Well today we’re wrapping up our break here in one of my favorite cities. The past couple of days have only increased my affection for this place and I’m eager to return again. Scotty and I feel like we’ve done a lot but there are still so many places I want to show him and other places we both want to see for the first time.
Today we walked through Westminster – a lovely enclave that seems to be a bit quieter. Despite my many visits to the city I had never stepped foot in Harrods and decided that this was now the time to do it! I had a very specific item I was looking for and had been tipped off that I might find it in the Harrods Food Hall. Oh my gosh! The Food Halls were amazing! I could have spent hours there looking at all the fun ingredients, getting inspired to cook something new and exotic. Besides stocking beautiful produce and fun ingredients, Harrods is full of mini-restaurants: there is a seafood bar that looked delectable – oysters, lobster, snow crab, a caviar bar, a sushi bar, a gelato bar, a huge fine chocolate display, coffee and tea bars, champagne buffets, a nice jambon charcuterie, cheese hall, seriously anything indulgent you could want – you’ll find it there with plenty variety! And the halls are immaculate, shiny, and the service extremely friendly. Scotty and I went to the tea room and had a cappuccino and croissant while we planned out our day. The funny thing was that in the midst of all this abundance, they didn’t have the item I was looking for! Oh well – it was still a feast for the eyes. We did get a couple sandwiches to enjoy for lunch later and I checked out the cookware section. Is it telling that I skipped the clothes, shoes, handbags, makeup, and just checked out the pots and pans? I mean this is Harrods – am I missing part of the “girl code” in my dna? I was too shy to take pictures inside but I found a fellow blogger who took some great pictures on his visit, so if you’re curious check it out here.
Anyway, after a little while it was a bit overwhelming…so we headed out with our sandwiches and made our way to the Victoria and Albert museum. I love this museum – the building, the quiet, the displays. I’ve only been here twice and the last time was in 2001 but I’ve been wanting to come back ever since and was happy to be able to bring Scotty here.
Following our stroll through the Medieval England and Changing Fashion exhibits, we decided to stroll through more of Westminster and head to Hyde Park. It was a really pretty day – cloudy but with spots of sun and it was warm. It was a bank holiday and so there were lots of people in the park but it was still quiet. I love that about the parks here. They’re so enormous and so they rarely never feel crowded.
After our hour in the park it was time to head back to the hotel, pick up our bags, take the Metro to Victoria, the train to Gatwick, and catch our flight home. It was such a wonderful weekend and it was so full! We both have so many great memories of our time with the Manors and our time together in London. I think we’ll probably be back – hopefully sooner than later.