Here we are in one of the most famous museums of the world... Madame Tussaude.
As you can see I am very happy next to one of my favorite if not THE favorite comedians/ tv presenter. Mr Graham Norton.
My mum has no idea who he is..actually, since she doesn't live here (UK), but she wanted to be in the picture cause she thinks that he is cute!
for students: your first week in London
i hope you don't feel quite overwhelmed on your first day of arrival in London. you'll get used to walking around so quickly even if you're not interested in walking (talking about myself by the way,lol).
of course you need to know your way around for meals, contact numbers for accommodation agencies or offices, pharmacies and so on. Almost in every area you step in, you'll find two popular grocery giant-brand stores, ie, Sainsbury's and Tesco. They offer ready meals, microwave stuff and all at student prices, especially if they are the products with the label 'basics' or 'reduced' for approaching their expiry date. Trust me, it took me one year to grasp all this budget-lifestyle thing,lol. i used to eat outside everyday for both lunch and dinner. Junk-food brands can still offer you reasonable meals.
browse website like www.gumtree.com if you're looking to share accommodation, though i went up to a student accommodation office Britannia off Oxford Street. You can try www.kfproperties.co.uk if you're looking for more luxurious accommodation.
obviously, you may need linen and sheets and plates and utensils. you can ask students-to-leave-soon to get their second-hand stuff at a very cheap price of course, 10 quid for the whole package;) well, my japanese friend told me so though i had my own way of getting these things, the saudi way of course. i recommend Argos store for bed sheets and pillows and it's reasonable. You can get plastic plates and spoons from those grocery stores temporarily. For cosmetics and skin-care products, you can go to Boots and SuperDrug which are everywhere.
You should get yourself a UK phone handset. By that i mean, the best phoning plan is the contract-based. you get the cheapest rate on all the domestic calls against a fixed rate you pay monthly over a 12-month contract or 18. All of the UK phone companies offer you this and it's far more affordable and money-saving than pay-and-go credit-based plans. the plus you get a free handset too. I had my japanese and chinese friends teach me all about food, saving and cooking. they started making their own meals from the second day of their arrival and i was like eating kebab and pasta everyday out,lol. that was something to learn, getting independent when it comes to food-making,lol.
oh wait, when i started to make my first meals, it would still remain somehow ready-made...like just mixing cans and pouring ready-made pasta on the plate. God bless the microwave,lol
Shop at Harrods and Harvey...
Shop at Harrods and Harvey Nichols … These 2 establishments are 'MUSTS'. Harrods, with its extravagant Egyptian shopping malls and food malls and the incredible range of merchandise, is like a up-market megastore. However, due to its opulence, the store has some rules … entry will be refused if you are wearing ripped jeans, it doesn't matter how hip you actually looked in them!
Harvey Nichols (also known as Harvey Nix) is absolutely devoted to high fashion ... only designer labels
here! Fond memories ??? My friend and I heard quite a bit of the luxurious restrooms and decided to pay it a visit … well, since we are not pregnant, with lots of kids or spent £100 or eaten in one of its 13 restaurants, we got to fork out £1 … I'm not kidding! And that's what we did ! Anyway, besides the scented soap and 6 bottles of perfume on the wash basins for our usage, which we did not make use of, its just like any other washrooms in those 5 stars hotels.
Visit the Notting Hill Carnival
The last weekend in August is traditionally the weekend of Notting Hill Carnival. If you're into loud music, sometimes even good music, caribbean food, lots of beer, an immense crowd and a joyful atmosphere - this is your place to be!
It is a street Carnival, for which the whole district of Notting Hill is blocked for a weekend.
On Sunday it's cildren's day with a parade for and by children.
Monday is for the grown ups. Both days start at about noon and the end comes when the sun goes down.
BRIT LIFE © NO. 2 – THE FREE HOUSE
No, its not a house and its certainly not free. Everything has a price here – so get used to it. You will see the words ‘FREE HOUSE’ only on the outside of Pubs. So many tourists think. ‘Oh well – I can use the toilets here for free’. This is like thinking you can stick your head in the jaws of a crocodile and not get a severe haircut. Many Pubs are tied to a Brewer. Much like a certain Scottish sounding burger place only has Coca Cola products. They have to sell the Brewers beers and ales and only other good stuff by permission. Free Houses are not tied to a Brewer and sell what they damn well want to.
Did you notice that you and your bladder take no part in the considerations? That’s right. To pee here you have to DRINK here. Kind of defeats the original object of you journey with crossed legs at this point. You will be shouted at as well by the staff or just barred from your destination.
So what can you do? Well public urination is against the law and just plain bad manners. Either go into a very crowded Pub or just learn to hold it. For days.