As much as I love to be submerged in the culture of London and all it has to offer, I also like to break out of the ‘city’ feel and spend my weekends escaping the crush. If I don’t get the chance to take a train elsewhere, or the weather is too miserable to walk in the parks, it’s time to think outside the box. This weekend we escaped upwards, and took a breathtaking trip up the Shard. It’s a great place to go to refresh your love for London, remind you of all its wonder, and to coax yourself out of the city lull. Plus, it’s the best place to take in all of London’s sights in one go, and reminder yourself of all that is still left to see.
The View from the Shard
If you’re feeling the strains of your own city, why not take a trip upwards and gain a new perspective?
And as the Shard is situated in London Bridge, take a trip to Borough Market afterwards to sample the best food London has to offer. We ate Cornish chilli squid, paella with tiger prawns and drank Sangria.
The perfect Saturday escape.
Go have an adventure!
East Dulwich is one of my favourite places in South London. There are so many great places to hang out on the weekend; shops, bars, pubs, and cool cafes. A quirky wine bar with a relaxed style and an alternative selection of wines and small plates seemed like the perfect location to catch up with old school friends this Saturday. Toasted is a great low-key place where it is easy to let the hours go by or to just pop in for a quick glass of something sparkling at the bar – their cloudy-style Prosecco is delicious. I tried their Chenin Blanc as well which was crisp and easy drinking with just a hint of apple cider. Their food was simple, different and delicious. We ordered lots of their small plates to share, including Broccoli with Raw Turnip and Mussel Butter; Mallard Duck with Cider Butter, Muscat Grapes and Cevenne Onions; and Cauliflower with Aubergine, Pine Nuts and Mint. The cauliflower really was delicious!
We laughed away a few hours in this bustling place, but I will be sure to drop in again for a quick glass at some point in the next week, too.
So spend a lazy afternoon in East Dulwich yourself, take a stroll around the park, pop in to a few of the independent shops and try Toasted for yourself.