Weekend in London

I just got back to New York from a weekend trip to London.  Lots of Union Jack flags were up from the Diamond Jubilee celebration with the characteristic grey clouds I remembered.

Of course I had my obligatory breakfast fry-up, along with a Cornish pasty, chicken and mushroom pie, and fish and chips along the way.

I attended my dear friend's wedding at the Orangery in Holland Park.  Such a fun and intimate celebration.  Congratulations again F+R!

The sun came out on our last day and I spent a glorious morning in Regent's Park with my family.  My two year old nephew requested a boat ride, so we rented two paddle boats for a spin around the lake.  This was topped off with a stroll through the annual Marylebone Summer Fayre.  A short and sweet trip to London.

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Saint Bartholomew the Great, London

I am fond of a venue with a bit of history.  Saint Bartholomew the Great is one of London's oldest churches.  I found a framed hand drawn map in the church, detailing the different parts of the church and when they date back to.  Check out the key below.  Yes....centuries.

The beautiful architecture means it has appeared in a long list of films - Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, The End of the Affair, Elizabeth and The Other Boleyn Girl.  Most recently Snow White and the Huntsman was filmed there.

It is a really special venue for an intimate wedding.

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Borough Market

New York has lots of museums, but I sometimes forget to take advantage of what is right around the corner.  It takes a flight across the Atlantic Ocean for me to get to a museum.  I visited the Saatchi Gallery earlier this week and the Natural History Museum today.  It was the exhibit for the annual wildlife photographer of the year.  I really wish that exhibit had New York as part of its tour.  The images are incredible.

Then I was off to Borough Market, a place I went to regularly when I lived in London.  Whenever I am travelling, eating the local food is one of my greatest pleasures and going to the local market is not far behind.  Borough Market is full of excellent British produce and International fare.

The restaurant Roast overlooks Borough market.  Any restaurant connected to a market is often worth a visit, and this was a great example.

Deep-fried whitebait with tartare sauce and lemon.

Goosnarch chicken legs with baked potato and winter mushrooms.

Mulled Bramley apple, cranberry and almond crumble with English custard.  Almost all my school dinners in Cambridge had pudding smothered in custard, so eating custard brings back childhood memories for me.  This was a much tastier, vanilla speckled version, compared to what I remembered!

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Proper Fish and Chips

Good eating continued today!   I stopped by Fish Works on Marylebone High Street for lunch.

A fish monger in the front and a fish restaurant at the back

I had the beer battered cod and chips.  The fish had a great crust and the meat was cooked perfectly.  The chips were proper fat chips, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  Perfect for soaking up the malt vinegar on the side (skinny fries just can't do this effectively).  It came with mushy peas, which I thought might make me feel a bit better about myself, getting in one portion of vegetables.  However the mushy peas tasted so good, that I'm sure there was a decent amount of butter in it.  Ahh well.  Really tasty stuff.  I might have to go back for one more visit before I leave.

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Visit to London

After landing in London last night, I grabbed a Cornish pasty before getting getting some shut eye.  This morning, I had breakfast at an amazing French bakery Paul, one of my favourite places.  A cappuccino and a ham and emmental croissant was the perfect start to my day.

I lived in the Cambridge for eleven years and London for two years, so I have many fond memories of the UK.  I liked hearing the many accents as I walked around London.  It has been a while since I heard "innit?".  It made me smile.

It was great catching up with my friends today.  I had a full english breakfast for lunch at Kopapa.  Dinner was at the restaurant at St John Hotel (Fergus Henderson is known for Nose to Tail Eating).  For breakfast tomorrow I picked up some crumpets.  Nothing like toasted crumpets with real butter.  I really should have worked out more before this trip.

London is such a beautiful city.  It feels good to be back for a week.

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