UK – A Day in Reading, Watford & Oxford

We planned a fun outing with Tim’s college friends Ryan and Gina who are extremely down to earth and are very friendly. We’ve organised an outing to hit some golf balls up at Watford, Hertz.


Before heading there, Tim and I made a stop at Reading early in the morning for coffee and muffins and went for a walk around his area. He used to live there before moving to Dubai.


After having our breakfast we headed to Watford to play golf at a place called ‘Top Golf’. Yeah! I looked like a complete loser but I enjoyed it.


Top Golf, Watford


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After playing for hours, we decided to drive to Oxford for lunch and explore the area.





UK – 3 hours in Oxford

Oxford is a stunning historic city, although it’s gloomy there’s something about it. I view people from Oxford as highly educated and awfully posh.


We manage to visit parts of the Oxford University and checked out a museum and library. While exploring the area, we stopped and bought burritos to eat while walking.

Oxford made me feel like I was in Hogwarts and in Oxford is where I had my first Portuguese Custard Tarts. Thank you Gina!


UK – Inn on the Beach

After months of trying to select an inexpensive place to celebrate our nuptial, we then decided on a restaurant by the beach called ‘Inn on the Beach’. I never thought a set menu in the UK would cost more than a buffet in Dubai. It was very difficult to select a place but overall Tim and I were very pleased with our selection. The food was delicious and service was spot on.

It’s quite a cosy restaurant by the beach and has a wonderful view. The menu is great for a casual meal or a proper dish. Since being by the sea, I recommend to start with the smoked mackerel and have the fisherman’s platter for 2 and end it with a delicious toffee pudding.


UK – Portsmouth

You can actually see Portsmouth from Hayling Island; it’s a small city that has a mini Burj Al Arab ironically named ‘EMIRATES Spinnaker Tower’. After having lunch on Hayling, we drove for 20 minutes to Gunwharf Quays for some shopping but I wasn’t feeling well so I didn’t get to enjoy it much. I generally like the idea of the outdoor shopping since in Dubai we have air-conditioned malls because of the heat.



The 3 main attractions which I would like to go to if I ever visit again would be the Charles Dickens’s Museum and inside the 1860 ship which is located on Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which I managed to take pictures of and lastly I’d like to visit the observation deck located in the Emirates Spinnaker the baby Burj Al Arab.


I just hope I don’t fall ill in my next visit. It’s an amazing place to go shopping.



UK – Hayling Island

Tim was raised on a small island all the way down south called ‘Hayling Island’. It is a very chillaxed place and perfect for retirement.

First day we landed in UK, we rented a car and drove straight to Hayling and met my beautiful sister in-law ‘Lucy’ and her husband ‘Steve’. We later drove around the Island and stopped at local stores to buy some items we needed and I purchased a cough syrup and cold & flu pills as I wasn’t cooping well with the weather. C’MON I’m a Dubai girl, I was born and raised in the desert; of course I can’t handle the cold.


The Island is famous for surfing and water sports but I was unlucky due to visiting in winter so we didn’t manage to do much of outdoor activities BUT we did go to a restaurant really close to the beach, which is recommended on TripAdvisor. It’s called ‘Coast Guard Fish & Chips’. Not kidding you, till date, it’s the most delicious Fish & Chips I’ve ever had.


On a Sunday, Tim wanted me to have a full British experience of enjoying a £2 Sunday Roast and to appreciate and embrace the British culture (I think I already did, our apartment is filled with the Union Jack). My mother in-law was with me while I was selecting my roast, the guy cutting the meat said something to me but I couldn’t hear him properly so my mother in-law repeated whatever he said and told him that it was my first visit to the UK. He actually thought I couldn’t speak English and said in an extremely slow pace ‘WELCOMEEE TOOO ENGGGLAAANDDD’. So I just smiled and pretended that I couldn’t speak English.


My overall experience on Hayling was relaxing like I said its very much a chillaxing place. Would I live there? Absolutely Yes, when I turn 60 and want to retire. I hope some day I get to visit the Island during summer time and enjoy the outdoor activities.