This past weekend we had one of my best friends, Anette, visiting from Oslo and she stayed with us (in our guest room!) from Wednesday until Monday so we could have loads of time to explore and hang out. She has been here before (last time was in January for my birthday) so we didn't want to do the most touristy stuff, but still explore a bit and not just sit about on the sofa and play Trivial Pursuit (we did that on Saturday evening, I lost big time).
Anette decided she wanted to go to mass in Westminster Cathedral on Subday morning and as the husband is Catholic and I am more neutral in the religious area, we all decided to give it a go. It was a very calming start to our Sunday and we all loved the amazing Cathedral. Fun fact, the husband and I did our marriage course in Westminster Cathedral back when we were getting married, although we didn't get to spend any time in the actual Cathedral then and the mass was a first for all of us.
After mass we were all absolutely starving and ended up at 11 Pimlico, close to Victoria Station. We hadn't planned our brunch/lunch and so had to hustle a bit to find somewhere that had space and so we ended up at this lovely place. I absolutely loved the interior and that table made me want to really get going with a little home DIY with the one we have... I am plotting and planning that currently!
The food was lovely, I ate my Eggs Royale in about 3 minutes as I was absolutely starving, and we got a side of fries with Bearnaise sauce which should really come with any meal if you ask me. Disregarding the fact that they are not great for you, of course but weekends are for indulging in my book.
After lunch we wandered along to The Kings Road to meet a friend for a quick coffee and panic buy some sunglasses. The sun was going crazy and we had left the house early in the morning armed with sweaters and umbrellas. Our goal was to get to the Serpentine Gallery to see the Pavilion there, and stop for a break in the park and maybe a coffee.
The Pavilion was a bit of a downer, to be honest. There was a cafe inside it which was just not great. We each got a coffee and they were all pretty bad, my latte spilled on the ground when I was half way through which was probably the best place for it. We did have a really lovely rest on a bench under a shaded tree while waiting for a friend and my brother to join us, much needed for our feet and sweaty bodies, and then we headed into the gallery.
The exhibition was works by Alex Katz and the Serpentine Gallery is pretty small, so I wouldn't say to go all the way there just for the exhibit and the pavilion, but if you plan ahead and bring a little picnic and have lunch in Hyde Park then definitely go to get a little culture at the same time. Just avoid the coffee.
After the gallery we walked to a pub in South Ken where we spent many hours eating nachos and having beer. But to be honest there was noting lovely to take pictures of so this is where I will leave you. After the pub we also made it to Chicken Shop in Holborn to finish off the weekend with loads of chicken and sides. It was glorious and we were all super full and got home way too late for a Sunday night. I was exhausted on Monday morning, but you know, it was worth it!
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x