16 December 2012
We landed in Heathrow in the morning about 7.30 AM and took the Heathrow Express train into Paddington station to meet up with DL who is studying in Bath. DL’s train is due at about 9 AM so we have some time to kill at Paddington. Now is the time to go get the Oyster cards that we will need for the next few days in London and also an opportune time to go shoot some photos.
|Pigeon warming itself near a floor lamp in London Paddington station||Paddington bear at the station|
Anxious to meet DL, we waited by the train platform instead of the warmer lobby but it was worth it to see his train pulling into the station as scheduled.
After the hugs and greetings, we took a taxi to our hotel at Premier Inn Kensington. Good things about the London cabs is that they are so spacious and could accommodate 4 adults and suitcases in the passenger compartment!
It was still too early to checkin to our rooms but we were able to leave our luggage in a storeroom and go explore London first. London is cold! We took the short walk to the Earl’s Court Station. We ended up in the pub called the Courtfield to have our breakfast and watch the Club World Cup match between Chelsea and Corinthians on the live TV. Chelsea lost.
Our plan for the day is to visit the Camden Market as the best time to visit Camden Market is on weekends. We took the subway to the Camden Town station.
When we came out of the Camden Town tube station, the immediate experience we had was the crowds! Then we saw the many shops along Camden High Street with eye catching and, at times, weird decor.
We saw the locks on the Regent Canal and then came to Camden Lock Market which has a mixture of interesting souvenir shops, clothes, music records and outdoor food stalls selling all sorts of international food. We regretted having a big breakfast before coming here as the food at the stalls looks yummy.
|Steaming hot paella|
|It is not just food, food, food. Interesting brollies from a souvenir store.|
Crossing to the other side of Camden High Street there are more food, antiques, clothes and souvenir stalls.
|Zulu figurine outside the Shaka restaurant. This looks like an interesting place to have dinner||“Scooters” stools at food stalls|
|“Meals on wheels” by the river|
|View of the Regent Canal while getting a bite|
|A bronze lion statue that appeared in the middle of the crowded street.||Interesting “egg-shaped” objects on rooftop|
One of the interesting shops we visited is the Cyberdog. Amongst other things, this shops sells T-shirts with lights that will turn on and off in tune with music played.
|Entrance to the Cyberdog||Inside the Cyberdog. This guy was dancing on the balcony above|
The final part of Camden Market we visited was the Stables Market. This place used to be a horse hospital.
|One of the many horse statues||Entrance to the Stables Market|
|Stables market – used to be a horse hospital. The indoor shops were used to keep horses previously|
Statues of horses are all over and there are more shops selling clothes, food, antiques. Some shops are selling clothes of the bygone era. We took a walk inside a shop selling old army uniforms, some as old as WW1 and even some “red-coats”.
|Shop selling vintage clothes|
|Statues of horses. The stall in the background sells sweet and savoury pancakes in many favours. Yummy!|
By now, the jet lag is beginning to set in. From the Stables Market, the nearest London Underground station is the Chalk Farm Road station. Then it is back to the hotel for a nap before dinner tonight at the Gold Mine Chinese restaurant at Bayswater.