So many of my readers have been asking me to share my Europe Itinerary so here it is! I listed all the things you need to DO and EAT in London and which Metro stations you should alight. Follow my day to day itinerary so that you can save time and see more of London!
I traveled London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Milan, Dubai for almost a month and spent about $2600 inclusive of airfares, hotels, Eurail trains and domestic flight! Want to know how I did it? Sharing it all here! Who say you need at least $10,000 to go Europe? Of course if you are going there to shop for branded items, you’ll need that kind of amount and more!
It’s a little tedious doing all the homework but you have the freedom of time and choosing exactly where you want to go! I’ve always loved planning for trips even to nearby countries. The adrenaline of getting everything together and the flexibility of adding more cafes or shopping along the way as we tour.
I flew by Emirates and I love it for you can always stopover in Dubai for a few days at no cost! Emirates service is really good, food is yummy and has a wide variety of entertainment on-board.
I’ve always enjoy staying at Ibis Hotel for it is very clean, comfortable, has all the basic essentials, good location, value for money and most importantly… what you see is what you get! You know some hotels you see they have nice pictures and decorations but when you read reviews, you get like dark corridors, bad smell and dirty. Nothing like what you see on their pictures. This WILL NOT happen to Ibis Hotels! Which is why I decided to go with Accor Hotels for my entire trip minus Venice. I thought there is only 1 type of Ibis but little did I know my honest “mistake” saved us quite a bit of money.
Instead of checking into normal Ibis Hotel, I booked Hotel ibis budget London Whitechapel – Brick Lane. Everything is the same, cosy beds, private bathroom and a canteen where you can dine in. The essentials done well, comes with a generous double bed, a practical bathroom with a separate toilet, a flatscreen TV and high-speed Wi-Fi. No frills, what you see on their website is what you get. Bright and clean which is really important to me. The only difference is that the Ibis Budget room doesn’t come with fridge, no mineral water bottles drinks given in room so you’ll have to get them before checking in. If not you can always buy it from the canteen. You can also get your coffee and tea there. Hot water is free!
Did I also mention that the location is merely a 5-6mins walk from Aldgate East Station? Very convenient because Aldgate East Station is rather centralized and there are a lot of eateries along the way to the hotel! There is also a huge supermarket at the back of the hotel.
We started venturing on Day 2 due to the bad jetlag. We spent Day 1 exploring near our hotel, ate a little and did some window shopping. Headed back around 3-4pm, showered and slept all the way from 5 till next day 10am! LOL #jetlaggone
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Delicious hamburgers that are big in portion made fresh from British beef and best paired with a cold craft beer or an extra-thick shake! The mister was so hungry he didn’t want to share and I was a little worried I might not be able to finish 1 on my own. My worries were unfounded cos i end up finishing everything on my plate! Byron Hamburgers are a MUST try and I will certainly have it when I head back to London.
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A glass lift will whizzed you in seconds up to Duck & Waffle on the 40th floor with views that are so stunning, I bet you will be as mesmerized as I did! You can try to request for a sitting at a window table many of which are for 2 diners only. Be sure to order their signature Duck & Waffle £15 (S$27), Ox Cheek Benedict £11 (S$19.80) which is really delicious and that braised ox cheeks so very tender and lastly Duck Egg En Cocotte £13 (S$23.40) which was mind blowing! A must order for all egg lovers!
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We ate like crazy at Broadway Market! I will most certainly visit again!
Where to find £10 for a generous plate of steak? Super value for money and warrants a visit!
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IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! Oh yes, this Harry Potter Fan is going to celebrate her birthday at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter! Getting there on your own can be quite a challenge so I strongly suggest you booking your tickets + return transfers from Golden Tours. They have very clear instructions and maps on pick up points which I really appreciate. Not forgetting the coach is comfortable and playing Harry Potter movies! hahaa
I had such a great time it was surreal. Seeing all the props, the costumes, the many scenes coming alive right before my very eyes… and oh ya, HAVE TO order Butterbeer! It is soooooooo delicious I had to buy the Butterbeer ice cream to try and I’m glad I did!
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I had so much fun at Cereal Killer and you can bet I will return for I’m a huge cereal eater! I even bought cute souvenirs for myself like the Kellogg’s frosted cereal lip gloss! HAHA super cute! A little bird told me they serve killer shakes too! Coming back for you real soon!
We went back for more shopping for the mister bought sooooooooo many clothings from Primark and with the many sneaker shops available, I think he bought another 4 pairs?!
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Hoping and wishing I’ll catch Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. HAHAHA I’ve watched the movie ‘Notting Hill’ at least 5 times so being here is kinda surreal.
You didn’t think I was going to leave London without having their signature Fish & Chips?
I hope you’ll like this itinerary for I put in such much effort compiling everything and sharing it here.
I love London so much for the people are friendly and it’s so easy to navigate around. Take the buses too for it’s really easy and you get to sight-see while resting your feet.