Trip to UK London

Here are some photographs for the trip to London. It was pretty enjoyable trip since we got to try some nice meals and sightseeing along the way. As compared with Singapore, this place is really huge and we couldn’t cover all the places in London since most of the travelling time was quite long. Anyway, we managed to cover for places we wanted to go and so it was very pleasant indeed.

That’s all for our article today. We will write more and show more photographs another day. Hope you have enjoyed viewing these photographs and do share your comments if you had been to London before. We love to hear from you.

Side note:

Our country is having election on 10 July 2020 and we sincerely hope that the people of Singapore will vote wisely as who they want to guide us into the future. We must endorse a good & strong Government to help the people of Singapore into the journey of prosperity and harmony. Being the older generation, we had enjoyed very much for what our Government have been doing all these years since Independent. Now we wish that our younger generations will have the good eyesight of making the right choice and giving a strong mandate for the Government to continue working for the people of Singapore.

We do understand that some may be influenced by emotions but that should not be the decision one should be making. We have to think seriously as how the candidates we are voting to have future plans and guiding us towards a new & better future. This is not a rosy sit for those who are willing to devote themselves to serve the people of Singapore. It is a tough job as they have to do a lot of planning in advance and with good strategy as how our country can develop. But at times we may witness some projects that might fail as no one can guarantee the success. Nevertheless if the project had gone through some stringent checks and still fail then one should learn from it to advance further without making the same mistake. We have to understand that Government are still humans like us and comes to venture, it goes either way of winning or losing.

We need to vote for a Government who are willing to lead us with plans and solutions to help the people of Singapore. Listen closely to what they talk about and what they are willing to commit for the people of Singapore. One should not get too emotional about ‘dirt’ or rumor that is unfounded. Even if one had made mistake in the past, it does not mean they cannot do the right thing. It is about now and how it can help the people of Singapore to move ahead into the future. Vote with a clear mind as we certainly need a good & strong Government to guide the people of Singapore.

Situation of COVID-19 is still dangerous as we still have some unknown sources among the community. We need to have a much better solution to do contact tracing and fortunately our Government has recommended a device which utilize bluetooth connection to do the contact tracing. This is indeed a very good initiative taken by our Government to distribute this device to everyone in Singapore. As we do understand that the current TraceTogether app are having limited subscribers due to some issues of iPhone’s connectivity as well as older generations may not be carrying smartphone. So coming up with the device is indeed a good initiative by our Government as to help with better contact tracing in Singapore.

Please do continue to be a little Kiasu & Kiasi like wearing masks & do social distancing when in public. Also do remember to wash your hands with soap frequently especially before touching your eyes, nose and mouth since it will be the entry point for the virus into your body. Help yourself as you can help others to avoid getting this infection.

Be blessed with good health and take care of yourself & loved ones.

Museums, Harrods, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in London

Today’s plan will be visiting some of these places like Museums, Harrods, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

Had our breakfast at Sushi from Wasabi. Our route’s plan will be:

  1. Victoria and Albert Museum
  2. Natural History Museum
  3. Science Museum
  4. Harrods, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

From Hotel to Victoria and Albert Museum:

  • Total travel time is about 19 mins.
  • From Hotel  walk about 7 mins, 0.3 miles to Hammersmith Station
  • Take the Piccadilly Cockfosters from Hammersmith to South Kensington Station
    • Total travel time is about 8 mins (4 stops)
  • 1st Stop – Barons Court Station; 2nd Stop – Earl’s Court, 3rd Stop – Gloucester Road, 4th Stop – South Kensington
  • Alight at South Kensington Station
  • From South Kensington Station Walk about 4 min , 0.2 miles to Victoria and Albert Museum.

Next stop at the Natural History Museum, the things we must do will be going to:

  • “Dippy” a 32 meter long replica of a Diplodocus Carnegii skeleton
  • In the Large Mammals Hall you can see the skeleton and model of a blue whale which is 25 meters long.
  • Another giant is Archie, an 8 meter long giant squid caught off the Falkland Islands in 2004.
  • The Treasures in the Cadogan Gallery is a collection of 22 of the most unusual exhibits in the museum like the fossils of dinosaur teeth; the Emperor Penguin Egg which was brought back from the Antarctic  by  Captain Scott; a first edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and the intricately carved 17th century Hans Sloan’s Pautilus Shell.

Of course we must not miss the Earth Galleries: Rocks and minerals.

  • Look out for the genuine pieces of moon rock and fossils – which our ancestors believed to be the weapons of Zeus
  • Models of volcanoes erupting and tectonic simulators let you experience the sensations first-hand, and there’s also a mock-up of a Japanese supermarket during the 1995 Kobe earthquake, so you can feel the ground shivering and shaking as the power is unleashed.

