Sunday, February 1, 2009

Another weekend in London

We just returned from a short weekend break in London. While we can go to London just for the day, we decided to take the weekend and stay there this time. It was a nice little get away and we of course relished all of the great food options the city has to offer!  
We stayed in the Mayfair neighborhood on Park Lane at the Grosvenor House (JW Marriott). Great hotel if you are in the market for a nice hotel in London!  It is located very close to the US Embassy in London actually. 
Upon our arrival, we checked into our hotel and then shopped for a while...ultimately heading in the direction of the Marleybone neighborhood so we could have a late lunch at our favorite cheese shop - La Fromagerie. Although we smelled a bit like feet after leaving the pungent cheese shop, we both agree that it is the best lunch we've tried since we have been on this side of the pond. 
The outside of the cheese shop and cafe. Such a pretty sight from the street.
The menu for Saturday. We ordered a cheese plate of the day, a meat plate, and the recommended wines to enjoy with the plates. The gouda was my favorite cheese on the plate!
The tasting cafe inside the shop. There is a large table with communal seating which is where we ate on Saturday. 
Once we left La Fromagerie and walked back towards Oxford Street, I stumbled upon this shop and was SO excited....
VV Rouleaux is the name of the shop.
As you can see from their store front window, they specialize in ribbons. Hundreds of ribbons in satins, grosgrains, velvets, woven types, and more are inside this store. I could have spent hours touching the fabrics and looking at the colors but of course I did not want to bore Scott to tears, so I left after about 20 minutes of browsing. Next time I am in London by myself, I will go back there.
Saturday evening we attended the early performance of Avenue Q at the Noel Coward Theater. Afterwards, we met some friends who live in London for a delicious thai dinner in the South Kensington neighborhood. It was nice to have a leisurely dinner in the city and not have to worry about catching our train back north to go home! 
The Avenue Q signage in front of the Noel Coward Theater.
This morning we enjoyed a tasty breakfast and then hit Harrods, the High Street, and some other stores to do some more browsing and shopping. 
Scott on the street in front of Harrods. 
On our drive home this afternoon, we hit about a 20 minute patch of a snow storm, just north of Oxford. The snow has not stuck to the ground by our house, but the weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow is predicting snow fall, which has everyone here in a tizzy. Let's hope it doesn't come close to the snow Chicago has had this winter! (sorry, but we have enjoyed the escape from such a brutal winter there). 

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