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London 2015 – Day 2

The first night went well, kids woke up in the middle of the night but managed to fall back to sleep after a while.  First stop of the day was Buckingham Palace.  Since there was no change of guards that day (on alternate days only), the area was not crowded at all.  We were disappointed (didn’t have the schedule at the time we booked the tickets) but it actually turned out to be an advantage.


As it wasn’t a crowded day, we got to tour the inside of the Palace comfortably.


We spent around two hours at the palace and by then it was about time to head to lunch at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental.


After another two hours of relaxing lunch, we headed west.IMG_2607

Strolled passed Harrods…would be nice to do some shopping but we have more important thing to do. 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Victoria & Albert Museum … not our destination…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And we finally arrived – Natural History Museum!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA





There are so much to see in the museum and a lot of information to take in. We only managed to cover most of the exhibits on dinosaurs.  I would recommend to allocate a day or even two for the little ones to appreciate the exhibits at their own pace.

We ended the day with Italian food near the hotel.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London

Special thanks to our friend who had been trying to sort out lunch arrangements with Dinner.  Due to the nature of our group (5 kids), the restaurant has arranged for us to dine at their private room (less hassle for everyone!).  Excellent in both food and service! Happy kids too!IMG_2608IMG_2610IMG_2612They have different set lunch menus – the ladies chose the 3-course while the gentlemen took the 4-course one.IMG_2615 First thing first – all kids had steak & fries.  Very tasty and cooked perfectly – crunchy on the outside and juicy inside.  I wouldn’t mind a portion for myself.IMG_2628 Savoury Porridge – frog’s legs, smoked beetroot, garlic, parsley & fennel. Nice juicy frog’s legs.IMG_2629

An orange!  IMG_2634 No, this is the famous “meat fruit”!! Made with mandarin and chicken liver parfait. IMG_2637 Rice & Flesh – saffron, calf tail & red wine.  It was good risotto but the “orange” took all the attention. 🙂IMG_2635

Roast Turbot with mussel & seaweed ketchup, salmon roe & sea rosemary – cooked perfectly, so good my daughter ate half of it (after her steak).  IMG_2641 Hereford Ribeye – good steak but I am afraid the one the kids had was even better.IMG_2639

Another of their famous dish – Tipsy cake – roast pineapple and sweet bread.  Very nice but a bit too filling for the end of the meal.IMG_2644