[UNITED KINGDOM] Travel Itinerary 2 Weeks Backpacking England & Scotland Guide

Travel Itinerary Backpacking Guide for two weeks in London (England), which cover Oxford, Edinburgh, and Beaconsfield (Bekonscot Model Village).

 

There’s a quote says “You don’t have to be rich to travel well”, and I strongly agree with that! We’re not rich at all, but Thank God, we able to travel by saving our money every year, buy the cheapest tickets, planning ahead, travel on a budget, etc. But the most important thing that we do before traveling is to planning our itineraries in advance, because that way, we can save a lot, and keep the costs down, especially for transportation and accommodation costs. Now, I would like to share our traveling experience again, and I’m planning to complete my travel itinerary for a two-week backpacking trip to London. I hope this post can inspire you to pack up everything and explore London without worrying too much!

England can be very expensive to travel around, but with these tips, you’ll save even more. When I say that I visited London for the second time last February 2017 on a budget, and we often skipped lunch there, my friends shook their heads, and they (and probably you.. who read this now) may think; it’s not possible. Ha-ha.. So, I’ve compiled 7 tips for a first-time visitor to London, and we hope these tips can be useful for you.

7 TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR FIRST-TIME VISITORS TO ENGLAND  ← Click Here to Read More!

1. Airport Transfer

2. Getting around with Visitor Oyster Card

3. Pick the best Sim Card for Internet Connection

4. Don’t pay for the Public Toilet

5. Get 2L of Sainsbury’s Caledonian Still Water for only 50p (50 pence)

6. Save more with Meal Deals at the Supermarket

7. Claim your Tax refund at the airport

Expenses List:
Here’s how much we spent for two weeks trip in London:

Accommodation:
Apartment • Private room at 41 Iliffe Street, London, SE17 3LJ, United Kingdom (book through Airbnb here) from 16-19 Nov 2016 for $64 × 3 nights = $191, including cleaning fees and service fee, in total $244 USD

The rest we stayed at our friend’s house in Twickenham area.

Flight:
Etihad Airways from 14-23 November 2016 (provided by client)
Garuda Indonesia from 14-28 February 2017: Jakarta – London Heathrow – Jakarta Rp. 9.345.000,-/person

Transportations:
Visitor Oyster Card £50/person
Day Travelcard £12.30/person
Train ticket from Feltham – Oxford – Feltham £50/person
Train ticket from London Euston station – Edinburgh – London Euston £100/person
Total = £212.30/person (equal to Rp. 3.609.100,-/person)

We finally manage to visit these top 10 places on our first visit to London in November 2016. Click here to find the Best Things to do and London’s top 10 tourist attractions – these places should be at the top of any traveler’s bucket list.

Meals CULINARY – What to EAT and Must Visit Places in England, UK: 
Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 (day 1):
Brunch: Look Mum No Hands, London = £27.20
Attractions: The Emirates Stadium (a football stadium in Holloway, London, England, and the home of Arsenal Football Club). We booked for a Legend Tour guide by Mr. Nigel Winterburn (English former professional footballer and current pundit for BT Sport, who played as a left back from 1981 to 2003) = special price £25/person. Click here to book a tour ticket!
Dinner: Chopstix Noodle Bar, London (Oyster Sauce Chicken & Caramel Chicken) = £6.50
Shopping: at Primark Oxford Street East (a very popular budget clothing chain with over 300 stores to enjoy in the UK).

Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 (day 2):
Brunch: Hook Camden Restaurant, Camden Town (the famous fish and chips in London) = £34.20
Attractions: The Camden Market at Camden High Street/Chalk Farm Road (a huge and popular street market in the northern Camden Town area) with over than 200 stalls to choose from; vintage stuff, gifts, clothing, jewelry, street food, etc.
Dinner: we bought some ingredients at Sainsbury’s Supermarket to cook dinner at home

Friday, 17 Feb 2017 (day 3):
Brunch: Darwin Brasserie (a breathtaking rooftop restaurant in London) ⇐ click here to read more! = £86
Dinner: Gold Mine Restaurant at Bayswater, London (our favorite and one of the popular Chinese food restaurant famous for its Signature Roasted Duck). A must try!

Saturday, 18 Feb 2017 (day 4):
Explore Oxfordshire at Oxford, England
Attractions:
Vintage Kilo Sale at University Catholic Chaplaincy, Oxford (one place to get retro and vintage clothes – second hand or brand new by weight, just £15 per kilogram, to be exact.) Click here to see their upcoming event.
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (it’s the College Chapel as well as the cathedral church for the Diocese of Oxford.)
Oxford Castle Mound – Unlocked. Don’t forget to climb to the top of the mound and enjoy panoramic views from the top.
Snacking: Claredon Centre, Oxford
1. Boost All Berry Bang regular size = £4.65
2. Pizza Pepperoni at Cornish Kitchen = £1.50
Dinner: KFC (chicken meal set: 2pcs fried chicken, one fries, one drink) = £3.99
Snacking: Banana fruit at M&S Shop inside Oxford’s train station = £1.60

Sunday, 19 Feb 2017 (day 5):
Attractions: Bekonscot Model Village
The oldest model village in the world and well worth a visit! Opened for the first time in 1929, and we love spotting the tiny details. A true British day out, with gardens, children’s play area, and ride-on railway. Entry ticket = £10/adult and £6/children. Click here to book your ticket!
Afternoon snack: Pembroke Lodge inside the enormous and famous Richmond Park, England
A beautiful Georgian Mansion that has been lovingly restored to create an outstanding wedding venue and tea rooms. We’re lucky to see the herd of wild deer before it’s getting dark.
– Afternoon set: freshly cook Sultana Scones & regular tea = £3.95
– Soup of the day: Homemade carrot & coriander soup, served with bread and butter = £5
– Coffee Cake = £3.30

