I absolutely love weekends away, whether it’s just staying away at a friend’s or a little city break, there are few things better than turning off your work computer and realising you don’t have to think about anything at all for the next few days.
If you follow me on twitter ( @ASoSblog – if not, why not?!) or Insta, then you’ll have seen all about my latest Mother & Daughter adventure to London last weekend.
We had originally booked the trip to go and watch Beach Rugby but ended up doing all sorts! So here are a few of the things we got up to and where to find them…
My mum LOVES markets and she’d never been to Portobello Road, so of course as soon as we stepped off the train we had to go. It’s a long street filled with tiny little stalls and quirky shops that sell everything from chicken katsu (which tasted amazing!!) to fresh fruit, clothes and antiques. It’s busy but there are plenty of little cafes along the street where you can stop if things feel too much and grab a fresh juice or some hot food. We stopped at a little juice stall that is outside one of the shops, where you can watch the owner hand-make juices using fresh ingredients laid out in front of you. We also tried a stall that sold pizza slices and croissants – they were huge portions and definitely defeated us! They also have lots of souvenir shops, where you can pick up ‘I love London’ goodies.
Now this is something we stumbled upon by accident, after finding Street Feast ( http://streetfeast.com/ ) on twitter we decided to head towards Shoreditch (yet another place we had never been) and try Dinerama – best decision ever! Its free entry before 7pm then £3 afterwards, set in an open top courtyard with lots of different food and drink stalls, you are spoiled for choice. After doing a few laps (and seeing some famous faces enjoy their drinks!) we decided on Grilled Peach Massaman curry from Farang and it was so good! We finished the night with a rainbow cocktail and a vodka slush under the fairy lights while we listened to the music. The atmosphere in this place is amazing and everyone is dressed differently, with some obviously coming straight from work and others more casual, yet nobody is bothered – it’s all about good food and good times. Definitely somewhere to grab a group of friends and check out – there’s an upstairs bar that we didn’t get to see, so we are just going to have to go back!
London Beach Rugby #LBR16
I stumbled upon LBR last year when visiting a friend and boy, was I glad ! The team at LBR take over Finsbury Square and fill it with sand while teams (usually corporate or clubs but we did see a stag do – all in speedos!) compete over two days. Each year LBR fundraise for different charities, with this year seeing them support the London Air Ambulance. Its free to go and watch and you can buy drinks and food to keep you going – but please visit the Pimms stall and Sugar Dumpling! It’s an incredibly chilled atmosphere and they always seem to strike lucky with the sunshine and while the teams are competitive it’s always filled with laughter and the music blasting, giving it more of a party atmosphere. If you like rugby (or those who play it – amen !) or just fancy something different in the concrete jungle, its only here once a year so go go go!
Yet another place we found by accident – I was on the hunt for a Wagamamas what can I say! This place is super cool! It’s a HUGE market filled with handmade jewellery, food stalls and lots of little trinkets. It’s surrounded by amazing shops such as Urban Decay, Benefit, Tiger and of course restaurants such as Wagamama and Gormet Burger Kitchen to keep you going after an afternoon of shopping. Just a side note – I adore Wagamama and if you come here it’s on the top floor so you can over look the stalls -perfect if like people you love a bit of people watching!
I love love love Camden and I don’t think I could say anything that would sum up how amazing it is. We dedicated our whole last day of our trip to explore here, because there is literally that much to see. We started the day in the amazing Cereal Killer Cafe in the market (word of advice – book a table in advance, the queue is HUGE !) , we had ‘Trife up your life’ (filled with jelly, cream and hundreds of thousands) and ‘Shooty Shooty Bang Bang’ (complete with nutella, magic stars and popping candy) – the waiter was lovely and the food tasted great, can’t recommend enough. Then it was a full day of shopping, getting to see the amazing stalls and then of course a visit up and down the high street to call into the millions of shops. We ended the day with a trip to Morrocan Essentials for some freehand henna, which I am beyond in love with!
So that’s it, three days filled with amazing food and probably far too much shopping. It was great to have a break and try lots of new things but more importantly have a rest from my anxiety. London is incredibly busy which would normally make me feel worse, but we filled it with everything we loved and the great thing about London is no one cares how you dress or what you like to do because everyone is different – sometimes I felt like wearing full make up and dressing up – others I just put on my oversized tea and sunnies and still felt like I fitted in.
Hopefully you’ve found something new that you might try when you’re in London, let me know on twitter if you try any of these or if there is anywhere you think we might like on our next visit!