The weather forecast was not promising, it was going to be a cold and rainy day. But for our love of going out and exploring, I geared up for our day out in Central London. I put on my Under Armour long sleeves, my Uniqlo heat tech turtleneck, my cashmere scarf, and finally, my ultra down light jacket. I was all bundled up, ready for anything.
My husband on the other hand was wearing a polo shirt, his cashmere scarf, and a down jacket. That’s it. I wanted to punch him in the face.
We started our day by leaving the hotel at 10:30 am to have lunch at the Borough Market. Even with the rain coming down, that place was packed! Lunch started with a slice of Chocolate Orange Cream Cheese Brownie from The Free From Bakehouse. It was egg free, dairy free, gluten free and sulphite free. The brownie WAS NOT FREE. 2.50 pounds per slice. Automatically converting in my head, na whopping 180php. I savoured every bite.
I brought my home cooked lunch cause I didn’t think there was anything there I could eat. Lo and behold, we walked around and found this —
Marco opted for the venison burger from Furness Poultry and Game. We stood in one side, ate our lunch in “no” peace, as people bumped while they passed by. We were doing the old bump and grind with the crowd. Bump someone, and grind your teeth while chewing.
As I took Marco’s foto chugging his beer, I saw the sign behind him that read that the Borough Market was has been operating for 1000 years. We read up on it and found out that in the 11th century, London Bridge attracted traders selling grain, fish, vegetables and livestock. Then, in the 13th century traders were relocated to what is now known as Borough High Street and a market has existed there ever since. boroughmarket.org.uk/the-history-of-borough-market
Before we left food heaven, I decided that I NEEDED 1 more slice of that brownie heaven. So we pressed the replay button, and then pushed and squeezed our way back to the other side of the market.
We also saw the Shard from a nice vantage point. It was cloudy and sad, but I got a pretty good shot. The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, is London’s highest viewing platform. It has 95 storeys and was constructed in March 2009 but was finished in November 2012.
While gobbling up my brownie, we once again descended to take the tube, the Jubilee line to Oxford Circus. I’ve been looking for some proper work shoes and thought I would check there.
We walked a couple of miles, got drenched in rain, and were super tired. We decided to head to the Victoria & Albert Museum for a dose of culture. After all, it’s not a London day without going to a museum!
The Victoria and Albert Museum, is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. www.google.co.uk
It is located along Cromwell Road, right across the Natural History Museum. It is open everyday from 10 am til 5:45 pm, admission is free.
We headed to the 3rd floor to check out the paintings. There was a lot on display by Constable, whom I’ve never heard of. I googled him and found out that he is actually pretty famous. His works on display were really nice.
John Constable (11 June 1776 – 31 March 1837) was an English Romantic painter. Born in Suffolk, he is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home—now known as “Constable Country.” His most famous paintings include Wivenhoe Park of 1816,Dedham Vale of 1802 and The Hay Wain of 1821. His paintings are now among the most popular and valuable in British art. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Constable
The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, better known as Brompton Oratory, is home to the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London, a community of priests living under the rule of life established by its founder in the sixteenth century. The Oratory also serves as a parish church in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster. www.bromptonoratory.co.uk
Photography is not allowed inside the church, so I grabbed some fotos online.
This church is just beautiful. ❤
After the mass, we walked down Brompton road towards Harrods. I was told that every year, Harrods puts up Christmas window displays that are simply divine. We went to every window, and they were all a treat to see. Some of them even moved and they were just so magical to watch!
Here are some of Harrods’ window displays
We went inside Harrods look around, husband had to wipe the drool off my face. 😉
Marco found a pub that serves gluten free beer in Foley street. And off we were again, this time headed to Goodge Street.
Half way through my drink, I decided to reach for the bottle and read the ingredients. There was “maize” in the beer. My husband was trying to kill me!!! I am very allergic to the pesticide used in corn.
I took Marco on a guilt ride, knowing that in a few days I would be holding something new and pretty. 🙂
Marco wanted to avoid train transfers and take the Jubilee line straight to the hotel, so we had to walk 14 minutes in the cold. The difference between the male and female brain is very interesting. I would have taken the the tube at the nearest station and just deal with as many transfer as needed. SOMETIMES it is good to let hus have his way. 14 minutes of walking in London, holding hands with my wuby wasn’t soo bad anyway.
We got home at around 10:45 in the evening. Took off my boots and my tens of thousands of clothing layers, jumped under the covers and snuggled with my husband. ❤