sunday in london
Of course I was up much earlier than the kids and spent time doing research about what to do for the next three weeks while thinking in the back of my head…were the kids going to sleep through the whole day. Josh finally rose and off we went.
We made our way over to the Marylebone Farmers Market. We got there about 30 minutes before it closed. Picked up some strawberries and cherries and left. Nothing compares to Borough Market.
Lunch was right around the corner at La Fromagerie. A very cute restaurant grocery charcuterie cheesemonger wine store.
Everything is local, seasonal and looks delicious. I particularly like the cheese fridge.
A rambling store with two areas, mostly communal, where you can eat what is on the menu today…and then some.
Josh and I split two things. We had the smoked salmon with toasted bread and a whipped cream. Simple and always good to have a little smoked salmon on Sunday.
The other thing we tried was very British. Two thick slices of cheddar cheese with a pastry wrapped savory pate with a hard boiled egg in the middle. Interesting. Very tasty but not rushing out to order it again.
I chose this neighborhood because of a store that carries great kitchen products. Divertimenti. The knives in the place we are staying are worthless. I took Josh to get his first kitchen knife. The key is really putting them in your hand. I like the Global knives because I have tiny hands and they are light. Josh really liked the German knives they had. Heavy and perfect in his hand. We got him two knives. A big one that can be used multiple ways and a small one with multiple uses too.
Then we started walking to the Photographers Museum and stopped at Topshop on the way. They do a great job in that store. Josh got a few goodies.
We made it to the Photographers Museum where Emily happened to be too. Obviously great minds think a lot. The museum had the first UK exhibit of Sally Mann's work. I have always been a fan of her work. So talented. A controversial figure because of the photographs of her children in their younger years. I am not so sure I believe there need to be so much controversy but her work is fantastic. The exhibit not only included the family photos but photos of the landscapes near her home. This one above is from that.
Time to go home, take a run through Green Park and get ready for dinner.
i love fromagerie. cool to hear you will be in London for a month, always happy to lend some tips. but tis true, the burrough market is one of the greatest places on earth.
Send me any tips you think would be worthy. I hope to get in as much ashumanly possible in 3 weeks.
How was the Sally Mann exhibit? I love her work buy have not seen the family photo exhibited in a while. Happy to see they are being shown with no censorship.
Small exhibit. Worth going. There is one room with a reel of her talking.It is a long reel and we only stayed for about 10 minutes but if you havethe time, I am sure it gives insight in to the controversy surrounding herwork and how she felt about it. I just caught of glimpse of that.
Just down the street from Divertimenti at #83 is probably my favorite book store in the world — Daunt Books. The travel-focused inventory, fiction and non-fiction, is amazing. Downstairs at Divertimenti they teach classes. I remember taking a great dumpling course. Also, just off Marlybone High Street at 1 Blanford Street is Fairuz. They were our go-to Lebanese (although I preferred their location on Westbourne Grove, I am not sure if it is still open). I am glad you found the cheese shop — only Murray’s comes close and even then….
Correction: Fairuz is 3 Blandford Street. http://fairuz.eu/pages/cont…
Thanks. We will be back in that area.
i’m really loving the “stream of consciousness” style of blogging you are going with recently. it works great.
I am attempting to lose conscious so this works perfectly.
Your blogging transports us to where you are. La Fromagerie is a cute place, off Marylebone I remember it. Have you tried Praxton & Whitfield on Jermyn – Churchill used to get his cheese from there apparently.
Have not but will add it to the list. Churchill looked like he enjoyed a good meal.