The last few weeks seem to have been absolutely crazy for no particular reason – so apologies for the lack of posts (again!) I seem to have been on a bit of a tour of London establishments of all kinds recently, so I thought I’d share a mishmash of where I’ve been…
The Breakfast Club, Hoxton
Four words: Cinnamon apple french toast. Enough said.
The Horniman Museum, Forest Hill.
I spent an afternoon here with the Frans – a museum originally curated by Frederick John Horniman in Victorian Times, who opened his house to visitors to view his eclectic collection of artefacts from around the world. The museum features an insane collection of musical instruments, an aquarium (for a small fee) and a vast collection of taxidermy, presented as a story of evolution. The museum is almost entirely free and has a beautiful gardens to take a wander around (you can even pet a sheep, in LONDON!)
We then decided to take a quick gander at Forest Hill’s shops and local Farmer’s market…
and the sweet shop.
Our wander was swiftly followed by one of Freidy’s famous lunches – this time featuring poached eggs, parmesan shavings, pistachios, salami, peppers and asparagus, all piled on salad leaves and with some gorgeous focaccia we bought at the local market for dipping.
I am officially a Forest Hill convert!
One of my favourite places in London, Borough Market has recently completely reopened after an extended refurbishment, and boy, didn’t the world know it. It was the most packed I have ever seen – many of the ‘greats’ had hundred people long queues, so we chanced it on a pulled pork hot dog with coleslaw. Looked pretty horrendous, tasted pretty good. Never judge a book by it’s cover and all that…
Was spent eating this badboy and discussing what we would do if we won the lottery… a perfect Sunday.
(Perfect beef wellington cooked my big brother, alas I cannot take the credit.)
The Natural History Museum
Andy and I decided to take an afternoon off in the week together to do something cultural – and much like our 8 year old selves would have done, we decided to go see the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.
I’d forgotten how ridiculously cool dinosaurs are.
Ping, Earls Court
Ping Pong really seems to be having it’s moment right now – having been to Bounce in Holborn for Andy’s birthday last year and loving every second of it, Ping was decided upon for a RAG girls mid week catch up.
First of all we caught up over a pizza (sadly no photo) which was deeelicious and only £8. You really can’t go wrong with that!
Then the main event – WIFF WAFF! Ping don’t charge to play (compared to the £26/hour charge in Bounce, I was practically on cloud nine) and you just need to reserve a time slot when you turn up.
A great night was had by all…. except maybe Fliss and VB cos they lost. Mwahaha!
Andy and his housemates moved out this weekend, which called for an epic send off – involving some punch, bottles caps, and a lot of whooping. Think beer pong, but with some dodgy peach tinged punch and Sainsbury’s basics white cups. Not quite the American frat party dream, but amazing fun nevertheless.
Lunch at Brinkleys, Fulham
Fliss hired a private room for her birthday lunch, which featured a roaring open fire – absolutely ideal considering it was about a degree outside! The lunch followed the punch pong evening so photos are a bit lacking. However I highly recommend Brinkleys, the food was lovely (there’s a poor attempt at capturing my sticky toffee pudding below) and the private room doesn’t cost anything to hire – you just need to fill it with your nearest and dearest.
For Fran’s birthday we had an evening at Bloomsbury Bowl – a vintage bowling alley in, you guessed it, Bloomsbury. Sadly we didn’t bowl (the lanes were booked until midnight and by that point we just wanted to boogie) but luckily there was some table football action. And there’s always room for competitive sports on birthdays…
Andy loves a good photobomb…
Happy birthday Fliss, Happy mother’s day Mama Wood, Happy birthday Fran, and Aspenlea Road crew – I’ll never forget the good times, let the next adventure begin!