Our time in London is drawing gradually to a close. On this day we walked to Kensington Olympia station and took the Overground to Clapham Junction train station. Here we took the train to Hampton Court Station and saw the palace most famously occupied by Henry VIII. The train station is on the south side of the river, but you only need to cross the bridge and you have arrived.
This is a much bigger castle/palace than Windsor, and is closer to London along the River Thames. We actually only ended up seeing the palace itself and the close-in grounds, apparently the actual historical grounds are absolutely massive. There’s a ton of history here, and we enjoyed this much more than Windsor for that fact.
We had lunch in the cafeteria and it was actually very good. We walked around the grounds and towards dinner time we arrived back in London. The goal was to see the West Ham (my team) vs Crystal Palace match, but the kickoff was changed and I couldn’t end up going. So instead we headed back towards Earls Court and found some excellent Indian food at Masala Zone.
To walk it off we wandered around a bit and found the Earls Court Tardis, then walked over to Holland Park. The old Halcyon Hotel was where they filmed a small portion of The Saint (1997). This was the movie that kicked off my love for England and Europe in general. I’m a full on Europhile at this point, so I had to get a picture.
After this we hit up yet another small grocery store and headed back to the flat.