Flying somewhere over Essex, looking towards central London.
My upcoming flight to Lisbon will be departing from Heathrow tomorrow. I seem to have this weird fondness for it at the moment, and I’m not sure if it’s anything to do with being a bit of a plane geek and liking big airports, or if I just prefer to avoid budget airlines like Ryanair and easyJet if I can. Either way, I need to find a way of travelling from Cardiff to London.
Normally, I’d look at catching the train or a bus, but I opted for a different mode this time. When the Severn Tunnel closed for 6 weeks in October, travelling to London by train took longer than usual and Flybe stepped in and said they’d offer direct flights between Cardiff and London City, and then continued to offer the flights even after the tunnel reopened because of demand.
Now that a train to London takes just over two hours again, it’s kind of pointless. I just thought it would be a cool way to arrive in London, and an opportunity to see it from the air.
Also, it was cheaper than the train!
I got an entire row to myself on the flight!
Flying somewhere over England.
When I got to London, I met up with my friend Jonathan (one of my fellow medal and flower bearers at the London 2012 Olympics). It was his birthday a couple of days before, so I latched onto his birthday meal! We were eating at Gaucho in Central London.
The thing is, I live in the most expensive city in Wales (Cardiff), but the cost of everything pales into insignificance when you compare it to London. This place is almost certainly considered cheap for London, but I was looking through the menu for the cheap options. In the end, I decided to splurge a bit (I was on holiday after all) and didn’t regret it. Argentinian grass-fed steak with chimichurri is a culinary experience I’d gladly go through again!
The view out of the windows was pretty cool…
…but the view down towards the table was even better!
I may have been in the mood to splurge, but I wasn’t sure if that stretched to an £80 glass of cognac!