Day 5 – first day in London

So after a big long plane ride, we finally arrived at heathrow airport. A bit delirious, we struggled from Victoria Station to our apartment, lugging along 30kg of luggage on our backs and arms (we promised to take a taxi next time round).

We finally found our building, on 11 Gloucester Street – it was a pretty street full of white buildings. We had one problem though, we didn’t know our apartment number! So, Aaron proceeded to press every number on the intercom, until finally, our host arrived at the door and let us in. We took a nice shower, and then set off to explore UK’s capital.

We started off at Leceister Square, the place was full of half price theatre vendors. The square is known for its performing arts, and we spent some time looking at William Shakespeare’s monument at the centre of the square. As we moved along, we ended up randomly in M&M world. We headed down Picadilly Circus and Regent Street. We bought a salami and mecheggo baguette and sea salt and cracked pepper chips, which we ate at the centre of the circus.

The Royal Academy of the Arts was another place we stumbled on, and we checked out giant paintings. As we walked down the street, we were attracted by an interest shopfront with English Box statutes on its roof – it was Fortnum and Mason. It was an amazing store! It was filled with chocolate and sweet treats from England, with teas and fancy cutlery. We were able to try out some macaroons for free too – Aaron had chocolate and earl grey, while Michelle had mango (which she thought was lemon). We then headed back and bought more macaroons and Laduree, a peppercorn one, and a salted caramel one – they were delicious, though the peppercorn one was a slight big strange.

Walking down Bond St, we were intimidated by expensive brands. Michelle was in search for some Heston products at Waitrose, which we found and bought a few for dinner in the future. We walked down Oxford St, and had a burger high tea (and a large lettuce salad) at BRGR & Co. The British Museum was our next stop, where we rushed to look through Ancient Greek, Rome and Assyrian artifacts before closing time. After the museum, we headed home, jet lagged and slept at 8:30pm. The apartment was very nice to us, the first time we’ve used Air BnB before – a positive experience, as we were treated with breakfast, milk, cookies, wine and even beer! Then we slept…

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