This post is a bit later than planned but after a few busy weeks at work and Porto last weekend I was in desperate need of two days involving as little activity as possible and, Friday night hangover aside, it’s been great.
Yesterday, I took a trip to Iver for a friend’s birthday celebration and strolled past the peaceful Grand Union canal as it stretches past the M25, it’s even calmer than Little Venice! Today, James and I had a nice long walk to Morden Hall Park finding new places in the local area, followed by hot chocolates and cookies at home. I’m about to dig into a roast dinner (thanks M&S for taking out 50% of the cooking effort) with apple crumble for dessert. Whilst I love exploring London, there’s something about those simple weekends you just can’t beat.
As I’ve finally got a good stretch of weekends in London coming up, there’s no doubt I’ll be ready to get out and about soon. So instead of succumbing to Sunday blues, I’m holding on to the weekend feeling a little longer and contemplating what I’ll be getting up to over the weekends to come.
Forest, Selfridges Rooftop – Selfridges have had a successful series of pop ups hosted in its rooftop restaurant, so when their next one popped into my inbox I was certainly intrigued. Cosy meals and hot cocktails sound like the perfect recipe for an cold night dinner date.
108 Pantry – James Bond Afternoon tea – Whilst I’m not really a James Bond fan, since my last afternoon tea was so long ago I can’t remember when it was, I’m always open to new places to try afternoon tea. The menu highlights for me from this temporary menu would be the sweet chocolate, raspberry and honeycomb mini martini and the ginger brandy snap cigar with passion fruit and chilli cream. Yum.
Brown Hart Gardens – An urban rooftop garden surrounded by West London’s red brick buildings, how have I never heard of this place before? Thanks goes to A Lady in London for bringing it to my attention.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition – Truly the most stunning collection of photography of the year. I never fail to be amazed and intrigued at how close these photographers get to some of the most beautiful creatures in the world. I haven’t managed to get to this exhibition for the last couple of years, as it only opened this week I’m thinking of booking an evening late session in before it passes me by again.
The Gate – James and I are often drawn to places offering endless meat choices but I’m always open to trying more vegetarian dishes. After reading Emma’s review on this vegetarian restaurant, it looks like a great place to challenge my tastebuds.
The Zetter Group Cocktail Masterclasses – I still haven’t been to The Zetter Townhouse Cocktail Lounge and thought a masterclass would be a fun excuse to get down there. I’m also wondering if it could make a great Christmas present (assuming that there’s new dates in 2016 due!).
Elf the musical – I’m not ready to buy Christmas cards or presents just yet, but as tickets tend to sell out in London pretty quickly I’m definitely starting to think about getting festive things booked in. Elf is one of those festive films I have to watch each year and I reckon the musical could be a lot of fun.
Pavillion Park – A tasty brunch with Victoria Park as your surroundings, it’s not surprising that this cafe has been mentioned in a few blog posts I’ve read recently.
Free Range People – Like Jaime (writer of Angloyankophile) I’m definitely up for weekday treats and if I worked in Covent Garden instead of Paddington I’d be taking up her recommendation for this lunch spot pretty quickly. Looks like I’ll have to wait for a weekend treat instead!
Labour and Wait – I don’t mention London’s boutique shops that often but as my mind starts to turn to Christmas and the challenge of buying something different for friends and family I’ve been buying presents for forever, I’m noting down anywhere different that comes across my path. This shop in Shoreditch looks like it could be a perfect place to buy nice homeware gifts.
Hope you’ve had a great weekend! If you’ve made any discoveries this weekend, don’t be afraid to share them in the comments box below!