London Trip Report Day 2 “Breakfast”

It was a long trip to London — exhausting, tiring but exciting at the same time. You see, I was in the historic city of London for a four-day company training and at the same time I had some work too which urgently require my attention. I did not have any time at all while in London updating the blog. However, Suanne did a marvelous job continuing to blog with a borrowed camera. I am going to catch up on the London Trip report over the next few days.

One thing that really hit me hard in London was the sticker shock. I mean, although people did warned me how expensive London is, it really did not hit me until I actually had to pull the credit card out of the wallet.

A buffet breakfast in the hotel I stayed in was 17 GBP! At the exchange rate of CAD$2.13, that breakfast costs a whopping CAD$35. It’s Sunday today and I could not rightfully expense breakfast to the company. So, I decided to just go to the city centre and try to get something cheaper.

I travelled via the tube to the city centre (somehow, Londoners don’t call it downtown) and found a Tesco Express outlet. It’s very much like a 7-Eleven except that you see a lot of grab-and-go meals. I grabbed the Cheese and Tomato Pasta Snack for 98p.


The snack included a folded fork on the lid.


I know, it’s not much of a “breakfast” but it does fill the stomach for the morning.


I sat on the steps across from Big Ben and just took my time eating, absorbing the environment teeming with people and cars on the street. I can see that the tourists are beginning to come out from the Underground station. You know they are tourists when you see (1) they are carrying a guide book, (2) a bottle of water in their hands, (3) a digital camera on their belt. Every other person in this part of the city appears to be a tourist.


I wanted to do the South Bank walk for today. Some of the highlights I planned on was the London Eye.


… the Tower Bridge, and …


… the Tower of London.


I will take the next couple of days chronicling the day … stay tuned.

5 thoughts on “London Trip Report Day 2 “Breakfast”

  1. I’ve looked everywhere for a picture of the Tesco Pasta Snack, so I’m so pleased to have found one on your blog. 🙂
    Amazingly in this day of high food prices, they are still precisely 98p for 525 calories. I have one every day. If “You are what you eat” is true, your photos are portraits of me! 🙂

  2. Hi Pinger: Thanks for coming back to the site! Do you like it … Arabic food? I too tried Shawarma, it was great. I will blog about fish and chips tomorrow … come back and read, OK?

    Hi Allison: I just read today’s paper that said the London is the No 5 as the most expensive city in the world!

    Hi Shahdad: Yeah, I have a few pictures from the food at the hotel. You need to come back and check everyday — I won’t tell you which day.


  3. Hope you enjoyed your stay. Please post other meals you had at hotel next time.
    London also has nice clubs, they serve good food excellent drinks. Hope you had a chance to try them.

  4. I went to London a couple of years ago and I loved it but the sticker shock!!!

    I only stayed a couple of days which is about all I could afford and I stayed with friends and ate in a lot.

  5. Wow, you must have updated a lot last night!

    I didnt have a whole entry dedicated to the dim sum, just “There’s a great place just 10 minutes from where I live!!! I got turnip patties, shrimp dumplings, sui mei, chicken feet, rice noodles, sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf, stuffed tofu,… I was very content.”

    I love try new ethnic foods. Recently, I’ve exploring arabic food.

    London, how great! Cant wait to see what else you try.

    There was an episode of $40 A Day with Rachel Ray where she explored London on less than $40 on food…

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