The Chewys’ Europe Honeymoon Trip: Days 20 & 21 in London/Big Ben, Borough Market, Three Michelin Stars Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Home Sweet Home

London

YO chewys! Apologies for the slow update. Really exhausted after work and just nua-ed when I got home. Sacrificing my weekend to update you guys on our laaast two days in London! Ok la I also wanted to avoid the haze so I stayed at home then shunbian blog lor 😛 Our Europe honeymoon travelogue has come to an end, after 14 blog posts (including this one) like finallyyy! Ok la, almost. It will end when you finish reading this post. We went to so many places on Day 20 which was the unofficial last day of our trip because we had to head to the airport immediately upon checking out the next day. The feeling was not nice at all and I couldn’t bear to leave London because it was an awfully short two full days there! :( The hubby promised that he will plan a trip to Europe again. (But duno when hor, sweetheart? I know you are reading this. LOL)

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We passed by so many phone booths but I wanted to take a photo with it only on our last sightseeing day!

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Big Ben! OMG, I can’t believe I walked along the same path as Jay Chou did when he was filming his “Big Ben” MV! Speaking of the King of Mandopop, I might be posting some photos and videos that we took during his recent world tour! 😀

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Hehe London Eye reminded me of Singapore Flyer = Going home soon. Boohoohoo.

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Visited the Westminster Abbey next where Sir Issac Newton was buried but the church was not opened when we were there.

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Our visit to Borough Market was a quick one but we liked what we saw! It is London’s most renowned food market and is rich in culinary history. Taste and quality of food is not compromised here, and standards are regularly measured.

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Wheatgrass juice is good for you!

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We weren’t planning to do any cooking on our last night in London so we only bought chocolate fudge to munch on throughout the day and also a small bottle of white truffle oil to bring back to Singapore. McD fries with truffle oil, anyone? XD

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Whoever said London Bridge is falling down deserves a good spanking. Hahaha.

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The moment we decided to include London as one of our honeymoon destinations, I was very excited because I so wanted to visit Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, a three Michelin stars restaurant owned by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay!

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We made our reservations early and mentally prepared ourselves that this was gonna be our most lavish and extravagant meal for this trip! 😛

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There were a few set lunches for us to choose from. Can’t remember what they were titled but misterchewy had the more expensive one. Haha.

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After some warm and crusty bread, we were served our Amuse Bouche which was Ricotta infused with mint, pea foam, sliced radish, tomato, rocket oil and violets. The ricotta had a subtle minty flavor and the pea foam was light and airy. The greens provided an nice contrasting texture to the dish. On the overall, it was kinda like eating a savory mousse cake.

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For my starter, I chose Chicken liver, foie gras and bone marrow crouton with artichoke, heriage apples, Perigord truffle vinaigrette mainly because of the foie gras. Liked how the chicken liver and foie gras was done while the flavors of this dish were accentuated by the truffle vinaigrette. However, I found the crouton too hard.

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The husband had Pressed foie gras, smoked and confit duck with Tasmanian mountain pepper, pickled pears and pain d’épices.

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I had a choice of fish, rabbit or duck for my mains and I settled for Roasted rabbit loin with Bayonne ham, confit leg, Puy lentils, roasted hazelnuts and pickled mustard seed because I really wanted to try something different. I wouldn’t say that I particularly enjoyed this dish although the rabbit loin was quite tender. The combination of mustard and hazelnut didn’t work quite well for me I guess.

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I could tell that misterchewy enjoyed his Costwold lamb and spring vegetable “Navarin,” best end, braised shank, confit breast and shoulder with wild and new season garlic. Alright, I know it’s a mouthful. Simply put, he ate various parts of the lamb and he gave two thumbs up.

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Pre-dessert drink! Can’t remember (my memory is really bad) what fruits were used but it was a very delicious drink and we slurped this up in no time.

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This photo of misterchewy’s Coconut soufflé with mandarin and lime sorbet was taken by him. Must give credit 😛 It was one amazing dessert! The coconut soufflé was warm, light and fragrant while the tangy sorbet balanced out the sweetness in a subtle way.

