If I had a pound for everytime I said ‘we should go to London more’, I’d be at least £50 up. We’ve got the enviable boast of having the best of both worlds. Countryside living less than 45 minutes from London. So, with a firm date in the diary, Mr J & I headed off into the big smoke.
We caught the train after a lovely lie in, and started as we meant to go on with pastries and coffees at a gorgeous little cafe just round the corner from Kings Cross. I often go past when I’m en route to work meetings and always want to go in, so today we did. Yum. Petite. French. Warm. Good.
We then wandered to the British Museum to soak up some culture. I’ve definitely been before when I was younger, but we’ve never been before as a duo. What an amazing building. It was fab, great mix of exhibits, just the right size to feel like you’ve seen plenty but with more to visit again. And best of all, free! We happily donated twenty quid on the way out – it was worth twice the price.
The weather had turned on us by this point – biting wind and that special brand of London drizzle, so we took shelter at The Brunswick and had lunch in Carluccios. The Brunswick is another little stop off I often head to when in London for work, it’s perfect for me – good little mix of shops and restaurants and 10 mins from the train station.
The weather still wasn’t great but we walked off lunch and headed to Upper Street for a mooch, desert and coffees. Buzzing as ever, Upper Street had plenty in the way of ‘rain shelters’ (aka shops) to keep us dry. We nipped in to Ottolenghi’s for a pudding, but the queue was enormous, so got puds to go. If you ever get the chance to eat there – do. Although be prepared to wait as there is a no reservations policy. There are no pictures of the puddings as we scoffed them before I remembered to take a snap! 🙂
A damp walk back to Kings Cross and we’re sold on monthly dates. Really fab to get out together and do something different. It’s starting to get expensive though – we saw about 8 bars and restaurants we definitely want to try. And thanks to a great Japanese exhibit at the museum we’re now planning a trip to Tokyo!