Camden, Portobello, and Borough Markets - London, England
Up bright and early for another day of exploring, we hit The Breakfast Club on D'Arbly Street in Soho.
This quirky spot is the real deal! Small, but mighty! Better get there as soon as they open otherwise you'll be waiting outside for a table.
Eager to stretch our legs, we hopped on the Tube towards Camden Lock Market.
Last time I was here, this eclectic neighborhood won us over with its souvenirs, delicious eats, and interesting locals. Camden Lock Market began in 1974 atop the Regent's Canal. It started out as a craft market, and now sells vintage clothing, jewelry, and art. On an average weekend the market draws a crowd of around 100,00 people, and is considered to be one of the top attractions in London.
Never one to turn down a stop at the bookstore!
I find it fascinating that people have made homes on these house boats along the canals. There's an interesting article floating around that mentions how people choose to live on these rather than pay the high rent costs in London. The less fun side to the story is that because police have a hard time regulating the canals (county and border issues), there is a large amount of crime among the house boat communities.
On a brighter note... lunch time! And luckily there are a ton of options to choose from if you can't make up your mind and want to nibble on a variety. I couldn't take my eyes off of this delicious mozz and prosciutto flatbread.
This mural of Amy Winehouse is very fitting here as she got her start in Camden at the Hawley Arms. She called Camden home up until her death.
Crossing over the train tracks we headed toward Primrose Hill. Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz live in this posh neighborhood when they're in town.
When the weather turned a bit ominous...
These are the stately town houses of Regent's Park.
We zipped back East to Covent Garden for a quick pit stop.
We finished our evening in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Notting Hill. On Saturdays, Portobello Road is PACKED with vendors, tourists, and shoppers. During the week things are much quieter, but I love strolling around this pretty area. I wish I had taken more pictures of the pastel and columned houses to share with you!
If you're ever in town, be sure to grab Thai food at The Churchill Arms. This is the only pub in England that serves Thai food!
On our final full day in London, we made sure to stop at Borough Market in Southwark. It's a very easy walk from St. Paul's tube station, and you get to cross the Millennium Bridge!
Harry Potter fans will find this bridge to be pretty familiar.
This might've been the coldest day we were there, and I desperately needed a cup of warm mulled wine. (But any excuse works really.) I've blogged about Borough Market before, but it's an awesome food market with vendors from all over the world. Around lunchtime on the workday, this place is bustling with bankers and suits grabbing some grub. I only just found out that the market recently celebrated its 1000 yr old birthday!
It's also mandatory that you try a cup of Pimm's when in town! It is after all, "The Taste of England"!
Check back next time to see our afternoon spent in pink sereni-tea!