Kensington and beyond
26.09.2013 - 29.09.2013 15 °C
26/9/13 We arrived in London, jet lagged, a little confused about what next.
After meandering our way through UK border control we came out into arrivals. I was looking at the faces waiting at the gate and all of a sudden I registered a curly haired red head waving her arms at me!! It was my dear friend Lisa such a nice surprise!! After being whisked off to a cafe and being given sustenance we embarked on our journey on the tube to our hotel. Lisa walked us through the Oyster card purchase. Then travelled part of the way with us to our destination. Such a wonderful thing in our jet lagged States!!
We arrived at the Glouster Road tube stop, walked up to the Marriott Hotel.
Warm greeting, whisked up to our room, lovely room, except it looked at a brick wall.
Off to the tube again to take Paul to his surprise lunch. Jamie Olivers Covent Garden restaurant. Jamie never ceases to amaze, great price, atmosphere and wonderful food. Foods together that you wouldn't think of.
We walked back along the road to Piccadilly Circus and then decided just too tired to see straight, off to the hotel for a short sleep.
When we awoke, we ate the food Paul had bought from Sainsburys. We decided to stay in and have an early night.
Today is our walking tour of London free from Sandemans Tours, (highly recommended). We met at Hyde Park, Wellingtons Monument, lots of tours, spanish or English. Our tour guide was a young amateur actress. Very informative, we walked down through Hyde Park, stopping for tales of Wellington and his "walks through the garden" . To the front of Buckingham Palace, to watch the changing of the guard. Along to Charles and Camilas residence to see more soldiers march past. Around to Trafalgar Square to see the Blue Cock, which is a thumb up at the French. Around Westminster and the houses of Parliament. Finishing with a pub lunch.
From there we caught the tube back to the V & A Museum, we only got through three rooms as we ran out of time to meet up with Lisa for High Tea at the Ritz.
Amazing High Tea at the Ritz. Breath takingling beautiful surroundings. Silver service, chandeliers, morning dress waiters, little sandwiches, delectable cakes and scones with jam and clotted cream. Once in a lifetime.
Then on to a pub to catch up with one of Lisas friends for drinks for his birthday. A black cab ride to Lisas Apartment, more wine to be drunk then back to the hotel.
28/9/13 Jet lag is a wonderful thing for being up early. Today we head off to Portebello Road, Notting Hills to the markets.
Arrived at Portebello Road after wandering the streets down to the markets, not many people around as it was still early, stalls setting up. Massive pans of paella, cake stands, handbags, antiques, silver jewellery. We stopped for an English Breakfast in a little cafe at the end of the markets. By the time we decided to head back up the road, the place was teaming with people. All the stalls were open, delectable smells, lots of different accents. We passed a stall that had buckets of olives of all descriptions and cheese, that was it, Paul was in heaven. We got some cheese, and olives. Bread from a nearby vendor, which sold the most amazing smelling and looking bread. Onto my favourite, this stall that was bursting a the seams with cakes and tarts and cupcakes. Yuuummmmm.
On our way up the hill we found Jamies Diner, we were meant to be eating our little booty of food we had purchased but Jamie beckoned we stopped and had some lunch overlooking the hordes of people heading to the markets.
Back on the Tube a wander through central London to see Selfridges as we have been watching the series. A little retail therapy for myself.
Back to the hotel to change for Lisas 40th Birthday party. Many hours later, many glasses of wine for Paul we caught a cab back to the hotel.