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Trip Report 7 wks UK (mostly London), Ireland & a great 'side trip'.

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Hi all, feels like I'd just finished up my last TR and here I am again. I'll try not to be quite so 'wordy' this time..........but no promises. ;-)

We knew when we came home from Europe in November we would be going back again this year. Our eldest daughter is working in London and I miss her terribly, she will be home at the end of Sept. so we wanted to get back over while the weather would still be favourable.

We used our amex points which we 'sent' to Singapore Airlines. They were great to work with and even when we decided after booking that we wanted to leave earlier, they changed the flight, no charge, and no hassle. We did need to buy some 'top up' points & pay the tax, but it was still cheaper than two economy class seats and we got b/class all the way.

As it turned out our younger daughter had booked two weeks in the US, so we planned our flights around hers, which meant we got to see her off safely on the Monday morning and our flight departed at midnight. I really like leaving at that time, by the time you pack, have dinner and get to the airport; you're really ready to go. Check in as always with b/class is a breeze. After a brief visit to the s'pore airlines lounge for a glass of bubbly we were off. The flight to S'pore was a bit ordinary, we were a bit disappointed with the service, we were comparing it to Emirates (our preferred airline) but no real complaints and the service was better all the other flights. Three hours in S'pore is never a hassle, it’s a great airport and a lovely lounge (food is great).

The flight to LHR from S'pore was on an A380 which was lovely, the seats and beds were amazing. The seats were a metre wide, really comfortable and folded down to a completely flat bed. Took my own pillow this time, so I was very comfy and slept well. DH slept pretty much the whole way.

Arrival into LHR was easy and streamline, I'd organised transfers with Ray Skinner www.london-transfers.com I was madly looking for Ray when we came out of customs, I was keen to get to our hotel, Bec works in the city and was meeting us there. I was so happy to see a big yellow sign saying “Hello Mum & Dad” being madly waved by our very excited daughter. She’d caught the tube out and had rung and checked with Ray that she could ride to the hotel with us. He was only about 5mins away, he couldn’t believe how quickly we cleared customs.

Our first hotel was ‘won’ on www.priceline.co.uk London Marriot Marble Arch £77pn incl tax It was a typical 4* hotel room and fine for what we needed. We liked the location and had dinner there the first night, which was burgers and fish & chips and perfectly adequate. After walking along Oxford st for a while and meeting up with Becs partner Dave, and having a couple of drinks, we slept like logs.

Woke to a beautiful day and thanks to Bec’s thoughtfulness we got to make our own good cup of coffee. She got us a plunger, the coffee she knows we like, Oyster cards and a prepaid UK phone all of which were put to great use. We then headed out for the real beginning of our holiday in beautiful London, which was shining like a new pin for ‘that’ wedding which was only two days away.

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