A bit of waterside art, a bit of Sri Lanka

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Virgin Atlantic's Revivals Lounge in T3

I don't know how time went by.  I've obviously been flying this route too many times seeing as London seemed to approach us faster than I could've imagined. I did start watching American Gods which is weird, but engrossing definitely. I finished one episode by which time the pre-arrival announcements started playing on the PA system (the charity, etc.) so I decided not to bother with episode #2. I will definitely watch it on my flight back.

On landing, thanks to the Immigration Fast Track voucher, I  was done with immigration in minutes. The border control officer was a friendly bird, she kept joking about how hard it is to maintain her computer with updates, etc. Anyway, my luggage was waiting for me below at the carousels - and then made my way to the Virgin's Revivals Lounge.

At Trinity Buoy Wharf
 It's so much better than BA's and AA's, in that, you can order as well versus the cold and hot buffet. I ordered myself an egg muffin. I also signed up for a massage and a shower. My masseuse was a fun girl - she's provided treatments for the likes of Kylie, David Beckham, etc. so was giving me all the goss. I showered, ate some more, and then headed out around 1pm. It was quick H-EX ride to T5 and onto Sofitel - checked in and grabbed the H-EX again to Central London. Whilst in the hotel, I saw a bit of "home and Away". Was so good catching up!

I window shopped for a while. And then on to a bit of sightseeing....

I had chanced upon a Timeout London mag in the Virgin Atlantic lounge, and one of the pages said that if one liked the Tate, then one had to visit some quirky artwork at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Trinity Buoy Wharf
I had to learn more about this: the nearest tube stop was Canning Town, which happens to be on the DLR. So off I went. Took a while to get there, and then google Maps screwed up on me and I ended up going on a rather circuitous route.

So, Trinity Buoy Wharf is hidden in the industrial wilds of Leamouth Peninsula, as Timeout so beautifully puts it. It's become a waterside arts hub of sorts, which includes everything from a sculpture park, London's only ever lighthouse (which, btw, wasn't even used as a lighthouse!) and a museum commemorating Michael Faraday, unspririn

This part of town is definitely very "concrete", and is aiming at also being a very "green" place. Between the scaffolding and the barriers, it's amazing that I was able to make my way to the wharf given  how confusing it was.

My most favourite Sri Lankan rsnt in London, The Sekara!
I have to say, it's so nice visiting these parts of London. They're not the remotest part touristy. Infact I was getting stares when I was walking around with my camera! There was only a wedding party around, no one else. No cars too! 

I spent 1 hour here, took some photos and then decided to head back. My plan was to have dinner before heading back to Heathrow.

The bus stop was right by the circle and I wasn't really in the mood to walk back to the DLR station. So I decided to take the bus. I took a long long route but a nice one. It goes all the way to Bethnal Green. It was an hour long affair and I passed through what looked like the Bangalesh/Muslim parts of London. There's a road named Fakruddin Street, who knew!

Anyway, after we finally reached Bethnal Green, it was an easy Tube to Victoria.

Trinity Buoy Wharf
I decided to go to my favourite Sri Lankan restaurant The Sekara. I hadn't been since 2014, first time I took S. It was rather empty. The same staff was there. I was ushered to my seat, had the most amazing dinner whilst reading the London Timeout mag. 

I finished dinner by 815pm, took the tube to Paddington and caught the 850p H-EX to T5. It's amazing how close Sofitel is to T5. Like, literally next door! I bought myself a treat at M&S (their praline chocolate) and went to bed shortly after 10pm. Seeing as I was here for a night, I didn't need to unpack. 

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