I thought I’d post today about what I got up to on Saturday. The sun has been shining in the UK pretty much constantly for the past week, and it’s been so warm I’ve left the house without a jacket. This is usually unheard of in March, and consequently I’m relishing the opportunity to wear my sunnies and eat ice lollies. I still haven’t had my favourite of all time (a twister FYI), but I’m pretty sure that will all change in the next couple of days if this weather keeps up.
It was my brother’s big one-eight on Saturday, and my parents planned a day full of surprises for him. Some old family friends from America were visiting for the weekend, so after a lovely al fresco brunch where we enjoyed bacon and eggs, croissants and champagne (I know, decadence at it’s finest), we hopped on the train to London. There we met up with my aunt, uncle and cousins and visited an interesting museum about old operating theatres (think graphic pictures of sawing legs off – right up my bro’s street) before wandering around Borough Market and being tempted by all the amazing looking food – there were chocolate chip cookies as big as my head!
The main event of the day was a trip up the Shard, though, which was really special. The view of London is second to none, and the lower floor (still pretty high 68 stories up!) has very helpful signs and electronic telescopes so you know exactly what you’re looking at. The top floor has an open roof, and as you’re so high I’m pretty sure it’s the freshest air you’ll find in London! We were lucky enough to visit on a perfectly clear day so we could see for miles. Arguably though, the best part of the experience was a trip to the loo. The private cubicles have floor to ceiling windows! One staff member described it to me as ‘the loo with a view’, I think that is the best and most accurate way to describe it. You have to experience it, there’s nothing quite like it!
We finished the day by going to Gaucho, an Argentinian steak restaurant. The one we visited was right by the river, and we had an amazing view of Tower Bridge from our table. A combination of cow hide clad bars and black interior design made for a very atmospheric dining experience! I had a deliciously refreshing cocktail which was a mixture of Sauvignon Blanc, Apple Liquor, Peach Puree and Apple Juice. Food-wise, I started with king prawns and chorizo in a white wine and garlic sauce, followed by steak (what else?) It took me a while to choose from their extensive menu but I eventually settled for a classic sirloin. It was exquisite and perfectly cooked. Finally I had an apple tart with clotted cream which was equally tasty. As you can imagine, we all had to practically be rolled out of the restaurant after that feast! All in all a lovely day.
What tourist attractions would you like to try in London? Have you ever been up the Shard?