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My Banana parfait, peanut butter mousse and bitter chocolate sandwich with caramelised bananas was equally awesome! It was a tad heavy and sweet but I loved it.

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When I returned to our table from the washroom, our Petit Four was all ready to be devoured. It certainly looked delicate and exquisite.

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The White chocolate and strawberry ice cream truffles actually made a dramatic appearance when it was served with dry ice. Basically, the strawberry ice cream truffles were encased in white chocolate. Biting into these babies made me explode with happiness!

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Our gastronomical experience at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay lasted for about two hours. It could have been longer if we ate even slower I think. Total damage inclusive of wine was around SGD $400. No regrets at all! :)

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After lunch, we went to the Natural History Museum and admission was free. The queue was very long and there was another queue for the dinosaur exhibition.

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The husband was fascinated by what he saw but I wasn’t. Haha. So I offered to help him take photos.

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We almost forgot about Platform 3/4 at King’s Cross Railway Station! *GASP* We took quite some time to locate this and there was already a long queue of Harry Potter fans waiting to take photos. We were free to borrow Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin scarves!

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Hahaha of course we chose Gryffindor! 😛

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The queue was waaaay longer than this! I almost wanted to give up but Harry Potter fan girl persevered.

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Charleen kindly gave us some recommendations on where to go and what to eat in London. Burger & Lobster was somewhere misterchewy and I really wanted to try BUT we were not fated to eat there! First night, we missed our train and didn’t have time for dinner before Jersey Boys. Second night, we reached around 7pm after the Harry Potter studio tour and were told that we had to wait at least 2 hours!

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And on our very last night, Burger & Lobster was closed for Easter weekend! FML! Sad like mad! D: D: D: We will eat at Burger & Lobster for 3 nights in a row the next time we go to London! Mark my words. LOL.

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We settled for Fish and Chips at this pub called Prince of Wales.

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Can’t remember who had what but we ordered London Pride and Big Ben. Errrr.. I think I still prefer Erdinger and Kronenbourg 😛

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Very sad! Checked out the next morning and took the tube to the airport lo. We tried to do tax refund for one of the items we bought but couldn’t do it in London. Quite complicated so I shall not attempt to explain here.

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Since we had hours before our flight, we had brunch to fill our empty stomachs!

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Home sweet home YO! Sincerely hope that you guys have enjoyed following and reading all 14 of our honeymoon blog posts!

In summary, here are links to all our Europe travelogues:
Italy
Switzerland
Paris
London

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The Chewys’ Europe Honeymoon Trip: Days 18 & 19 in London/Tower Bridge, Pollen Street Social & Harry Potter Studio Tour

London Days 18 & 19

If you notice, there is no Day 17 after my post on Disneyland Paris because that day, I was stuck in bed running a slight fever. The husband made a few trips from the hotel to get my medicine, lunch, Chanel bag (LOL) and finally, in the evening, I felt better and we went to buy another Chanel and had dinner. The next morning, we got macarons from Pierre Herme and Laduree before leaving Paris for London, our final stop for our honeymoon trip!

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Blame it on the super long queue at Galeries Lafayette’s Chanel store (yes I got more earrings) and we missed our train to London! Think we only missed by a couple of minutes because of the immigration officer? Was totally pissed off because he asked us many questions and wasted our time. It was very obvious that he was doing it on purpose. Had to wait for another 2 hours for the next train! >:(

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You have to get the Oyster card when you are in London! It makes travelling a whole lot cheaper.

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We were feeling thankful that London is one hour slower than the other countries that we visited earlier because this meant that we could still make it for Jersey Boys! I bought tickets online when we were still in Singapore. I actually felt very sad when we reached London because it meant that our honeymoon trip was coming to an end really really soon D:

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We booked all our accommodation via Agoda and were quite satisfied except for this one in London! The location stated is so near the train station but it’s actually an office to pick up the keys to the apartment! The husband had to drag our luggages for a good 20 minutes before reaching Neate House.

