Back from London! (Day 2)

London is big on breakfasts! I love it! Both me and W walked towards Nottinghill area and settled on this breakfast place, Carluccio’s. Concept Stores seem to be popular in London where they have a retail/lifestyle shop in front and the cafe at the back. Our breakfasts were good. I loved the mushrooms and bacon. Wonder how they cooked it. Hmm.

After a hearty breakfast, we walked along Westbourne Grove in Nottinghill. Burberry Kids, Paul Smith, Oxfam, Aesop and several upmarket boutiques line the street in a predominantly residential area. This is pretty unique. Well then again, if a townhouse costs $4m pounds, it may be sustainable for these expensive brands to be located here and away from main shopping streets.

Borough Market is awesome! So much to see and taste! Award winning sausages, cheeses, chorizo sandwiches and baked goodies. The list goes on!

Lots of Food and Drinks!

W bought me a slice of brownies from Cinnamon Tree Bakery (owls and gingerbread man pics). Thank you W! One of the best I’ve tasted so far!

Other sweet treats! Argh I should have bought the Burnt Sugar.

I finally got to try the fish and chips in London and Fish! is recommended (avoid the restaurant). I was surprised when they sprinkled vinegar over the fish and chips. I stopped the guy but he went ‘trust me, it’s good’. It really is! It is the adult version of eating chips with ketchup.

Our last stop was Monmouth Cafe. It apparently serves the best coffee in London. Nice interiors too with a large communal table for sharing bread and jam (you pay of course!). Despite the long queue and crowds, we managed to score a seat by the window.

After the market, we continued on to the Big Ben and took a stroll along the River Thames. We saw the London Eye and rested at the SouthBank Centre where there were free performances (we caught the rehearsals). We went on to Trafalgar square where the National Gallery and St Martin in the Fields were located, toured the place and enjoyed the rehearsals (Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik) due for a performance that night. It was ethereal hearing the orchestra music fill the chapel. The baby tickled me! Hence, we decided to purchase the tickets for tomorrow’s performance – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Haha.

Feeling hungry. We took a train to Oxford Street and walked to Marylebone Street to sample the Crepes at Cafe Creperie. (Golden Hind, a famous Fish and Chips Cafe is just next door. Also, if you access Marylebone Street via James Street, you would chance upon Atari-Ya sushi which I heard, is fantastic). We ordered the Pesto Crepe (savoury) and Banana Walnut with Maple Syrup Crepe (sweet). It was crispy and delicious!

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