Weekend Scenes: February 26th to March 1st
This weekend was a longer one since we arrived in London early Thursday morning. We had a few days off before we needed to jump back into the real world so we started to explore the neighborhoods of this large city to get a feel of what we are interested in. It was fun to be able to start to feel like locals as we zip around on the bus and tube.
Our first go-to was Angel in Islington. We walked down the Camden Passage and did some shopping. I found a great book, London Style Guide by Saska Graville, that we have been using like crazy to hit some top spots around the city. After grabbing some lunch at Elk in the the Woods, we headed over to Primrose Hill. We walked all the way to the top and took in the beautiful view of the city. With all the green grass, we could really tell we weren't in snow-covered Boston anymore. It feels like the start of spring here and we don't hate it!
On Saturday morning, we decided for breakfast we had to try the J+A Cafe that we spotted just around the corner as we reside in Clerkenwell for the next few weeks. It's hidden down an alley way but if you are paying attention you can spot it through the entry way. We wandered down here the first day and noted to go back. We don't regret it at all. Everything about it made us realize we found somewhere special. We later found out it was in the book we bought too!
Later in the day, we headed to Marylebone into Daunt Books which made us feel like we were stepping back in time with the rich dark wood covering the walls and shelves.
After further exploration of the streets, we went straight to the Marble Arch.
Our bodies are still adjusting to the time (and probably all the food we are eating—ha!) but before we called it quits for the day, we took the bus over to Neal's Yard to grab some pizza at Homeslice. It is set in a eye-catchingly colorful courtyard with other little shops. We had been here the last time we went to London and we could not wait to come back! The pizza reminds of us of our favorite pizza back home. And yet again, it did not disappoint.
Yesterday, we kept it a little more low key and headed back up to Angel for some lunch and to further loop through the streets. One of my favorite things about London so far is all the old cars and I must admit, the taxis. It so cool to see such old and vintage-inspired vehicles around.
And our last stop of the day was walking around the Angel Canals. There are canals all over London that are lined with house boats. There is even a spot of the city named Little Venice where a few of the canals intersect. We really wonder what it would be like to live in one. There is something really romantic about it. We even stopped to watch one boat use the lock system to get to another part of the canal. It must make you slow down and appreciate your journey.