Weekend in London – Sunday

DAY 1: Journey to London (27th February 2015)
Flight Porto to London Stansted Airport (Ryanair): 28.04€
London Stansted Airpor to Tottenham Hale (train): 15.39€
Accommodation: London Malvern Road Rooms to Let – 100£/2 nights/2 pax (± 35€/night/pax)
DAY 2: Visiting London (28th February 2015)
Transports: Oyster Card (Zones 1-3, 2 days) – 15£ (20.50€)
Restaurant (lunch): British Library restaurant – 10.15£ (13.85€)
Restaurant (dinner): GlassBlower – 16.70£ (22.75€)
Places visited: British Library, British Museum, Museum of London
DAY 3: Leaving London (1st March 2015)
Victoria – Gatwick Airport (Gatwick Express): 19.90£ (27.15€)
Flight Gatwick Airport to Porto (TAP): 76.61€
Places visited: Imperial War Museum London, Natural History Museum

Imperial War Museum London

Imperial War Museum London

We spent the morning of our last day in London, 1st March 2015, visiting the Imperial War Museum.
We went by metro to Euston, where we changed to the Northern line. Then, we left the metro at Elephant & Castle Station, right next to a huge roundabout. This roundabout is closed to pedestrians. To cross it, one has to walk through the underground pedestrian paths.

After a visit of about 3 hours, which was not enough to see the whole galleries as thorough as we would like, we left the Inperial War Museum and we ate our sandwiches outside, in the garden.

The Natural History Museum was our next destination. We caught the metro at Lambeth North to Embankment, where we took a small stroll to see river Thames, the giant Ferris wheel named London Eye, Big Ben and everything around.
We went back to the metro station and took the metro to South Kensington, which is the metro station nearer Cromwell Road entrance, the main entrance of the Natural History Museum.

London Eye

London Eye

We met my Japanese friend, M., in the Museum shop. It was so good to meet her again!
The visit to the Museum didn’t take us too much time. We just visited a few galleries, such as the “Minerals” and “Human Biology” galleries, but we were more interested in catching up than in the museum.

When we left the museum, my brother and his friend were outside, waiting for us. They had, finally, got a room for each one of them and they would be in the same house!

As I was curious about a shop named “Whole Foods Market” and it was not far from the Museum, we decided to go there. On the way to that shop, my brother found an Oyster card that was charged with credit for a whole month!

We saw some interesting products at Whole Foods Market and we didn’t resist to buy some natural cashew butter, which had an appealing price.
On the last floor of the shop there are only restaurants. We made a pause there to eat some snacks.

River Thames

River Thames

Meanwhile, it was about time to start our trip back home. We went to High Street Kensington station to take the metro to London Victoria Station. However, the line between High Street Kensington and Victoria was closed. We had to find out and alternative way to arrive at Victoria Station. So, we went by metro to Notting Hill Gate, from there we went by the Central Line (red) to Oxford Circus and, finally, we arrived at Victoria by the Victoria Line (light blue).

As the ticket office where the tickets to Gatwick Express are sold was in a corner of the station and we were looking for it at the atrium, we took some time to find it. We had to go to the wrong ticket office to be directed to the right one.
Gatwick Express is a non-stop train that, in 30 minutes, goes from London Victoria Station to London Gatwick Airport.

Our flight, which was planned for 20:45, had a one-hour delay. According to the information given to us, this was because of the heavy fog in Oporto. However, when we landed in there, there was heavy fog at the airport. I wonder if it was better than one hour before or not.

Although we had arrived later than we were expecting, there still was a metro to take us from the airport to Campanhã train station and we arrived in time to catch the last train of that day.


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