Did I see this coming? Not exactly…In fact, Panda and I planned to just meet up in London, UK with me and mum flying in from Saskatoon, to meet him, sis and hub. Since it was just a free and easy trip (our third..fourth visit..lols), we didn't have much in plan. Since mum wanted to watch a play, sis chose Agatha Christie's Mousetrap. Panda and I decided to forego that and visited London Eye instead (not that it matters to them cause they are afraid of heights..muahahaha). So, London Eye ( just like the rest of the Eyes; Malaysian Eye (wait, thats long gone), Singapore Eye etc.), is a giant ferris wheel, currently the tallest in Europe and provides the highest viewing point in London (that is, until last year when The Shard was open to public…lols). If you are afraid of heights, or do not see the point of lining up for about 30 minutes for one revolution of 30 minutes, then forget it. A standard adult ticket costs £19. Check out their website for various ticket prices; flexi, fast track, guided, day and night. Honestly, 30 minutes is not that long, and you save £8 rather than paying £27 for the fast track ticket.
If you have time and a first-timer to London, I would think its worth the money, especially when you get a view point of London. The surrounding area is also nice but lots of people. You can easily spend a whole afternoon there; living statue, street performers, river cruise, aquarium and so forth.
It happened while we were dining at The Strand Dining Rooms, an all-day British dining (fairly new place opened in May 2014) located at Trafalgar Square. We took a leisure walk (blindly because our hotspot didn't work, and we didn't save a map) from the Eye to Trafalgar Square which was quite an experience. It was fun actually though chilly. Panda requested for a isolated dining table with nobody (and I meant Nobody except the bartender). After ordering, he started his quest with a formal verbal proposal which made me super embarassed (not that there's anybody around, its just me @__@). When he went down on his knees, I said yes without hesitation (I mean, which girl can resist a Tiffany right? haha) and the server came along just at the right time to snap a photo for us! Sweet...
He finally took a deep breath completing his task with success (lols). We were so famished by then and luckily food was served soon after. For starters, we shared the slow cooked pork belly with pan seared scallops, butternut mousseline & veal jus vinaigrette. Panda had the 8oz Sirloin of Dedham Vale beef with chips, roasted vine cherry tomatoes and béarnaise sauce whereas I had The Strand seafood crumble, something I've never tasted before. His medium rare steak was absolutely to his liking and those fat chips were super good. The seafood crumble was really a luxury savoury crumble with chunks of prawns, scallop, squid, and salmon. You've gotta love seafood to eat this. If only I had some bread to go with it as it was little bit too salty to be eaten as it is. Otherwise, I loved this alot! Servers were friendly, helpful and attentive and totally worth tipping! A lovely place for a classic dining experience with higher end prices but I wouldn't say its those fancy fine dining restaurants with exorbitantly high prices (I was dressed in a sweater shirt and leggings! Customers were families, group of friends, individuals as well).
Address: Grand Buildings, Trafalgar Square, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5EJ
Website: The Strand Dining Rooms