With Mr T’s Chinese Visa in hand we had the rest of the day to pop around London. We had every good intention of making it to London Eye for my first visit, but the shops of Notting Hill kept our attention a bit too long. Here’s a little look at what we got up to.
Visa in hand, ready to shop!
Near Bank Station
Eat Tokyo, Notting Hill
Something we have been missing, no sushi in Wincanton!!
All Saints Spitalfields
One of many beautiful Singers
A possible Banksy along Portobello road
Jamie Oliver’s Recipease: iced coffee, bloody mary and peanut butter banana milkshake, all our favourites!!
We were lucky to find a Keith Brymer Jones pop-up shop, I stumbled on some of his products in Kent and loved them. I decided on two pieces that we could squeeze into our cases, salt and pepper pots and mix and measure jug. If we were not moving half way around the world I’m sure I would have came out of that shop with a lot more!! I was also successful in finding Hunter wellies for half the normal price by getting the kids size 5! All in all it was a productive and enjoyable day in the city. The 3 hour bus journey back was a little rough, but good conversation with other travellers made it fly by.
Step 1: a 45 minute phone call confirmed everything we had read on the website.
Step 2: complete and print online application
Step 3: schedule appointment online
Step 4: we arrived 3 hours prior to our appointment, the service centre was very well organised, streamlined and bright. They would not let us proceed early, however there was someone to look over our documents to be sure all was in order. After a short question of a signature we were assured that Mr T’s application was intact. We returned 1 hour before our appointment and still had to wait. Exactly 30 minutes before our appointment the woman at the front desk called Mr T to collect his ticket, which was called within 20 minutes. A quick break to copy Chinese documents for our own records and we walked out 1 minute after our scheduled appointment time. Passport will be ready for collection in four days.
We can only hope the process will be just as smooth for me in San Francisco!