Earth’s Treasury, where you can see real sapphires, diamonds, rocks and minerals… plus some lowly grains of sand.

Our next stop was the Science Museum.

After all that walking, we stop for our lunch and dinner at Hawksmoor Knightsbridge.

2 Courses £25.00, 3 Courses £28.00 (Available for reservations made Monday – Thursday 12-6.30pm and Friday – Saturday 12.00-6.30pm, 10pm – 10.30pm)

We also try – sticky toffee pudding, dessert with chocolate and salted caramel

From Science Museum to Hawksmoor Knightsbridge:

  • Total travel time is about 7 mins.
  • From Science Museum walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Victoria and Albert Museum (Stop M) Bus stop
  • Take the Bus 74 Baker Street to Brompton Square (Stop KW) Bus Stop
    • Total travel time is about 1 min (non stop)

Alight at Brompton Square (Stop KW) Bus Stop and  walk 2 mins, 0.1 miles to Hawksmoor Knightsbridge.  It is on the lane directly opposite the bus stop.

  • walk against the traffic on Brompton Road to the traffic junction.
  • Cross the traffic lights and walk against the traffic on Brompton Road
  • Turn right onto Yeoman’s Row
  • Destination will be on the left
Shopping at Harrods
After dinner we will visit Harrods – the world’s most famous department store for some shopping.  It’s a short walk down the Brompton Road.
Just need to walk 5 mins, 0.2 miles along Brompton Road to Harrods.  Walk against the traffic to reach Harrods.

To Buy from Harrods:

  • Harrods English Butterscotch Biscuits (Cookies) Price: £7.95
  • Harrods Coffee in an Exclusive Tin  Price: £10.95

From Harrods to Hotel:

  • Total travel time is about 22 mins.
  • From Harrods walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Knightsbridge Station

Take the Piccadilly Heathrow Terminal 4  from Knightsbridge Station to Hammersmith Station

  • Total travel time is about 11 mins (5 stops)

From Hammersmith Station -Walk about 6 min , 0.3 miles to Hotel. This ends the day of walking and exploring. Here are some photographs you can enjoy seeing while we were out for the day.

Trip to UK

Depart from Home at 10:00 am to Changi Airport Terminal Three, Singapore Airlines Check-in Counter to collect our boarding passes.

Go to KrisFlyer Gold Lounge located at:
Passenger Terminal 3, 3rd Floor, Near to gates A1-5
To have light snacks/shopping before boarding.

Plane departs at 12:35PM & arrive at Heathrow Airport at 7:15PM.
Upon arrival at London, proceed to Immigration Clearance & baggage claim.
Can use Free WiFi network @ _Heathrow Wi-Fi and follow the on-screen instructions.
Proceed to airport underground station ticket office at Level 1 to purchase Oyster card and load the 7 day Travel Card Zone 1 and 2. GBP5 is refundable.

To Top up £30.00 for each card = £90.00
Follow the signs to the Heathrow Express station and walk to take the Heathrow Express service to London Paddington – transfer time is 15 minutes.

Return trip price – (£5.5 X 2 = £11.00 per person X 3 = £33.00)

Heathrow Express – Non-stop trains run every 15 minutes. The journey between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 takes 15 minutes.
Email tickets: Simply print the email and hand it to our on-board staff. Booking a return journey and printout is valid for both trips.

From Paddington Station walk to the London Underground (Tube) Station.

  • Take the Hammersmith & City Line to Hammersmith Station, 8 stops away.
  • Total travel time is 14 mins – 23 mins
  • Alight at stop 8, Hammersmith Station
  • 5th stop: Wood Lane, 6th stop: Shepherd’s Bush Market Underground Station, 7th stop: Goldhawk Road Underground Station.
  • About 0.2m (4mins) walk to our hotel.

Fare Zones: 1, 2
Walk against the traffic from Hammersmith Train Station to Adria Hotel and proceed to check-in.

After Check in, we make a stop at Sainsbury Supermarket at Kings Mall Shopping Center or Tessco Metro at Hammersmith Broadway (close at 12:00am) for some groceries.

  • To walk (4 minutes) – follow the traffic direction (keep right) until cross junction (after The Swan – A219) to go against traffic (Starbuck Coffee – left side) reach the hammersmith station.
  • By bus (5 minutes) – Walk against the traffic direction to Iffley Road bus stop – 2 stops to Hammersmith Station.
  • Bus Numbers: 27, 190, 266, 267, 391, H91, N9, N11

Note: Hammersmith Broadway Toilet must pay 50p.

Refresh and relax and recharge for next day activities.