Saturday, 5 July 2014

A day in SE1: Borough Market & The Shard

I love London in the Summer, the sun just makes it the perfect backdrop to my photos. Recently a friend and I decided to visit Borough Market. The quickest  way to get there is to travel to London Borough. I was very interested in finding the umbrella canopy which you'll find at Vinopolis Piazza. It's the perfect spot to enjoy some drinks in the shade of all those brollies.

We had a wander around the market first if all, taking in all the surroundings. I do love a good food market, although you'll find it is very busy.

We knew what we were doing and headed straight to Konditor and Cook.
. We chose a strawberry scone and a strawberry and custard muffin to share. Along with a cup of white sangria from a stall just inside the market. The white sangria was delicious, it went down very nicely and was very refreshing. A new summer offering perhaps?
Clockwise: bag containing our Brownies to take home, just some the offerings at K&C, delicious scone with clotted cream strawberries and jam, yummy white sangria.
What's in the bag? My friend told me K&C do possibly the best brownies, so we decided to take some home. The staff chopped up our brownies, gave us 2 boxes and were super friendly. You get 3 for £5. What a bargain. And they are quite possibly the nicest brownies I've tasted too!

We pottered a little more, and then headed to meet friends for dinner at Byron. Before heading back to London Bridge to head up the Shard for the eagerly awaited cocktails. We headed up in the lift taking us to the 32nd floor where we went to Aqua Shard which was naturally busy. There's also a small bar which is set within the Chinese restaurant, Hutong, which is where we were first pointed in the direction of. If you're planning on going to the Shard I'd dress smartly. As I felt my casual trousers, sandals and t-shirt nearly didn't cut it.
The view is brilliant. I love looking at the contrast of old and new in London. The Shard is very close to Tower Bridge which we saw opening to let a boat through. This is the first time in the four years of living in London that I've seen it open. I guess I haven't been in the right place at the right time.

Moving swiftly on.. The drinks. I chose a champagne cocktail called No Money for Butter containing Pisco, lavender Syrup, lemon juice, Champagne.

My friend went for a favourite of hers a whiskey sours. She said it was lovely. Edible flowers and lavender what a lovely way to decorate a drink. My lavender was attached to the glass with a miniature peg, which made me squeal with delight. Did I tell you I have a bit of a thing for lavender? Take a peep at last years blog post The day I visited a lavender field. It's one of my favourite posts.  
I digress... Is it worth it? Yes, okay so the drinks are expensive, and there's a sneaky service charge quickly whacked on top. However if you were to buy tickets for 'the View at The Shard', the official viewing platform it will set you back £24.95 per adult. So I think, going for an albeit expensive drink is worth while, you get to sip lovely cocktails at the same time as admiring the view.

Have you been to the Shard? What are your experiences of SE1?

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