Letters from the dorm: Day out to write home about

Letters from the dorm: Day out to write home about

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There are strict rules at the world-famous Harrods in London.
There are strict rules at the world-famous Harrods in London.
The first things that come to mind when thinking about London are Harrods, Covent Garden, afternoon tea and theatre shows. To boarding school students, like me, living outside London, a day out in the capital is rare and special ... and somewhat daunting.

For my friend's 18th birthday, I decided to take her to see The Woman in Black at London's Fortune Theatre. Her parents treated us to English afternoon tea at the Chesterfield Mayfair boutique hotel, and I managed to check off many of the items on the "to do in London" list.

We took a train from Bournemouth, where we live on the south coast, to the outskirts of the city and then travelled around the capital on the "tube" (think ... MTR in Hong Kong). First we stopped at Knightsbridge to visit the world-famous Harrods department store. For me, the lavish decorations and especially the Egyptian Hall made it well worth the visit. (Anyone planning to go should remember cameras are not allowed, and nor are backpacks ... and Harrods has porters who are very strict!)

After the hurly-burly of shopping at Harrods, it was time for our afternoon tea at the four-star Chesterfield Mayfair. What a relief it was to rest our feet in plush surroundings, sipping tea to a backdrop of live music.

Suitably refreshed, we took a scenic stroll through Covent Garden to the theatre. Rather creatively, there were only two actors and a "ghost" throughout the performance.

To end our day, we popped on an open-topped sightseeing bus for final glimpses of the vibrant city.

I like how every city has its own fascination. Hong Kong is famous for its modern fusion of Western and Eastern cultures, while London is renowned for its culture. My day out in London has become one of the most precious memories in life.

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