It’s official – I AM ON HOLIDAY FOR SIX WHOLE WEEKS!
One of the perks of being a teacher is six glorious weeks off during the summer, now ususally we jet off for the entire six weeks because we are lucky enough to have the same holidays as we work together but for the first time in five years I’m here in London and it feels weird. In recent years we have been to the Maldives, Italy, France, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, New Zealand, America and Greece during our summer break so being ‘stuck’ in London feels odd.
The reason why we are stuck here is because in March, my husband and I put in an offer on a flat and we are still waiting for the purchase to go through. The whole process is beyond frustrating and buying a flat is without doubt the most stressful experience of my life (even more than a wedding). We are hopefully very close to sealing the deal but because solicitors are the most difficult people to get in touch with and get answers from we are completely in limbo.
So this week whilst awaiting news we decided to hang around in London, something that neither of us have ever done and it’s actually been OK, well until it rained all day on Friday but I wouldn’t expect anything less from a London summer. So this is what we got up to this week.
Monday – PJ day! Our first official day off work was spent in PJ’s catching up on TV and relaxing.
Tuesday – Picnic at Hampstead Heath
This is without doubt our favourite park in London so Tuesday morning Dan made a picnic, I got my walking shoes on and we headed up the the Heath. We chose to go and sit by Kenwood House as you pretty much can’t get a more beautiful setting. I visited Kenwood House last year and it is well worth going and it is free! After our picnic we walked to Hampstead Village and then to Belsize Park. Tuesday was a beautiful sunny day and it was so nice to enjoy the sunshine.
Wednesday – Tate Modern and Borough Market
On Wednesday we jumped on the train to Blackfriers and walked along the Thames to the Tate Modern. I’ve visited this museum only a handful of times in the five years I’ve been here so it’s always nice to pop in because first of all it’s FREE and there is always something new. I’m not a huge art fan, especially modern art but I can appreciate it.
After getting our art fix we headed down the Thames to Borough Market. This place has never really appealed to me, every time I go there on the weekend it’s jam packed and I always find it awkward buying food and standing around eating it whilst getting barged but the last time we went there we found a great little wine bar so we popped back in there for a drink and some nibbles.
Bedales Wines is in between the street food section and the fresh food sellers and is a great little wine bar. We ordered a bottle of prosecco and some meats and cheese to share.
We then met a friend for drinks and dinner, we headed to a little favourite of ours – Vinopolis. Whenever we are in the area we pop in for a glass of wine. After a couple of drinks we went to Cafe Brood for a tapas dinner. I absolutely love tapas and to wash it all down I got some sangria (of course).
Thursday – Kings Cross to Camden to Kentish Town
I am very lucky to live close to the ever changing Kings Cross, every time I go down there it looks different and I am looking forward to what it’s going to look like in a few years once it’s all done. I went specifically for Kerb street food market as it is only open on week days so I’ve never had a chance to try.
It has recently moved to Lewis Cubbit Square from Granary Square (around the corner). It is a huge open space with water fountains and overlooks one of the iconic Kings Cross buildings. We shared some triple cooked chips with feta from The Grilling Greek and Dan went for a chicken pita. Both were delicious! There was a good variety of food to choose from and each day the food vendors change.
We then went down to our most favourite place in London – St Pancras. Last year we stayed here for our wedding night and also got our wedding photos done there so it’s pretty special. We booked ourselves into The St Pancras Renaissance for our upcoming one year wedding anniversary, we opted for the Chamber Rooms so we have access to breakfast, afternoon tea, pre dinner canapes, wine and beer throughout our stay. We are so excited about this little staycation.
We then walked along the canal from Kings Cross to Camden. This area is being totally re developed and it is looking much better than it has done, obviously the closer you get to Camden the scummier it gets but hey it’s Camden! I love Camden, having lived just a short walk for the last four years I feel really at home here.
We then walked back through Kentish Town and discovered an absolute gem of a cafe on Kentish Town Rd. Two Doors Down has been on my radar for awhile but i’ve never made it in. Because I’m not a coffee drinker (shock horror, I only like hot chocolates) I haven’t visited but Dan is very into his coffee. He bought some All press coffee and was very happy with his purchase.
There was one more stop for the day and it was Zing Zing just two doors down from two doors down (see what I did there?). It is a Chinese take out that opened about a year ago and I can confirm it was the BEST Chinese I’ve ever had. We literally couldn’t believe how tasty it was, it was so good I forgot to photograph it!
Friday – Holiday and London activities planning
If you were in London on Friday you know how miserable it was. It rained all day long so we spent the day in front of the laptop trying to plan some kind of holiday without being too far away from London in case we need to come back and sign documents.
So next week we are going to Somerset to visit Dan’s family and stop off in Bristol on the way. The following weekend we are staying at the Renaissance and then going up the Sky Garden which I have already visited and wrote about here but want to take Dan to visit.
Later that week we are flying to Biarritz in France before spending four nights in San Sebastian in Spain before finishing the trip in Bilbao. I managed to get two flights from Bilbao to London with my British Airways Avios for £15! We are then coming back to London for a day before flying out to Jersey to visit Dan’s sister for five nights.
I have then booked us into the Duck and Waffle for my pre birthday brunch before spending my birthday with friends at our local pub.
We hope somewhere in between our new flat will be finalised and we can move in.
Are you staying in London this summer? What are your plans?
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