London Weekend (Part 1)

Last year I was lucky enough (or unlucky enough) to get 2 complimentary first class return tickets from our local train operator between Derby and London. They were part of a compensation package for a terrible work journey taken earlier in the year. 

Despite spending many years living in London and both mine and my partner’s job taking us there on a very regular basis, we rarely spend time together in London for leisure. 

After a lot of date juggling, we’ve settled on a 2 night break in a few weeks time. 

We’ll be travelling down early on Friday morning and sadly due to a shortage of annual leave, my OH will be going to the office and we’ll meet up for drinks early evening on Friday. 

The planning has been quite thorough to ensure we make the most of the weekend. 

The key things we want to cover are:

  • The Shard – I received a gift voucher for The Shard viewing platform for Christmas.
  • A good restaurant for Saturday night. 
  • A bit of culture. 
  • A bit of shopping. 
  • Sunday brunch

We’ve eschewed offers of accommodation from friends and booked 2 nights at the Premier Inn Blackfriars. We won’t be spending much time in the hotel so this is perfect for us. I spent a couple of nights there last year and it’s amazing value, perfectly located and far exceeded my expectations for a budget hotel. At a little over £200 for the 2 nights we can’t really complain at the price. 

Booking The Shard was tricky because this far out because we’re not sure what the weather is going to be like. We’ve taken the risk and booked a 6pm slot ready for sunset. The website showed that there was limited availability on the day we want so finger crossed…… 

Friday night dinner is going to be at the tried and tested Mishkin’s. A Jewish-ish restaurant offering the staples including homemade pickles, salt beef and chopped liver. 

Saturday morning we’re planning an early trip to Borough Market. You have to get in there early to beat the tourists and get breakfast on the move. 

A little shopping will take us up to lunchtime and then a visit to the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. We’re both suckers for a bit of infrastructure and we also have eyes on this in the museum shop. 

The actual London Underground routes

After The Shard, we’re hoping we can have cocktails in the hotel bar but it’s a no booking policy and i’m sure we won’t be in the mood to queue (we never are!).

Dinner is booked at Wahaca near St Paul’s Cathedral. Thomasina Miers won Masterchef a few years ago and has opened a successful chain of Mexican street food restaurants. A little mainstream but I imagine we’ll be shattered by dinnertime and it’ll be nice to eat out without having to go and get changed. 

Sunday morning will hopefully be a visit to Churchill’s War Rooms in Westminster. Again, queues permitting but it’s something we both want to see. 

Lunch will be an old favourite like  Balans and then a final drink at The Betjamen at St Pancras. 

Watch this space……..


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