Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Another weekend in London

Scott had a meeting last Friday in London so we decided to capitalize on his location, and I met him in the city after his meeting and we stayed overnight so we could take in a show as well. 

While I had the afternoon to wander around the city myself, I found my way to Partridges grocery store. Yes, it is just a grocery store but they have a very special American food section so I wanted to stock up on more American items that I could not fit in my suitcase the other week....
After an afternoon of shopping for me, and a day of meetings for Scott, we were ready for a nice night out on the town! We ate an early dinner and then went to see Calendar Girls at the Noel Coward Theater. 
I took a photo of Scott in front of the theater and then said he could take my photo....but for whatever reason he could not take a clear shot! 
The clearest photograph he took of me! 
On Saturday we relished in the fact that we could spend the entire day with no schedule and so after an American breakfast at one of our favorite (overpriced) restaurants - Automat - we wandered the city....and ended up at Hamley's toy store.
This store is the most fabulous toy store with floors and floors of treasures! 
Scott was a bit hesitant to wander around a toy store, but then it was pretty clear he was in heaven upstairs in the "boy" sections once we were inside. 
I wanted to buy all of the plush, soft stuffed animals! 
After playing in the toy store, we caught the tube and headed towards the Borough Market. 
Scott riding the escalators up from the underground tube line.
The Borough Market entrance. 
I am not sure how in all of our time here in the UK so far, I have missed the Borough Market - frankly I knew nothing about it until someone back in the US mentioned it to me. I LOVED it! It is the most wonderful food market with all kinds of speciality stalls and vendors. I could have spent hours wandering the market, just inspecting every type of vendor there but since I was with Scott we spent only a few hours there, opposed to the entire day. 
Standing at the "entrance" of the market with the crowds of people everywhere. 
A pile of brownies at a bakery stand. 
Fall vegetables for sale and on display.
The largest pot of Chicken curry I have seen in a while! 
That same vendor who was selling chicken curry was also selling other stew type dishes. 
I was on a quest to find this vendor. It did not dissapoint. They sell these AMAZING toasted cheese sandwiches and some type of potato type dish with warm raclette cheese melted on top. 
I was on a mission to taste this toasted cheese sandwich. It was grilled in front of us on some type of griddle. There is cheese on the inside along with some type of relish (fresh, good relish), and then it even had cheese toasted on the outside of the bread. DELICIOUS! Sadly, it was partially wasted on us since we were SO full from our American breakfast earlier in the day...
I still ate almost every last bite of the cheese sandwich and it was delicious. I will most definitely be headed back to the Borough Market to pay a visit to this sandwich stall vendor again! 


Iota said...

Borough Market looks fantastic.

andrea said...

If you eat meat you need to try the chorizo sandwich at Borough Market, it is SO good. My son was 10 days old and we took him there because I was craving one :)

Anonymous said...

Ooh thanks for the heads up on Partridges, I'm close enough to London to get there occasionally and could try and check it out on my next visit!