December has been manic (as you can probably tell by the lack of posts!) but it has been amazing to be able to spend it in London. Plus it means that Christmas is coming soon – always a good thing!
The month started out quite badly as the weekend in Budapest that I had planned with the boy was cancelled due to Budapest airport being closed down from a fire. After the long, miserable day at Stansted airport and any refunds looking unlikely, we decided to make a weekend of it in London instead. We had a great time mooching along Southbank, visiting the chocolate festival and tasting samples galore at Borough Market – I urge everyone to go to Borough Market at some point for some really amazing and rare food (springbok burger, anyone?).
This month I also went to the Bounce ping pong club near Holborn for the first time which was a new experience for me but seems pretty popular in London.
I love Christmas decorations at the best of times and London has been especially beautiful – Covent Garden is always decked nicely and window displays like those at Harrods are pretty special.
Last weekend one of my good friends from back home visited and we went out at The Kensington Roof Gardens which is a stylish (and pretty pricey!) club on Kensington High Street before heading the next day to The Breakfast Club in Soho for brunch. The Breakfast Club has become really popular thanks to great word of mouth so there is usually a queue; we waited for about 20 minutes before getting a table, though some larger groups were waiting for about 45 minutes to an hour. The inside was quite small, slightly shabby and a bit cramped – I was in front of a stock pile of drinks which the waiters sometimes squeezed in behind whilst my friend had cutlery dropped on her by the waiters twice – but in all fairness the food was AMAZING. I opted for the smoked salmon and poached eggs on toast which is definitely the best that I’ve ever eaten, while my friend had pancakes with maple syrup/bacon/scrambled eggs. I would definitely recommend a visit purely for the food, though I have heard the branches in Islington and Angel are slightly bigger.
We also had a Christmassy trip to Liberty’s and ice skated next to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. This is definitely a lot less touristy than the rink at Somerset House, is set in a stunning location and if you go at night there are hardly any children.