On our second day in London, following the splurge on culture, we hit the markets.
Portabello road to be more precise.
Once, when we were first in Germany, I went shopping hungry. Never a good idea. I saw something in a packet in the frozen food section that looked like sausage rolls, and was thrilled by the idea.
When I got them home and looked at the packet again, I realised they were actually Kohlroulade. Not unlike a sausage roll- just substitute the deliciously flaky pastry with wet, floppy cabbage. Ugh!
Andy decided to go Full English:
… but you’ll have to trust me on that one- because most of it vanished before I had a chance to take any shots.
I totally love markets (I’m pretty this love is genetic)- but I’m always suspicious of the permanent ones- you tend to get less ‘flea’ and more ‘cheap stuff bought in bulk overseas’.
And Portabello had that in abundance.
And as I moved to the top of the market, more and more things started to catch my eye…
.. I bought a lace top for 1 pound, a silk shirt for five, a coat for 2 pounds and another cotton shirt for 50p.
I’m sure they’ll turn up in later posts so I’ll link you in.
Andy spent about 1 hour in the Oxfam bookshop and came out with a couple of paperbacks and a wistful look in his eyes.
Andy also nearly went for a Barbour (England sizes seem more Andy-friendly than German sizes), but wasn’t sure about the final look.
What do you think?
We wandered back downhill into the more antique-y section of the market, but it wasn’t so much to my taste, and the whole thing was a bit overpopulated….
We almost all of the day outside, which was pretty lovely- just generally wandering around the Portabello area.
And that evening, we headed to Byron Burger for dinner.
We’d been recommended the place by a friend, but were generally a bit underwhelmed by the burger experience. The malty chocolate milkshake (which you can see in the foreground above) was pretty good, but probably only required in about 1/8th of the volume provided (or after 10 days fasting).
The chips were ok in taste, but lacking in texture- more of a baked potato than fried.
And the burger was only ok. Again with the bread being too fluffy, again with the beef being not punchy enough (oh fresh aussie cow, how I pine for you!), and now with the blue-cheese lacking the desired punch.
Maybe next time?