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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Scones with clotted cream, little cucumber sandwiches and hot earl grey tea!

By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show Samuel Johnson 

London is a 2 hour flight away from Barcelona and you get good deals on booked in advance.
So why not spend a weekend there?
There is so much to do in London, I believe there is something for everyone here. You have so many museums, palaces, and can go for a musical, the theatre...
This post is not about where to go and what to in London. I leave that to the experts. This post is about some of the places I like to go in London...

We will start with the markets... I just love London markets.
I love Portobello market on a Saturday morning. The walk from Notting Hill station past the pastel-fronted terraces may fool you to think that this is just another quiet residential neighbourhood but once on Portobello Road it is a very different scene. Chaotic and magical is this road with an endless line of street vendors. More than 2,000 specialist antique dealers are squeezed tightly into any available space, while some tourists look for that blue door of the film Notting Hill. Others are busy looking for antiques, vintage clothes, jewellery, toys ... the list is endless.  I must also highlight the lovely cupcakes that are available here.
I also love Borough market. I recommend that one doesn't eat before going here as while strolling around you will get many free samples offered to you.  Also you can buy lovely grilled sandwiches, baked pies... More than a place to buy and eat food, Borough Market is where you begin to understand London’s rich culinary mix, you will discover the aromas, taste, textures and colors of the fresh food London can offer. It gets very busy on weekends when all their stalls are open, but it is open other days too. Check their web page for more information...
Spitafileds market is an interesting spot on the East end.of London open Monday to Friday and Sunday too...You will get vintage fashion, music and sneak peak of London’s trendiest neighbourhood...It is surrounded by restaurants and food stalls, you can find food from all over the world.
Oh and I love Covent Garden: The beauty of it is not only the arcade where you get lovely Ben's cookies, and diverse stores, the surrounding area is very nice too with a variety of highstreet stores like Monsoon, Marks and Spencer, Next, Paul Smith...
From here, I recommend you go to Dishoom, the Bombay café in London... It is so authentic and everything on the menu is tasty. Dishoom, is such a Bollywoody name...I love it!
Next door you have Jamie's Italian, a Jamie Oliver restaurant. I haven't been but heard it is good. Both are on Upper St Martin lane, near Covent garden.

My other favourite restaurant in London is Hakkasan in Mayfair. Modern Chinese cuisine with a good vegetarian variety. Hakkasan has two restaurants in London, some in the U.S, some in the Middle East and one in our own Mumbai city.
I also like Benihana, Japanese grill and Hibachi grill and Patara for thai.
For a casual meal I love Nando's, which is famous for their long list of chicken dishes but you also get excellent vegetarian burgers, sandwiches and wraps. All their sides are lovely too.
While shopping on Oxford Street, have can have a quick bite at The Kati Roll company.
For shopping hit Oxford street, Bond street, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Liberty, Dover Street Market ...
And don't miss the famous  4 o'clock tea at Harrods, Richoux, Fortnom and Mason or at the Ritz... 


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