Also known as, how much food can I fit into 24 hours?
Lots, is the answer. But you probably already knew that.
After a fab weekend in Essex with my soon to be in-laws, Gordon and I jumped on the train to spend a night in London. It's less than a month since our last visit so we didn't really have anything planned, just a potter about, pretending to be locals. As soon as we arrived we headed to what is fast becoming my favourite London restrautant - Granger & Co. It was pretty much just around the corner and a straight 10-15 minute walk from our hotel.
8.30pm Unlike a Saturday morning, we didn't have to queue outside and were seated at a table in about 5 minutes. My favourite thing about Granger & Co is that you feel like you're out for a fancy, indulgent treat, but about 90% of the menu is made up of healthy, nourishing foods. There's a really chilled environment that makes me feel at home - all the fun of date night without the fuss and guilt!
For some reason Gordon and I have started doing this thing where the person who picks the best dishes off the menu, wins. I'm not sure what we win, but one of us does. We're mature like that... Anyway, Gordon won the game this time. My turmeric spiced chicken was super moist and had a really nice, nutty flavour but the crispy duck was out of this world!! So much flavour! Gordon actually choked on his main course when he saw the man next to us eating the banana fritters, so that was when we decided we'd be ordering pudding! I toyed between the chocolate peanut butter mousse and pavlova, but the pavlova was a really good, light choice. If this is how the Aussies eat, I'm moving to Sydney!
11.00pm We headed back to our hotel - the Blakemore Hyde Park - and crashed out pretty much straight away. The 4 star hotel was absolutely stunning, much more luxurious than we'd expected and we got a really good deal on Booking.com. I was worried when we were put in room 001 on the ground floor, but it was actually a really good size, perfectly clean and had everything we needed.
7.00am I got up early and went out for a run. It took me less than 2 minutes to reach Kensington Palace Gardens from the hotel. The park was busy with other runners, cyclists and dog walkers but the sun was shining and I really enjoyed it. Even if I did get a little bit lost and have to double back on myself! Running is not my favourite but it felt so much easier being in a park full of landmarks and gorgeous views. Maybe I'd be better at it if I lived in London...
10.00am We checked out of the hotel, leaving our luggage and headed back to Westbourne Grove for breakfast. I love a healthy breakfast but Gordon is more of a fry up kind of guy, Luckily I knew just the place - Daylesford Organic. We'd visited the Pimlico cafe for lunch on our last trip but headed to the Notting Hill one this time. Predictably he had the Daylesford Farmhouse breakfast - sausage, streaky bacon, 2 fried eggs, grilled tomato and portobello mushrooms with sourdough toast... and 2 thumbs up from Gordon. I've developed a habit of ordering 2 breakfasts and enjoyed the boiled eggs with sourdough soldiers as well as natural yoghurt with stewed fruit and honey. I'd rather they switched the natural yoghurt for Greek but I guess that's just what they make on the farm.
11.00am After breakfast we pottered around the shops on Westbourne Grove, took my handbag back to Prada to be repaired, tried to visit the Saatchi gallery but it was closed for a private event, got into trouble for taking photos of Reese's goodies in Partridge's (really?!) and had a wonder around the King's Road. The Reebok store there is one of my faves! For lunch I had reserved a table at the newly opened Ivy Chelsea Garden, which I'll share in a seperate post soon... :)