On Friday afternoon I left to spend a weekend in London with my sister. I’m lucky enough that my sister lives there (and will be for a little while!) so when she’s not too busy, I can make a trip over. I’ve been several times this year, so the touristy things were out of the picture. Instead, we spent the weekend exploring new places, new restaurants, exhibitions, etc.
I arrived Friday evening by train, and Saturday morning we had the most delicious brunch at The Table (83 Southwark Street). I’m not alone in saying it’s one of the best breakfast places in London – here are reviews by Time Out London, Conde Nast Traveller and the London Review of Breakfasts. We had a Pancake with Valrhona chocolate, vanilla yoghurt and mixed berries (pictured below) and Toasted Date & Walnut Bread with Pears & Regents Park Honey. Delicious. (See more photographs of The Table).
We strolled the streets of London, visiting the World Press Photo exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall (Belvedere Road), the exhibition ‘20 Years of Dazed & Confused Magazine‘ at the Somerset House, eyeing the Christmas decorations at Covent Garden, stopping for a quick coffee at Monmouth Coffee (27 Monmouth Street), browsing second hand books at Any Amount of Books (56 Charing Cross Road), stumbling upon Cecil Court and ending the day on Regent Street and Oxford Circus, visiting the one and only Anthropologie (158 Regent Street) and buying matching Monogrammed Mugs. (See more photographs of the first day in London).
On Sunday we visited the Columbia Road Flower Market, one of my favorite new places in London. It was pleasantly warm and the sun was shining, people were out on the streets, musicians jamming on the sidewalks, flower vendors yelling out prices of roses, tulips and even poinsettias. We visited the shops along the side of the market, like Jessie and Buddug, Elphicks for prints, Suck and Chew for traditional British sweets, Ryantown (the shop of talented artist Robert Ryan), Treacle for cupcakes and trinkets and many more.