I was a lucky girl a few weeks ago as the other half of The Foodie Couple, aka my husband Lee, planned a trip down to London for the weekend to celebrate my 30th Birthday. It was originally a surprise although he caved a week or so before and told me a brief outline of the details so I could plan what to pack!
Being the foodies that we are, the stay revolved around food! Some of which are my tried and tested favourites and other completely new experiences! You can read about our meals at Wahaca, Bubbledogs and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in their individualised posts coming soon, but I thought I would tell you a little bit more about what we did between the meals in this post!
We headed down on the train on the Friday morning and after lunch had a bit of a wander around a few bits of London. We first headed up to Camden to reminisce – when we first started dating we would come to Camden quite a lot with some of Lee’s friends who lived in London. One of my first memories of our dates is eating some great Chinese noodles from the street food stalls and Lee buying me a bracelet from the markets there. I loved wandering around the street food markets – there were so many stalls and so much choice! We shared some Thai noodles which were really nice although I must say they weren’t a patch on some of the street food we’ve had recently in Birmingham! We also walked past the Camden branch of Honest Burger which I’ve heard good things about from Samphire and Salsify Blog, but we couldn’t give in to the tempting smells as I don’t think we would have appreciated our tasting menu at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay as much later that evening…..!
After Camden we headed over to the area where our hotel was – the Andaz Liverpool Street. Our room was not quite ready so we had a little meander to the close by Spitalfields markets.
There were lots of really great little stalls, shops and boutiques in Spitalfields which we had good browse around and picked up a few little goodies. We then sunk into some seats at Patisserie Valerie and had a much deserved coffee and a couple of pastries – my fruit tart was divine, and had some unusual fruits on it including dragon fruit and fig.
Lee had gone all out in terms of hotels. The Andaz Liverpool Street is a 5* boutique hotel, an offshoot of the Hyatt group and was beautiful. A lovely large room with the deepest bath I’ve seen in a long time (I managed to fit in 2 baths in my 24 hour stay!) There was also a treat of a bottle of bubbly delivered to the room whilst we were getting ready to go out!
The next morning we had a room service breakfast in bed, sharing the Eggs Benedict and also some pancakes. The breakfast was pretty good, but I have had better.
After another wander, around Covent Garden this time, (which was a little packed with people for my liking) we headed for lunch at Wahaca, which is a chain of Meixcan restaurants – the baby of former master chef contestant Thomasina Miers. I love the style of these restaurants and the vibrant laid back atmosphere and feel a bit bereft if my London trips don’t include a street food lunch feast at Wahaca!
Duly stuffed we headed over to the West End where Lee had planned the next part of my surprise – we ended up at Her Majesty’s Theatre for a matinée show of Phantom of the Opera. Now this is something I’m not sure I’ve talked about/admitted on the blog before – but I am an absolute die-hard musical fan. LOVE them. I’d not seen Phantom since I was about 10yrs old so was really looking forward to it and it didn’t disappoint.
Sadly this bought the trip to an end and we made our way back up to Euston to get the evening train home and fall into bed exhausted and replete. I had a fabulous couple of days and would thoroughly recommend all that we did. So if your planning a special trip for someone, maybe have a look at doing some of the things we did.
Have you visited London recently? Did you do anything/eat anywhere you would recommend? Would love to hear your thoughts.