Tuesday, 4 February 2014

{London Life}

After a brief hiatus (ahem, a month), I felt like I was slowly saying goodbye to my blog. But then my best pal Annie, who's off to Paris in a couple weeks, asked me for some recommendations. I went trawling back through my posts finding my favourite places and restaurants. It was so great to have a visual diary of everything I loved in the City of Lights, so I thought should do the same for London (and surrounding areas). FYI, if you want to see my Paris tips just click here. So here's what's been happening in London lately...

Borough Market (always a classic) - my Mum & I did some strolling around this foodie haven on a rare sunny day. My new fave bit is the exotic fruit stall with all its crazy colours, shapes and textures. Starfruit, those green things on the left, were a daily staple in Zanzibar and come highly recommended if you're not afraid of a bit of sour. Anyway, at Borough Market, be sure to sample the raclette, and the duck confit sandwiches,  and the curries, and the chocolate brownies... good luck getting out of there without a forklift.

Something you simply must do this month is visit the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum. I pretty much spent the entire time walking around the gallery with mouth open, gobsmacked at the talent these guys have. I mean, the photo above (the Junior winner) was taken by someone under 14 years of age! Also, we had the pleasure of seeing a picture taken by a French photographer we met while on safari in South Africa about ten years ago, Gregoire Bouguereau. It's a small world after all! You have until the 27th February to check out the masterpieces, so get your skates on - and I'd advise you book ahead. 

A little advice? If your mouth has dried up from all that open-mouthed wonder, pop across the road to L'Opera, an organic deli & patisserie and an old favourite of mine. Their fresh juices are just divine, as modelled beautifully by Ian. The waitresses assemble a custom plate of food for you at the counter for a fair price, so you can mix and match between cuisines as much as you like.

Be sure to save room for dessert, it does not disappoint. We split a large piece of red velvet cake, and as the friendly waitress served us she let us know she had whipped it up just that morning.

L'Opera somehow manages to be exotic and cosy all at once, and its dedication to organic freshness just oozes out of the delicious food. Don't take my word for it, head down there.. after the photography exhibition of course!

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