One of the big things we did that weekend was to go for lunch to Dinner, the Heston Blumenthal restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental. It is no Fat Duck in magic (or prices) but we were really happy we went (my Fat Duck pictures are here).
We went to check out the Bronze exhibition at the Royal Academy, interesting stuff, they have grouped the sculptures by subject type not chronologically.
The next day we shopped at the Pimlico Farmers’ Market, much more choice than our usual local one.
We also visited 18 Stafford Terrace, the Linley Sambourne house. I’d read this non-fiction book A Victorian Household: Based on the Diaries of Marion Sambourne so it was pretty cool to actually see the house she lived in. They’ve preserved it as it was in the Victorian times, so dark and crowded with knick-knacks and paintings. You have to book onto a tour in advance, we were shown around by an actor in the part of Marion Sambourne. Like with the Bronzes exhibition no photography was allowed so I can’t show you how it was inside.
After this we then went to visit a friend over in East London who took us on a long adventure all round East London, including a stop to eat copious Turkish foods, we ended the night at a great secret-ish bar in a basement in Soho.
London, you’re pretty good fun sometimes.