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Pubs, Markets and Walks.

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 2 June 2011 | Views [602] | Comments [1]

London of course has lots to offer – history, museums, art galleries but what we enjoyed most involved food, pubs, walks and markets with a few unexpected highlights thrown in, such as:

·         Watching Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) perform The Wall at the Millennium Dome. An audio visual extravaganza.

·         A delectable high tea at the Soho Hotel to celebrate Brindi’s birthday – with Paris, Luke and Taissa.

·         A 2 hour spa/sauna at the Therma Spa in Bath www.thermaebathspa.com

·         Being part of a crowd watching England play Barcelona in the George Orwell pub

·         A day visit to Bristol, exploring their restored waterfront (this is what Port Adelaide should have done) and the new M Shed museum http://mshed.org/  as well as markets in the old part of town.

·         Staying in School Cottages B&B in Farmborough and joining in the quiz night at the Butcher’s Arms pub ( we came last but still got a prize)

As for Food – we enjoyed some great meals at

·         The Breakfast Club in Islington – friendly, quirky and good coffee

·         ‘500’ Italian restaurant on Holloway Road – a delicious introduction to Sardinian food

·         Mangal in Dalston – Turkish BBQ at its best. Peter’s favourite.

·         Coffee and club sandwiches at De Beauvoir cafe – near us so there were several visits

·         Ottolenghi – gourmet vegetarian, and very naughty cakes

·         Delectable cheese from Neale’s Yard (Covent Garden)

·         Tripe at Arbutus restaurant

·         The Cat Inn a 16th century pub in West Hoathly – smoked pork hock, salad and deep fried duck’s egg

·         Cuban food at Libre Cuba

·         And for the finale on our last night a degustation at Marcus Wareing restaurant (Berkeley hotel)- fine dining, creative food such as Orkney scallop, basil, finger lime, tapioca, wild strawberry.


 And then the Pubs – great to be able to walk to a pub and there were at lots close by including the Lord Clyde, The Talbot, Scolts, The George Orwell, the Narrow Boat, all good food and yes we tried a few beers.

 Further afield The Butcher’s Arms, Tiger Inn, The Railway at Kew.


Also the Markets

·         Borough Markets – such a variety of food and organic produce

·         Columbia Road flower/plant market –colourful, cheap http://columbiaroad.info

·         Camden Passage retro/antique market

·         Chapel Road markets in Islington for the best strawberries.

Walks, Gardens

·         Canal Walks – with ducks, canal boats, locks.

·         Kew Gardens – a lovely warm, sunny day exploring most of it. www.kew.org/

·         Hamstead Heath/Kenwood House/Keats House – after some culture in the 2 houses we meandered through the winding paths of the Heath and viewed London from Parliament Hill. www.keatshouse.cityoflondon.gov.uk/

·         Ashdowne Forest – where kings went hunting in the woods

·         Beachy Head – an eerie experience finding our way through a coastal fog and a strong wind along the white chalk cliffs to the lighthouse. www.beachyhead.org.uk

·         Walking up and down Upper Street, Islington

·         Abney Park Cemetery – overgrown with vines and bushes and angelic headstones www.abney-park.org.uk

·         Walking around the old town (Boadicia’s home town) of Colchester with cousin Cyril and Marion.

·         And always marvelling at the beautiful roses in gardens and parks.

Over the 7 weeks we were away we used London as our base – staying with Joel and Angela at Elizabeth St., Islington – and from there we went off to NY and Sardinia.

Some extra bits

·         The stream of  bicycle riders weaving  their way through London streets

·         Using our faithful Oyster card on buses and tube

·         Neale’s Yard Organics - http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/  the best in skin care.



You forgot the amazing dim sum at Yauatcha, particularly the venison pie followed by macarons...

  Brindi Aug 3, 2011 8:44 AM

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