Last week I was down in London for work, but decided to lengthen my stay whilst my brother’s apartment in Battersea was free for Mat & I to use. It was Mat’s birthday (big 2-5!) that week so he joined me on Friday for some belated birthday celebrations.
Fresh from the train down from Manchester, I dragged him along to Carnaby Street to visit The Diner. I’ve never been before but always heard such good things, so we grabbed some lunch there, and possibly a cocktail or two. Mat opted for the Cuban, which was maple roasted pork, ham, cheese, pickles and mustard on a cuban roll. I had a sneaky bite and it was delicious!
I went for the stack of 3 sweet potato pancakes with crispy bacon and guacamole. I’m not a huge guac fan, but it was tasty all the same. Possibly a bit sickly if you’ve just demolished two jaffa cookies from Millie’s though. Oops, my bad. If you’re in London, give it a visit, there’s quite a few of them dotted around and it’s quite cheap too.
You can’t stay in Battersea and not visit Battersea Park, especially with the weather being so warm! So we grabbed an ice lolly and wandered around, people-watching and complaining about how hot we were. I really wanted to go on the silly little pedalos in the lake, maybe next time.
When I visit London, I always visit the Saturday farmer’s market at Duke of York Square in Chelsea. It’s full of little food stalls, selling everything from brownies and macarons to big juicy burgers and even oysters! If you’re around Chelsea, make sure to stop off here for lunch. The only downside is having to decide what to eat.
We opted for the duck confit sandwiches with plum sauce and some little ice cream ‘biskies’ from Cutter and Squidge for dessert. It’s so much fun to discover something new and yummy every time I go.
And it wouldn’t be a birthday weekend without lots of prosecco and wine! Mat got us tickets to Book of Mormon, which was just as funny as the first time I watched it. Definitely recommend everyone to go and see it before their run at the Prince of Wales theatre finishes. Although it’s not one for the easily offended and we saw quite a few people looking on in disgust at some of the jokes!
Where do you go when you’re in London?