A Wander Around London And Oyster Card Confusion

It’s been a while since I’ve had a good old wander around London. My introvert side usually finds it all a bit too much – the crowds, the hustle, the crowds, the rush, the crowds, the bustle, and did I mention the crowds?

Yet, being as I was in London for The UK Blog Awards, it seemed a shame to only stay the one night. So I girded my loins and booked a mini break. And do you know what? It was ruddy marvelous! Mr Chic and I crammed rather a lot into our stay, and I thought I’d share some of our adventures with you. So take a wander around London with me, and put on your walking shoes, you’re going to need them!

A Wander Around London

The day after the blog awards didn’t really get off to the best of starts. We decided to forgo the underground and travel to the sights by bus. This little venture turned out to be way more complicated that we could ever have anticipated.

  1. Check the timetable
  2. Find the bus number
  3. Find the bus stop for our bus
  4. Get on bus (metaphorically slapping ourselves on the back for our ‘getting on the correct bus’ success)
  5. Try to buy a ticket – yeah, that isn’t the way it works in London is it?

You are now probably shaking your head in despair at our lack of London prowess. You see, in Yorkshire and Wales you get on a bus and buy a ticket with actual money. It would seem that in the capital this is the equivalent to the dark ages, or bartering with potatoes.

Luckily the driver was a friendly sort and he dropped us off at the nearest Oyster Card retailer. After successfully working out how to ‘drive’ London and actually travel somewhere, the morning found us soaking up the eclectic mix of styles at the National Portrait Gallery.

The central gallery at the London Portrait Gallery.

Stature at the London Portrait Gallery

This isn’t a gallery I have ever visited and I was rather fascinated by the juxtaposition of classic and modern.

For lunch we plumped for steak and beer – I stuck to my healthy eating plan religiously in the weeks leading up to my trip, so I knew I’d be OK to put it to one side for a few days. We dined at Steak & Co, and I have to say I devoured one of the best steaks I have ever had. I think some of that was due to the fact that you ‘cook’ it yourself on a hot stone. What can I say; the control freak in me rather enjoyed the experience.

Me with two beers.

Lights at Steak and Co in London.

Steak on a hot stone ready to be cooked 
Flipping steak to cook it on a hot stone
 Me with beers (type, I like my beer)
We then took a wander around China Town, where Mr Chic was determined to find his favourite dim sum restaurant. The fact that this area of London was his old stomping ground twenty years ago, and the owner was probably in her eighties back then didn’t seem to sway him from his mission. Unfortunately (and not surprisingly), it had been replaced by a completely different dim sum restaurant – the owner was in her eighties though, which made us smile.

The arches at the entrance to China Town in London

China Town in London, a close up of the top of the arches which we saw on our wander around London

Again this isn’t a place I have ever visited before, so the day was filled with firsts for me.

After a bit of a wander around Leicester Square we decided to call it a day and try to get back to our hotel – this is a much easier challenge to overcome when you have an actual bloody clue what you are doing!

 One of the sites we saw on our wander around London
The sites of London

We managed to squeeze in a quick outfit shoot whilst waiting for our bus, which was a bit of a bonus and probably entertained the people waiting in the queue.

What I wore for a wander around London

All in all, our first full day in London was a bit of success. I got to experience new things and Mr Chic got to wander down memory lane. We even remembered our bus number for the return journey – result!

I hope you enjoyed accompanying me on my little wander around London. In the next installment – pub lunches and bubbles (of the blowing kind I’m rather sad to say).

Cheerio.

3 Comments

  1. May 16, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Brilliant!! I absolutely love London but living in Portugal, don’t get the chance to go very often. I love the museums and galleries but must admit to never having visited the National Portrait Gallery. It looks fabulous though. Maybe next time.
    LOVE stone steak too…. it means steak is cooked to absolute perfection ;D
    Suzy x
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:52 am

      I do find London a bit stressful, but I really enjoyed this visit. I’m new to steak on a stone but I’d definitely try it again!
      Michelle xx

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