Thursday, October 28, 2010

European Escapade - Shopping in Knightsbridge ***

While in
London, every morning B and I walked the short distance to a nearby cosy restaurant where we'd enjoy a delicious English breakfast. Having breakfast here is much cheaper than our hotel. Plus, I like that we have a little leeway to enjoy breakfast at our own pace instead of being restricted to the breakfast hours of the hotel. So even if we overslept, we still won't miss breakfast.

Breakfast time

Dining Al Fresco

I can't remember the name of the restaurant though but the service was decent and our orders always arrived immediately. The first day we had breakfast here, we both agreed that the portion served was huge. So we made a point to share just one plate the next time we dine here. But every morning when reading the menu, we'd get so enticed with the breakfast variety that we'd end up ordering two separate plates! Smiley

Breakfast with a view

On the last day of our stay in Best Western, The Cromwell, we had our breakfast here again. We had checked out of the hotel but left our luggage behind while we make a quick trip (2 stops away by tube) to Knightsbridge before heading to Paddington later in the afternoon.

Before shopping


Typical English Breakfast

We arrived in Knightsbridge and the weather was fairly cold. B was sporting his new CK jacket, which was perfect to keep anybody warm while enjoying luxury ski holidays or simply walking around dining and shopping in London. I constantly reminded B it was his best buy so far from Bicester Village! I spent quite a fair amount of time taking pictures before heading to Harrods, the main department store I wanted to visit! Smiley

Waiting for the tube


Shopping and Sightseeing


Harvey Nichols

I loved seeing the double-decker buses pass by and though I've snapped more than enough to last me a lifetime, this one was in plain sight and too good of a distance to give it a miss so CLICK! sengihnampakgigi

National symbol of Britain, the Red Double-Decker Bus

We arrived at Harrods and there was a massive sale going on. Security was noticeably tight with plainclothes security roaming around in almost every corner of this huge store. It was also very crowded inside.

The most expensive thing I bought here was an elegant black jewellery box for my mom. I wanted to get one for myself too but was worried about packing on the kilos on our luggage way too soon into our trip so I gave the pink version a longing glance before dragging my feet far and away from the bag section! ihikhik

Thank you Harrods!

As much as I wanted to spend more time in Harrods, we still had several other stores to cover and time was not on our side. We had to be in Paddington by 2pm and it was already noon. It was also beginning to drizzle so we said goodbye to Harrods and continued shopping and sightseeing in Knightsbridge.

Where to next?

We walked a lot and covered all the stores I had planned to visit. It was mostly window shopping for me because you can imagine how pricey things are in Knightsbridge! I did manage to get two new wallets (pink and purple) as well as three new sweaters for B at great prices though so the trip was definitely worth our time. And despite the drizzle and the endless walking in and out of stores, I didn't feel tired at all! Smiley

Smiling and shopping away

Quick stop at Zara

Shopping done, we headed back to Knightsbridge Station to take a tube back to Gloucester where we collected our luggage before heading to our second hotel in London.

Let's go back Love!

Shopping makes me smile!

After shopping

Cromwell hotel called for a taxi to take us to Paddington and we waited for about ten minutes inside the lobby before an old friendly-looking guy popped his head inside and called out B's name. After packing our luggage inside his Limo Cab, we sped down the streets of London to our next destination. B's colleagues had just arrived and were already waiting for us at the hotel in Paddington. ketukmeje

Heading to Novotel Paddington

I was excited to be inside a fancy Limo Cab and the driver was an old chap who was really friendly and engaged us in conversation throughout the ride. His was pleasantly surprised to find out we were from Malaysia and began telling us about his Japanese wife of 20 years and even showed us a picture of her on his phone!

