The Wandering Gujju, Day 1: London, England

Today, I’m sharing my experiences during our most recent trip to England, France, and Italy. My husband and I had such a great time. This was the first time my husband has traveled outside of the county.

We started off our vacation in London, England on August 25th. As soon as we arrived to the airport, we decided to take a taxi to our hotel instead of an uber. I was afraid that we wouldn’t be able to find our uber driver in the airport since the way we had exited near a parking garage. Taking a taxi was super expensive. We ended paying over 80 Pounds. Yikes!! Lesson learned: take public transportation from airport to hotel in the future and do better research. LOL!  It was funny to me because I had planned out every detail of how we would travel from country to country, but I didn’t pay much attention to how we would get to our hotel when we first arrived. SMH!

After arriving to our hotel, we immediately left to start exploring. We took the tube (subway) to Westminister. Maybe it’s because I used to live in New York City, but I love taking public transportation. It’s better for the environment and a lot of people use it. You never know what interesting things you may see along the way (depending on where you are and the people on the train).

First stop was to see Big Ben and Westminister Abbey.

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After exploring the area a little bit, we walked across the bridge to ride the London Eye, the largest ferris wheel in the world. It was pretty interesting! One capsule can hold over 20 people. What?! The view from the top was breathtaking.

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After our ride on the London Eye, we decided to get dinner at Dishoom.  We decided to take an uber because it turned out to be cheaper than public transportation. Finding an Uber was difficult and took almost half an hour to. We had 3 different drivers cancel trips before finally finding one. We head to meet him in a parking garage of nearby hospital.

Dishoom!

I found this Indian restaurant on yelp and it was the name that really caught my eye. Dishoom in Hindi is a sound effect of a gun being shot, especially common in Bollywood movies. I laughed. Best. Name. Ever!

We didn’t realize how popular this restaurant was until we arrived. We had to wait in line for an hour. They served us mint tea and chai. I was so excited to see that Chai was being served, but it definitely didn’t taste fresh. It tasted more like it had been made hours in advance and then reheated. 😦

But OMG, the food was so delicious and they provided great service! The spices really hit the spot because of course, being Indian, we had to get our spice on!

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Pictured: Vada Pav (left) and Pav Bhaji (right)
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Garlic naan and mattar paneer

 

After dinner, we explored the area and ended up in Soho. It was such a lively area with pubs, clubs, casinos, and restaurants.

Lessons learned:

  1. Figure out how far your hotel is from the airport and try to take public transportation.
  2. Public transportation may not always be cheaper. Uber turned out be cheaper on many occasions during our in London and quicker than public transportation.

Overall, during our ten days in Europe, we found that London was the best place for us to find a variety of foods that were vegetarian. Over the next few weeks, I will share a few more amazing places that we visited during our stay here.

What are your favorite spots in London? Share with me in the comments. 🙂

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