September is Leia’s birthday month & we get to travel together again. Flight to London was 13 hours and we took Singapore Airlines. My girl asked to sit next to window so she could look down from the sky.
We played Memory Game on plane. One of her all-time Favourite game. Her instinct is pretty strong. Leia won !
On 1st night, we arrived late. Rested at a hotel located at Westminister. I requested for late checkout. 2nd day we took a walk … passed by Big Ben, London eye. Walked to Trafalgar Square where National Gallery is and Leicester Square, a place known for musical theatres. With limited time to explore London, we skipped musical.
The afternoon we check in Amba Marble Arch Hotel, we received a pleasant surprise! The hotel has excellent location & service is remarkable.
London has many museums & we went to Transport Museum at Covent Garden. It was a weekday and before the doors were opened, we saw a long queue of parents & kids.
Travelling on our own, I became her guide. Learning together.
3rd day, we took the Shopping Express Coach to the factory outlet, Bicester Village pronounced as “Bis-ter Village”. I bought clothings for my girl & boy. For myself I only got a pair of ugg boat. It was rainy but we just have to get the “ice cream bouquet”.
Beautiful & Delicious !
Spent our day at Bicester village and dinner was Four Seasons Restaurant, Bayswater. Returned to Oxford street, we explored the shopping Malls. Being parents, we found ourselves going to toy departments at the shopping mall.
London has many pubs and many told us we need to try their Fish & Chips! Very crispy and great to go along with beer. Leia loves the fish & chips.
5th day… Due to tight schedule, we missed out Borough Market so we went Camden Market. Had our breakfast at Cereal Killer Cafe. Bret thought I meant “Serial Killer Cafe” lol
The concept was cool & fun.
I ordered the cocktail cereal, Double Rainbow. Gosh, tasted really yummy. Bret and I were in awe.
Resting on sun bench in the middle of Camden, the Stable Market. Weather was cold & feels good to sit down & get some sun. Vitamin C for skin.
We did some shopping at Camden Market. Busy street of local crowd. It’s a unique market.
We were the very few Chinese at Camden Market. A place for weekend chill out, coffee
And shopping. Bret actually took home a pair of Aldo Shoes at good price. Leia found donuts which reminds me of Donutella.
Next day, I told them we have to visit one of the Royal Parks. Cousin Evan who studied in London university told me the locals and herself prefer Regent Park to the biggest Hyde Park. So here we are.
Father & Daughter catching Pokemon… in London.
Getting close to nature
Looking at different spieces of birds. Can you see the white swan? In Singapore, we have to pay to enter farms & zoo. In the Royal park, it’s free. Bret saw a squirrel when he was sitting down at the pavilion.
After Regent Park, we went Harrods. It was big & luxurious. Food hall was eye opener but we went out of Harrods and lunched at a cafe.
Back at Harrods, I didn’t take any picture because I was busy looking around. Bought a Harrods Tote for my mum & spent rest of time window shopping. Priority of trip was not to spend on luxury but experience London with family.
6th day… there’s Primark, quality products with amazing price tag. Yes we need a basket and it’s not enough. The 2-storey Primark is just opposite our hotel.
If we had more time & space in our luggage, there would be more bags of loots.
Another must-try in London, Burgers & Lobsters. Leia had Lobster Roll 🙂
Bret and I had a 2 pound lobster each. Best meal ever.
Our happy family meal
At night, Bret catch up with his secondary school Friend Steven who was also in London for holiday.
Leia joined her friends in their room for some playtime.
Next day, we had a Royal Day Out with my Friend & her family. Took a London bus to the Queen’s Palace.
The gentlemen in the bus. In London, Octopus Card is used for tap in. There’s no tap out and not possible to use cash.
Tickets collected, time to walk in the palace. We went through several security checks.
Enjoying ice cream during our break
Due to rush hour, we brisker through the beautiful & big palace. Took a London cab to hotel for rest before toy shopping at Selfridges & Co. Leia & her friends walking down London street.
Delighted to bring home some toys.
We rest again before our last dinner at London. I suggested Gold Mine Restaurant as I was highly recommended to try roasted duck in London. The other restaurant serving Roasted Duck is Four Seasons which Bret & I tried on second evening. Both different from London Fat Duck restaurant in Singapore.
We didn’t make reservation, waited a little while. The food were served fast.
All the dishes were delicious. The little girls finished everything in their bowl. My Friend agreed that the duck was good. Bret and I felt Gold Mine is better.
And that marks the end of our London trip. We arrived Heathrow airport at 8am…
Back in Singapore, I will need to place order for her cake & get party favours for her party in school soon.
I’ve been hoping to get a matching bags for Mother & Daughter. Leia likes the tokidoki series.
Donutella Sweet Shop is so pretty. I have a grab & go Jujube Be Light which I used it for weekend. Jujube Mini Be is great for kids but the tokidoki Donutella Sweet Shop & newly launched Kaiju City prints are no longer available on retail. Sellers on Carousell or Facebook Jujube group has marked up to make profit because of its popularity…
My helpful cousins have helped me to order Kaiju City Hobobe & Be Sporty. Mini Be was out of stock fast. If there’s miracle, hope to get her a Mini Be at the right price & right print placement 🙂