You’ll never go hungry or thirsty in London, but you may go broke.
I found out today that just about anywhere you stand in downtown London, you will be within spitting distance of either Eat or Starbucks. We ate (what else would you do in a place called Eat?) our lunch at Eat, a really refreshing chain with exotic-ish premade sandwiches featuring lots of organic ingredients and interesting combinations of meats, spices, "pickles" (not what we Canadians think of as pickles, more like spicy relish-like substances) and cheese. At £3.95, it was a real bargain. Starbucks, however, served us up a £2.50 grande hot chocolate (remember, each British Pound is worth two Canadian Dollars) after our frigid six-hour walking tour of some key Thames-side sights.
But that’s all just the lead-up. After arriving back in the environs of my sister’s flat, we met her fiancé at the local pub for a pint. Aren’t they cute?
After which we returned home to be treated to a "real English dinner", cooked by the aforementioned fiancé who, it must be said, is a mighty fine cook. The menu consisted of Toad in the Hole (sausages cooked right in Yorkshire Pudding…who’d’a thunk it?), onion gravy, peas and "cheesy mash". I thought I would never be able to finish the ridiculously huge amount of food on my plate and yet, miraculously, I polished it off completely. Must have been all the walking we did today (six hours straight!).
I can’t wait to try the Full English Breakfast at the pub tomorrow!
For some pictures of my actual sightseeing trip in London, check out This Is Kat.