:00 for browsing only)

Address: 181 Piccadilly, London (located between Piccadilly Circus tube station & Green Park station)

Website: https://www.fortnumandmason.com/stores/piccadilly

We came all the way to King’s Cross station for one reason – photo taking at Platform 9 3/4. I am not a Harry Potter fan (Mr Map finds this totally unbelievable!) and I don’t even know all the characters. Since most tourists come here to take the signature photo of going through the wall, I decided to pretend to be a Harry Potter fan and join the crowd.

It is free if you take photo with your own camera but it is quite hard to capture the moment that you are jumping in the air as you rush through the wall. There are staff who provide you with different color scarves and frameless Harry Potter glasses as props and they will help you to take a photo. Photos taken by the professionals are not free though. Eventually, we bought the photo taken by the staff as they were a lot better than the ones that we took on our own cameras.

Platform 9 3:4

Photo credit https://www.kingscross.co.uk/harry-potters-platform-9-34

After the photo taking session, we were off to Angel to meet a friend for brunch. Mr Map’s friend who lives in London wanted to take us to this gastropub called The Pig and Butcher. I thought we came here for lunch as it is close to King’s Cross, soon I realized Mr Map had deliberately planned to eat around this areas as I saw a sign with directions to Emirates stadium where his favourite football team, Arsenal, play. He follows them religiously.

The food at The Pig and Butcher is quite good and it is quite popular with the locals.

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The Pig and Butcher

Opening hours: Mon-Wed 17:00-23:00, Thu 17:00-00:00, Fri & Sat 12:00-00:00, Sun 12:00-21:00

Address: 80 Liverpool Rd, Islington, London, N1 0QD

Official website: http://thepigandbutcher.co.uk

This is probably the highlight of Mr Map’s London trip to visit his favourite football team Arsenal’s stadium. It was a pity that there isn’t any match around the dates we visited.

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Emirates Stadium

Address: Emirates Stadium, London N5 1BU

How to get there: http://www.arsenal.com/emirates-stadium/get-to…-emirates-stadium

Eating out in London is not cheap and we always try to find the best value for money. We found a great pre-theatre dinner deal at a restaurant called Arbutus in Soho. They serve pre-theatre 3 course set dinner for £25.

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Salmon (left) & ox tongue (right). The Salmon was a bit too salty.

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Scottish hake with minted beans (left) & Sheep’s ricotta ‘gnudi’ with cauliflower (right)

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Late summer English berries, sorbet, meringue (left), yogurt & granola (right)
Personally, I think the food looks better than it tastes. The dishes were pretty average but the environment was cozy.
Arbutus
Opening hours: Lunch: Mon to Sat 12:00-16:00, Sun closed; Pre-theatre: Mon to Sat 17:00-18:30, Sun closed; Dinner: Mon to Thu 17:00-23:00, Fri & Sun 17:00-23:30, Sun closed.
Address: 63 — 64 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JW
Tel: 020 7734 4545
Mr Map had to take a flight back after dinner whilst I would continue the rest of my business trip by myself. Major shopping time begins!
What is your favourite tourist spot in London? If you enjoy reading my blog, feel free to follow me on twitter @MinionTravel to get the latest update.
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