Was watching the Brit Gala Awards on TV just now (which happened earlier this year) and it brought me down memory lane when I was in London some months ago.
We stayed in the neighbourhood of Aldgate, which has a large Muslim population.
What was supposed to be the start of summer in the UK, turned out to be a cold and windy experience. Especially on our first day.
We arrived just before midnight London time, after a long-haul 13-hour flight.
We were tired, it was nightfall and it was cold.
When our cab reached Aldgate, it was deserted and quiet. We unloaded our luggage in the alley of the place we were staying, and yes, it did feel kind of dodgy.
But the mood changed when we got upstairs….
The apartment unit we were staying in was absolutely spotless and comfortable – and for a very reasonable price.
That’s what I like about this side of the world — they really know how to maintain and care for their hostels, apartments, etc. Lodging here comes with a strict set of rules for the occupants, that’s why.
|One of the bedrooms|
Come the next morning, we took some photos outside of the veranda before heading out on our first day in London-town.
London is famous for its public transport. Traffic congestion happens still, just like in KL but a large number of people also opt for public transport – mostly the bus and train. Cabs are expensive.
Don’t forget to get your Oyster card! Being in London for a certain amount of time warrants for the purchase of one, for ease of commute on the tubes. (Cheaper too, rather than paying each time you’re on the go.)
Some of our first-day captures – decorated by the clear, blue skies – included some iconic landmarks of the city:
|Ouh, there’s the famous London taxi!|
Evidently summer; look at the flowers! Hehe.
|Beginning to look a lot like summer? Hehe.|
Now you’ve always seen the Tower Bridge from afar…
|Don’t get it mixed up with the London Bridge, btw.|
Here’s what it feels like crossing the bridge:
|Tower London Museum (lots of history learning in there)|
|Eye of London|