It was sooooo good to come home again. I had a wonderful week in London, but this is where I belong, where my heart lives. Also these guys… ❤
So…….. woke up with an eensy hangover after the excesses of my very full-on Friday. But after a shower, and some juice and yoghurt, I felt ready to once again get ON THE BUS and head over to meet Tim @biltawulf at José in Bermondsey. And then suddenly it was Sherry O’clock and we were off. The main plan for the afternoon was to (finally!) have lunch at 40 Maltby Street, but first we took a stroll through the Market. You may recall my first ever visit to Maltby Street Market, during which I fell in love with the place, meeting several of the vendors and spending an amazing afternoon chatting with everyone. A return visit a year later was less happy, as the market was over-crowded and felt less personal. So I wasn’t sure what to expect this time.
I had been looking forward to this ever since Thane @thaneprince got tickets for the Sorolla exhibit a few weeks ago. The first of its kind in London since 1908. So I got up extra early to be sure I was on my bus by 9.00 am, and I arrived at the National Gallery right on time. Phew! The exhibit was exquisite. And afterwards we had a treat in store as Thane had booked us for an early lunch at the fabulous Lao/Thai/Mekong pop up by JeoJeo at Sun and 13 Cantons in Soho.
The only plan I had for Thursday was dinner at Quality Chop House with Jo @missbishopsgate & Mark @inkjockey who, to my surprise, had never been to QC before. But I had a whole afternoon to fill before then and decided to make my way over to Old Spitalfields Market. I asked Audrey @audreygillan if she knew of a good place for a light brunch in that area (her neighbourhood) and she suggested the recently opened Buxton Pub. And it was lovely. The grilled asparagus with stracciatella and scotch egg were more than enough to see me through until dinner time.
Day three in London was supposed to be a long-awaited meal at Darjeeling Express with Stephen, Sara and her parents, but due to this and that it ended up being just me and Stephen. Not ideal, in terms of variety, for sharing plates of Indian food. Luckily Michael @renoirspanishguides had been in touch and was up for lunch, so after a quick beer o’clock with S at Hawksmoor in Air Street, we all met up at Darjeeling Express. I had never met Michael in person before – another Twitter pal meeting!