Apr 13, 2012

good ol’ london town…

as you well know, i was fortunate enough to be able to score a trip to london recently, with work. even better was the fact that i was able to make the 22 hour flight well worth it by extending my stay for an extra week. although admittedly i was in paree for four of those days, i also managed to literally shop my way around central london.

while oxford street was inevitably in my sights, i was able to fit in a little “unintentional” sightseeing along the way. first up was the amazing and completely unbeatable borough markets. to say that my mouth was watering as soon as i got off the tube, is an understatement. we wondered through the stalls and sampled international cuisine of all shapes, smells, colours and textures before opting for some locally brewed raspberry cider, a cajun spiced prawn and fish wrap with lettuce and sour cream, finished with a spot of sea salt and caramel chocolate. delectable, divine, delicious!

next up was an amazing afternoon spent lazying around hyde park while the sun was setting. the daffodils were in full bloom as we wandered past buckingham palace, through piccadilly circus and onto soho. to finish off my work/play stay, i headed to the Langham hotel to enjoy hightea before hopping on my homeward-bound flight.

i heart london!

some of my must see’s and do’s in london are: shopping in carnaby street, be sure to marvel at the little laneways full of cute boutiques and fresh as food, indulge in an authentic pub meal (its not hard to find a pub as there is literally one on every corner, otherwise visit this link and chose your spot, http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/may/06/top-10-london-best-pubs), wander through the harrods food court and pick an exotic blend of coffee before heading to the fifth floor at selfridges for a gourmet lunch (some great celeb watching can also be had), see a show at west end, head to bricklane on a sunday to check out the markets (also worth a visit during the week as some of the cities best indian restaurants can be found here), hit the borough markets on a saturday afternoon and last but not least, treat yourself to dinner and drinks in soho (some of my favourite places are cote (french), pho (vietnamese), kettners (restaurant, bar and champagne saloon), balans (a fusion of many popular european cusines), princi (bakery, café and coffee spot come bar) and the breakfast club(a mexican meets british twist on food).

pics. (above) me enjoying a pimms alongside after the borough markets, table setting at the breakfast club, flowers at borough markets, other goodies forsale at borough markets, lazing in-front of buckingham palace, bricklane markets, the tube, the local pub and champagne cocktails at kettners.

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