London Adventures

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Mol and I decided we were due a little last minute trip to London.

She needed a break from her dissertation and you know me, I want to eat!

We arrived  at about lunchtime and went straight to our hotel, The Rookery. It’s a leisurely two minute stroll from Farrindgon Tube station, nestled in an unassuming corner of Clerkenwell. We were greeted like old friends by the staff and swept to our room.

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The rooms are absolutely stunning with heavy oak carved beds, thick braided curtains, wood-panelling and dark plum furnishings. Each room has been put together with historical loving care. No heritage detail is overlooked.

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More importantly though, check out the size of the bed! Pictures don’t quite do it justice.

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Rooms are stocked with deliciously dog-eared retro reads.

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The building itself is incredible.

Endless corridors and staircases make you as though you’ve stumbled into a J.K.Rowling novel.

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I am seriously impressed by the place. The staff were utterly charming and absolutely nothing was too much trouble.

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Having unpacked our little suitcases we bundled ourselves up and headed out for a late lunch with a few flowery distractions en route.

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Lunch came in the form of Ramen at Bone Daddies.

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We kicked off with some cracking spicy chicken wings. Firey but not blow your head off spicy. Very moreish. I’d come back for these alone.

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I went for Tonoktsu ramen, which was surprising creamy and rich. Not something I’d usually associate with broth. It was delicious, but Mol’s  was better. Her’s was more curry based and packed a serious punch in the taste department. Some serious food envy went down.

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The food was great but all in all the staff were kinda rude… Maybe they were just having an off day?

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Our next stop was the *extremely* hyped BAO. A teeny tiny joint in Lexington. They serve up fluffy, steamed buns and Taiwanese street food. We had to see what all the fuss was about.

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We got our bums in line for buns (we arrived before they opened for the evening sitting). You wait just across the road and the waiter pops over with a menu to get your appetite going.

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Taiwanese fried chicken with fragrant hot sauce. Spicy, rich… real good.

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Confit pork bao.

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The classic bao.

Slow braised pork belly, coriander and powdered peanuts.

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Sweet potato chips.

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The fried chicken bao, is *off the scale* delicious. A must order.

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We polished little feast with Horlicks ice cream. Eye rollingly, moaningly, “omg please can we have the recipe and master the art of bun making” good. We were absolutely blown away by the food. So worth queuing in the cold for.

After a foodie afternoon of epic proportions we made our way back to our hotel, wrapped ourselves in fluffy robes, ran enormous bubble baths and finally sank into the almighty bed.

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The Rookery doesn’t have a bar, but who needs one when you can sip champagne undisturbed in your room?

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It wasn’t long before we were back on the foodie trail, on the 40th floor to be more precise, looking out over the city lights below.

Duck and Waffle. Set on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, it offers exceptional food with with 360 degree views of King’s Landing.

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We ordered coffees and sat in complete sleepy silence for quite a while, taking in the stunning views.

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We went for a full English. Just what the doctor ordered at 6am.

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Another caffeine round. We drank them slowly and lazily as the sun began to rise.

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By the time we got back down to earth, the rest of London was starting to wake.

We headed back to the hotel and then on to South Kensington to visit the Museum Of Natural History.

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As a self confessed lover of everything and anything outer space, the Michael Benson exhibition was a real treat. The 77 composite images on display represent a joining together of art and science.

It explores the beauty of our solar system and demonstrates that the visual legacy of six decades of space exploration constitutes a visually stunning, important chapter in the history of photography.

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My personal favourite.

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The last stop before home was Patty and Bun.

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‘ARI GOLDS’ all round. The burger is insanely juicy. Crispy bacon, American cheese, lettuce and sharp pickled onions… this is a thing of burger beauty. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. 

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We left homeward bound, very full and very happy.

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Last but not least I got my newest bag monogrammed!

I am absolutely in love with this bag. It’s so compact, functional and versatile. And the best part? The Fendi monogram service is free of charge.

I have decided I am going to start making little vlogs, my first being the above. I think it’s a nice way to share restaurants and places with you and hopefully gives a bit more dimension to the posts… Let me know what you think in the comments below.

I’d like to say a massive thank you to Travel Supermarket who provided our complimentary stay, but please rest assured that all views expressed in this post, are as always, my honest and truthful opinion. 

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