Friday, March 05, 2010

London Trip March 2010 -- Day 2, Landing

Union flagWe landed in London on time, around 7:30 AM, Friday. Then we walked miles to get the bags and go through customs. Along the way we found a great porter and he took us all the way from baggage claim to the Heathrow Express train. The website says it is easy to connect with the train from all the airline terminals. This is not so. Without that porter we would still be wandering around Heathrow. Limping.

Once we were aboard the Heathrow Express we were at Paddington Station in twenty minutes. Next we were in a taxi for the two-mile ride to the apartment at 202 Kensington Church Street.

The apartment is small but well equipped, and the location is wonderful. It's half a block from the Notting Hill Gate tube station (Central, Circle and District Lines) and even closer to major bus stops. When we got to the apartment Susie the manager gave us some tea bags and milk to get us started. After we unpacked I explored the neighborhood a bit and found a Tesco Metro grocery store nearby. It's a small but well stocked grocery with lots of staples and prepared foods. I got bread, soup, deli meats, mayo and mustard. Between naps we had sandwiches and hot soup.

The neighborhood also has loads of restaurants, fast food places, coffee shops and sandwich shops.


Don Ray said...

Just dropping in from the ageless project to see other 1942ers. Have a good day and consider visiting Panama some day.

Michael Newton-Brown said...

I really like the idea of renting an apartment. It is so logical.

Jack Ryan said...


This was, I think, the fifth time we've rented a small, "self-catering" flat in London. (Translation from the British: it has a kitchen.)

Cost per day runs about the same as a mid-priced hotel room. And, it's great to have meals, coffee, snacks etc. without leaving the premises. London, as you know, is a very expensive city for us Americans. Eating some meals in the flat cuts way down on food expenses too.