It is time for to tell you all about what I got up to in London this past weekend. I was visiting my best friend from school and I had the best time ever catching up with her and seeing the city sights. I was also able to meet up with some of the people I went travelling with this summer which was so nice!
After a lovely breakfast on Saturday morning, we went somewhere called Borough Market. I had never heard of this place before but I’m not really sure why because it was incredible. If you haven’t been it is definitely somewhere to add to the bucket list! It is basically full of food stalls selling everything you could ever imagine. From groceries, smoothies and mushroom pate to curries, paella and pulled pork, you can eat absolutely anything. The atmosphere there is what makes it. There were so many people, everyone equally enchanted by the rustic lure of the market, and the space just full to the brim with the various stalls. The colours and smells of the food completely overwhelmed my senses and a lively buzz and chatter orchestrated the scene. It is like a maze finding your way around, every corner providing a delicious option for lunch. As you can probably imagine it was extremely difficult to chose what to have!
There were so many delicious looking cakes and brownies.
Just look at the size of those cookies!!
So much cheese… mmm…
How colourful and delicious do these jams looks!
The fresh, homemade bread smelt incredible!
I couldn’t believe how bright the fruit and veg stalls were!
The huge pans full of different curry styles looked amazing.
In the end I chose a halloumi and chorizo wrap. It was so yummy! SO much was packed into the tortilla, it was so warming and filling and to be honest, I wasn’t really hungry for the rest of the day! I definitely got my moneys worth.
My friend chose the pulled pork sandwich which looked equally delicious. Next time I am in London I will be back to try out more!
After lunch we made our way to the Phoenix Theatre to see the matinee production of ‘Once’. This is something I have wanted to watch for ages and it did not disappoint. We happened to be watching Ronan Keating’s opening performance and he was brilliant. His voice was absolutely breath taking, so strong and emotional. It was really moving.
I completely fell in love with the music. I currently have the playlist on as I write this! The set up is a traditional Irish bar and a small cast of twelve work with this space in a unique and clever way to tell a love story through Irish music. The performers play their instruments on stage, the violin, piano, guitar accordion, voice etc and the use of a small ensemble gave it such a charming and authentic feel. It was very in touch with traditional Irish music and took me back to my trip to Derry last Easter. (Read all about it here).
After the performance I was very excited to see a ‘Once’ taxi and proceeded to take a photo whilst the passengers gave me strange looks!
Our next trip was a walk along the South Bank (via Trafalgar Square) in the direction of the Tower of London to see the poppies. It was truly magical seeing the sights of London at night. It was also the perfect opportunity for me to practise my low light photography and my use of slow shutter speeds. (Conclusion: I need to work on keeping my hand steady!)
I just love these magnificent, tall buildings.
I love the following two photos. I think they look so magical with the lights and the leaves and the combination of colours. The moving people blur in a haunting and mysterious way inside of this, removing identity and individuality as they merge into a symbol of humanity making its way through life.
The Poppies at the Tower of London were beautiful. Although it was a shame that they had started to take them down so we didn’t experience the full effect.
We then went to Sommerset House to Ice Skate. It was the perfect christmassy activity in such beautiful setting!
I had a hot chocolate here and it was honestly one of the best I have ever had. Just look at that cream!
It is safe to say that I am not a natural ice skater but it was still so much fun!
We then had dinner at a lovely little restaurant called Bills. The atmosphere was lovely, full of dim lighting and rustic wall features. I would definitely recommend!
The next morning we had these delicious blueberry velvet cupcakes made by Georgia for breakfast. They were so so yummy, I will definitely be stealing her recipe! We also had chocolate covered strawberries. Weekends are for indulging right?
We made out way into London. I just had to include some photos from Sass and Belle (the name simple cries out to be featured in my blog!).
I love this wall of quotes inside. I would love to do something like this in my bedroom.
Typical London tourist photo of the red letter box. (I love the colour against the blue and the orange in the background).
I loved this shop window of people playing Christmas music!
Next stop, Covent Garden! This is one of my favourite places in London, especially at Christmas time with the tree and all the decorations.
We had to venture inside Laduree…
Why are macrons so beautiful?!
I love the Whittard’s shop window. In fact I love the shop in general! Check out my post about the Christmas White Hot Chocolate here.
We stumbled upon the cutest Costa I have ever seen! I love the hazelnut hot chocolates here so we had a coffee break.
Next stop Harrods. It really is such a magical place with all the beautiful lights! I bought some macarons here and I’ll be posting about them soon!
A final meal at Prezzo in Kings Cross Station concluded my time in London. I had the most perfect trip and I was so sad to leave. There were so many more things I wanted to do but I guess that will have to wait. Until next time London!
I hope you like my photographs! Where are your favourite places in London?
Love Sass x