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London Icons: Big Ben, Red Telephone Box, Bobbies

by Zhiqiang & TingyiSeptember 23, 2009
Big Ben London

To conclude our 17-day long Central Europe trip, I will provide you with a quick showcase of London icons.  Starting with Big Ben -> Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north-eastern end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and is often extended to refer to the […]

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£5 Chinese Buffet Dinner at London Chinatown

by Zhiqiang & TingyiSeptember 21, 2009
Kowloon Buffet London

London’s Chinatown is the best place for home-sick Singaporeans craving for chicken rice or any other Chinese food.  However, at £8-10 for a plate of chicken rice, it is quite expensive to eat in some of these Chinatown restaurants. Fret not because while walking around Chinatown, we saw 2 all-you-can-eat buffet Chinese restaurants!  We wanted […]

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Souvenir Shopping in London

by Zhiqiang & TingyiSeptember 18, 2009
Souvenir Shopping London

One of the must-do activities during London weekends is to visit the various types of markets selling all sorts of knick-knacks and enjoy interesting performances by buskers around these markets. However be prepared for huge crowds everywhere, especially at Tube stations (see picture below).  Also check train service availability before leaving your accommodation – some […]

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Best Fish and Chips in London: Rock and Sole Plaice

by Zhiqiang & TingyiSeptember 16, 2009
London Rock and Sole Plaice

London Rock and Sole Plaice According to the owners of Rock and Sole Plaice, this Endell Street eatery is the 3rd Fish & Chip shop to open in London since Fish & Chips was introduced in 1861 and serves the “Best Fish and Chips” in the area. I didnt know that there are so many […]

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Review of Hilton London Euston Hotel

by Zhiqiang & TingyiSeptember 15, 2009
Hilton Euston London

Hilton London Euston Hotel After staying in the tiny room of easyHotel Earl’s Court London 2 weeks ago, we decided to pamper ourselves with a real branded hotel stay – where better to stay than Hilton!  There was a special promotion where you can stay in Hilton for just £68.43 per night, with buffet breakfast […]

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Taking the Easy Way out – easyHotel, easyBus, easyJet

by Zhiqiang & TingyiJuly 7, 2009
easyJet Flight London to Krakow

Having stayed at the incredibly small easyHotel, we proceeded to Fulham Broadway station for our pre-booked easyBus to Gatwick Airport where we will take the easyJet to Krakow, Poland.  You can say we are taking the easy way out literally and also one of the cheapest way. easyBus The shuttle service cost us only £4.24 […]

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London Natural History Museum

by Zhiqiang & TingyiJuly 6, 2009
London Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum boasts a huge collection of dinosaur bones and stuffed animals – indeed a very educational experience where you can get up close and personal with these animals. The Tyrannosaurus Rex section was the most popular one with a “live” T-rex that roars and trying to attack you. There […]

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Leadenhall Market – Harry Potter Diagon Alley?

by Zhiqiang & TingyiJuly 5, 2009
London Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market After our Tower of London visit, we proceeded to Leadenhall Market – the filming site of Harry Potter movies’ shopping street, Diagon Alley.  It doesnt really look like what’s in the movie (see picture on right), perhaps Muggles (human) eye cannot see what’s really going on :-p. The actual Leadenhall Market looked much […]

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Tower of London

by Zhiqiang & TingyiJuly 4, 2009
Tower of London Paddington Bear Yeomen Warder Uniform

Tower of London To get a good overview of the Tower’s history and highlights, be sure to participate in one of the Yeoman Warder tours.  Yeoman Warders are ceremonial guardians (and tour guides) of the Tower and  they must be former non-commissioned officers in the British Army with at least 22 years of service.  Try […]

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4 Tips to Using London Public Transport

by Zhiqiang & TingyiJuly 3, 2009
London Public Transport - Oyster Card

1. Use an Oyster Card No.  You don’t get discounts for oysters with this card.  The name – Oyster, is a metaphorical reference to security (shell of an oyster) and value (the pearl within). Compared to paying single fares for each trip, Oyster card users enjoy savings of more than £1 per trip and depending […]

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