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Flight from Singapore to Heathrow. Well what can I say..... Feeling lucky that we were given 4 seats between the 2 of us across the middle row. Feeling unlucky that Rae took up 3 of these seats and slept for over 8 hours solid! My pity for her disdain of flying has gone out the window :-)
After watching every movie available, we land at Heathrow. It's about 5am.
Customs allowed me to smuggle through the 20 kilos of Milo and various Cherry Ripes and Cadbury Mint chocolate for Jay & Leah and we are no sooner waiting at the arrival lounge for our driver. Oh how I love all this quick airport action!!!!

Our car arrives and we are heading toward London. Driver takes us on a scenic drive past Hyde Park and other significant landmarks. Not too much traffic and we are at Waterloo by 8.
I knew we would be arriving early so instead of storing luggage and waiting until 3pm to check in, I booked the previous night so we could check in immediately plus have breakfast. Which we did
Wellington at Waterloo. What a lovely old hotel.
We made our way up the old rickety staircase and into our WONDERFUL room. Fully renovated. Yes small but had everything we needed. Bathroom was great and the bed. Oooohhhhhh the bed. Fantastic. No time for sleep now though (don't forget, Rae has slept so all good).
We head back downstairs for our first of many English Breakfast's. I love Black Pudding. Who'd have thought. And yes, one has to admit, the British know how to make a good cuppa!
Rae enjoyed the yoghurt. Well Rae enjoyed about 5 of them.

After breakfast Rae the rested one decides to go for a walk down to SOUTHBANK. What a colourful place this is. So much going on.
Buskers, street performers of all shapes & colours. Music. Books. We love it. Time is ticking though we must keep moving. Hopefully we can come back before we go home. Time now about 12pm
Heading back toward the hotel we stumble across a food Bazarre. Our senses are brought to life by the smell of wonderful Indian cooking. Yes we indulge. I mean who wouldn't.
We keep walking. Hotel ahead. I can't wait to sleep. But the adrenaline of being here has kept me going.
Into the room. Shower. Bed!
Sleep - nope. Urgh.
I lay here watching chimney stacks do nothing. In 2 hours Jay & Leah will be here. Maybe the excitement of seeing them is keeping me awake. Or maybe it's the fact that well rested Rae is again asleep and making that dull rattle of a snore. Just to let me know that she is GETTING SO MUCH MORE SLEEP THAN ME . Tempted to bust open Leah's Mint Chocolate but I don't.
It's 3pm. They are here.
Jay & Leah look well and happy.
We chat in the bar of The Wellington then start to head off to SRO studios.
Met up with Jays friends Matt & Evon and go to White Hart or Bevvies. I love the London Pubs. Australia could learn a lot about pub culture.
Off to the studious to see Graham Norton. It starts to rain.
What a show. Tom Cruise, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Seth McFarlane & ColdPlay. Great lineup
Jet lag starts setting in. I've been wake for over 40 hours. I must get some sleep. And I do. Goodnight Day 1



Posted by Traci_Rae 17:00 Archived in England Tagged graham waterloo the_wellington norton

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