It was almost the end of our London trip and we would spend the last day of our holiday in Legoland, and after that we would went straight to the airport and returned to Singapore. Since Legoland was located in Windsor which would take at least 1 hour from our hotel in Hammersmith and it would be very troublesome if we left the luggage in Hammersmith and then came back to get our luggage back and went to the airport, I decided to book a hotel in Windsor instead of staying in London.
It would also be very difficult for us to bring our 2 big suitcases and 2 small suitcases and a backpack to Windsor and then to Legoland and then to the airport, so we did a research before we went to London and finally make a decision to use left baggage storage service in Heathrow Airport.
Left baggage office locations were in Terminal 2 to 5 in Hatehrow Airport, and since our SQ flight would be departing from T2, it would be easier for us to store the luggage in T2. For more information about left baggage, the location, opening hour, and the price you can check in this website:
Remember that no food is allowed in the luggage for storage, so bring all the food that you have with you. No payment was needed when we store the luggage, we would only have to pay when we were getting back our luggage.
After we were done with this process, we went straight to Windsor by local bus. There were 2 ways to go to Windsor from London, one was by train (from Central London) or by local bus from Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 which was way cheaper than by train.
Since we were already in the airport, it was easier to take bus. So we went to T5 and followed the signs to local buses (and it was quite a long walk). Although going to Windsor was cheaper by bus, but it took longer time than by train. We boarded bus number 8 in bus stop number 8 in T5.
It took us an hour from the airport to the bus stop in Windsor. We enjoyed the view during the ride as we could see the riverside, pubs, village houses, and village people along the way.
If you are going to Windsor Castle, then the nearest stop will be the opposite Windsor Parish Church. Our hotel was also located very near to the Windsor Castle, so this was also our stop. Windsor Castle was only 5 minutes walk from this stop.
Since it was already lunch time and we were all very hungry, we went to the nearest restaurant that we saw that could fit the boy’s taste, and we found Freddy’s Fish and Chips just across the street from the bus stop.
Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my chili sauce, so I didn’t really enjoy the food (I put it in the other luggage that we left at the airport). Although the two boys said it was so yummy and delicious, but somehow I didn’t like it very much as it left fishy taste in my throat (probably the fish wasn’t fresh?).
After we were full, it was time to go to our hotel, which was Travelodge Hotel. Why we chose this hotel? Despite of some bad reviews about this hotel, this was the closest to the bus stop that would take us to Legoland, very near to supermarkets, restaurants, shopping places, and also Windsor Castle (although we didn’t plan to go inside the castle, but we would like to at least see and take pictures there).
Fortunately, we all loved the hotel. Some of the bad comments about the noise from the bar, the room, the breakfast………..they all didn’t happen. I will highly recommend for you to stay in this hotel if you plan to visit Windsor, but more about the hotel later in this post.
How did we go to Travelodge Hotel in Windsor? From the bus stop (and in front of Windsor Castle), we turned left into a street that looked like a very long alley. When I turned to this alley, I was amazed because it looked a lot like The Diagon Alley from Harry Potter, and seriously………….that was the first thing that crossed my mind when I saw the various shops in the left and right sides of the streets, the crowded people walk along the streets, kids were running around in the middle of the busy street, colorful Christmas decorations, and the street performer……………………it was like Diagon Alley came to life……………….and I loved it, I really liked it a lot. I enjoyed walking in the long street and seeing what was inside each shop and taking pictures here and there. From that time, I knew I would love this city so much.
Our hotel was just at the end of the street. So the hotel was actually facing the alley which was awesome because it looked like we found a hidden gem at the end of our journey. The hotel was also very close to the train station (less then 5 minutes walk). More about the hotel later……………..After we checked in, we did some explorations around the area and this time everyone wanted to see Windsor Castle closely. So we walked again, but instead of going back to the alley, we went to the castle through a different route. There was another street in front of the hotel that led to the train station and Windsor Shopping Mall
Just across from this shopping mall was the huge and majestic Windsor Castle. It was so big and probably it was 5 times bigger than Leeds Castle (the building and not the area). Too bad we didn’t have time to see the inside of the castle (we had to pay to enter the castle) because we didn’t have enough time. If you see in the internet, this castle also has beautiful gardens and I am a big fan of beautiful gardens, so I was so sad that we didn’t have time to go inside.
This was the view of the castle after we turned left:
Since it was a dead end, we walked back to the front side of the castle and followed the street until we reached Eton Riverside. It was a long walk so we were very tired, but the view was amazing.
Since were were very tired and it was dark already (although it was just around 5 pm), we decided to go back through the same road again (and it was another long walk to go back to the hotel………………….), but we made few stops in the souvenir shops and book store.
From the book shop, we walked back to the hotel which was Travelodge Hotel. This was one of the cheapest hotel compared to other hotels near Windsor Castle. By the way, you can not store your luggage in the reception area as they do not have luggage storage room.
Our hotel in Windsor was bigger than the one in Hammersmith which was Holiday Inn Hotel. Even the room was so much bigger than Holiday Inn Express Hammersmith London. That was why my husband loved it so much and said that it was too bad we could only stay there for one night. The bathroom came with a tub, and even then, there was still much space left for us.
When we booked our hotels (either in London or Windsor), we always stated that we would bring a child with us, and in both hotels they surprised us by giving extra bed (without us even asking and without extra charge). In both of the hotels that we booked, there was no extra charge for kids (free stay and free breakfast for the boy).
On the not so good side, even though it was winter and very cold outside, we felt hot and stuffy in the middle of the night even though we didn’t turn on the heater. The windows were locked and couldn’t be opened, so imagine how it would be at summer. The hotel didn’t provide aircon, only a fan during summer time. This was the opposite of what happened when we stayed in Holiday Inn London, the room was very cold at night even though the windows were closed and heater on.
We also loved the morning breakfast, a simple English breakfast with butter croissant (the staff would always offer to warm the croissant every time she saw us near the plate, white bread with selection of jams, sausages, scrambled eggs, baked beans, fresh tomatoes and mushrooms, pork bacon, and the boy’s favorite food: hashbrowns…………………..The hotel even served 2 kinds of sausages: pork and vegetarian. The boy and I of of course chose pork sausages while daddy tried the healthier ones: vegetarian sausages (and he said it was good). There were also fruit salad, yoghurts, cereals, and Quaker Oat Granola. For the drinks, there were selection of tea and coffee, milk, chocolate milk, and fruit juice.
When our tummies were full, we were ready for our next adventure in Legoland. Our Legoland Windsor trip can be read in this post.
From Legoland, we went straight to the airport to catch the last flight back to Singapore.
That was our last day of the holiday, and we said goodbye to Windsor and London as we boarded the plane back to Singapore.