Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Walk along the Southbank



I spend much of my waking hours along the Southbank, my place of employment. Well, I should say was my place of employment as my office is moving to Moorgate/Barbican area next week. A new year with a new EC1 postcode...

I will miss working in SE1, as the Southbank is one of my favorite parts of London. I love the riverside stroll from Tower Bridge to the London Eye, the Tate Modern, and of course Borough Market, foodie lover's paradise and my usual Friday lunch spot. My favorite is the chorizo rolls at Brindisa or cheesy raclette sandwich. Ummmmm...



This weekend was spent with friends, eating, being lazy on Sunday afternoon, and catching up with friends and family via Skype. Friday I spent the evening with a friend for a screening of 'Burma VJ' at UCL, followed by dinner at Mandalay on Edgeware Road where Keenan joined us after his company 'Christmas Do' (more on that later). Let's just say he had way too much fun; so much fun that he ended up nursing a hangover most of Saturday.

Keenan finally woke from his 'Christmas Do'-induced coma late in the afternoon, so we decided to head to Borough Market for mulled wine and German bratwursts, Keenan's favorite; in fact he ate three in a row when he was Munich last December. I forgot how busy Borough Market gets on Saturdays; it was packed with tourists; avid cooks in search for the freshest ingredients; and shoppers looking for holiday puddings, artisan cheeses, and food-based gifts. All makes for a wonderful holiday mood with Christmas some 12 days away.









As per usual with our outings to Borough Market, we were stuffed and needed to walk off our lunch. We made our way to the Southbank Centre for the Chocolate Festival. Chocolate galore!

Chocolate brownies, chocolate lollipops, hot chocolate, truffles...



I love the holidays in London -- so festive and cheerful! Next week we'll visit the Christmas markets in Hyde Park and Covent Garden, and maybe a Christmas pint or two with our American friends, most who will be heading home to the East Coast for the holidays. And packing up my desk for the big office move across the river...

Happy Holidays Everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a lovely weekend! I love x-mas in England too and all the festivals! Birmingham usually has the German festival during the holidays...talk about some amazing chocolate!!! I envy you guys! -From Mej =)

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