Thursday, June 21, 2007

Five Days in London

I loved our trip to London. It was like NYC, only smaller and shorter buildings, and more national parks. We took a train from the Hungerford station to Paddington Station in London. Paddington was amazing. I had never seen a train station so big. There were two big domes that must have been the roof, and there was platform after platform of trains. The place was just like an airport. It had little fast food take-out restaurants like Burger King and McDonald’s. It even had a mini-supermarket. It also had stairs and an escalator that led down to the Paddington Underground Station. (In England they call the subway the Underground.) But anyway. We grabbed our luggage (we had only brought some of the stuff from Hungerford because we were staying in London for only five days) and headed out of the station.

Our hotel was called Quality Crown. It was a chain hotel, one of the ones that there are more than one of around the world. The rooms were pretty fancy. There were three beds, a fan, a TV, and a large bathroom. Once again we had to share two rooms, 308 and 304. We ate at a different Burger King, which was about a block away. We went back to the Hotel, got moved in, and after playing some games we walked to a big national park called Hyde Park. There was a playground that we played on a while, and then we walked around in the park a bit before going back to the hotel and going to bed.

The next day we had breakfast, then walked a looooooooooooooong way to a huge church called St.Mary’s, and then we walked halfway back before finding an Underground station, and took the subway back to Paddington underground station, and walked back to our hotel. In the afternoon we took the underground to the Tower of London, but unfortunately it was just minutes before closing time, so instead we just looked out at the River Thames (pronounced tems) and got the great opportunity to see a tall boat go under the Tower Bridge, which had to raise its middle section to allow the boat to go through. When we got tired of the river, we walked a little ways, had dinner, and took the Underground back to Paddington and walked back to our hotel to go to bed.


Anonymous Uncle Chuck said...

Thomas--it looks like London was really great. I've never been there, but sure would love to visit sometime. When I do get to go, you'll have to tell me the best things to see, and where all the Burger Kings are!

June 21, 2007 5:39 PM  
Blogger Casa Pilar Alto, Illora said...

Hi Thomas, I came across your blog and I am glad to hear you and your family are having a good time in London.

It looks like you are staying at Quality Crown Hotel Hyde Park, where I have also stayed several times. I find the hotel excellent and can really recommend it to anybody - I do so to my friends and relatives all the time.

I found the hotel rooms a good size (for central London) and really exceptionally clean. The staff are very friendly and ready to help with every small thing. Also, I loved the really quiet location, even though it's just a couple of blocks from Paddington Station - where the Heathrow Express comes in.

I found that the best deals are available on their own web site (no surprise) which is - check it out and stay here if you can !

June 24, 2007 2:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well i'd say the burger kings are just about everywhere, so I can't say exactly. But I do know the location of two: one is in Paddington Station, a big train station close to hyde park, a big natural park. (trains are really big here in Europe, so they have lots of big stations) The other one is not far away from paddington, you just walk up a block and there is a McDonald's to your left and across the street there is the Burger King, a KFC and I think a Subway (the restaraunt)

August 29, 2007 10:23 AM  

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