I took some pictures along the way but stopped after a while when we realized that this cab driver had taken the wrong route. He was confused with our destination because the hotel we're headed to is located in a new business district. And despite checking on his GPS many times, the hotel's location refused to appear and we were truly and seriously lost! garupale

In the end, what could have been a short 5-minute ride turned into almost half an hour. We were charged £25 for this ride even though the actual fare had we not been lost would have cost a mere £10 or less! We were a tad annoyed at having to pay for his mistake but since the driver was friendly and he did apologize, we closed one eye and were just relieved to finally arrive at the hotel. Actually, it was me who spotted the hotel when we were still driving around looking for it, so I kinda saved the day, or what's left of it! ihikhik

Hotel Novotel, Paddington

Next up, an inside peek of the 4-star Novotel Hotel in Paddington, which was also my favourite hotel out of the three we stayed in while visiting UK! tepuktangan



Caroline Ng May Ling,  October 28, 2010 2:32 PM

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Monica,  October 28, 2010 2:33 PM

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Monica,  October 28, 2010 2:33 PM

finally! hahaha :-D :-D :-D

LadyJava,  October 28, 2010 2:33 PM

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LadyJava,  October 28, 2010 2:34 PM

OH NOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:o >:o >:o >:o >:o >:o >:o >:o I cant believe I missed the CHOP!!! >:o >:o >:o >:o >:o >:o >:o >:o >:o >:o >:o

Caroline Ng May Ling,  October 28, 2010 2:34 PM

mwahaha got chop or not?? :-P :-P

Caroline Ng May Ling,  October 28, 2010 2:35 PM

wohoo yummy brekkie!! :-D :-D yea if at hotel one sure more expensive! unless it is included. :-P

Monica,  October 28, 2010 2:36 PM

wahh nice pics! i love English Breakfast! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Caroline Ng May Ling,  October 28, 2010 2:37 PM

ahahahah!! so cute la u n B! enjoy camwhoring!! :-P :-P :-P

Caroline Ng May Ling,  October 28, 2010 2:37 PM

shopping heaven it seems?? 8-) 8-)

Caroline Ng May Ling,  October 28, 2010 2:38 PM

ooooh friendly taxi driver! :-D :-D show picture of his wifey summore! hahahaha

Caroline Ng May Ling,  October 28, 2010 2:41 PM

d way B sit in the limo cab really mcm big boss! mwahaha OKB!! :-P :-P :-P

Monica,  October 28, 2010 2:44 PM

hehe the red double-decker bus reminds me of the fridge magnet yay.. :* :* :* :*

LadyJava,  October 28, 2010 2:46 PM

GP!! SG banyak double decker bus...hehe.. my daily bus to work tu.. ;)

LadyJava,  October 28, 2010 2:47 PM

am loving all the pictures.. B looks haute in his CK and you look uber fashionable in your jacket..hehe.. 8-)

LadyJava,  October 28, 2010 2:48 PM

hungers looking at the food and that cappucino.. to die for lah.. am having my coffee kambing here.. lol!

Monica,  October 28, 2010 2:48 PM

alamak the cab driver was confused wz the destination!? luckily u spotted the hotel haha! :-D :-D

LadyJava,  October 28, 2010 2:50 PM

I would love to shop at Harrods one day.. sigh.. when will that day be.. i want to be millionaire...

LadyJava,  October 28, 2010 2:51 PM

wah lucky the taxi driver nice eh.. mahal tu.. double fare..

Monica,  October 28, 2010 2:52 PM

thanks fo r sharing the pics sweetie...def worth waiting lol! :-D :-D :* :* :*

LadyJava,  October 28, 2010 2:52 PM

thanks for sharing sweetie.. you're right! it was worth the wait :)

Tekkaus,  October 28, 2010 5:31 PM

Wow...that is typical English breakfast? No wonder all of them look so strong lar. :p

Nessa,  October 28, 2010 7:58 PM

Waaa.... pics galore!! =-O =-O :-D :-D

Love your black coat la, love the cut... kan best kalau boleh pakai kat malaysia... if only it's not freaking hot like oven ...

