Yet another wonderful weekend spent around this city of ours. London, you really have outdone yourself. Friday night we headed over to Lates at the Natural History Museum. I have noticed many of the museums have “Lates” each month where they keep everything open late, serve cocktails and food, and set a perfect scene for an evening. Michael and Kate joined us for the evening as we shared a pitcher of Pimms and looked at all the dinosaurs and whales.
We had the perfect day on Saturday. It was a slow morning in our flat sipping our coffee and looking out over Trafalgar Square. After breakfast we went for a nice little run through Hyde Park and made our way back through Green and St. James Park. A practice parade for Trooping the Colour was occurring so I even caught a glimpse of my favorite red uniforms with the furry hats and learned a bit of a history lesson from a new sweet little old man watching the parade. We finally made our way home for some lunch before biking over to Notting Hill. I’d say we are finally getting the hang of Boris Biking around (kind of). Sometimes my jacket flies off my bike and almost gets run over in the middle of the road which can create a bit of a scare. Nevertheless, we made it alive and well to the land of colorful houses. All the heart eyes emojis for Notting Hill.
Also, all the heart eyes for Ben’s elbow pads.
On to Portobello Road market to peruse the trinkets, antiques and tea sets.
The ever so popular Notting Hill Bookshop made for a lovely stop. I can appreciate a nice bookshop. Our bookshop plan generally is as follows: Ben beelines it to the history/ non fiction section, I head straight over the to fiction, design, and picture books, we meet back up at the travel section and end with London books.
An afternoon snack was in order and we knew we found the perfect spot when we passed by Kitchen and Pantry. Freshly pressed juices, smoothies, coffee, and the best looking treats were all on the menu.
After gulping down my freshly pressed juice (it was realllyy good) we walked through a few of the neighbourhoods before hopping back on our trusty bikes. The white and pastel houses with perfectly kept flowers are to die for. I tried to peak into a few of the windows as we passed by. Creepy? Maybe.
A little pit stop in Hyde Park (so we don’t go over our 30 min mark). I’ve grown very fond of Hyde these past few weeks. If only the weather would stay warm so we could play a bit more!
We ended our Saturday watching the football match (see how well we have adjusted? calling soccer football and all) at a local pub and dinner at home.
Sunday morning marked one whole year together. My most favorite year with my most favorite person. Therefore, we brunched. Apparently, it’s the best way we know how to celebrate. I had been eyeing Chiltern Firehouse for awhile and we were able to make a reservation for Sunday morning! This place has become quite the hotspot recently and now I most certainly know why. (I felt a little bit cooler for eating at a restaurant that Lily Allen, Kate Moss, Simon Cowell, Linsday Lohan, and David Beckham have dined at.)
Holy french toast and pancakes. Drooling. So good. You must go. Ben topped (smothered) his buttermilk pancakes with maple crème fraîche and fresh blueberries and my french toast was paired with bacon and some sort of spread that I have no idea what is in but must have the recipe immediately.
Ben, I just love ya.
Oh how I live for these London weekends. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our first anniversary than frolicking around this city, brunch, and time with Ben.