London Heathrow Airport
First impressions of Heathrow? Huge airport, lots of walking, lots of walking, and lots of walking. It must have taken us 15-20 mins to get from the plane to the immigration. The line was long, picture a long line as if we were about to get on a Disneyland ride. The line queue in itself took another 1/2 hour of our time. After a brief Q&A with the immigration officer, we headed for baggage claim and got ready to look for the Tube, the Underground Train.
I’ve been on many subway or train rides in NYC, Rome, Paris, Milan, and the “choob” was just slightly different. The seats were cushioned and the train wasn’t as roomy compared to the subway in NYC. Sheena, our niece who lives in the UK, gave us detailed instructions what to do. She said to get a one-way ticket and board the Piccadilly Line and get off of Green Park. Of course, we followed her advise. The train arrived and we got settled and found a seat. That’s when it hit me, I fell asleep. Then again, it was around 4am California time when we boarded the Tube.
We unpacked our clothes and placed them in the closet. We had about an hour to spare before Sheena’s arrival. We planned on meeting at 5pm. Instead of sitting in our hotel room, we decided to venture out.
After a few minutes of walking from our hotel, we passed by a show room filled with Rolls Royce vehicles, and next to it was the Bentley show room. Hmmm, next thing we knew we ended up in what looked like the Rodeo Drive of Central London, New Bond Street. It was shops after shops of major high end designers. After a look here and there, we headed back to the hotel to meet up with Sheena. When we got to our room, to our surprise, there was a chilled Moet & Chandon Champagne, 2 champagne flutes, and a plateful of chocolate-covered strawberries courtesy of the hotel. Thank you, May Fair Hotel!!!
Sheena moved to the UK a few years ago, and it has been at least 8 years since we last saw her. She took us to Victoria Station, which reminded me of NYC’s Grand Central or Penn Station – a hub of many transportation options and restaurants. We bought our 7-day transportation pass which included 2-for1 discount deals to many of the local attractions.
From there, we headed to Harrod’s, a fine upscale department store in London. We were a bit hungry, but we didn’t want to eat a full meal, so we opted for some macarons at Laduree. Shame on me for not going to Laduree in Paris and NYC. Well, not today. Not only did we eat a few delicious macarons, we also had some good English tea along with it. Okay, so there, Laduree and Harrod’s are now off the check list.
Now that we had our pastry or dessert, it was time to eat dinner. We took the Tube towards Piccadilly Circus, home to many of the West End theaters, and ironically, it was also right next to London’s Chinatown. I remember reading a tip from one of the posts in TripAdvisor to check out Rasa Sayang, a Malaysian restaurant in the heart of Chinatown. So glad we did. We had Roti Canai, Shrimp Fried Rice, Chicken Satay, Fried Chicken wings, and Kangkong Belacan, so flavorful, so spicy, it was delicious.
After dinner, we decided to head back to the hotel. It has been a long day of travel, and we wanted to rest up. Tomorrow is going to be another adventure-filled day. This is all for now, thanks for following our journey. Good night!