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Published: February 27th 2013
Burger and Lobster
Awesome food, great company
Since we are studying in England, London is definitely a must-visit on our travel destinations. Though I had a brief time in the city before and after my Spain trip, I didn't really explore around much. This trip has definitely been a much anticipated one, for a few reasons: Firstly, getting to witness a live football match of the club that I supported since childhood days. Eagerly looking forward to it ever since we got our hands on the tickets, it was on the top of the to-do-list. Besides that, it was looking forward to the meeting of school mates from Singapore in London. Having arranged prior to the trip, friends from Norway, Denmark and Germany came down and with the company of friends around, travelling in a foreign land really makes the trip so much more joyful, fun and memorable. It's the people around who matter, they say, and they truly do😊
Not a big fan of city places but this trip definitely did not disappoint. I will remember it for the crazy things done and the good times spent laughing and chilling out together. As I recount the days and scrolled through the photos taken, man, I started
Troops marching in
Changing of guards at Buckingham Palace
to realize that there are just so many things to do/see in the mega huge city, and I have yet to do many of those -which means another trip to London awaits! Day 1:
Met up with Isabell at King Cross St Pancras before making our way to the hostel. Stayed in The White Ferry hostel, a decent but not really the best hostel around. Subsequently the rest came, from Denmark, Norway and the feeling of seeing familar faces really does warm things up a little inside. And being able to travel together just tops it up! Took a late afternoon stroll towards Buckingham Palace and then Green Park before reaching Burgers and Lobsters restaurant near the tube station. There was the choice of Beef Burger, Lobster and Lobster Roll which were the 3 mains, at 20pounds each. Well, apparently the restaurant is really famous, and the food did not disappoint at all! We ordered one of each and had a couple more lobsters; my favourite being the lobster roll. Not a food gourmet myself but the lobster meat has got to be one of the best I've eaten so far! A good recommend for lobster meat lovers
Massive gathering in front of the palace
though you might have to be willing to pay for it, which in our opinion, was pretty worth it. Headed for Leicester Square, where Chinatown was, before returning back to the hostel. Day 2:
Woke up earlier to meet Cleavan, a friend studying in Imperial College, near South Kensington, at Creperie, where we had deliciously sweet crepes and mocha/cuppa for brunch. A trip advisor recommendation so one can expect the standard of the crepes there! Walked over to the Buckingham Palace (a good 40mins) for the changing of guards. There was a massive crowd there already waiting for the marching in of the troops and people were like eagerly snapping photos when they did. It was well, pretty cool, for a foreigner (and even locals) I guess, watching it for a first time but I wouldn't think I will try to beat the crowd and return a second time just to watch the troops do the drills. An interesting conversation of a boy and his dad goes: Son: "Dad, are they gonna fight?!" (as the two batches of troops faced each other) Dad: "Well maybe. That would be interesting!" lol. And I guess there are British.
towards Big Ben & the Westminster area, and snapped a few shots with the iconic clock tower & the red telephone booths of London. Borough market awaits next and the food was just heavenly! The food market is situated below a bridge and there were many stalls set up jostling for business. The crowd was there and long queues could be seen formed so go early if one wants to try as many types of food as possible. They have like food from all over, and the ones we got to try were like Pies from pieminster (my favourite!), hotdogs, melted cheese, cookies (definitely better than the usual ones) and hot cider. It's good going in a big group as we can share all the small bites as we explored the market! Oh, and the thing is, everyone just eat on the go so it's kinda inconvenient if one's hands are tied up.
Headed for Emirates Stadium for the much anticipated match, a 2nd live football match in Europe (after Nou Camp). Man, Clarence and I just couldn't hide our excitement and were like little kids catching their favourite stars on a show, jumping around and exclaiming after all
Mandatory photo with the iconic phone booth!
the things we see in front of our very own eyes. Who cares anyway! As long as we love it. haha. Got a scarf straight out from the tube and we swiftly made our way to the stadium, just a short walk away. It felt really Shiok! (very good, in a Singaporean slang) just walking around with fellow Arsenal supporters, wearing the scarf and proudly showing off our Arsenal jerseys that we wore to the match. And the stadium that greeted us was like Wow. Granted that it was a relatively new stadium but the exterior of the stadium just beats its rivals hands down. Large portraits of the many legends and players who donned on the jersey and played for the club, together with big red signs of Emirates and the Arsenal crest, the image of the stadium definitely was beyond my expectations and imagination. Took many shots, and even more when we entered the stadium and into our seats. The interior of the stadium was new and very well maintained as well as we sit down and just admired the stadium and soaked into the atmosphere, where there was surround sound within the stadium with music playing and
fans cheering. The match itself was good too with Arsenal taking the lead and eventually deservingly running out 2-1 winners. Clarence and I were like mimicking the cheers and eventually got the hang of the simple cheers and followed suit, till our voices turn hoarse. But nothing beats watching your favourite club winning and watching it live, happening in our eyes. The feeling was simply ecstasy! Went to the Armoury (the merchandise shop) and got a couple of gifts before we went for our next event: Wicked musical.
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