Travel Diary: Day #1 – London, England – A Walk in Mayfair

Heathrow is huge. My first time at Heathrow was exhausting. I had to spend half a day at the airport because my friends were lost.

London is the food capital of the world. I have lived in other cities in the UK but London is the most exciting when it comes to food. If an Indian lives in the UK for a really long time, he/she will start craving good India food and the only city where you will find good Indian food is London.

The restaurant we went to was Gymkhana which is inspired by Colonial Indian gymkhana clubs, where members of high society socialise, dine, drink and play sport.

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This restaurant is in Albemarle Street, Mayfair which is one of the poshest neighbourhoods in London. (Address: Gymkhana, 42 Albemarle Street, London, United Kingdom, Phone: +44 (0)20 3011 5900) 


After a nice meal, we walked around Mayfair. We needed a walk after a heavy meal. From Burlington Gardens we walked to Savile Row, the street famous for its tailors. Looking for bespoke tailoring for men, well, look no further. You are on the right street! Joseph, Bespoke, Gary Anderson, Huntsman, Degi & Skinner, etc. are some of the names you will come across on this street of tailors.


I always stop for coffee when I’m out for a walk. We found a Starbucks on Conduit Street and got ourselves some coffee and cookies to go.

Regent Street has a lot of shopping, GAP, Desigual, Furla, Tumi, Clarks, Kipling, Camper, etc. We didn’t shop at all because we didn’t want to carry anything heavy. Shopping is for another day when we have our car with us. Ok, we did get some Molton Brown products but those are not heavy!

On John Prince’s Street there is a BHS cafe, so if you want to stop by to get some food you can. You can shop for stuff at BHS too. I got a nice pair of flat shoes and changed into them. The heels I was wearing were extremely uncomfortable.

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As we walked towards Shaftesbury Avenue we noticed Ripley’s Believe It or Not! It is located in The London Pavillion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 0DA, UK. We didn’t go in because we wanted to keep walking and because I’ve already explored Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Malaysia.

There are a lot of “Pret A Manger” cafes in London. We found one in Shaftesbury Avenue too. There is a casino there too. It’s called the “Genting Casino”. We didn’t go it because it was closed and because I hate gambling. Long story, I once lost £5 in a casino somewhere close to Birmingham and decided never to gamble again. I was a student and didn’t have any money then so losing £5 of my own hard earned money was quite a shock to me!

We walked into a very oriental neighbourhood – Gerrard Street. We found loads of restaurants that were selling dumplings and had Japanese lucky cats in their display windows. Restaurants like Golden Dragon, Little Hong Kong, etc. were bustling with people.

Ann Summers, Claire’s and Boots pharmacies will be found in abundance in London along with HSBC bank branches.


If you are looking for extremely cheap clothing that is mostly made in India then don’t forget to stop by at Primark on Oxford Street.

We found some Rental Bikes on Theobalds Road and decided to go around in one. We used our credit card to rent two bikes and rode it around.

On Farringdon Street we found an Indian Restaurant called Seema Tandoori and we rode past it in our bikes. We finally came to an open area from where we could see the london eye. It looked amazing!

The Victoria Embankment is a beautiful road overlooking the river Thames. It is an extremely beautiful bike ride!

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On 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, Lambeth, London SE1 8XR, UK you will see a BFI IMAX. If you want the movie experience of a lifetime then don’t forget to stop at IMAX.


We reached Westfiled Park and decided to park our bikes and relax for a while. We cycled for more than an hour to get to Big Ben!


Right opposite it was the beautiful ferris wheel – The London Eye! We have already been on it and its quite a wonderful experience so we decided not to go on it again.


We left our bikes at a nearby stand and took the London underground to get to our hotel as we were exhausted!


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