London 2010, Day 1
Monday, October 25, 2010

Our plane from Nice landed at London Heathrow at 2:30 PM. With four people and several large bags, we decided to hail a taxi to our hotel. Amazingly, our cab driver, Dave, was able to fit all of us and our luggage into his cab and took us on a one-hour ride to our hotel, the Radisson Edwardian on Oxford Street.

It was sunny and the temperature was around 60 degrees F. The Radisson is on a street that is full of department stores, small shops, bars, and restaurants and it is a block from the Bond Street tube station. Khanh had made a reservation for Afternoon Tea at the Ritz London so we dressed up and went to that event.
Our hotel room at the Radisson Edwardian on Oxford Street
Since we had time to kill before the 7:30 PM Tea time, we decided to go to Harrods Department Store to look around. We rode the train from Bond Street to Knightsbridge and went into Harrods.

The store is so big, it occupies an entire city block and rises several floors above the ground. It has everything from clothing to expensive jewelry to regular household items. It even has a memorial area for Princess Diana and her then boyfriend, Dodi, who died in a car accident in Paris. We wandered around, checked prices on various items, looked at the restaurants and food courts; then headed to the Ritz.
Harrods Department Store on Brompton Road
Khanh and Don outside London's biggest department store
They have everything here
Ready-to-eat food section at Harrods
Princess Diana and Dodi Memorial at Harrods
The train from Knightsbridge broke down at Hyde Park Corner so we walked the rest of the way to the Ritz which is located at the corner of Piccadilly and Arlington and got there in time for our reservation.

Having a formal tea is an experience. Gentlemen are required to wear coats and ties, and ladies dresses. The four of us were seated at a spacious round table in a room spectacularly decorated, and trays of various kinds of sandwiches and desserts were brought to our table along with our tea in glittering silver sets by waiters in tuxedos.
They brought us so much food we left some of the desserts untouched. The cost for the tea with tips is about $60 per person and as I mentioned before, you come to the tea to experience a formal English tradition.

Our first day in London has ended. We will spend a full day in London tomorrow and we already have a good idea of what we want to do and see.
Khanh enjoying an afternoon tea at the Ritz
It's truly an experience
Good night from the Ritz London. Wish you could hear the music in the background.
Khanh, Don, Bo and Lee

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