Wednesday, 29 October 2014

VISITED: Borough Market and The Poppies

I've just had a lovely trip down to London - I must say, that's one of the main perks of having relocated; such a short train journey smack bang into central London.

This weekend I won some tickets to a Yoga Exhibition, my friend and I were going to go along and see what was going on, however, one housewarming later, a 4am Uber and waking about midday with a splitting headache...well, downward facing dog was the last thing on my mind.

We decided to do two things I desperately wanted to do that weekend (other than a trip to Duck & Waffle, which I will tell you about in a separate post) - Borough Market and seeing the beautiful display of poppies at The Tower of London.

Thinking it would be sensible to hold out eating until we got to Borough Market...well, VERY silly idea. After having to stop off at Pret for an emergency Green Goddess juice (something I've become addicted to, despite the less than appealing sound of the ingredients list) to perk my energy levels up a little, we took a nice stroll down to Borough Market via Leadenhall Market. 

I needed meat; nothing cures a hangover, in my eyes, than something meaty - 'man food' if you will. We wolfed down our Pulled Pork sarnies, without taking a photograph and still feeling like we could eat several more pork-related things, plus a few brownies here and there.

After having a wander, seeing all the lovely things that were on offer - the decision was made that we would definitely return, less hungover, at a later date and make the occasion into a walk-around buffet. After all, food markets are possibly in my top ten of favourite things (no, really...they are!)

After a stroll part-way down the Thames, we got down to Tower Bridge - which was absolutely inundated with tourists on this particular occasion, meaning a 20 minute queue up the stairs to cross the bridge to get to The Tower of London. It made sense really - the poppy display is only there for a few more weeks.

If you don't know what I mean, this is what I'm talking about:

Created by Paul Cummins and Tim Piper, 888246 ceramic poppies are being displayed around the moat of The Tower of London to commemorate the lives of those lost during the First World War and to mark one hundred years since the first full day of British involvement within the war. The display is absolutely beautiful and, I think, such a fantastic idea. It's only around until November 11th and I really would recommend seeing it if you can get down to London.

We spent a while wandering round, taking in the appreciation of the crowds of people that were there before slowly making our way back to Liverpool Street.

We had planned for a drink around there but being jam-packed Monday to Friday, weekends are relatively deserted, so it was shut. Instead, we hopped on the tube and made our way back and went to 'the local', ending our very touristy day with a Bloody Mary each and a lazy evening of films. 

Despite starting the day a little fragile - taking in the sights, getting some fresh air and embracing my new found love of London was exactly what was needed. And our Sunday plans sealed the deal of London lovin' - stay tuned!



  1. Oh the poppies! They look stunning. I'd love to go and see them myself but I doubt I'll have time. Thanks for sharing the photos. :)

    1. Katherine it was so beautiful! You have a couple more weeks if London isn't too far for you? :) x