Heatwave!

London has been warm lately, even by my standards, but I do love it – apart from the humidity!

I had another quite busy week but with a few relaxing evenings to myself to balance it out. Every year I get baffled by how busy the summer is but it’s a lot of fun!

Anyway, Monday I had a relaxing evening after work, mainly to recover from the fun weekend in the country (and catch up on those chores). I had toast for dinner, because I have those days too. It was too hot to cook and having cooked so much over the weekend I just needed a break.

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Tuesday I met up with my Swedish food blogger friend Malin who was in town with her daughter Ella. They were eating as much Asian food as they could as they both love it, and so we had dim sum at Yauatcha Soho for dinner. We had a lovely dinner and I just love the food there. It’s consistently very very good. After dinner we ran across the road to a really dodgy pub to watch the extra time and penalty shoot out between Colombia and England and after England had won people were singing and dancing in the streets of Soho.

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Wednesday the weather was a little cooler, but it was still lovely to have a drink on the roof terrace before heading to Shake Shack for burgers and cheesy fries. Then we went for a walk and finished the evening with an episode of Billions.

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I had another quiet night on Thursday and made a lovely salad for dinner. And on Friday I was invited to the Roger Waters concert in Hyde Park in the evening, which was really hot and really good fun!

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On Saturday I watched Sweden lose to my second team, England, (who deserved to win) and in the evening it was more football, with Russia v. Croatia. I also cooked (!) despite the heat and made a Quiche Lorraine, that we had with a nice salad and cold rosé. And ice cream for pudding. Ice cream and ice lollies are the best in the heat!

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Sunday was a lazy day with a lie-in until noon, some chores at home and a nice afternoon in the sun on the roof terrace with the latest issue of Vogue; the best ‘me time’.

Onto the next week…

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Spring weekend in London

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This past weekend we had wonderful weather in London. The sky was blue and the sun shining almost the whole time. I also had a friend from home visiting so we tried to make the most of the weekend and be outside as much as possible.

Linus arrived on Friday evening and I met up with him at Liverpool St after a few drinks and a chat with my friend Laura beforehand. We then went south to Fulham where I live and had dropped of Linus’ bag arond 10.30pm. We were, of course, hungry and tried the pub around the corner but the kitchen had closed, so we ventured to Wandsworth Bridge Road and Boma could happily serve us a burger. We were so happy! Even though I only live a few minutes away I hadn’t eaten here before, but I will definitely be back as the burger we had was delicious (and not just because we were famished).

When we woke up on Saturday I cooked us a proper breakfast before heading to Borough Market.photo 55

As you can see, we were not the only ones enjoying the market, but although it was crowded it was not so bad because of the nice weather. Everyone was happy and patient.

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We had lunch at the market and went to the Southwark Cathedral next door to sit down and enjoy it in the sunshine.

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Linus had an indian casserole while I had a caribbean wrap with fried prawns, salad, mayo and sweet chilli sauce. It was really nice and fresh but not very filling.

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But that was OK since our next stop (after a long walk along the Southbank from London bridge and across the Thames to Leicester Square) was Häagen-Dazs. I had there salted caramel ice cream for the first time and loved it (as I do with anything salted caramel).

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After some down time at home we headed into town again to meet up with Laura and two of Linus’ colleagues who happened to be in town for a training course. We had some drinks at Soho diner on the pavement watching the bustle of Soho before going to Quo Vadis for a lovely dinner (write-up to follow). We then went to Paramount for a last drink and to enjoy the view.

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On the Sunday we went to Hyde Park and just wandered around for a few hours. We had some lunch by the lake and enjoyed the wonderful weather.

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We also had time for some sightseeing while walking past the Prince Albert Memorial and Linus got a crash course of the Victorian Era.

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Before Linus had to head to the airport we had time for one last ice cream. Shame not to when the weather’s this gorgeous!