Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Regency Cafe @ London

Typical English breakfast in a retro cafe setting. Its nothing fancy, but great value for money, tastes good, and the atmosphere is what you would expect from this kind of place.

Taste:8/10(Good. The set breakfast is well done with right combination of egg, bacon, beans and sausage).
Price:7/10(Moderate. The set breakfast price at 5.50 Pound. If you would like to add black pudding or hash brown, it would be additional 0.90 Pound).

I ordered the set breakfast deal with 1 egg, 2 bacon, 1 sausage, beans, bread and tea. With additional 0.90 Pound, I ordered black pudding. For your info, black pudding is a blood sausage.

My tea and bread.

The environment inside Regency Cafe. Retro style.

This is how Regency Cafe look like.

Coordinate/GPS: 51.494036,-0.132247
Address: 17-19 Regency Street, Pimlico, London SW1P 4BY, England.
London tube: Pimlico or St James's Park station.

Ristorante Cappuccetto @ London

This Italian restaurant is located in Soho London. I decided to have a try on Italian restaurant as I know there a couple of restaurant are operated by Italian. So I assume that their quality and taste should be almost the same as if I am going to Rome :-)

Taste:8/10(Good. Located at the heart of SOHO London. So its easily accessible for Italian meal. The penne mari monte is good but with only three clams).
Price:4/10(Expensive. Penne mari monte at 8.75 Pound, Bruschetta classica at 5.50 pound).

French baguette with tomatoes. Bruschetta classica. The taste quite good with black vinegar but it rather expensive for bread with tomatoes.

Good seafood pasta. Penne mari monte. I put some cheese powder on top.

Olive in olive oil.

My dining table.

Super expensive water. This bottle of small water cost 2.50 Pound!

This is how the restaurant look like.

Coordinate/GPS: 51.513417,-0.130037
Address: 8/9 Moor Street (off Cambridge Circus), London W1D 5ND, England.
London tube: Leicester Square station

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Old Monk Traditional Pub @ London

I had a lunch in this pub after finishing a Sandeman tour. The staff were friendly, the service was quick and the fish and chips that I order was good and cheap.

Taste:7/10(Moderate. The portion are huge and taste wise is good but I prefer my fish less oily. Their apple cider were good).
Price:7/10(Moderate. This place offers cheap eats with fish & chips around 8 Pound plus apple cider drink. I came with Sandeman tours which provide with some discount).

The Old Monk.

My fish and chips with tartare sauce and lemon.

Tasty apple cider.

Typical pub environment. Noisy and people came here to have drinks.

Current promotion in the pub.

GPS/Coordinate: 51.497635, -0.134187
Address: 61 Victoria St, London SW1H 0HW, United Kingdom / Strutton Ground
Public transport: St James Park station via London tube.

Trafalgar Square @ London

Trafalgar Square, the largest square in London and it is often regards as the heart of the city. This area has been a central meeting place since the middle ages. In the middle of the square stands a tall column honoring admiral Nelson who was a British flag officer famous for his service in the Royal Navy, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was involved in the most notable war which was the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, during which he was shot and killed. The battle was the most decisive naval victory of the war. The British victory spectacularly confirmed the naval supremacy as during the Battle of Trafalgar, 27 British ships were against 33 French and Spanish ships which Britain had won at that time.

This site is always crowded with visitors/tourist. I would recommend to combine a visit to the National Art Gallery just off the main square.

Nelson Column at the centre of Trafalgar Square.

Trafalgar Square during sunset. The fountain was glowing blue.

Sunset at Trafalgar Square.

National Art Gallery.

London iconic red bus around Trafalgar Square.

Wow, Tourism Malaysia office just opposite Trafalgar Square. Hope that you have done a good job by promoting Malaysia in London.

GPS/Coordinate: 51.507959, -0.128112
Address: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom
Public Transport: Charing Cross station on London tube.

Natural History Museum @ London

Natural History Museum is one of three large museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. This museum is famous for its extensive dinosaur gallery.

