We have had a Bank Holiday here in England and unusually we managed to get away for a few nights. Child 2’s school has an annual May Fayre on the Bank Holiday Monday and typically this precludes time away as cakes must be baked and bunting must be hung etc. etc.
London and it’s environs was the destination and so I think a round-up of pictures is the most amusing way to illustrate a lovely weekend with the fam.
We began with Friday night is Pizza night,
a Child 2 special:
I found this printed across my napkin and I think it sums up my world view:
The following morning we set off for Whipsnade Zoo, which is part of London Zoo despite its location north of the M25! We had a ball and due to freezing conditions the crowds were kept to a minimum and the wildlife was up and about:
Lightening quick picnic lunch due to the temperatures – cheese sandwiches with homemade bread, strawberries and left over volcano cake (don’t ask: a long story)
Then the highlight – Macaws and Timbo the bonkers African Grey Parrot (flew so fast couldn’t get a pic)
Sea Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Pod camping WITH Rhinos, Linx, Lions – it was all going on.
Next day we were in London proper – oh yeah, London baby! I just love it: the energy, the scale of it all, the food, the brick colour. I adore the place.
Coffee is always high on my list of priorities: this was a good one
On to The British Museum
These are actual Gold Medals that will actually be handed out in August!
and then on to a Cake Shop via Tube, Taxi and muggle magic….
At this point I shall pause as cake is involved. For anyone who is following The Cutest Cakes on Facebook, you may have noticed that I ‘like’ Violet Cakes. The owner is an American and used to be a pastry chef in the US. She now has a shop and café and although she was not around I was thrilled to have made it to her glorious bakery.
We had salted caramel cupcakes, rhubarb crumble, almond polenta muffins, cheese toasties and take-out Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Goats Cheese Tart. Divine and much food for thought as well as tummies. A few pics…
The place was simple, nostalgic and inspirational. On the way back to our hotel we picked up some gigantic falafel in Camden – these formed the local street food – awesome.