The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


London blue sky cold winter wind

The Shipwrights Arms

London blue sky cold winter wind

London blue sky cold winter wind

 London blue sky cold winter wind & lots of great pubs. I arrived March 1st 2015 the same date I arrived in 2014, at least unlike last year there was no rain, just icy cold wind. At least there are hundreds of great pubs to visit and escape from the wind.

The Hereford Arms

London blue sky cold winter wind

about 300 meters from Gloucester Road underground, a delightful little pub with a nice atmosphere and good food.

Hereford Arms

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About a 8 minute walk from my hotel the Villa Kensington, I had dinner here on 3 occasions.

The Villa Kensington 10-11 Ashburn Gardens SW7

London blue sky cold winter wind

This excellent budget hotel is in a great location, only 2 blocks from Gloucester Road underground and surrounded by dozens of good restaurants. I booked through Agoda as usual and stayed in a newly renovated room for only 50 Quid or $98 usd including breakfast. Get a good discount through THIS LINK.

London blue sky cold winter wind

London blue sky cold winter wind

London blue sky cold winter wind and sunshine, but as I said before, the wind was icy. 🙂  

 Enoteca da Luca

London blue sky cold winter windI stumbled this delightful Italian restaurant at 21 Wattling St which is very close to St Pauls Cathredral.

Enoteca da Luca

London blue sky cold winter wind

  The Terrine was excellent as was the red wine. I found the wine a little expensive however sadly I think that is just the norm in London.  

Here is Julia at Enoteca da Luca

London blue sky cold winter wind

An excellent wine selection at Enoteca da luca, apparently there are a couple of other branches of this restaurant as well.

Jamie Oliver Barbecoa

  Jamie Olivers Barbecoa ButcheryAlso is Wattling Street is this fabulous Jamie Oliver butchery.  

London blue sky cold winter wind at St Pauls Cathredal

London blue sky cold winter wind

     It’s so cold even the statues are hugging.

The Walkie Talkie and The Gherkin

London blue sky cold winter wind

  There are some incredible glass skyscrapers being built in London.   Check out my post of these exciting new buildings.

The Tower Bridge

London blue sky cold winter wind

The Tower bridge is still one of London’s best places to visit and photograph.

Leadenhall Market

London blue sky cold winter wind

Quite a beautiful old building.

The Bloomsbury Tavern 236 Shaftsbury Avenue

London blue sky cold winter wind

Typical London architecture.

The Princess Louise

London blue sky cold winter windPrincess Louise 208 High Holborn is a traditional English pub that is very popular at lunch time. I enjoyed a nice sandwich and a couple of bloody Mary’s.

The Princess Louise

Princess Louise Holborn

One of the great joys of visiting London are the unique pubs.

Little Venice near Paddington station

London blue sky cold winter wind


My first visit to this area triggered by a crime novel I recently read. 🙂

Nice cafe in Little Venice

London blue sky cold winter wind

Coffee and cake at this delightful cafe.

Newton Abbott in Devon

London blue sky cold winter wind

I an find only two reasons anybody would want to visit Newton Abbott in Devon. First I understand it is quite famous for horse racing, secondly, and this was my reason, there is a low security prison where I paid a very good friend a visit. This is the 4th English prison I have been to in the last 8 years. Last year it was Stafford, before that Dovegate and finally Dorchester.

London Underground

London blue sky cold winter windIf you are spending a few days in London make sure you buy an Oyster Card for the underground as well as the London busses. Only 30 Quid for unlimited travel, a terrific saving.

Holiday Inn Kensington

London blue sky cold winter wind

  This is also a terrific location, in fact it is opposite my budget hotel the Villa Kensington. There is a huge price difference, 300 Quid for the Holiday inn  and 65 for Villa Kensington.  

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Posted by Travel blogger” on Thursday, March 26, 2015

Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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