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An Afternoon in London – Things to do around Borough Market and the Tate Modern in London

We had an afternoon to spare in London. And we certainly made the most of it!

Borough Market

Arriving at Borough Market, our senses went into overload. With eyes as big as saucers, we wandered past enormous polished fruits and vegetables. They were huge and in some cases very alien looking! The cheese stalls had giant wheels stacked high. The olive oil salesmen behind tables with their little bowls of golden liquid shouted “try me”!

It was a riot of colour and noise.

An Afternoon in London - Borough Market
An Afternoon in London - Historic Buildings

Historic Buildings

We escaped down a quiet alley (Stone Street), past Southwark Cathedral, The Clink and on to the river. I’d have liked to dawdle round the Cathedral and gawp at the contents of the Clink, but little hands were pulling to see the boats and the water.

The views as we reached the Thames were stunning in the sunlight. St. Paul’s to our left and the modern skyscrapers to our right.

Street Art

Wandering along the river bank we enjoyed the street art, buskers and performers until eventually we arrived at our next destination - the Tate Modern. We had timed tickets but we were several hours too early.

With lots to catch up on, we drank iced coffees in the Tate’s cafe and then moved on to Gail’s for tea and cake.

An Afternoon in London - Street Art
An Afternoon in London - Modern Art

Modern Art

So we eventually went into the Tate - we were there to see the Olafur Eliasson In Real Life exhibition. The exhibits were amazing. Different, memorable and a truly immersive experience. We stumbled along a fog corridor, past our dancing reflections, down a kaleidoscope tunnel and lots more.

Loved it. There were lots of kids enjoying it especially at the end when there was a whole heap of stuff to build models out of!

An Afternoon in London - Modern Art
An Afternoon in London - Modern Art

Back out in the sunshine, it was time for cocktails as afternoon slipped into evening!

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5th November 2019

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Shakespeare’s Stratford

I was in Stratford recently upgrading our Shakespeare’s Stratford Treasure Trail. Whilst there, I popped into the theatre to see a sculpture I’d heard about.

Shakespeare's Stars

The sculpture is in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Loads of stuff is going on all the time there, not just plays!

You can just walk in to see the sculpture from the side doors and up the stairs. According to the plaque it is made up of two thousand metal stars that shimmer and explore Shakespeare’s obsession with time. It is stunning, as is the view from where it is situated.

You should definitely go and see it next time you are in Stratford. 

Shakespeare's Stratford - Shakespeare's Stars
Shakespeare's Stratford - Stratford's Restaurants

Stratford's Restaurants

There are a huge number of places to eat and drink in Stratford. I had fish and chips for lunch. The restaurant was on Waterside, just opposite the theatre. It was a generous portion and delicious.

In the evening we went to a newly opened restaurant called Loxley’s. I had one of the best vegetarian meals I’ve had for a long time. My dish was described as Smoked Tofu, Puy Lentil & Aubergine Fritters, ‘Buffalo’ Cauliflower, Pepper Puree, Tomato & Smoked Chilli Salsa £14.95! Absolutely fabulous!

Things to do

There is so much to see and do in Stratford, I find it difficult to pick out just one thing (apart from a Treasure Trail of course!) One of our favourite things though to do on rainy days is the MAD museum.

We have also been to an Escape Room in the town which we had fun trying to escape from with friends!

Or on sunny days you could just take a picnic and enjoy the atmosphere.

Shakespeare's Stratford - Stratford upon Avon

24th September 2019

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