Four corners of London

I was delighted to welcome two of my dear Swedish colleagues to London for the weekend. I always enjoy the opportunity to explore my city with the eyes of a visitor, as it gives me the chance to stop to recognise all the beauty that exists in my own neighbourhood, and this was certainly no exception.

Before setting out to take on the town, we had an unconventional start, as my friend decided that it was the perfect time to shave her head, proving the old adage: “Any decisions you make before breakfast while drinking wine are good ones” [Definitely not an old adage. Possibly still true].

Even though we skipped the classic tourist destinations, we still ventured into all four corners of the city (to varying degrees).

NORTH

After giant cups of coffee in Highgate Village, we went for a tour of the Highgate Cemetery, the beautiful and serene resting place of many famous, infamous, and assorted folks. DSC_2402.jpgDSC_2410.jpgDSC_2420.jpgDSC_2425.jpgDSC_2430.jpgDSC_2432.jpgDSC_2434.jpgDSC_2452.jpgOn our wander through Waterlow Park, the Swedish dwellers were bursting with enthusiasm at the sight of spring flowers, and proceeded to frolic with glee. DSC_2459.jpgDSC_2462.jpgDSC_2463.jpgDSC_2465.jpgDSC_2468.jpg

WEST

I am usually not on top of the trendy happenings in this teaming, cool city, but every now and then I venture into the cool parts of town after dark. We headed to Soho to enjoy a bit of what the west part of central London had to offer, stopping at a few pubs and cocktail bars on our way to dance the night away. IMG_8257.JPGIn case you were wondering, THIS is what a scientist looks like: FullSizeRender.jpg

EAST

Sunday dawned rainy, sunny, windy, then rainy again, so we decided to brave the variable elements to explore Shoreditch. DSC_2471.jpgThis is the first time I made it to the Columbia Road Flower Market, and it did not disappoint. It was REALLY crowded with people (so not really the leisurely stroll through stalls of beautiful plants that instagram would make you believe), but as you pushed through the people, you could drink in the stunning displays of succulents, tulips, lavender, orchids, and other plants of every description. DSC_2473.jpgDSC_2475.jpgDSC_2477.jpgDSC_2476.jpgDSC_2482.jpgWe also got a few moments to enjoy the unusual and artistic side of the east end, which was lovely. DSC_2483.jpgDSC_2485.jpgDSC_2487.jpgDSC_2488.jpg

SOUTH

From Shoreditch, we wandered through central London and across the river. DSC_2491.jpgThe weather manically swung from sunny and bright to bitter wind, driving rain, to even hail! We had to pause for shelter a few times on our way south. DSC_2497.jpgThe sun peaked out just a bit as we got to the Thames: just enough to make Tower Bridge gleam in the distance.DSC_2498.jpgDSC_2501.jpgOne final stop before we headed back home was to sip chili hot chocolate at Rabot 1745. Creamy. Rich. Magic.  IMG_8272.JPGMy guests surprised me with a stunning bouquet of spring cheer, so even as they head back to Stockholm, I can keep a bit of this magical weekend blooming in my heart. DSC_2510.jpgNow it’s time for tea, biscuits, and bed.

Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

xo

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2 thoughts on “Four corners of London

  1. Oh yes we had a great weekend. Yeah it sprinkled a lot of rain too but then the sun came back out to play…
    And Mel’s just started his Metro series – he’s exploring the area around each train station – one a week. Perhaps someday he can write about it!

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