Friday, August 22, 2008

September 23 2007 - Dinner & St Paul's Cathedral

Not all of us went to the Emirates Stadium. Nick and Bing are no football fans, and they do not want to spend £10 on a stadium tour.. so both of them set off to explore another place. I'm not going to blog about this place, because I did not go there.. but there's a really unique building that I wanna show u...

We call this building, The Bullet

Actually, the official name for this building is its address, The 30 St Mary Axe, also known as The Swiss Re Tower, and nicknamed The Gherkin. Swiss Re is the world's largest reinsurer, and this building is the London headquarters.. Gherkin is.. well... a type of cucumber... although I don't feel this building looks like a cucumber...

Ok.. after we left the Emirates Stadium, and they left the Gherkin, we headed back to the Chinatown for dinner. This time, we went to a HK-Style Restaurant..

This is the place

Cafe de Hong Kong @ Char Chan Teng 茶餐厅

Part of the menu

The interior

Some random photos of people with food

After dinner, initially, the plan was to head back to hostel. But Nick, Bing and Jinq Yang will be leaving us and heading to Barcelona the next morning, they wanted to make full use of their last night in London, so some of us went with them...

We headed to 1 of the major regrets I have in London...

The most famous cathedral in London

St Paul's Cathedral, is a very very old Saxon/Anglican cathedral, dating back to the pre-medieval Roman time. It has been through many destructions including the Great Fire of London in 1666, and rebuilding. The current cathedral is called the fifth St Paul's Cathedral..

Why do I call it a regret? I really wanted to check out the inside, but it's a paid attraction, and the majority of us has really grown tired of churches and cathedrals, so we decided not to pay and go in...

Taking photo outside will have to do

Directly facing the cathedral's main entrance, is the Millennium Bridge of London...

When we mention Millennium Bridge, naturally we would expect something spectacular... something like the Gateshead Millennium Bridge that we saw in Newcastle...

But when we looked ahead from St Paul's..

Nothing spectacular in sight

At 1st, we thought that maybe the bridge is quite far, so we begin moving forward, towards the river... and when we finally reached the riverside, it finally dawned on us...

This is London's Millennium Bridge!!

WTF??!! It's just a lousy normal pedestrian bridge. What a big let down -.-"

The bridge near this Millennium Bridge looks more interesting...

Blackfriars Bridge

St Paul's view from the Millennium Bridge

We parted with the 3 of them from here. We head back to hostel, while they head to London Stansted Airport (or was it Gatwick?)...

4 comments:

Yatz said...

the HK cafe looks like Wong Kok to me..LOL

RealGunners said...

now that u've mentioned... lolzz

C K said...

Awww... St. Paul's is really fabulous inside. What's more is that the entrance fee also include the climb up its dome whereby you can have a bird's eye view of London... or most of it anyway. :)

Any chance of you returning again?

RealGunners said...

we never know :)