Current location: Sheffield, UK
Currently Listening: "Tenderoni - MSTRKRFT Remix" by Chromeo
Currently munching: Prawn skewers and pumpkin and feta salad
I write to you now after spending an amazing four days in London. I realized I write about London and Paris quite frequently on this blog - which, besides NY and LA of course, are the cities I am in the most. I also have made some wonderful friends in those cities, and because of them have been introduced to what are now favorite places to see, eat, and enjoy. I've also had the most time to go on solo adventures, exploring new areas and stumbling over little gems along the way.
This most recent trip felt different, however. I got to play tour guide to someone who had never been to London, and be lead, simultaneously. Seeing the city with him made me appreciate it with a new kind of vigor. Everything was new and fresh for him, and became that way for me again; and of course there were things he wanted to do and see that I never would have thought to look for, and so my experience there was again enriched. The first night we went to Dean Street Town House, in the Soho area of London, for dinner and some very unique cocktails (Mine involved earl grey tea, mint, gin and lemon, all over ice). There were six of us, and after mussels, sea bass, risotto, and other delicious bites, we closed the place down.
The next two days were spent sightseeing: Tower of London, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, etc. etc, and shopping. I have been saving my dollars and being very good in order to be able to take advantage of lovely London findings, and my friends...advantage was taken. Hardcore. I finally made it back to Rellik, an vintage store with the most amazing selections, http://www.relliklondon.co.uk/ and found some BEAUTIFUL pieces, including a silk Chloe dress, and Louis Vuitton strappy heels. (at sweet vintage prices. Score!)
On our last day in London, we went on a little Pub crawl, which started in Kensington at the Churchill Arms, and ended in East London at the Red Lion Pub.
That night was my first experience in East London, and if ever I were to relocate to that city, East London would be my home. The closest thing I can compare that area to is Manhattan's East Village/Lower East Side. Artists, interior designers, musicians, photographers, and all renaissance folk can be found here. We went to dinner with a bunch of friends at a Vietnamese restaurant called Loong Kee Cafe. GO THERE GO THERE GO THERE, if you happen to be in London! Great food, really fresh and light, and so inexpensive. We ordered the majority of the menu, and it still ended up only being around 15 Pounds per person. Oh, and it's BYOB, so bring an Asahi or Cobra beer for the perfect pairing.
After dinner we walked over to Shoreditch House. It is owned an operated by the same people responsible for the SOHO Houses, and it is absolutely gorgeous. And massive! Complete with bowling alley, rooftop pool (that allows night swimming), cozy lounge with giant chairs and dripping candelabras. All that was great and all, but the real reason I will return is the hot chocolate. They bring steamed milk out in a big ceramic mug, and a little carafe of melted dark chocolate meant to be poured into the mug. oh. my. gosh.
Now we are continuing our tour through the UK, with two shows in a row - Sheffield and Nottingham. Our next day off will be in Manchester. A few of the dancers are teaching classes, and I am going to (attempt) to take them... pray for me!