An afternoon in London Town
Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on November 3, 2010
A great day in sunny London town.
Shelley and I spent the day out and about, well Somerset House, before heading south of the river for a spot of lunch. Somerset House is a major arts and cultural centre (and a really cool building) just off Waterloo Bridge – during the winter you can ice skate amongst the beautifully lit buildings, apparently it’s very romantic!
Over the summer it also plays host to one-off music gigs of which the likes of Lily Allen, Mystery Jets, Ting Tings and Soul II Soul have all played.
However none of the above was taking place though we did get to see this beautiful bird of prey – a Harris Hawk which was policing the area and keeping it clear of the dreaded pigeon. It was a real treat to see such a gorgeous bird up close.
From here, we wandered south crossing Waterloo Bridge (you have a great view of the City of London from the eastern side of this bridge) for lunch. Literally around the corner from both the Old and Young Vic Theatres, 3 minutes walk from Southwark Tube Station is the Anchor & Hope, one of London’s best Gastro Pubs.
In my mind, lunchtime is the best time to visit as the evening can be its evil twin in the sense that they don’t operate a booking facility, you arrive, wait for a table to become available, which in the evenings can mean a wait of 60 minutes plus.
However its worth the wait though through experience and previous long waits, lunchtimes is an absolute pleasure.
Shown to our tables (and given it was my birthday) we started with a lovely glass of Pear and Prosecco Fizz, which was delicious and put us completely in the right mood for lunch. For starters, Shelley had the special which today was a Pork Terrine and I had the white cabbage and brown shrimps, both excellent.
The mains were awesome, I chose the roast Scottish veal fillet with salsify and parmesan cream, Shelley the braised duck leg with bacon, peas and mint. Both were exceptional, the veal, cooked rare was melt in the mouth delicious and I couldn’t stop smiling whilst eating lunch – I was very impressed. Shelley’s was equally as good, no complaints from either.
We also bumped into a member of the Royal Family….