London is one of those cities that I keep returning to and continue to love.
Every time I go back, I ask myself, “Could you set up home here?” … I’ll miss my family and friends, but it would be so easy to love and live in London. It’s such a brilliant city with a never-ending list of things to do, places to discover, delicious grub, and so much character.
We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and were warmly greeted by the lovely Jo and Kai at Jo’s brother’s apartment where we were putting up for a few weeks. I was delirious with exhaustion and jetlag and wasn’t much company during dinner I’m afraid… Sorry Jo!
The next morning, we headed to Spitalfields Market, ravenous and looking for a good British breakfast.
To our elation, we realized St John Bakery was right opposite Spitalfields – and it was open for breakfast.
Spotted this spiffy gentleman complete with green tweed suit and boater! Money shot.
It’s a really simple, beautiful environment. Wood, tiles, steel, white, airy.
The breakfast we had mirrored the environment too – the simplest things, elevated to perfection. Bread, honey and butter. And a bacon sandwich.
THE best bacon sandwich I’ve ever had, by the way. And hat’s saying quite a bit for someone who usually doesn’t go for bacon (give me sausages any day and I’ll take those instead). But this bacon sandwich … fluffy buttered thick toast, smoky fragrant bacon, and homemade tomato sauce on the side.
I still daydream of this meal, 2 months later.
But the eating had only just begun.
We next headed to Covent Garden to catch our Matilda Sunday matinee show. A quick fuel-up pre-show at this charming cafe consisted of a veggie quiche and iced coffee.
Matilda was a stunning show with lots of great ensemble numbers. I am a huge fan of the Roald Dahl book, and sort of identify with Matilda. But I was a little let-down by the girl playing Matilda during that particular show. She wasn’t quite as engaging as some of her other peers, and since she is the protagonist, it made it that much more challenging to connect to the overall story. The Aldwych Theatre is also rather old, grubby, and super stuffy. It was so warm! Nonetheless still happy I caught it.
After the show, we wanted a spot of shopping and easy walking-around. Alas, everything closed by 5 or 6pm on Sunday so we were forced to eat, yet again.
The Five Guys burger queue wasn’t that long, so we joined in, hoping to see what the fuss was.
The burgers were good, fries so-so – but still a good quick meal in the cool and sunny afternoon breeze. I’d say… have a go if the queue’s manageable but not worth an hour’s wait. :-)
On Tuesday, we caught A Chorus Line with last-minute tickets. So glad we did, because it was one of my top 3 favourite musicals we watched this trip! I was mesmerized from start to end. So brilliantly acted, danced, sung – simply a masterpiece.
Here we are, beaming after the show.