Overnight in London

The flight from Singapore to London was fine, quite glad I decided on the day and an overnight in Singapore. The only issue was I was suffering a really bad case of DDS – “Digital Deficiency Syndrome”, no internet at all for 14 hours. It was so bad the boredom could possibly have killed me.

On the way to Singapore, internet cost USD30 for 500mb. Really expensive but enough for the flight. On this one to London they wanted USD20 for 50mb. That is outrageous, even I won’t pay that. Not sure why there is such a difference between flights on the same airline.

Luckily I was prepared and had a reserve of digital bits in the form of Netflix downloads. Rather appropriate for the destination, I binge watched a series of “The Crown”.


Since I arrived in London at 3pm and I fly out at 7.30am for my next adventure on the continent, rather than find a hotel in London and lug my bags around, I’m here in the Western answer to the Japanese capsule hotel. I’ve got a very small room with bathroom, tv and bed right here in the terminal. Tomorrow I’ll wake up, switch terminals and fly out. It kind of reminds me of the little room Bruce Willis has at the beginning of the movie “The Fifth Element“. If you have heaps of luggage, this is not for you. They even have a purple night light you can switch on, as there is no natural light so it would be pitch black in here.

I’d planned to spend a few hours in London tonight, but I was so knackered still after all the travel I got as far as Paddington station for a coffee and a burger before heading back to the Yotel for some rest. The immigration line took about an hour to clear, the line was insane.

I used the Heathrow express. If you don’t pre-book it, its super expensive, but rebooked 90 days in advance for weekend use, its only a 5-er each way on weekends. Not much more than taking the tube which takes an hour. This only takes 15 minutes from Heathrow to Paddington station. From paddington anything in london is a simple tube trip away. I also found out that there is now a faster “TfL” train, with prices and times someone between the standard tube line and the express. Plenty of options here.

The coffee wasn’t fantastic in any regard, but really appreciated after such a long day.