Do you want to see Big Ben, the London Eye, or how about the Buckingham Palace or the numerous red double-decker buses that trawl the streets of London? Maybe, you’re more of a Potterhead and you’d like to visit the Warner Bros. Studio? Whatever the case may be, you’re probably interested in going to the UK as you’re on this page. Haha, I’m not an expert at this or anything, but I just wanted to share my experience on getting my UK Tourist Visa (or what’s known as the UK Standard Visitor Visa) here in the Philippines.
There are various Belgo branches around London but the one we went to was in Noord in Camden Town. This was the first restaurant we dined in upon arrival to London.
The interior of the place is quite nice, however to get to the dining area, we had to climb a short flight of stairs – which isn’t really that much trouble, although the way was a bit dim.
I especially love the well-lit (and colourful, haha) bar area. They have a lot of beers on the menu (around 70! They have tons of beers from draught pilsners to white and Trappist ales), but since none of us really fancy alcohol, we didn’t order any and stuck to good ol’ water and soda.
No matter where are in the world, chances are, you know about Shakespeare. After all, he’s one of the most prolific and iconic writers in all-time. Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and Othello are just some of his works. You may either love him or hate him, bottomline is at the end of the day, Shakespeare’s a household name.
That’s why, though I have sort of lukewarm feelings for Shakespeare’s works (haha!), I was still glad that Stratford-upon-Avon, his birthplace and the place where he spent most of his life, was included in our itinerary.
This isn’t Anne Hathaway’s cottage yet, but this is the place that you will pass by first before seeing it!
Can you spot the Shakesbeare? 😀 So cool that they also have a Monopoly Startford-upon-Avon Edition!
One of the cities that I’ve been really looking forward to visiting during my trip to England would be Bath. A couple of years ago, I’ve stumbled upon photos of it and for a brief period of time, I was enamoured, not only because of its quirky name, but also because of the wonderful architecture and of course, the famed Roman Baths. So, I suppose I am glad to have finally seen Bath with my own two eyes – and even had the chance to go around the city too! ❤
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, although it is more commonly known as the Bath Abbey. It used to be a Roman Catholic Church, but like most (if not all!) churches in England, it is now an Anglican parish church.
Really love this kind of architecture. ❤ We didn’t go inside the Abbey though so no photos of the interior.
One of the places we’ve visited during our trip to England was the city of Chester, located in Cheshire, England and its located quite close to the border with Wales.
During our short visit to Chester, the weather was a tad bit gloomy and it was a bit rainy too. On our way to explore the city, we passed by this gate. There used to be a real gatekeeper long ago and he lived up in the gate, along with his family (As far as I recall! Anyway, the gatekeeper lived there as he was the one who has to look out and open/close the gate when morning/night comes).
This is the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist Chester.
Chester was founded as a Roman fort back in 79 AD during the reign of the Emperor Vaspian. According to our local guide, this was the city’s makeshift Colosseum though not much of it remains. Fun fact: Chester was actually one of the last cities in England that fell to the Normans.
After our sightseeing in Bath (which I will write a post about soon!), we headed on to Windsor to go to the famous Windsor Castle. As we were running a bit late (like, really late), we almost didn’t make it. When we saw how long the line was to enter, we were already disheartened as even if you were in line and already purchased a ticket, if you don’t reach the cutoff time to enter, you won’t be allowed to do so. I guess then that this is one of the perks of travelling with a tour group – as a tour group, the person manning the entrance told us that we didn’t need to queue at the end of the snaking line at all – tour groups had their own entrance and queue.
On the way to Windsor Castle from the coach parking lot.
Our first view of Windsor Castle!
During our 2-week trip to the UK, we stayed in a lot of hotels, and yet, one of the hotels that I really liked would have to be Mercure Warwickshire. After spending the whole day touring around Chester and Stratford upon Avon (blogging about that soon!), we headed to Mercure, which is just 8 miles from Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
The view from our hotel room. It overlooks the parking lot actually, but you can also see Walton Hall from here.