I live for the weekend! It’s a fact. London weekends just have this thing about them that make you feel like you’re on a mini-city break. The key is to have a list of all of the things you want to do, then try to fit as many of them as possible into two full days.
What was on the list last weekend?
Swimming in the Hampstead Heath Mixed Ponds
Dalston Street Feast
Drinks with the girls (at one of our fave places – always East)
XOYO to see Jack Master
and the gym.
The only thing that didn’t happen on that list? I’m sure you can guess.
We started off at Street Feast. If you read &what regularly, you will know that I’ve been there about 20 times just this year. If you haven’t, you NEED to go! And while you’re there, try these little buns of goodness.
A YumBun stall opened recently and being the fan of steamed buns that I am, the chicken buns were calling my name. Deep fried goodness, without the sauce (not a fan of those condiments).
Finished off our YumBuns (surprisingly filling – you can share one portion between two people!) and found the Gin Store. Hidden in the back corner of Street Feast, it felt like a New York City Speak Easy. Grace and I got a gin and tonic that was no joke, 100% gin with one ice cube and a splash of tonic. Definitely the way we like it.
After Street Feasting for about 3 hours, getting properly tipsy at The Gin Store, we made our way over to XOYO. JackMaster has a new residence there on Friday nights. We saw him at Field Day and had to be there for the opening night. It was a pure Grime night with some prime sweaty dancing going on.
Post-Jackmaster, pre-hangover hit, we went to the pub. In a state like this, Elderflower cocktails at 11AM are allowed. Our plan was to have a picnic in the park so we popped over to M&S and got two weeks’ worth of food, planning (and successfully) eating it all in one afternoon.
Pondside first though! The Triangl bikinis came out to play and I wish I could say I dove into the waters, but when the water is brown and looks like swampman is about to emerge, I think a slow and steady entrance is appropriate.
Treading water got tiring so we found a spot just behind Parliament Hill to start feasting. Pita and tzatziki, sausage rolls, gin and tonics, olives and sun-dried tomatoes with some brownies to satisfy the sweet tooth. Not exactly your conventional picnic but it had a gourmet twist. We met this little puppy in the field that wanted to play or sneak a sausage roll, bit difficult to tell!
Half way through our afternoon, this one of a kind man strolled on over. Boots Bantock is his name. The most charming English man one could come across. His specialty was poetry and Shakespeare. He had a challenge up his sleeve and would rhyme any three words you gave him in a poetry verse. If he couldn’t he would give you a pound.
Moist and Orange were definitely on the list. Yes, he found a way to rhyme them both – clever.
Boots went on to recite a Shakespearian classic – Hamlet, his favourite and personal choice. A perfect personal show to top off the loveliest afternoon. Back to the grind on Monday, only 5 more days until the next weekend!
What did you get up to this weekend?