Monday, 20 Feb 2017 (day 6):
Brunch: Côte Brasserie at Richmond, London
Three courses for £12.95
We had Croquette De Porc (potato and smoked pork croquette with a poached free-range egg and hollandaise sauce) for starter
+ Steak Frites (chargrilled thinly beaten out minute steak with frites and garlic butter, served pink) for the main
+ Crumble Aux Pommes (apple compote with Normandy butter crumble and vanilla ice cream) for dessert
Afternoon snack: M&S Cafe at Richmond, London (Carrot Cake £3 + Hot Latte £2.60) = £5.60
Attractions: Hamleys on Regent Street, London
We finally had the chance to visit the world’s oldest and largest toy store and one of the world’s best-known retailers of toys. It’s founded by William Hamley as “Noahs Ark” in High Holborn, London. I’m sure you’ll spend hours in this place just like we did! We bought the famous Paddington Bear, Duke’s Plush Dog Toys, and Teddy Bear Hamley’s trademark, total = £29.50
Late Dinner: Burger King at London Euston station = £8.88
Leaving London Euston station: we take a night train to travel to Edinburgh – Scotland at 11.50pm

Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 (day 7):
Arrive at Edinburgh (Scotland) early morning at 7.21am after 7 hours train travel from London Euston.
Attractions:
Scott Monument (a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott also the largest monument to a writer in the world)
Edinburgh Castle (a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site)
Brunch: Papii Coffee Shop, Edinburgh (Panini set meal & Breaded Rolls with scrambled eggs) = £9.05
Shopping at Victoria Street, Edinburgh:
– Cuttea Sark selling vintage and pretty tea cups
– Platform 9 3/4 for Harry Potter’s fans collector
Afternoon snack: Oink Hog Roast at Victoria Street, Edinburgh (medium size with white bread, stuffed with sage and onion + apple sauce) = £3.95 + Peppermint tea Teapig = £1.50, in total = £5.70
Dinner: KFC Zinger Banquet Meal = £6.39 + additional 2 pcs chicken = £2.99, in total = £9.38

Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 (day 8):
Day 2 in Edinburgh, Scotland
Late lunch at Waverley Mall, Edinburgh:
Spudulike Restaurant specializing in Jacket Potato dishes (NY Chicken Club £5.79 + Hot Cappuccino £1.90), in total = £7.69
Zumo Fresh Juices: Amazon Acai juice x-large size = £4.15
Afternoon break: The Milkman, a cozy little coffee shop loved the locals in Edinburgh. Hot Cappuccino = £2.7
Shopping at Victoria Street, Edinburgh:
Miss Katie Cupcake specializes in selling vintage gifts & souvenirs, mini teapot and teacup necklace, rings, etc. We spent 2-3 hours in this place,

and came back again the next day to buy some more gifts.
Who’s Who store, right across from Miss Katie Cupcake’s shop
– Scottish Home Stores, a big department store that sells clothes, home goods, etc at Princess Street, Edinburgh
Dinner: McDonalds; Chicken Spicy Burger, Bacon Clubhouse Double Burger, French Fries, and drink, in total = £

I do believe, it’s time for another adventure

Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 (day 9):
Day 3 in Edinburgh, Scotland
Check out from St Christopher Inn around 10.30 am.
There was a snow warning caused by Storm Doris that hit Scotland that morning, but fortunately we’re okay, even though it was freezing at that time (3 degrees C).
Shopping in Edinburgh, Scotland:
Ye Old Christmas Shoppe Edinburgh (Buchanan tartan necklace with yellow stone fresh pearl & gold plated, £11)
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse – A must visit!
It was opened in 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II, and it features exhibits works from the Royal Collection. At first, we wanted to explore the castle, but since the entrance fee was too expensive, we ended up buying some cute stuff from the gallery. One of them is the adorable Buckingham Palace Cuddly Corgi with a medallion (£17.95) which is inspired by the animal most famously associated with Her Majesty The Queen and a favorite breed of the Royal Family since 1933.
Afternoon snack at Clam Shell Cafe, Edinburgh (Deep Fried Mars Bars – the most famous snack in Edinburgh – for £3.90 + Seafood Basket with chips £6.90), in total = £10.80
Coffee: Starbucks Cappuccino = £2.20
Early dinner: The Royal McGregor Cafe, Edinburgh 
– Haggis tower with whiskey sauce £11.95 + Peppermint tea £1.95 + Boozy Hot Chocolate £4.25), in total = £18.15
Late Dinner: KFC again (2 meals) = £4.29

More pictures are coming up soon, and we will share some details of the attractions on separate posts. Stay tuned, and thank you for reading!

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Myfunfoodiary as Indonesian Food and Travel Blog was born in July 2012 and has become one of the valuable online source for locals, tourists, food enthusiasts and industry professionals. It is a Jakarta based Food and Travel Blog managed by Mullie Marlina, a young, lovely, cheerful and blessed wife who loves to share her culinary and travel experiences through her writing. You’ll find her honest reviews, valuable suggestions, objective ratings and recommendation of eateries in Jakarta and selected cities in Indonesia and abroad. Her curated restaurant reviews are based on her meticulous inquiries and her rich dining experience in various restaurants in Jakarta. She has also traveled to different cities and countries where she finds interesting and inspiring dishes, cuisines and excellent dining ambience which she also included in the list. From recommendations, restaurant experiences, events, travel destinations, and recipes, readers will find anything food related in this website. She would really appreciate your feedback, and would love to hear about any suggestions, events regarding food, or just to drop in to say “Hi”. Again, thank you so much for dropping by, and she hopes you enjoy reading her journal. Thank you so much for all your supports! God bless you! ^_^

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