London trip this time was unplanned and unexpected. If I have known I’d go back on the same year, I’d apply for 1 year VISA on my first visit last March. In total this was my 3rd time to London and hopefully not going to be the last.
This time, the trip was kinda special because I was going with Hubby and it was like a reunion because 12 years ago we were dating in London.
Anyway the real reason why we went to London was because Hubby had a business meeting and I nag and beg for days until he said I could tag along hahahaha….
We flew by Qatar airlines, only bought the ticket few days before D-day…. so no cheap tickets. Hubby flying in business and me because it’s personal expense, flying in economy. I’d rather spend the money buying handbags in Bicester then throwing it for business class.
First leg London-Doha was okay, flight was not full. I was sitting by myself on the right wing. Had transit in Doha for few hours. Flying from Doha to London was a disaster. Flight was fully booked. I was sitting on the middle row and a really nasty man kept kicking my seat. I was seriously thinking of reporting it as harassment but seeing the flight is full they can’t really put me anywhere else.
Day 1 Landing London
We landed in London probably around 6ish in the evening and a car picked us up and drove us to Novotel Tower Bridge. It was Friday night and not any ordinary Friday either. It was Black Friday so all stores are on sale and open until 10pm. Hence traffic was really bad… it took us more than 2 hours from Heathrow to Tower Bridge.
Hubby and I managed to quickly checked in to Hotel, got dressed and went straight to Oxford street and store-hopping until they were closed at 10pm 😂
Day 2 Daytrip to Cambridge
The next day was Saturday and we decided to go to Cambridge. I remembered we had our picture inside our wedding invitation taken from one of the college backyard in Cambridge during summer. We thought it would be nice to see if we could find the spot again.
University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge is a collegiate research university in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Founded in 1209 and is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s fourth-oldest surviving university, as well as one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world. The university grew out of an association of scholars who left the University of Oxford after a dispute with the townspeople. The two English ancient universities share many common features and are jointly referred to as Oxbridge.
Cambridge is formed from a variety of institutions which include 31 semi-autonomous constituent colleges and over 150 academic departments, faculties and other institutions organized into six schools. All the colleges are self-governing institutions within the university, each controlling its own membership and with its own internal structure and activities. All students are members of a college. Cambridge does not have a main campus, and its colleges and central facilities are scattered throughout the city. Undergraduate teaching at Cambridge is organized around weekly small-group supervisions in the colleges – a feature unique to the Oxbridge system. These are complemented by classes, lectures, seminars, laboratory work and occasionally further supervisions provided by the central university faculties and departments. Postgraduate teaching is provided predominantly centrally.
Kings College’s backyard
We returned to London around 5ish in the evening and it was getting dark. We slept early that night due to jetlag. I could barely opened my eyes when we had dinner
Day 3 Bicester Village
Sunday was my highlight as we went to Bicester Village ❤️ Hubby decided that he’d go with me so I didn’t go crazy and bankrupting myself if I went alone to the stores. We split out when I entered Prada outlet. But when I finally came out carrying 2 big bags, Hubby decided from there on we would stick together to visit all the outlets 🤣
The perk of being 6 weeks preggy was Hubby didn’t complain at all when he had to carry all of my shopping bags. He even went inside Samsonite store and buy a new suitcase to carry all my stuff!
Lunch in Jamie Oliver’s kitchen
We caught the train back in the evening, dropped our stuff at the hotel and went straight to chinatown for dinner at Wong Kee. I love love love Wong Kee…. I think it was still the best and cheapest Chinese restaurant in London
Monday to Thursday Hubby had his business meetings so I spent my days strolling around London and arranged for a day trip to Stonehenge and Bath and met up with Hubby for dinner and night strolling
I bought prepaid card from EE for GBP 15 which seemed a better deal than Vodafone and they have strong 4G signal too.
Day 4 – Strolling around London and meet up with Hubby at night for dinner at Boroughmarket
Day 5 – Day trip to Stonehenge and Bath
Day 6 – Arsenal Studio, Oxford Street and Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
Day 7 – Tower Bridge of London
Day 8 – Camden Lock, Primrose Hills and Abbeys Road
Day 9 – Around Tower Bridge and St Catherine’s dock. Flying home in the evening
Our night strolling