Saturday, October 21, 2006

Victoria and I Visit London - 14th & 15th October : Part 2

If you have not read part 1 yet (and actually want to) click here.

After a great Saturday night in London Sunday started with a bit if a sore head. Thankfully the price of the room included a full English breakfast, the greatest hangover cure ever created.

We had to check out of the hotel at 11am so after breakfast we packed and checked out. Luckily we were able to leave the bag at the hotel so that I didn't have to lug it round London all day.

We headed up The Mall towards Buckingham Palace. This is a nice pleasant walk on a Sunday as it is closed to traffic. When we got to Buckingham palace there was a flag flying, which I believe means the Queen was there. Sadly she could not even be bothered to come down to say hello. I must write to her Maj to complain.

As well as visiting the palace we also wanted to do a bit of shopping so we headed towards Knightsbridge.

The first shop we got to was Harvey Nichols. I was not very impressed really. It was just like any other department store. There was a shop inside selling Jimmy Choo shoes which Victoria was eyeing up (£500 a pair?? I think not), and when you get to the top floor there is quite a nice food floor. Their booze section has a nice selection of Louise Trés cognac at about £1300 a bottle. If that is a bit expensive for you they have a hip-flask sized bottle for only £200.

Anyway, we left after about 20 minutes to head for that Mecca for all London tourist shoppers, Harrods.

The last time I was in Harrods I was about 10, and the first thing that struck us when we entered this time is how tacky it is. Egyptian staircase indeed.

Apart from this 'you can't buy class' look there are some great products on sale. We didn't see it all but our favourite sections were the toy dept and the food halls. The toy department had everything you could ever think of, including a 'toy' Ferrari for £39,995 which I am sure will make some spoilt little shit happy this Christmas.

The food hall was even better. It is about the size of a city block and has everything you can think of.

We hit our stride immediately by entering in the cheese section. There were so many gorgeous looking cheeses on display we were in fromage heaven. We saw a giant gorgonzola on display and they were serving it with a big spoon, just scooping the runny smelly cheese out of the middle. We obviously could not resist and bought a big dollop. We also loaded up on Paté and bought our mum's some special French macaroon's as a gift for looking after Alice.

When we left Harrods we decided to walk to Piccadilly Circus. Along the way we stopped at Starbucks for a refreshing drink. We had to really as every other shop was a Starbucks or a Cafe Nero.

We got to Picadilly circus and I felt a bit disappointed really. It's nowhere near as big as I thought it was going to be. Still, been there, done that.

After that it was time to head back to the hotel to get our bags and then to St Pancras to get the train home.

We had a great time in London. I've never done the tourist bit before or seen a west end play and I can now see the attraction. It is also amazing how many feelings of deja vu I had, especially as we were walking up The Mall. It took me a while to realise that I was actually recognising the places from playing Project Gotham Racing on my Xbox. How sad am I? :-)

Finally, one suggestion to London's council. Put some more bins out. We walked for miles and didn't see one. Where exactly is one supposed to dispose of ones rubbish?

Photo's are here.

1 comments:

Tracy said...

I absolutely agree with you - the escalator at Harrods is awful - very "Bet Lynch"! I burst out laughing when I saw it the first time - did you pop downstairs and visit the shtine to Diana and Dodi? Bizarre!!! Next time you come to London, give me a ring and I'll point you in the direction of some great restaurants and shops that Victoria would love. You have to do the tourist thing once, but then, when you visit a second time - you have to visit some more obscure places that aren't touristey to get the best of the place - and next time - call me, and I'll come up to meet you!!! Sorry Liz wasn't in an hospitable mood, I'll call her and tell her how disappointed you were!!!

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