I saw a double decker bus kat Genting Highland last year but kenot go in unless you buy food from the cafe... cisss! But im sure it was great to see them double deckers zooming by kan. U didn't get on the bus??

eh, i've been to Harrods too... kat KLCC la... but didn't buy anything. Was sked to even touch the stuff in there cos the salespeople mcm aksi tengok me as if i nak curi barang je. Grrrr....

aiyah, dat pakcik teksi i think bluffing only la... hehehe

poor prince,  October 28, 2010 9:37 PM

i would also want to have cappuccino for breakfast

poor prince,  October 28, 2010 9:39 PM

i wanna see those great buildings someday
i really love europe
the heart of arts i could say hahaah

someday, someday, wait for me Europe :-D

eastcoastlife,  October 28, 2010 11:01 PM

Maybe the driver was faking so he could charge you more?

Bella Enveeus,  October 29, 2010 5:12 AM

what i notice throughout this post is "shopping shopping shopping".. LOL

Bella Enveeus,  October 29, 2010 5:14 AM

ooh limo looks spacious and comfy, but well, had to pay £25 tu yang not fair.. hmm he should've given a discount! *DONT_KNOW*

*Michael,  October 29, 2010 8:01 AM

Nice pic! Good shopping and breakfast! :* :* :*

*Michael,  October 29, 2010 8:01 AM

Must be leaving a very good memory behind :-D

*Michael,  October 29, 2010 8:02 AM

I love the 1st photo, very nice! :* :* :*

☆♥Shydub♥☆,  October 29, 2010 8:19 AM

Im so envy with your right now Mariuca I wish i could go to london someday. Thanks for sharing your escapades and pictures at least even in the pictures i feel like im in London too hhee :*

Life Ramblings,  October 29, 2010 8:49 AM

wow, such a luxury vacation you have. everywhere is shopping frenzy. it has not crossed my mind to take a cab in europe let alone London. taxis in London are of course more eye popping expensive. i prefer to take the metro.

Life Ramblings,  October 29, 2010 8:50 AM

glad you enjoyed your time and thanks for the free tour.

Life Ramblings,  October 29, 2010 8:52 AM

btw, i received your pressies a few days ago. many thanks for the wonderful fridge magnets and keychain. love them. big hugs for you: * :*

Life Ramblings,  October 29, 2010 8:53 AM

TGIF Marzie. have a wonderful weekend.

Bill,  October 31, 2010 4:33 AM

Wow so many beautiful pictures and the places look so awesome. I will have to take a trip there one day. Shoppping makes you smile Marzie LOL :). You look great in this pics my friend. It looks like you and B had a great time. I love the limo cab it looks so comfortable. ;)

testi,  November 01, 2010 3:35 AM

hi mariuca,you looks very pretty :*

London Is Cool,  November 01, 2010 5:00 AM

Your typical English breakfast seems to be missing two vital components' bacon and sausages...and perhaps black pudding if you want to put the finishing touches to it...

Mariuca,  November 01, 2010 11:49 AM

:* :* Caroline FC1 !

Mariuca,  November 01, 2010 11:49 AM

:* :* :* Monica FC2!

Mariuca,  November 01, 2010 11:49 AM

:* :* :* And LJ FC3!

Mariuca,  November 01, 2010 11:49 AM

Thanks for the chop ladies, YAY! 8-) 8-)

foongpc,  November 02, 2010 12:07 AM

Wah! The breakfast looks good!!

foongpc,  November 02, 2010 12:09 AM

But like what London Is Cool mentioned, the bacon and sausages were not there! but we knew why haha!! U can't eat them!

foongpc,  November 02, 2010 12:10 AM

Ooh! Shopping again! OKB lah u! Some more take limo?! Wow!!

foongpc,  November 02, 2010 12:11 AM

Love all the photos! And love that Novotel Hotel from outside! Look forward to see how it looks like inside! : )

Ayie,  November 07, 2010 12:49 PM

Oh I soooo love your outfit, you totally rocked that look! ;) ;)

Ayie,  November 07, 2010 12:49 PM

the breakfast looks yummy! :-P :-P

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