Summer days in London.
Last weekend I went into central London a couple of times to enjoy the good weather, meet up with friends and have a nice day out with Hana. Generally I was trying to keep myself occupied and cheer myself up after what happened recently.
After a lovely meal, the gateaux and a coffee it was time for a little walk. We wandered down St James street to Avenue Restaurant for a very refined cup of tea in the ultra modern and very well-appointed bar area. Looking over the menu it’s somewhere I will have to eat at over the summer. The prices make it the kind of place you go for a real treat or special occasion but I’m sure we can find a reason. I loved the Wimbledon themed bar decorations,
Saturday I went into town with Hana for the day. The weather was lovely and I needed some new jeans (which I didn’t find) to replace my old worn out Zara ones. We jumped off the tube at Green Park and walked down Piccadilly to Fortnum and Mason. I used to go here years ago with my Gran, she would treat us to a tin of their Early Grey Tea and some of their fine blue cheese. If it was a special occasion, or if she was just in a good mood we would even have afternoon tea in the tea rooms. It wasn’t an everyday thing but a real treat and something which I will treasure.
Lunch was what many call “London’s best sandwhich“, the Soho Special from Bodean’s in Soho, proper ‘Man Food’!
After a walk through Soho and regent street and a little shopping we capped the afternoon off with a visit to Kahve Dunyasi. This is London’s first branch of the most popular coffee chain in Turkey. Firstly it’s nothing like a Starbucks or Costa. Here you get freshly made cakes and ice creams, real Turkish coffee and all manner of chocolate delights. After not having had a good Greek/ Turkish coffee since last year I took the chance to have one and it didn’t disappoint. It was thick and rich, I recommend ordering it with Mastic which gives it a deeper and more aromatic taste as well as being a little sweet to counter the bitterness of the thick coffee. Be warned it is prepared and served the traditional way so you have about a quarter of a cup of coffee grounds at the bottom of you cup.
All in all some pretty good days out in London!