This weekend gave me a real kind glimpse of what is to come in this city. Sunshine and the hustle and bustle of locals and tourists were sky high this weekend. Temperatures were in the upper 50s and lower 60s all weekend and if you closed your eyes and looked up you actually felt the sun on your face. Glorious.
Friday after work we headed to Hammersmith to check out a historic pub, The Dove, to meet up with some friends, Michael and Kate. So fun to meet up with them and explore a new part of town. I am definitely looking forward to heading back during the day to stroll along the river and check out some of the other areas!
Saturday morning was a slow morning. My favorite kind, filled with coffee and the sun rising. Saturday was quite possibly the most beautiful day we’ve had in awhile. I think all of London was spending the day outside. (I got a slight glimpse of what our front “yard” is going to be like for the next couple of months as the weather gets nicer and tourists flock in… very, very crowded).
I hopped on a bus around noon to head toward Shoreditch. Hope and I saw that a new pop up had just opened up and it was calling our name in a drastic way. I present you with Porridge Cafe.
Simple and perfect on the inside with great London art, white walls, and quite the vibe.
In Hope and Carrie fashion we ordered a savory and sweet one to split down the middle.
For our savory we chose kale, mushroom, and pecorino and for the sweet we went with the dark chocolate, raspberry, and lime. Top of the line choices, although I am not sure you could possibly go wrong. Porridge Cafe certainly knows what they are doing, and I just found out they have a different menu each day. Even more of a reason to make my way back to try their banana, black currant, and peanut butter or the lemon, fennel, and mushroom.
A warm bowl of goodness with flavor is all I need. In other news, whoever imagined to pair lime with dark chocolate and raspberry I applaud you and would love to shake your hand.
Whilst we savored every last bite, we got to catch up and share travel stories. I got to hear about gelato, canals, and sunshine in Venice and I got to share Ben and I’s trip to Paris. In between travel stories we swooned over life and things of that sort and chuckled over comparing our fourth grade selves to now. Some things change, and some things truly don’t.
After lunch we headed to a little event with crazy trendy clothes by local designers. We perused the racks of clothes and snagged a few successful finds before heading down to check out some vintage shops nearby.
She is quite the stunner I tell you.
Yes, we wanted to look through the shops, but more importantly we wanted chocolate, and chocolate we got.
The perfect little lunch outing. Real thankful for Hope and getting to love London with her.
I took the long way home by turning down every little ally and path that caught my eye while soaking up every ray of sun I could. This city is going to be great fun this spring.