Today I’m blogging about my London trip in early May! 😀 My family went over to attend and celebrate my 2nd sister’s graduation from Imperial College! 🙂
So my family stayed at Ibis hotel, Shepherd’s Bush branch. I think it’s a good and convenient place to stay, as its less than 5 minutes walk from the tube station. 🙂
My angel & elder sister chilling in our room. We really enjoyed chilling in London, after my final semester from school and her taking a respite from her busy work schedule.
The TV area and mirror.
Upclose picture of the room, beds and table area.
Toilet! The door has no twist knob, it’s just push and pull and makes a mighty bang noise whenever you open or close the door, haha!
Cool looking app Sleep Art app where it supposedly makes art when you place it on your bed at night when you sleep, but it hanged when I used it twice. HAHA.
DAY 1 ! 😀
Hello good morning ya’ll! 🙂
View of St Paul’s cathedral from the outside.
We came to the Millennium bridge, walking from St Paul’s towards my favourite London museum, Tate. It’s the one with the long chimney looking structure. 🙂 It’s my favourite because it has soo many amazing art works from Pop Art to Surrealist Art, artworks and artists which I read and studied about from my JC days! ❤ We didn’t have time for me to pop in this time. I visited it the last time I was there about 3 years ago.
View from the bridge, over River Thames. It’s beautiful.
So the first day we went shopping with my sister to get her stuff ready for her graduation.
We bought cosmetics, I got this Maybelline Colorsensational lipstick in 902 Fuschia Flash. It’s a hot pink colour. I love it!
London, the land of Topshop!
Then we came to the market and saw cool stuff.
Like refillable wine. hahaha.
Then we came to South Kensington, or affectionately called South Ken by the locals.
To have lunch at Comptoir, for fantastic lebanese food! Someone should bring this to Singapore. 🙂
My lovely sisters.:D
My Mamee and Papa. 😀
My eggplant dish!
We came to Selfridges…
Where people in love with fashion come, where people come and fall in love with fashion. It’s fantastic inside, looks more like a modern fashion museum, but I don’t think photos were allowed. Go visit when you are there. Or better, shop if you can afford. 😀
They have really cool and awesome, attractive window displays.
MY LITTLE PONIES! I WANT. ❤
More windows! And a black london cab!
In the morning we passed by cool places and sights.
Like this wooden gate that opens into a secret garden. Not that it does, or maybe it does but I won’t know because I didn’t get to enter. 😛
And like pretty flowers!
We headed to Brighton village & market row to check out Honest burgers for lunch!
Menu on the walls.
With trees that are flowering in spring. 🙂 Family shot! My dad, sisters and my mum. ❤
Cute dog riding in style!
We came to the park…
The view is amazing, Like a work of art. ❤
Family pic! With me taking the photo. Kekeke.
We came to the Queen’s garden.
And a scene out of a painting with a little cute girl running across the park. ❤
We came to Stratsford city, wanting to visit the Olympic park….. but *deng deng deng* it was closed. >.<
We had lunch, fish & chips at the mall. It was so-so.
We checked out Primark! We love it. It super cheap lah. But ok, sustainably wise, it might not be a good thing to buy so many cheap clothes and maybe at the cost of some labour issues. BUT still. Cheap clothes. HAHA. Ok. moving on.
After a non-Olympic park morning and just walking around Westfield Mall at Stratford city, my parents and 2nd sister headed back while my sister and I went shopping! At Oxford Street and Bond street! Yippee!
Oh yes, I love the sensibility of British fashion.Eh forgot what this brand is, sorry! 😛
Me and the “wrong” side of Star Wars trooper. HAHA. This was at Hamleys! Famous toy shop. 🙂 Umm ok a little description of what I am wearing. Jacket and shoes from HK, you also saw during my Japan trip. Socks from Uniqlo, Japan. Don’t think it sells in Singapore cause they are long thick socks. I’ve been searching for them for ages until I found them in Japan, yay! Chambray top and red leather skirt from Bugis street, Singapore. Purple cardi from Mango. 😀 I love this look and it’s not something I can wear in Singapore. So I like to be dressy and layer while I can abroad. I was also wearing nude coloured stockings so I won’t get too cold incase the weather turned chilly or when the wind blew.
Weather actually turned pretty warm while we were window shopping… and Tea-shopping. My sister bought lots of Whitard tea back as souvenirs! Heh. Anyways here I am posing with the billboards but the bus came and yes I do look like I’m having a 1 million pound moment HAHAHA.
