Good Food in London

Other than the usual fish and chips and Italian food, I didn’t really know what was good and inexpensive. But hailing from Singapore, a lot of people had told me about this place Burger and Lobster and so we dutifully found our way to out of its outlet one day.

Everyone was raving about this place and we were warned to go during off peak so that we didn’t have to wait too long. So we went after 2 pm and still ended up waiting nearly 40 minutes for a seat. The joint only serves 3 items – a steak burger, a lobster roll or a whole baked lobster. All the items were priced at the same price of  £20 Since we can have burger everywhere, we went for the lobster. I had my steamed while M had hers grilled. The lobster comes with a side of fries and some salad.
Was it worth the wait and worthy of the hype? Hell, if I am going back there again, that will be my first stop for a meal! 
Another place that we were told is a must try was surprise surprise – Chinese food – roasted duck to be precise and at this outlet in Chinatown.
This photo was taken before dinner time but at dinner time, the queue was super long. Luckily our host for the evening had some “connection” and we managed to get in without waiting too long. We had a whole lot of Chinese food but the highlight of course was the roasted duck.
How good was it? Maybe to the English and the Chinese staying over there who do not see this dish being sold everywhere, this has to be good. The meat was tender enough without much fat. It was a bit too charred too. So nothing great there but not having had decent Chinese food for the past 3 weeks, this tasted real good. But frankly coming from Singapore, where there is a roasted meat stall at every other food centre, it wasn’t spectacularly good. 
We went to 2 other Chinese food places over the course of the visit and they were mostly forgettable. So if you in London and wants good Chinese food, this is probably the best choice as long as you don’t mind queuing up.

London

After a long haul in Scotland, we finally made it to London, the last stop before we fly back to Singapore. By then, I was tired and the glam of London wasn’t really my thing. I wanted to go Stonehenge, Kew Garden but the schedule we had didn’t permit us to go that far and we had already been to 2 gardens so another one seems a bit overkill. In the end, we did the tourisy thing and went on a open top bus ride taking in the sights of London. And I swear this is the best way to see everything at one go.

The bus route covered all the major tourist attractions and we could hop on and off wherever we choose but because the priority was shopping, we only gawked at most of these places from the outside. We also .took the Thames river cruise which comes with the bus trip so we covered all the places:
Trafalgar Square

The most famous of them all – the London Eye with the County Hall next to it.

The Tower Bridge which I think is the most magnificent bridge I ever seen. Much nicer than the Millennium Bridge which is a monstrosity next to all the historical bridges along the river.

The Tower of London

Another view of the Tower of London. They were planting the poppies at that time.

Buckingham Palace as seen from outside the fence

Of course there was the shopping but while everybody loves all the branded stuff, I went mad over this place.

This has got to be every M&M’s fan idea of heaven!

But a visit to London would not be complete without going to the more traditional shops and this is another delicious find.

And of course it is not complete without a visit to the world famous Harrods

And last but not least, a makan session at Chinatown
We did squeeze in some time to make a pilgrim to the hallowed world of football. Emirates Stadium! Read more about that visit here.

Emirates Stadium – The Home of Arsenal

Over in London, we didn’t have much time to do much sight seeing but one thing I knew I had to do was do a pilgrimage to one of the Premier League Club’s stadium and in London there is non bigger and better than the Emirates Stadium. Unfortunately as it is now, the team with the bigger better stadium is not necessarily the better team.
Enough of words, for all the Arsenal football fans, here are the highlights of the Emirates Stadium
A very bold declaration in a very understated manner
This is more like it!
Guess who is this fella? No no not that smiling goondu in the green jacket. The statue, the guy with the outstretched hands
Is this all there is to the Arsenal’s haul?
A time capsule.  Wonder what went into it?
And finally, the very familiar sights to all soccer fans:
The tunnel to the field
And of course the beautiful pitch. 

I think the fellas from our sports hub need to come here and learn from them how to maintain the pitch.
And some places we don’t get to see on the television:
The VIP dining room. There is even a celebrity chef to cook for the guests! Unfortunately we were not considered “guest” so no nice meal for us.

This is the physiotherapy room where the players get their massage and do their recovery

 

 And this is the hydro therapy pool. Only for the home team. Wish I can go soak inside too

The shower room. Why no doors and partition?

The Changing Room. The kitman will lay out the players’s attire and everything else here

In comparison, the visitor changing room is so plain.

That’s me, ahem, giving my end of game press conference

There is even an Arsenal Museum. 

Those were the days when policemen worn shorts and Arsenal was known as Woolwich Arsenal and playing in Division Two at Highbury.

Anybody young enough to have ever worn wooden soccer boots?

And do you know Arsenal ever had such a colorful top?

And a screen grab from one of the many videos featuring one of the greatest Arsenal star

Last but not least, a giant poster with the very best of Arsenal!