How lucky am I?  A husband allowing me to travel with friends to England while he takes  our  daughter to a  choral recital , a dance competition and worries about where to buy  her fake eyelashes ( aside from the usual tasks of taking the kids to school; bringing them to after school activities and keeping a toddler entertained) while I gallivant with friends  in London? Very lucky! It  has been a great week, though I’ve missed the family I am  truly grateful that I had this chance to travel with friends.

I arrived early, at 6 am in the morning, at London’s Gatwick Terminal where I took  the train via Thameslink to East Croydon , then to the London Bridge via Underground. I met up with my friend May inside the London Bridge Station. Although it was sunny, the breeze was chilly. We walked from London Bridge station  to Tower Hill where I dropped off my  10 kg luggage at the CitizenM Tower of London Hotel.

The Tower BridgeTesla-002


First day was spent exploring the city via Big Bus Tours. I think it’s a convenient way of seeing London’s main attractions from another perspective. Heavy traffic can drag the tour, though. I took this chance to catch a nap as my body was still adjusting to the time change; more like ‘nap on, nap off’.

Trafalgar SquareTesla-006

National GalleryTesla-007

Nelson Monument and Green Garden

The Buckingham PalaceTesla-009




The London Eye and Houses of ParliamentTesla-018

The Shard

Nando’s did not disappoint.  The peri peri chicken liver was delicious. I brought home 3 bottles of the peri peri sauce. It was so good!

What’s a day in London without an afternoon tea at Whittard in Covent Garden. The white chocolate drink that I tried was really delicious.Tesla-027



The Shard as seen from citizenM Tower of London HotelTesla-037

The Tower of London


The Gherkin on the rightTesla-038

Our room for two nights at citizenM Tower of London HotelTesla-040

Love the artsy decors of citizenM Tower of London Hotel



This view  of the Tower of London is priceless.Tesla-102


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