Today I was headed to London! I had breakfast and then took off for the train station. The ride was only 2 hours to London and I mostly slept. Once there, I took some time just to relax and re-pack my bag before meeting up with some friends who happened to be visiting London as well (thanks to social media for informing me). I walked to dinner down this super cool street (Brick Lane) lined with vintage shops and trendy eats, a very hipster area. Dinner was at a place we at was called Dirty Bones and after eating nothing but a bag of chips that day I was super excited about the menu! I ordered a fried chicken sandwich with spicy aioli and we split skinny fries (turns out you don’t get skinny by eating them). We also split a bottle of Rose despite one of my friends saying he gets canker sores from rosé (we ordered him some salt water just in case). It was one of their birthdays so we also had a surprise dessert with a candle. I have never heard a restaurant participate as much as this one in the birthday song, the place was erupting in song! Turns out they probably sang so loud to get the same in return, because there was another birthday girl there. Michael was a little bummed to have to share the spotlight 😉
We had post dinner drinks at their hotel’s rooftop which included more rosé, a tasty one called whispering angel. I was brought up to date on the latest slang back home. Apparently saying ‘same’ is a thing…. but we are going to say mutual instead since we’re ‘across the pond’.
The next morning I went to Covent Garden. I had plans to meet up with a friend who I met on my very first stop, Australia. She took me to a smoothie place in Neal’s Yard. It was fun to catch up and actually fulfill the promise we made to meet up on her home turf! It as also nice talking with someone who recently returned home to see how they found it. We stuck around Covent Garden for awhile and then walked over to SoHo where we had some tea and a donut. It wasn’t high tea, but I had done that the last time I was in London.
As a big fan of comedy, I was now in a country where I could understand the comedy, so I found a place that had open mic tonight. It was at a pub called the Miller which had great vegan burgers and a wide selection of beer. The show was free and lasted about 2 hours. It was actually Improv and sketches and was hilarious. I always am in such a good mood after a funny show.
The last few days had a lot of walking, but also a lot of eating and my body craved a good run. So on Wednesday, I woke up early and ran 2.5 miles. When I got back, I headed to a cafe and wrote on my laptop some more. Two iced lattes later, Amber joined me and we went to Borough Market. The first thing I bought to eat was meringue. I had never tried it before, and while it looks cool, it was too sugary for me. Next, I had Pad Thai, which landed high in my ranking system at a 7.5. Then, I tried an oyster without any sauce on it. The vendor said it was so good it didn’t need it, and I have to admit he was right! The market was fun to walk around, but I became full so quickly!
The day was nice, so we went to read in the park, but by the time we got there it actually cooled down a lot. We headed back and I packed my bags to check into my hostel that night. I loved this hostel because although it was older, it was super cozy and family run. My room was right next to the bathroom so it was almost like I had an ensuite :p It was located in Earl’s Court which is a busy area. It had a lot of good food options nearby and I picked on that had a dining room behind a pub, called Blackbird. I ordered the steak pie and it was better than I expected. It was a generous serving and I ate everything on my plate. I ended watching some netflix and then facetimed some family and friends back home so didn’t get to bed until 1am!