It’s been a month since my sister Abby visited us, and I’m only just finishing these posts up now! Time to step up my blogging game (I don’t think I’m sticking to my New Year’s resolutions very well…)
The first time that we brought Abby to London, we decided to take her on an East End tour, inspired by the fantastic Eating London Food Tour that Tom and I went on a few months ago. We weren’t in the mood for tourists (if the title of this post is now confusing you, read on…) and we’re ALWAYS in the mood for good food.
First stop was Pizza East in Shoreditch. I’m definitely a pizza snob but this one was awesome. Pesto, tomatoes, artichokes… yes please.
After stuffing our faces, we took Abby to Spitalfields Market. A little hipster haven (and a good spot to find some unique gifts), we strolled around for a bit.
Within 15 minutes, we had digested a bit… and Tom and I had a hankering for the bread and butter pudding that we tried on the food tour. Lucky for us, the pub we’d had it at was right next to the market!
Before our puddings came out, we refreshed ourselves with Pimms. And at that point, Abby was officially in England.
Apologies that there aren’t any photos of the pudding but if you read my review of the tour you’ll see a lovely one!
A couple of days later, we graced London with our presence again– this time, we got a bit more touristy.
First stop was a snack at Borough Market. This was my first time visiting as Tom and I usually only make it into London on Sundays…. when it’s closed. Finally we made it!
Tom and I tried some Parmigiana Reggiano samples at an Italian cheese and meat stall, and instantly decided to pick some up. So fresh, so much flavor. YUM!
…and made a purchase.
Not as good as the one on the tour. Our tour guide Emily clearly brought us to the BEST…
Abby was lured in by a man overselling a donut. He told stories of a Texan man crying over how good his donuts were. Abby likes donuts anyways so he could have really saved his breath…
After fueling up, it was on to the Times Square of London! Via the subway! I mean underground…
Abby made plenty of new friends in London…
So, where else do you bring someone who has never been to London before?
Buckingham Palace– where the Queen lives! Of course, many photos were necessary.
Before heading to Covent Garden where we would eventually eat again (at Wahaca. For the millionth time. They can’t keep us away!) we relaxed in Hyde Park and took in the greenery.
Tom took the above photo. His skills are really improving! Could be due to his wonderful teacher…
What touristy bits do you recommend seeing when in London? My parents and aunt will be visiting in just a couple of weeks, so leave some suggestions in the comments!