If you want a taste of London in a short period and you’re coming from another European city (ours was Paris, France) catch the Eurostar train, for around $200AUD return fare per adult. It takes 2 and a half hours of travel time (from Paris), convenient if you have only a limited time to spend in London.
On our visit, we left Paris (Gare du Nord station) at 07:37, arrived in London (St Pancras Station International) at 09:00, then returned at 19:01 arriving at 22:17 in Paris. Note that in each transit with Eurostar, you need to be at the station 60-75 minutes before departure. Ticket gates close 30 minutes before departure. Also, remember your passports or you will not be allowed entry into the countries you’re travelling to.
The tourist sites we hit in London, are as listed:
- Trafalgar square
- The Mall road
- Buckingham Palace, change of guard
- House of Parliament
- Big Ben Clock
- London Eye
- Tower Bridge
- Borough Markets (to eat)
- Harrods (to eat and shop)
- Abbey road
It was no easy feat as it was raining during our visit and some tourist sites were under construction like The Big Ben, so I will focus more on the Borough Markets, Harrods and Abbey road in this post.
Borough Markets is London’s oldest food market standing at 1,000 years of service and providing quality produce, located at Southwark. It houses different specialty foods ranging from Pasta, Curry, Oysters, Sweets, Spices, Fruits, Veggies and other food ingredients from around the world. It’s been featured in movies such as Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).
The main reason why I wanted to come to the UK was to taste authentic Fish and Chips. Yes, food will make me move mountains, if need be. So we tried Fish! Kitchen Takeaway. Listed as one of Britain’s top Fish and Chip shop, we saw this for ourselves when we saw the employee’s tasting their batter and throwing out what seemed to be chips and fish that weren’t up to scratch. There is also a restaurant version of Fish! Kitchen in the Borough Market, be ready to be impressed by the interior and their 360-degree view of Borough Markets. For Fish! Kitchen Takeaway we spent around £20 per person including beer-battered fish, chips and a drink. Get also ready for the lunch rush, there is only a couple of tables on the side of the takeaway shop, so plan how you’re going to eat your fish and chips.
Next stop on our Foodie London trip was Harrods at Knightbridge. Harrods Food Hall to be exact. It took us 30 minutes to get there from Borough Markets, including 2 train rides and a 10-minute walk, but we (more like I) was keen to get there, nothing like a Disneyland for Foodies. Harrod’s Food Hall includes a Fishmonger, Patisserie, Confectionary, Fromage, Wine and Spirits, Rotisserie, Exotic fruits, Bakery, Deli, Butchery, and much more. The prices are on the costlier side as you may expect, we had purchased our dinner for 2 adults and had spent £50, for only 2 takeaway meals.
We then made our way to Abbey Road after our trip to Harrods, riding the Tube. Abbey Road was made famous by the well-known band The Beatles. The most popular song from this album was called “Come together”. The obstacle of getting there was not in the commute itself, it was the rain and our uncooperative google map, leading us to an hour of walking to nowhere in the cold rain. Good thing we had the Uber app to save us and take us back to St Pancras International Station, ready back to Paris.
Taking a Day trip to London town to feed ourselves some authentic fish and chips, see some obligatory tourist sites and eat some more was probably too short of an experience to appreciate the day. If I could give you a tip into making this day trip into a better experience- Spend a weekend there, not just a day.
Disclaimer: Please note I have not been paid or sponsored to do this review. This write-up is based on my own opinions, research and experience. Pictures used are personally taken, unless stated otherwise. I hope you find it helpful.