Today started as almost all of our sundays in London do, the Columbia Road Flower Market. And it was fabulous, as it always is. But after that we didn't know what to do, because the weather was unbelievably wonderful. Notice that last sentence? People in London don't know what to do when the weather is nice... After some deliberation, we opted to explore Hyde Park. Then we discovered these rad bikes that you can rent. The rest is history. Wobbly cycling and all. We had a blast on this very beautiful Sunday in London.
We didn't have high hopes for today. Southern England is half under water and there was a wind storm last night that threatened to smash our windows out (at least thats what it sounded like). But the weather seemed to improve by morning and so we stuck to our original plan to go see the The Garden Museum on the south bank of the Thames River. The highlight of the museum was definitely the exhibit by Rebecca Louise Law where she hung flowers from the ceiling in the main hall. Here is a few of our favourite images from the day.
The London borough of Islington stole my heart. Islington is what I picture when I think of England. The buildings are smaller and older, built in the classic victorian architecture. It's so close to the city centre but has a great small town vibe. It has lots of independent shops and cafe's while Camden Passage is a treasure trove of vintage and antique boutiques. A must visit for sure.
Today we woke up to this kind of a day (see below). Literally could not be more opposite than yesterday.
Blue sky. Sun. and very little wind.
So we began the day thinking we would go to the Tower of London. and we did go the Tower of London, but then we didn't. It cost £21. Each. Forget it. We're poor. It was too sunny to spend the whole day in one dumb fort. So we took pictures of the outside and then proceeded to see as many of the outsides (because the outside doesn't cost money) of epic London buildings as we could. We saw Big Ben, Westminister Abbey, Westminister Palace, St. Pauls Cathedral and the London Eye.
Probably the highlight for me (Josh) was Fabrique. A swedish bakery that served us up a cinnamon bun and pain au chocolate respectively, alongside some tasty swedish coffee roasted by JOHAN & NYSTRÖM. It was worth the haul out to the hood of East London. If anyone would come and visit us, we could buy one of their loaves of bread that cost £10 (about $17.50 CAD) and are the size of a small child. epic.
Today was the first day of 2014 for us in London. We technically arrived yesterday, which is why I didn't say it was 'our first day in london'. But truth be told, our first day in London was pretty pathetic. We arrived at our apartment at 11am, walked to a greasy diner on our street, ate some food, came home for a 2hr nap which turned into a 5.5hr nap. Then wandered around the city with all the partying, drunk, londoners who are a bit grumpy when sauced.
Today was much better. We were feeling slightly less jet-lagged and so we met up with our friends Sean and Amie and we headed out to see the city a bit more. We started the day with a proper English breakfast (which in my opinion is not 'proper' at all, beans in tomato sauce, sausage, bacon, a fried egg, fried mushrooms, fried tomato and toast... it was rather un-proper for ones arteries), then we began to walk, an adventure that took up probably a third of our day. We walked and walked and walked and got lost and braved sideways rain and gusts of wind that made me wonder if London has a hurricane season. All our walking did have a purpose, we were headed to one of London's many free museums, the Natural History Museum. It was worth the two hour walk and the 45min wait in the rain to get in.
The architecture was marvellous. The taxidermy was incredible. The Skeletons were magnificent. And it was warm. And dry. We had a very happy time. These are some pictures from our day. Enjoy them.