Entrance to the museum. Very creative.

Museum main lobby.

Huge dinosaur skeleton at the museum main hall.

Dinosaur display gallery.

GPS/Coordinate: 51.496717, -0.176393
Address: Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom.
Public transport: South Kensington station on London tube via Circle, District or Piccadilly line.
Admission fee: Free.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Piccadilly Circus @ London

Piccadilly Circus is a busy intersection in London connecting five main streets: Regent Street, Piccadilly Street, Covent Street, Haymarket and Shaftesbury Avenue. This busy intersection makes Piccadilly Circus attractive for advertisers and transform this place full with illuminated billboards creating London's version of New York Times Square.

Famous for TDK billboard.

Long stretch of shopping malls.

For musical theatre lover. London also famous for broadway shows.

Busy intersection.

Me at Piccadilly Circus.

GPS/Coordinate: 51.509986, -0.135156
Public transport: Piccadilly Circus station on London tube.

Viet Pho @ London

Compact, family-run Vietnamese restaurant and takeaway serving fresh and simple traditional cuisine. Do eat here if you want cheap, fast and simple meal. It is a tiny place though and it can get pretty packed especially during dinner.

Taste:8/10(Good. The pho served were good which delicious noodles and beef which is tender. The soup is good as well).
Price:7/10(Moderate. By London standard, this place is cheap for dinner by spending around 7 Pound for meal and drink).

Great hot beef noodles soup for cold night.

I like to have Pho during dinner if I can't find any good food to try.

GPS/Coordinate: 51.513067, -0.130275
Address: 34 Greek St London W1D 5DJ
Public transport: Leicester Square London Tube station.

Tower Bridge @ London

London's Tower Bridge is one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. Its Victorian Gothic style stems from a law that forced the designers to create a structure that would be in harmony with the nearby Tower of London. Inside the bridge is the Tower bridge Exhibition, a display area that encompasses the walkway and the two famous towers where you can observe the Victorian engine room. Visitors can learn about the history of the bridge via photos, films, and other media.

Tower bridge.

Me with Tower bridge.

Walking towards tower bridge.

On the way to Tower Bridge via The Queen's walk.

Nice Gothic styles design.

This is actually a working bridge where the traffic are quite heavy at certain time of the day.

Famous signboard.

GPS/Coordinate: 51.504151, -0.076339
Address: A100 Greater London, UK
Public transport: London bridge station on London tube via Jubilee or Northern line.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Covent Garden @ London

Covent Garden is a main tourist attraction in the heart of London. Abundant of shopping, fashionable shops, bars and restaurants, this place is packed especially at weekends. Here you can shop and get the items from the famous UK brands such as Dr.Martens, Neal's Yard, Mark and Spencer & Campers. During my visit in Mar 2013, the weather cold and I really enjoy walking here as you can shop, eat and see. Street Performers were really entertaining. Even if you have no intention of buying anything, it's worth a walk around to see everything that's going on and the different mix of shops and people. There's certainly something for everyone.

Covent Garden London tube station.

Mark and Spencer is just opposite Covent Garden London tube station.

Hey, I found Dr.Martens shoe shop.

You won't get lost. The signboard is clear.

Urban Outfitter and Diesel.

Combination of cool weather, nice historical buildings and exciting scenery makes this street enjoyable to walk and comfortable to travel.

Colourful Neal's Yard.

Nice scenery at the end of winter.

Covent Garden market.

Talented classical musician at lower ground level in Covent Garden market.

This is how inside Covent Garden market look like. Mainly are shops and restaurants.

Love key chain.

Apple market is a small market of handicraft stalls.

You can also get the reduced price Broadway tickets here.

Branded shops are abundant in Covent Garden.

Unique hula hoop between the shops.

Seven dails. An intersection of seven streets, marked by a tall pillar.

Scary performance. Looks real. Can't see any supporting item. The guy is really floating!

Coordinate/GPS: 51.513069,-0.124393
London tube: Covent Garden station.