With my elder sis!
Man skirt! Cool. 😀
Hello Kitty is EVERYWHERE. Kekeke.
Our sausage bread!!! ❤
And our snacks and dessert SPREAD back in the hotel. ❤
Day 4~! aka Sister’s graduation day!
Good morning~ Umm yes I look tired. HAHAHA.
My dad! ❤
BTS. Getting my sis ready for photos…
Smile! That’s my sis’s friend, Han Teng. Helping out as photographer of the day!
This one’s cute. With Lion!
My 2nd sis & I! Outside the graduation hall, Royal Albert Hall.
Inside! Lovely isn’t it?
Then I took a very quick visit to V&A. Victoria & Albert Museum. Only caught the sculptures and fashion wings. Which I think I saw when I as there the last time. Just nice to revisit. But too little time so I didn’t take many photos.
Emo death related poems. HAHA.
I can’t remember if we came to Whitleys on which day. Anyway its a mall with Marks and Spencer (ok they are everywhere) and i just thought their ceiling was very nice.
So you get ceiling shots.
And another. HAHAHA.
Then we had famous duck and roasted meat rice at Bayswater, Gold Mine restaurant. Reasonably priced. Yes its delicious, so go there if you can!
fter dinner, my sister and I went to walk around Westfield Mall at Shepherds bush.
M&S really is everywhere. 🙂
Really cool shoes at New Look.
Love the fashion books at the bookshops!
Last day of sightseeing! How time flies! So I took the liberty to walk around our hotel on my own before heading out with the family.
Ibis hotel is along Rockley road. It’s a lovely place to live in.
We visited the Buckingham palace park. We didn’t go in the palace.
Tulips, tulips everywhere! 😀
More park views~
Hehehe Cover Squirrel 😀
These cool statues were in front of the Buckingham palace.
I think the branch in the hands means peace. Don’t quote me on that tho! Heh.
I can’t tell what this is. HAHA. Maybe you can enlighten me? 😛
We came to the famous Trafalgar square, where a Bollywood dance was going on. FIlming was taking place! Cool.
We came across many many british memorabilia shops. Here are some British dolls!
And bookshops! Read the quote. If you borrow from the library, it’s zero cost! Heh. 🙂
Then we came to Green Park area for Burgers & Lobsters. While waiting, you have to queue to get in, I went to walk around the area on my own and found this gem of a bookshop! G. Heywood Hill Ltd. They have a 100 books selection wall with recommendations of books by 100 famous people, including Anna Wintour and the Pope! I was too shy to take the photos in store but I thought it was really really cool. #geekinme 🙂
PLUS Nancy Mitford a famous English author worked here! I mean how cool is that! I have not read her books before, but I shall take note to check them out the next time I am in the library.
Wait is over! Here it is and here we are! Burgers & Lobsters!
We ordered this 70pounds +++ lobster for the family. I don’t eat prawns or lobsters as I am allergic so I had burger!
Yes it was great. But I don’t think it’s justified to pay 20 pounds or 40 sing for it tho! Ok if you don’t convert, it’s worth it,lah. 😛
We came to the Marble Arch!
And visited a rather newly erected Bombers memorial hall.
Han Teng the history buff shares interesting stories and history with us!
“The fighters are our salvation but the bombers alone provide the means of victory” Winston Churchill, September 1940.
“To remember HOW they lived and more… Remember WHY they died” Kathleen Partridge August 1945.
It’s like visiting a museum and artworks understanding about history, wars and their significance. I like it.
Spot Singapore! 🙂
A little further down, also recently erected Memorial Gates. To remember the troops fought alongside Britain & vice versa during major wars.
Day 6! We leave for home 🙂
Comptoir, at Westfield Shepherds Bush!
On our tube ride back to Airport. 🙂
HAHAHA Bad lighting. But with Harrods bear! 😀
All the chocolates we bought back!
And bye bye London, till we meet again! ❤
I didn’t have time to plan for this trip at all because I was busy rushing my school submissions till the day we left. I packed like 2 hours before we left. I want to thank my sisters especially for funding me their student sister for this trip. HEHE. ❤ I love London for its rich heritage, culture and fashion. Some people are impeccably dressed and chic here and it’s hard not to fall in love with the people and place. There will definitely be another time to return and I hope to check out different places and perhaps less touristy/shopping places and more food places ! Haha.