On the first day friends from home come to visit, we head to Southbank. There you can see many of London’s sites in an afternoon. So that’s where I go (with a lovely detour to Bank) when I want to have a perfect London day. I get it all: great coffee, beautiful views, and delicious food. My senses go on overdrive and I love it. On a sunny day, there’s no better place I rather spend my Friday morning/afternoon.
When heading to Borough Market I usually leave my flat without a bite to eat. There’s no need breakfast. I’ll have lots of food to pick from once I arrive. I always start with Monmouth Coffee, one of my (if not my favorite) places to get a cup of coffee. The baristas there really know the science behind good coffee-making and always offer great suggestions for your coffee and brewing needs. They are the bee’s knees.
With a nice coffee jumpstart I’m ready to hit the market stalls.
I can’t leave the market without our salsa ingredients. We practically drink the stuff and need to make a new batch weekly.
Often I meet a friend for lunch and my favorite place to go is Roast. They serve a great applesauce pork sandwich. There’s often a long queue for them but it’s worth waiting for.
While waiting for my sandwich I look at what the butcher next door has to offer. One word: interesting.
With a happy belly a walk is in order. I often take the same route: past the Great Hall, The Anchor Pub, The Globe and across The Millennium Bridge.
I love to finish up with a coffee or cake (or both!) at Bea’s of Bloomsbury. Nothing beats having a snack while staring out to St. Paul’s and thinking, “Hell yeah, I totally live here.” When managing through the daily grind that fact easy to forget. It’s nice to be reminded that I live in a gorgeous city surrounded by the history I loved reading in textbooks.
So that’s my perfect day in London. I highly recommend it.