This article is the fifth in a series documenting my recent adventure to London. I planned the entire experience on visitlondon.com, which I found to be the ultimate, official resource for everything travelers need to know about visiting this amazing city.
My last morning in London brought some sadness, in that it was my last morning in London. I gazed out of the window of my luxurious, two-bedroom suite at Cheval Three Quays and and again admired the view of Tower Bridge and The Tower of London, both visible from my bed. I can’t say enough about how wonderful a discovery this new luxury serviced apartment complex was, with the ultimate London location overlooking two of the city’s greatest landmarks.
Breakfast at Bird
Before leaving London, I needed to have one final, belly-busting foodie experience. This need brought me to Bird in Shoreditch, which is really London’s version of Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles. Sure, they try to make you feel a bit healthy by serving free-range fried chicken, made with fresh ingredients, but it’s still fried chicken and it’s quite awesome. With a recipe that combines traditional Southern US styles with Asian frying techniques, it’s a seriously awesome culinary experience. There is a wide range of innovative sandwiches and entrees as well as whole birds and pieces. A favorite is the chicken and waffle “burger” featuring boneless thighs, thick cut bacon, American cheese, crispy shallots, hot sauce and real Canadian maple syrup, between two cheddar & onion waffles. The full menu includes beer and wine and the desserts, especially the signature The Doughnut Hatch donuts, are legendary.
Heathrow Express train to Heathrow
Following breakfast, I made my way to Heathrow for my flight home, a trip in Business Premier on Air New Zealand. I took a black taxi from Cheval to Paddington Station to catch the Heathrow Express. For those who don’t know, this is an amazingly fast, direct express train from Paddington Station in Central London right to the terminal at Heathrow. The ride takes about 20 minutes and trains leave every 15 minutes with a roundtrip ticket priced at $55 ($80 for two with advance, online purchase).
Flying Business Premier on Air New Zealand
As someone who has the opportunity to experience many different airlines’ version of business class, I was really impressed with Air New Zealand’s product. The combination of an incredibly friendly cabin crew, new planes and delicious food and wine made it a luxurious and delicious experience. I also must point out the deep and amazing movie selection available on the in-flight entertainment system including the original versions of “Oceans 11” and “The Hustler” along with “The French Connection” and “The Shining”. The large comfortable seats are converted into full beds by the cabin crew, complete with mattress and duvet for sleeping. The 1-2-1 seating combination (on the 777-300 I flew) provides great privacy. The airline’s safety videos, featuring characters from “The Hobbit”, are hilarious and provide an accurate preview of the fun flight ahead. The airline has a daily, direct flight from LAX to Heathrow and is a great alternative to other carriers more traditionally thought of for this route.
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