We didn’t have time to venture out of London for sightseeing, but we did have pockets of time to do a teeny weeny bit of sightseeing in London itself.
Trafalgar Square is one of the most famous squares in the UK, hence it is a popular venue for political demonstrations and national celebrations such as the annual New Year’s Eve party. The key landmark of Trafalgar Square is the Nelson Column behind us in the first picture, a monument that was built in memory of Admiral Nelson’s death during the Battle of Trafalgar. The Battle of Trafalgar, a battle against the Spanish and French navy fleets during the Napoleonic wars, marked the most successful British victory during this period, thus Trafalgar Square was named after it in commemoration of the battle.
We also passed by the horse guards parade en route to Buckingham Palace, which is located in the city of Westminster. It was already close to evening by the time we got there, so we missed the changing of guards ceremony which was scheduled to take place at 11.30a.m!

Thereafter, we decided to reward ourselves with a sumptuous meal at The Botanist, touted as one of the best restaurants in London. I loved the ambiance, but I didn’t think very much of the food unfortunately. I much prefer the food at Mandarin Kitchen, which I will blog about very soon. 😉

Meanwhile, here’s wishing Singapore a Happy 45th National Day!! Live our dreams, fly our flag!