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To add fuel to the fire (yeah misterchewy was really pissed and he seldom loses his temper), we had to climb the stairs to our room.

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When we walked past the bathroom, we did not notice anything amiss because the doors were closed when we walked past.

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I got a shock of my life when I realized that there’s no bathroom in our room! Argh. Overlooked that this is a shared bathroom accommodation! Horror of horrors! I hate the idea of sharing a bathroom with other strangers! The thought of having to do so for the next 3 nights certainly dampened my mood.

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We were kinda running out of time and took the tube to Leicester Square after putting down our stuff.

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One of the things that you must do when you are in London is to watch a musical in the West End! It’s really an experience not to be missed.

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Our decision to watch Jersey Boys was a last minute one. We missed them when they were in Singapore and we were glad to catch them in London!

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These are the only two photos that we took inside the theatre because photography is prohibited.

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A photo in front of Prince Edward theatre!

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Our dinner was macarons from Pierre Herme bought earlier in the day in Paris. It was really late and we skipped dinner because the walk back to our apartment from the train station would take us quite some time. And on our way back, we realized the streets were really dark! Kinda scary and creepy.

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If you think that our dinner was pathetic, you are so wrong lol. We were munching away happily like kids and finished all 7 within a matter of minutes.

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Day 19 was the third last day of our trip! We tried our best to make full use of our remaining two full days in London.

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On the Tower Bridge!

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After a quick stroll (ok not a stroll anymore) along Tower Bridge, we took the tube to our lunch destination!

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We were impressed by our dining experience at Pollen last July that we felt that the one Michelin starred Pollen Street Social warrants a visit! Of course we had a reservation :)

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Colchester crab salad, pickled turnip, chilled crab cream, samphire.

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Slow cooked egg, “mushrooms on toast”, crispy wild cabbage.

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Roasted Cornish hake in red wine, broccoli stem, cockles, crispy quinoa, whipped artichoke.

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Muntjac deer, beetroot, red onions, puree potatoes, smoked beetroot juice.

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Pre-dessert palate cleanser.

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Rhubarb, basil ash meringue, chantilly cream, mint oil.

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Sorry I don’t have time and I’m too lazy to tell you how each dish tasted like. I’m sure you only wanna see photos anyway. LOL. But one word, “marvellous”. Ok misterchewy say one. Lololol. But really la, it was worth every pound.

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We will be back!

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Travelled to The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour via the tube! It’s located at some faraway place, like quite ulu. Haha. We fell asleep on the tube! After lunch syndrome.. LOL. Had to take a shuttle bus when we reached the train station in order to get to the studio.

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If you are planning a trip to the studio, you need to purchase your tickets online as no tickets are being sold at the studio. There are various timings so make sure you choose wisely!

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We were quite early so we went into the souvenir shop!

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Hedwig! I think? Haha all animals look the same to me :X

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It’s really cool that wands are being sold too! We found Harry’s, Ron’s, Hermoine’s, Malfoy’s and even Voldemort’s! I think I was holding Harry’s wand. 😀

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Bought a box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and a mini Harry’s wand which doubles up as a pen for my brother. Some of the jelly bean flavors are quite gross. Don’t dare to try. Got booger, ear wax, vomit, dirt, earthworm, etc! Yucks!

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Soon, it was time for our tour! This was the first thing we saw when we were in the queue. Harry Potter’s small little room at 4 Privet Drive! The details were so amazing. We even spotted Harry’s spectacles! Ok la, if you are a Harry Potter fan, I don’t need to explain so much. Just enjoy the photos k! 😛

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Butterbeer! *Screams* Before our trip to the studio, I was telling misterchewy that we had to drink butterbeer because it’s Harry’s, Ron’s and Hermoine’s favourite drink at The Three Broomsticks! LOL.

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The drink was really damn nice! Don’t know what exactly is it. Tastes kinda like an ice cream float without all that fizziness.

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4 Privet Drive! Does the image of flying cars appear in your head?

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Diagon Alley! Ahhhh my favourite!

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