Morning visit to Hampstead Heath
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For someone that came on a long flight, I must say I got very good sleep. I woke up around 7am after a solid 9 hour sleep. And when I woke up, it felt like any first morning in London - nice! Living in the world of AC here in the US, the feel of London's hostels are always different. The windows are open and you can feel that first morning breeze come through the window and creep up on you as it says "it's morning in London. Wake up!".
Wake up I did. And headed straight to the kitchen. I was really really hungry. I'd bought my grocery from the Pakistani newsie's and feasted myself to a small box of Kelloggs' choco flakes + milk, bread + swiss cheese and a cup of Onken Yoghurt. Really filling.
So I had to change my planning in order to accomodate a sneak peak into the Carnival, which wasn't really that much of a big deal seeing as I knew Hampstead wouldn't take me an entire day. I finished breakfast and headed back up to my room, I chatted with my 2 "roommates" - one was an Aussie and another, a British engineer who was biking around France. Everyone that I spoke to about the carnival said it opens only around 11am so no point in my hanging around in the city till then, might as well keep the original plan of going to Hampstead.
I finally left the hostel around 9am, and caught the Tube and headed to Hampstead. The walk to the Earl's Court Tube station is always a delight. I've been to several places in London but there's something about Earl's Court that I just love. Can't explain it, I just love it. It has that crisp feel in the morning, those brick coloured buildings are virtually irreplaceable anywhere else in the city and the roads yet narrow are always bustling with activity, there's something very London about this place. It's just hard to describe, but I love Earl's Court. The early morning walks to the Tube station justify my fondness for this place time and again.
Anyway caught the train to Hampstead Tube stop. Hampstead was a place I was always curious to see for a variety of reasons - I'd read about it in several books including "1 day getaways from London" which kept stressing on the rich green and cultural heritage of the place.
So I made my way out of the Tube station and along one of the narrow roads that lead to the entrance of the park. En route, I could only just marvel at the houses and architecture. Again, the architecture was your typical London architecture, but the whole place just screamed POSH for whatever reason, the houses, the doors, the gardens, the silence (perhaps that it was Bank Holiday?!), I don't know but all these factors just came together and made it look really grand.
I reached the park by about 10am and started walking.
I didn't do much except walk around, get lost, get lost again and walk around till I came to Kenwood House.
Kite Hill I thought was quite overrated.
So I walked back to the Tube station, and caught the Tube to Oxford Street. Whilst holidaying in Bengaluru, I had seen this cool pair of Benetton shoes which I had liked but the size they had were a bit big for my feet. I was hoping the Oxford St. store would have it, but alas not. Anyway I just spent some time on Oxford Street - notably in Topman and River Island for some new British fashion but couldn't really find anything that good. Or perhaps it hadn't changed that much since my visit in May, LOL!
I had lunch in a Japanese rsnt. I wasn't feeling too well - had a cough and cold and my dad's instructions when I left Bengaluru for London was not to eat anything cold or fried.
From here, onto Notting Hill and the noisy Carnival. Now I suddenly felt like the London mania had begun. If only I were here for another week at least. If only, if only.......