Alhamdulillah, we are safely arrived at Kelso Gardens in Leeds! We boarded the East Coast train circa 10.30 a.m. and arrived here circa 2 hours later. The weather here is very much colder than in London. I guess it is all have to do with the latitudes, no? According to Google, Leeds is situated 194.5 miles to the north of London. Seriously even in the house now; my fingers are getting numb! And with the light rain; it is pretty much add-up icing to the cake.
Camden Town is famous for its markets. Not far from London and King’s Cross!
Anyway to recap the last day in London on 22nd December 2014; we were relieved to receive positive response from Maria, our rent house tenant in Camden Town. But the anxiety waiting for her hindered our original plan to venture out London and that include to witness the changing guards at Buckingham Palace and many more. And what’s more; the ticket to the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour were sold out and there were only 2 tickets available via an agent, Golden Tours (obviously, we would want to go there a one whole family unit!) – so, I was a bit heart-broken about that because my target coming here is to visit that!
Yeay! The platform 9 3/4 merchandise shop!
Wands collection ala Ollivander’s! 🙂
But God is Great. We had to go to King’s Cross which is the heart of railway stations in England to keep our luggage for tomorrow’s departure to Leeds. I’ve always known that there would be a section dedicated to Harry Potter’s movies as the protagonist goes through the Platform 9 3/4 for Hogwarts! BUT, I didn’t know that there would be a merchandise shop as well!!! I was so elated and hysterically excited when I saw it! So, I went inside and excited seeing the robes, mufflers, keychain, books, souvenirs and THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is that they actually sell THE WANDS!!!!!!!! There are different types according to the difference in prices (I took the cheapest ones) – I bought two wands : One for me and the other one for Rifqi as he was bugging me for ages to give him birthday present which was on the 9th December; a Harry Potter’s and a Dumbledore’s. YES! Finally, I managed to get my hands’ on the merchandise!!!! Yeeha!! I don’t have to go to the Warner Bros Studio Tour! Alhamdulillah; that make my day!
Love it!!!! If only I could………..
Which one is Rifqi’s? And which one is mine? (,”) – I like the Elder Wand but I am contemplated to buy the Voldermort’s! (,”)
Hhhahaa! There is a corner dedicated to Platform 9 3/4. The long QUEUE!!!! Hahhaa, in the end, I just snapped whoever went there, as pictured above. LOL!
We then kicked off our day by visiting the Malaysia Hall London (again!) circa 12.00 o’clock in the afternoon to savor the sumptuous Malaysian delicacies. Kakak, Abang Zam & Rifqi were enjoying the food and I being a “Malay-stomach” simply just joined the bandwagon! Well; rice would definitely be my choice!!! Hahaha! We spent there around one hour and 15 minutes and then started to make a move. It is not a big hassle to travel in London as we have Underground Tube serving us!
Malaysia Hall London serves these!
I am not a football hardcore aficionado but I can watch football whenever friends want me to join them or having a good get-together watching football matches. And we know that Malaysians are very much into English Premier League (I rest; more like all over the whole world except for America!). So, my brother-in-law, Abang Zam who is an avid football fan wanted to visit the Stamford Bridge Stadium which is the home ground of the famous Chelsea F.C. It was my first time visiting such stadium and I was captivated by the massive elements of Integrated Marketing Communication displayed all over the place! The banners; the posters; the merchandise; the interactive-platforms and many more! I saw a statue erected in front of the stadium. Apparently, it is of Peter Osgood; who happened to be a famous Chelsea and Southampton football player. I loved the idea of having products, merchandise, shirts, mugs, sweaters or souvenirs sold here. This is definitely a lucrative idea for the marketing; AND I also noticed that the 5-seconds-products such as pens, keychains, badges and even golf balls were placed along the pathway heading towards the counters. This technique is known as “Point-of-Purchase” in the Integrated Marketing Communication Tools and proved to be a profitable and effortless methods to sell products!
The Grand Entrance!
The usage of “Point-of-Purchase” here! Brilliant!
After Stamford Bridge; we then went back to Malaysia Hall London at Queensborough Terrace circa Bayswater area as Kakak was so adamant to eat the “Laksa” because it is only available after 6 o’clock! Hhahaa! It feels great to eat our Malaysian food in the middle of this shivering coldness! We called the day off around 8.30 p.m.
So, today; we arrived at King’s Cross for our departure to Leeds; up north to the East Coast at 10.30 a.m. It was nice seeing the landscape of England from the hustle bustle London, across the green meadows and windmills to generate electricity; up until Leeds. Alhamdulillah!
Train all the way to Leeds! I am now at West Yorkshire!
Rifqi in front of Peter Osgood’s statue at The Stamford Bridge Stadium. Future footballer? You never know. Always have faith on a child.