A Day in London – 01

Your Crave For Travelling Is Just A Step Away, All It Needs is, A PUSH

On a beautiful Saturday morning, I took a National Express coach from Milton Keynes to London. The bus traversed Central London and made its final halt at Victoria Bus Station.

Victoria Tube/Metro is just 5-10 mins walk from Bus Station. My 1st destination was “Harrow”. I took the tube from Victoria to King’s Cross St. Pancras and then to Harrow-On-The-Hill. It took roughly 45 mins to reach.

I came across this famous & elite institution called Harrow School. Why so famous ? Well some of its notable alumni are former Prime Ministers of India Jawaharlal Nehru and Winston Churchill of UK. The architecture and spread of its campus is treat to watch.
Apart from this, the hill has one of the oldest Church in UK, St Mary’s Church. A heritage from late 11th century, certainly captures your attention. It is located right on the top of the hill, surrounded by school campus.IMG-20170826-WA0013

Post a walk through this tranquil environment, I head towards my 2nd attraction, Madame Tussauds. It is just besides Baker Street station, Baker Street – known for its connection with detective Sherlock Holmes, whose fictional address is 221B Baker Street on the north of the street.

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IMG_20170826_135016Madame Tussauds Museum has many entry doors and long queues were doing justice to its fame. One has to book a timeslot in advance for viewing and be at venue on time. Luckily, I managed to get in with few mins of waiting. Once inside, we are greeted with a smile from the famous Marylin Monroe. It was a nice walk within, taking selfies with a few Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities, famous artists, sportsperson, historians, scientists, the Royal Family, Modi, Obama, Trump and a few. The Museum has a mini rail tram which shows a brief of Britain’s history. There is a 6-8 mins 4DX show of Marvel Avengers in act. It will take a healthy 2 hours to explore the museum and is worth every penny, one time only.

Now, it was time to recharge fading energy levels, and what can be a better than hogging in the Borough Market, located on the foothills of The Shard. You will get all cuisines here. Sea food is what I looked for, though the prices here will shoot beyond your budget, you don’t get to visit here very often. After a nice meal I head towards Tower Bridge and took a short nap right opposite to HMS Belfast.

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From here, I head towards Notting Hill, to take a look of preparations on the eve of Notting Hill Carnival, 2017. Sadly, at the time of my visit the preparations just began and left a little for me to watch out for. After some clicks and watching a band play drums, I moved to final destination, London Eye, for a night view. There are many tube stations which can lead you here, Charring Cross, Embankment, Westminster and Waterloo.

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The crowd is always huge here and so is the queue to get aboard the giant wheel. Few other attraction on this platform of river Thames are Aquarium, London Dungeon and Big Ben & Parliament on the other side of this shore. The traffic is not just present on the bridge connecting these ends, but many cruise ships cause traffic situation in Thames too.

The transition of viewing these buildings under broad daylight to being illuminated under dusky sky is mesmerizing. After spending nearly an hour, sitting on Westminster bridge, admiring this beauty, it was time to head back to Victoria Station to catch my bus back to MK.

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Loads of memories, loads of fun, happy faces around, a perfect gelling history and future prospect is what one can take in a day.