London Travel Diaries: Week 10 Part II

I am glad we had indoor plans for Sunday because the weather was still cold and rainy. First up was a very early wake up call for the London Dungeon experience which I quite enjoyed. The actors do a great job of transporting you through a history of London.

I knew I wanted to visit the London Eye and Madame Taussauds but the attraction pass made the London Dungeon and Aquarium options quite cheap to add on. It was a no brainer to opt for all four. We visited the aquarium afterwards which is next door to the London Dungeon. My favourites were the penguins, seahorses and the giant crab. I found it to be just okay and thought it more geared for kids.

After lunch we hopped onto a train to Baker Street to visit Madame Taussauds. It was certainly the busiest tourist attraction in London. I enjoyed taking plenty of photos, posing silly and checking how real the wax models looked. The sections included bollywood, hollywood, sport stars, singers and politicians. You don’t really spend much time at each wax model as it is more a photo opportunity.

It had been quite a long day for our feet by then but I still managed to drag the boyfriend to the nearby Regents Park for a stroll. This section of the park was pretty and peaceful.

For dinner I thought we could visit Burger and Lobster in Farringdon. Silly me didn’t do the research and only realized once there that the inner city closes over the weekend. We did get to see Kings Cross, St Pancras and Platform 9 and 3/4. The only other restaurant I had in mind was Dishoom in Soho where we queued in the rain for over an hour. It was voted the number one restaurant in London so queuing was expected. What I haven’t figured out is why Londoners love to queue.

The staff at Dishoom were kind enough to serve complimentary hot drinks to those waiting. Dishoom resembles an Indian version of the Foundry in Parktown North. They even serve Indian craft beer! The decor and ambience is exactly what a restaurant should be and what Indian restaurants in SA lack. Was the food amazing? No, but I think it more the ambience and vibe which sets it apart from other Indian restaurants.

1&2. London Dungeon / 3. Gloomy Big Ben / 4-15 Aquarium / 16. Sherlock Holmes at the Baker Street Station / 17-83. Madame Taussauds / 84-101. Regents Park / 102-106. St Pancras & Kings Cross stations / 107-113. Dishoom

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Sights Seen: 13
Photos taken: 1683
Pounds spent: 286

Oxford & Dishoom,
CG

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