This very spontaneous, last-minute visit to London included… classic fish & chips at the famous Poppies Fish and Chips (6-8 Hanbury Street) in Spitalfields // a visit to Hampstead to assist the making of a video about collecting photography for Unseen Photo Fair // lounging in Hyde Park in the afternoon // coffees-to-go and a boxed slice of carrot cake from Yotam Ottolenghi‘s trattoria in Belgravia (13 Motcomb Street) // visiting the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens for the Yoko Ono exhibition, To The Light (19 June-9 September) // admiring the setting of the sun in the park that afternoon // delicious burgers at Honest Burgers (4a Meard Street) in Soho that evening // a classic American breakfast off eggs, bacon and blueberry pancakes at The Diner (18 Ganton Street) in Soho // wandering the streets // stopping by the National Portrait Gallery for the exhibition, Road to 2012: Aiming High // passing through Covent Garden on a busy Sunday afternoon // 5 o’clocktails at All Bar One (19 Henrietta Street) // wandering through Fitzrovia on a quiet Monday morning // a delicious coffee at Tapped & Packed (114 Tottenham Court Road) // and a quick stop by Liberty London (Great Marlborough Street) before heading back home.
We had Toasted Date & Walnut Bread with Pears & Regents Park Honey…
And pancakes with Valrhona chocolate, vanilla yoghurt and mixed berries…
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.