We had a long overdue visit to see my daughter Louise and her partner Max in Hackney earlier this week. Always a treat and one that is more difficult to schedule in than you’d believe, as they both work in restaurants so weekend time is at a premium. However, I’m currently working from home, so have the luxury of working when it suits me. We travelled up on Monday. Trains were all great, and very reasonable when booking ahead, so no complaints there. Our visits are always centred on food and drink and being in the business they know some great places to try. Max looks after Brawn on Columbia Road in Shoreditch: where we have enjoyed ourselves on several memorable occasions. This time we had a great lunch at Caravan, Kings Cross (tapas style dishes) a delicious dinner at The Green Man and French Horn in St Martins Lane (food and wines from the Loire). The other culinary highlight was the traditional Turkish meal at the Hamam restaurant, on Crossway in Dalston. Lovely, but no website to direct you too.
Otherwise we wandered around, taking the Thames River Bus down to Greenwich (where we had a less than average pub lunch, but least said soonest mended). The picture at the top of the page was taken from the ferry, and although it doesn’t give a complete shot of Tower Bridge does show how good it is to see the Shard in close conjunction with a piece of history. We bought singles, but I thought £15 for a hop-on-hop-off all day ticket was pretty good value, as you could also go west past the Houses of Parliament to the Embankment, and see all the sights in between. The Globe, Tower of London, St Pauls, Tate Modern, Cutty Sark, Golden Hinde, London Eye … so many things to look at. And a walk round Borough Market, where I bought some hot smoked paprika.
When we travelled back the crowds were gathering at Paddington for the trip down to Glastonbury. All smiley faces and pristine wellies, and I’m watching Kenny Rogers at Glastonbury as I tap away. Chilly weekend on the coast, but not too much rain and wind for them. Did you see the hairdressing salon on telly? This is far too civilised – not festival going as I remember it.
I should add that Louise is more designer than restaurant worker these days as you can see from her website.
Well, that was London. Different every time I visit, which isn’t often enough.
Advance apologies – another little blog is following soon!