Let me set this straight : I didn't go there for the free food. I wasn't so desperate that I would pay 200 euros for an air ticket and another 200 for my tiny hotel room and London transportation just to attend Singapore Day 2009 and eat. At this moment, it would cost just as much flying all the way to Singapore if it's just for the food.
View from the plane (maybe Belgium)
Visitor Oyster Card
Burberry Outlet (29 Chatham Place, Hackney)
Baby Matteo - Wendy and Franck's cutie
I've also walked till I got blisters in my feet. And I loved that. With Wendy, Franck and baby Matteo we walked from Harrods to my hotel in Bayswater on Saturday and that took us a lovely 45 minutes through beautiful Hyde Park.
Room above Circle Line
My hotel. Hyde Park Towers (3*) at Bayswater. Tiny room with a single bed and tiny en-suite bathroom. With the underground train running under it every 5 minutes from 5am till past midnight (and shaking the furniture in the room). But I expected that since I've read comments on the Net on the hotel and I knew that you couldn't ask for much when booking a single room in a city like London. Overall I'm quite happy with it otherwise. Room was clean and comfortable, very brilliantly located and even has a TV (though British television sucked). Heard the hotel has a good breakfast, but never got round to eating it. I took away lots of food (e.g. Prawn Dumpling Noodles, Cantonese Roast Duck, Seafood Hor Fun...) from 2 Chinese restaurants (Hung Tao and Four Seasons) in the neighbourhood plus a bun from Cinnabon one night at 10pm and had it for dinner, supper and breakfast all within 8 hours. Put on a kilo over the weekend. Ate so much I couldn't sleep.
SUKA London Bus
Hampton Court Palace
Welcome to Singapore Day 2009!
That evening, we arranged to have dinner at Bayswater (they have some of London's best Hong Kong Chinese restaurants there) with MF and Rani (my friends from Paris) and the party enlarged to 9 in total as we bumped into another group of Paris-based Singaporeans on their way to dine at Gold Mine (102 Queensway, Bayswater). Even at past 9pm we had to wait quite a while for a table but it was well worth the wait as the food was really good - especially the Cantonese Roast Duck and Beancurd with Chinese Mushrooms. Wish I could bring some home for Hub as it was his birthday on Sunday, but as you know, my luggage was full. Had a really great time with these people and we were the last to leave the restaurant that evening.
Finally, I left London on a sunny day - and returned to a rainy Modena. C'était le monde à l'envers.
PS : A note on the London Burberry Outlet. It was easy to find, just take a train to Hackney Downs from Liverpool Street station. Walk towards Hackney Central, look out for the Tesco near Morning Lane, walk past it and then turn right after the Duke of Wellington Pub. However prices were only slightly cheaper than in the boutiques and there wasn't much choice, in fact, I suspect that the city boutiques probably would be cheaper during Sale. Still, there were some good buys, I got a £650 silk dress for a fraction of the price, for example. Couldn't find bags or shoes that I like though. Was told that the Burberry at the Bicester Outlet could be a more interesting option. I liked the Burberry store near Harrods - it was BIG.