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A November visit to London

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We visited London last week so today the usual Wednesday recipe turns into a little travel diary. And because we went to England this post is in English. It’s more about the impressions anyway. Browse or click on the menu below.

JOURNEY.

We took the bus. No, not only in London but TO London. From Cologne it took 11 hours overnight. I know you might think this is crazy. I thought it was crazy. Turned out it was totally acceptable. And cheap. And avoided flying. And we did not lose daytime for travelling. We went through the tunnel and had to get off at the port for passport controls. This was the only interruption. We slept 7-8 hours. So if you are young or young at heart, if you don’t mind buses and if you want to travel without planes you should give this kind of travelling a go. Extra advantage: you arrive in the morning, going through central London. Passing all the attractions, this is the first sight seeing tour of your stay.


FOOD.

Of course there are sooooo many places to get good food in London. You can’t really know where to get the best pizza, the best coffee etc. So I will simply show you three nice places. One for brunching & lunching, one for Vietnamese food and one for cheese.

Hand Cafe.

East London. Stratford.
Modern interior. Individualistic touch.
Good for a hang out.
What we had: Lentil soup with mushrooms, hazelnuts and greek cheese (see down). Leek Toastie with cheese. Banana Bread. Breton Cake. Coffee.
Really yummy.

Neil’s Yard.

Cheese. Cheese. Cheese.
Covent Garden.
Crafty atmosphere.
A must for cheese fans.
Try the brick cheese.

Union Viet Cafe.

At South bank.
Small place. Basic but with charm.
Authentic Vietnamese food.
We had: Vegetarian Pho with fried tofu, Vemicelli with tofu and lemon.
Fresh flavours and a veggie broth with depth.


VICOTRIA & ALBERT.

The world’s leading museum for art and design is stunning. SO many exhibits. Sculptures, paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry…Through all times. It really is too much. Choose the area you want to look at carefully and then wear blinkers on the way there.
We went the exhibition “Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt”. It wasn’t only for geeks. I rarely play video games but I enjoyed learning about the making of and certain aspects of video games. It’s on until 24 February 2019.
Then we “just went through the museum”. After roaming through the museum without a destination, our heads were spinning. So after some fun in the medieval section we left full of impressions.

V&A exhibition on videogames.
On until 24 February 2019.

The Great Medieval Imitation Contest.
On until you die of laughing.


LONDON IMPRESSIONS.

Everything and everyone is moving fast.


Everything is tall.


HACKNEY.

The area of Hackney is an up-and-coming borough of London with lots to discover.
On Saturdays there’s Broadway Market, a great market for food lovers with a lot of delicacys. A nice alternative to Borough Market.
Starting at Hackney Marshes we strolled down the canal until we came to Victoria Park. It’s an arty area with lots of cafes and bistros, graffiti and houseboats. The boats look partly shabby and run down but some are spruce and fancy with a little garden on top of the boat.

Lots to discover at Broadway Market.


Graffiti Art and curiosities at the Canal. Some people plant herbs on the roof of their boat. I even spotted rainbow chard. That’s what I call next level gardening.


Goodbye London, see you next year.

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2 thoughts on “A November visit to London”

  1. Hi Küchlein,das ist wirklich sehr informativ und vor allemsind es sehr schöne Photos. Du hast wirklicheine Begabung für’s Photographieren.Bis bald!KG Papa 

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