London Calling

A Taste of London in 44 Hours

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We packed a lot of eating and walking into our taste of London in 44 hours. Highlights were the Borough Market, Portobello Road and the Tate Modern. 

We packed a lot of eating and walking into our taste of London in 44 hours. Highlights were the Borough Market, Portobello Road and the Tate Modern.

London Calling

London called, and we answered. Our visit was short and left us wanting more. We got a sampling of the burgeoning food scene, and we got a taste of London in just 44 hours.

London does not have a long history of culinary excellence.  The late comedian Bill Hicks referred to London as the land of fairies and elves and as a place where you can eat boiled pizza.  Our goal was to find out if things had changed.

Taste of London Day One – Notting Hill, Meat Pies, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben and Indian Food

On day one, we strolled down Portobello Road in Notting Hill where we ate Ginger Pig meat pies at the cocktail bar Portobello Star.  Not surprisingly, the pies went went down quite easily with some beer and cider.

Portobello Road Tea Pots. A Taste of London in 44 Hours

Portobello Road Tea Pots

Portobello Road Stand. A Taste of London in 44 Hours

Portobello Road Stand

Ginger Pig Meat Pie. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Portobello Star

Ginger Pig Meat Pie

Cheers! A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Portobello Star

Cheers!

We walked a lot, as we always do, and saw Piccadilly Circus and Big Ben.

First Peek of Big Ben. A Taste of London in 44 Hours

First Peek of Big Ben

Big Ben. A Taste of London in 44 Hours

Big Ben

Parliament on the Thames. A Taste of London in 44 Hours

Parliament on the Thames

We ended the day by meeting friends Russell and Mandy for some vegetarian curry before we crashed due to jet lag.

Nan. A Taste of London in 44 Hours

Nan

Taste of London Day Two – Borough Market, Neal’s Yard Dairy, the Tate Modern and Pubs

Day two started late due to jet lag but was full nonetheless. We spent three hours grazing our way through the Borough Market, a world-class emporium right at the London Bridge tube station. This market is over 1,000 years old but has come into its own during the past ten years.  Cheeses, meats, vegetables and all kind of treats now abound in a wonderfully overwhelming way.

Borough Market Entrance. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Borough Market Entrance

Borough Market Map. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Borough Market Map

Raclette. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Raclette

Cheeses. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Cheeses

Meringues. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Meringues

English Muffins in England. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

English Muffins in England

Potted Meats Dude. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Potted Meats Dude

Tamarillos. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Tamarillos

Tomatoes. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Tomatoes

Juices. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Juices

Ostrich Eggs. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Ostrich Eggs

Meat Pies. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Meat Pies

Meat on a Stick. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Meat on a Stick

Daryl Enjoying Meat on a Stick. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Daryl Enjoying Meat on a Stick

Pimm's O'Clock. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Pimm’s O’Clock

Curries. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Curries

Music at the Market. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Music at the Market

Mushy Peas. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Mushy Peas

Oyster Shucker. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Oyster Shucker

Oysters. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Oysters

Wild Oregano. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Borough Market

Wild Oregano

Mindi Enjoying Greedy Goat Ice Cream. A Taste of London. Borough Market in 44 Hours

Mindi Enjoying Greedy Goat Ice Cream

We also visited Neal’s Yard Dairy right near the Borough Market to check out some of the finest cheese produced in Great Britain and the world.  We were pleasantly surprised to bump into DiBruno’s cheesemonger, Matt Shankle.  Since DiBruno’s is just blocks from our house in Philadelphia, it truly is a small world.

Neal's Yard Dairy. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Neal's Yard Dairy

Neal’s Yard Dairy

Cheese Shower. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Neal's Yard Dairy

Cheese Shower

Cheese Counter. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Neal's Yard Dairy

Cheese Counter

Neal's Yard Dairy Cheese Selection. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Neal's Yard Dairy

Neal’s Yard Dairy Cheese Selection

Stinking Bishop Cheese. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Neal's Yard Dairy

Stinking Bishop Cheese

The Rake. A Taste of London in 44 Hours

The Rake

After some tasty Kernel beers at the Rake (said to be the smallest pub in London), we got our art on at the Tate Modern where we saw the special Edvard Munch exhibit.

Tate Modern Art. A Taste of London in 44 Hours

Tate Modern Art

Picasso at the Tate Modern. A Taste of London in 44 Hours

Picasso at the Tate Modern

Millenium Bridge. A Taste of London in 44 Hours

Millenium Bridge

View of the Shard Building from the Millennium Bridge. A Taste of London in 44 Hours

View of the Shard Building from the Millennium Bridge

A short, drizzly walk over the Millennium Bridge took us to Fleet Street’s Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a pub that was rebuilt in 1666 and was frequented by Charles Dickens, for a couple of pre-dinner pints of Samuel Smith beers from the tap.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Sign. A Taste of London in 44 Hours

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Sign

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub. A Taste of London in 44 Hours

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub

Empty Glasses. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub

Empty Glasses

Cheers! A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub

Cheers!

We met up with friends and awesome hosts Gregg and Sylva at a neighborhood spot called the Mitre,  We ended our too-brief visit with fish & chips, braised lamb shoulder and sticky toffee pudding.

Braised Lamb Shoulder with Peas and Pearl Onions. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Mitre

Braised Lamb Shoulder with Peas and Pearl Onions

Fish and Chips. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Mitre

Fish and Chips

Sticky Toffee Pudding, A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Mitre

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Enjoying Sticky Toffee Pudding. A Taste of London in 44 Hours. Mitre

Enjoying Sticky Toffee Pudding

Two things we know for sure:  London’s food scene is happening, and we will be back soon.

Our taste of London in 44 hours wasn’t enough! We have so much more we want to do both with both food and culture, not to mention the 30 Free London Attractions on the The Trusted Traveller site. What other suggestions do you have for our next trip to London?


Comments

  1. Travel well, remember some of us are getting our vicarious travel thrills this way. Cheesemonger. What a great word.

  2. Great photos! That lamb looked devine. And the aroma of all that cheese must have been amazing.

  3. I have lived in England for 8 years. I used to occasionally shop at the Borough market – I could even find Sardinian produce there 🙂

  4. I only discovered Borough Market a couple of months ago. I’d heard great things about it and I wasn’t dissapointed! There’s so much food there and I can’t wait to go back on my next visit 🙂

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