Here's why London is 'more than meets the eye'...

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Day 1

I traveled business class with KLM from Delhi to Amsterdam (with connecting flight to London Heathrow) and I must tell you it is worth every penny that you'd spend. The service - impeccable, the food and in-flight entertainment - on point. Let me warn you, you will not even realise where those 8 hours went because the seats are as comfortable as your own bed at home.

I've heard some people complain about their crew being old/aged. I do not see why service-minded people would be bothered by that. The role of crew members is to ensure passenger safety and service, not to ensure there's glitz and glamour onboard. The crew members who were probably older than my mother took the best care of me and made sure I did not miss my mom.

Touchdown Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, I had 2 hours for my connecting flight so I decided to explore Schipol (You can check out the photo blog about my favourite Silhouette picture at Schipol to know more).

That ladies and gentlemen is one of the best apple juice I've ever had, and yes, that's boss baby on my screen...

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Traveling's not fun without lounge perks...

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Absolutely love the limited edition personal kit by Jantaminiau...

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Wine and cheese for dinner and Friends on in-flight entertainment..Life's good...

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What a bright and beautiful day to be flying in the blue skies...

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While at the airport, don't miss out on flight-gazing, especially when these dolphin like aircrafts of KLM paint the runway blue and take-off/land like a dolphin show ????...

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Day 2

When you hear 'London', what are the first three things that come to your mind? To me, it has always been The Big Ben, the red telephone booths and Westminster Abbey (the last one coming from an English Literature major's conscience). So undoubtedly these were the first three things that I had to check out immediately. I arrived at London Heathrow around mid-day and took a cab to my Hotel (I stayed at Hilton, Wembley). Needless to say I was jet-lagged and needed some time to get acclimatized. Therefore, I took a short nap (that wasn't too short), woke up at around 6:30 pm and took a stroll around the neighborhood market.

The next day, overtly excited, I prepared my itinerary for the day and took off to explore London on my own. Oh yes, before that, I enjoyed a scrumptious buffet at Hilton, consisting of everything I could've possibly asked for (Enjoyed an authentic English breakfast, as one would expect). As they say, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do", so that's what I did (When in England, eat as the English do).

My first point was of course, Central London. I arrived at the South bank of river Thames and struck off one of my bucket list items, that was, to visit the Sea-Life London Aquarium. Most of you might wonder why I had it in my bucket list as it's not something extraordinary. To be honest, I'm not really fond of sea-life, but when I got to know they've got penguins there, couldn't stop myself (Who doesn't love penguins? I needed my awww moment).

After spending much time with my new-found penguin friends, I walked outside to find a crowd of spectators watching an amazingly talented man perform his tricks. He was so good at it that he had the crowd engaged for almost 30 minutes. The South Bank centre is an open area that has lots of artists performing their acts daily and this has the crowd engaged and entertained while they stroll around the area.

After travelling on foot all day, I was left utterly exhausted by the evening. Thus, I decided to get back to my hotel earlier than I'd planned, to get some dinner and relax my sore feet. What a productive day 'twas.

Lazy day for the croc. Disturbing it would be the last thing you want to do..

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Shark Tales...

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Waiting for my lunch while observing the Londoners..

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Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster from the South Bank of river Thames..

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Coca-Cola London Eye..

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"Smile and wave boys...Smile and wave..."

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This one was particularly interested in the alien device that I used to capture this picture - my phone..

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The world of Jellyfish is no less than a crazy rave party ... Electrifying indeed..

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Honey and waffles..

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Decided to add a few greens to my breakfast so that it would look healthy. Think I managed to make it look like a salad.

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A giant cruise ahead of the tower bridge providing a stark contrast to the scene.

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The London-Eye - Europe's largest Ferris wheel behind me and a wild boat party too.

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The iconic telephone booth

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Mr. Robot giving me a thumbs up to photograph him

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The guy behind him though #swag

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Day 3

Tired, but determined to tick off the rest of the items from my bucket list, I headed off to Westminster Abbey. For those of you who are not aware, Westminster Abbey is a World Heritage site with thousands of years of history. It holds the tombs of many monarchs, nobility, scientists, greats from literary history and other famous contributors to the history and culture of England. I was lucky to have gotten a chance to attend the mass and yes, the experience was other-worldly. It was a spiritual experience beyond my ability to define in words.

Moving ahead, I went on a walking spree covering the major trajectory of a standard tourist. Things not to miss - the famous Trafalgar Square, St. James Park, Borough Market, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus and of course - the Buckingham Palace.

I ended my day with the most amazing view of London Skyline from The Sky Garden (in the Walkie Talkie building - as they refer to it). Sky Garden is London's highest public garden and home to Fenchurch restaurant - One of the fanciest (take your girl on a date here if you wanna pop the question-type) restaurants in London. I highly recommend you visit this place (If not by my recommendation, maybe the pictures would do justice).

This picture barely justifies the view that I got from the building. Wish I could create a soft copy from my vision..

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The Shard, one of the most notable monuments in London..

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St. Paul's Cathedral outshining all other buildings surrounding it. The dome is one of world's largest cathedral domes.

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The super excited version of me..

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The Buckingham Palace. Needs to explanation.

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Iconic monuments of London.

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The tower bridge right behind me. Many tourists have the misconception that this is the famous London Bridge.

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The Walkie Talkie building where the Fenchurch Restaurant is located. As evident, the name comes from the shape of the building.

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Westminster Abbey

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Day 4

The final day was dedicated to covering all the other nitty gritty that I'd missed out on. When in London, how can one miss the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. For those who don't know, the prime meridian passes through it, making it the point where time starts (also known as Greenwich Mean Time or GMT).

Of course on my way I covered the Cutty Sark - a noteworthy British clipper ship (also one of the last), Old Royal Naval College, the national Maritime museum and a cute little insta-worthy cafè (Gipsy Moth).

Thinking that the GMT marker must be an amazing sight to behold and getting my camera ready to capture and show off this one, to my amusement (or disappointment), it turned out to be a line. Yes, just a 'line' drawn on the ground (Refer to the picture). Nevertheless, I was glad to be standing at the point where time starts, so I had to take a picture (as proof).

Next, I took a ferry back to Central London and managed to arrive at Tate Modern just before sunset. Tate Modern is a modern art gallery and the second most visited museum in the United Kingdom. I got a couple of beautiful sunset pictures with the shining Shard and river Thames and managed just in time to grab dinner and catch up with friends at Oxo Tower Restaurant (I highly recommend the burgers and desserts).

My short trip to London finally came to an end.  Gazing out of the window of my hotel room for one last time, I took in whatever essence I could of the city and still embrace it in my heart. London is too dear to me - the people that make it, the history linked to it, every monument or place that I've ever read about in my English Literature classes came to life with this trip. To many, it might just be a popular European destination that they've added to their travel bucket list, but to me it has been a wholesome experience that I look forward to experiencing again.

PS- Icing to the cake, I met Suresh Raina (famous Indian cricketer) on my flight back to Delhi. Apparently, he's a frequent flyer on that route.

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The cute cafè - Gipsy Moth in Greenwich

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The Royal Naval College

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Cutty Sark

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The Prime Meridian Line (GMT)

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The Shard shining in all its might during sunset hours..

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Sunset skyline of London from Tate Modern

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Sunset Part II from Tate Modern

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Hello from KLM Business Class..

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