FROM MOSCOW, WE arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport on Saturday, 24th July 1993 about 1pm local time.
After a meal at the (old) Malaysian Hall (that has moved to a new premise in Queensborough Terrace, Bayswater since 2004) and dropping off our luggage at the rented apartment, it was evening by the time we headed out and ended up at Harrods on Brompton Road, Knightsbridge.
Day 2, Sunday 25th July 1993: We ventured out to the suburbs of Slough to check out a Sunday market and car boot sales and went fruits-picking at a farm there. From there we moved on to Stonehenge (UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986). On our way back to the city, we stopped at Windsor Castle, the weekend home for the British royal family that survived a fire just the year before in 1992.
Day 3, Monday 26th July 1993: City tour of prominent London landmarks including Buckingham Palace (and caught its Changing of the Guards procession), Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, among others.
Day 4, Tuesday 27th July 1993: Paid a courtesy visit to the Malaysian Embassy in London, before making our way to 221B Baker Street to “meet” Sherlock Holmes. Spent the evening at Covent Garden and a night out at Soho, ahem.
Day 5, Wednesday 28th July 1993: Spent the morning with celebrities, legends, presidents and premiers, royalties, sports figures, at Madame Tussaud’s. Entrance then was £7.40 which included Chambers of Horror and the Spirit of London ride. This ride just opened two months earlier in May and brings visitors on a journey through London’s history with vivid sights and sounds, as they travel in cars resembling London’s famous black cab.
Day 6, Thursday 29th July 1993: A day out shopping, followed by a relaxing evening at Hyde Park. Then it was back to the apartment to pack for our departure the following morning.