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Your Perfect Saturday in London (or Elsewhere)

by Krista

Perfect_day_in_londonI had such a nice Saturday that I thought it might be fun to create an archive of the most perfect days in London, as defined by London bloggers. (Or heck, bloggers anywhere.) Here’s what I’m suggesting:

Write a post about what you’d do on a Saturday in London (or your home city) if you could define your most perfect day. Link it back to http://www.londonelicious.com. Use the Comments on my blog to post a link to your day. I will create a big archive of everyone’s perfect day towards the end of October…and then maybe everyone else can post the same summary…which could result in lots of traffic for everyone…

So here you go…my perfect day in London…

10 a.m.: Wake up. Head to [email protected] for some (decaf) coffee and free wireless. Catch up on the blogosphere.

11 a.m.: Borough Market. Arrive when the market is lively, but not ueberly packed with SLR-toting tourists. Buy some Comte from the Borough Cheese Company. Maybe get something to eat…but something small.

11:30ish: Walk along the Thames towards the Milennium Bridge. Cross it. Wander around St. Paul’s and then up Cheapside towards Bank. Take the Northern Line to Old Street.

12ish: Take Exit 2 from Old Street tube up to the street and walk to the bus stop. Wait for the 55 bus, eastbound towards Hackney. Take this to Goldsmith’s Row. Walk up to Broadway Market. Grab lunch from one of the stalls. Wander in and around the shops. Hang out at The Dove and have a Belgian beer or two.

1ish: Walk westwards along the Regent’s Canal to Angel.

2ish: Wander up through Camden Passage north of Angel tube but a little to the rear. Check out the antiques and the little shops. Drop in to Mocado for a (decaf) coffee or fruit juice. Drop into Paul Young for some chocolate.

3ish: Foot massage (or any type of massage really) at Kobkhun Thai on the Essex Road.

4:30ish: After the massage, walk over to Upper Street and keep walking north  until you hit The Sampler. Drop in to taste some wines.

5ish to 7ish: Rest. (Lately, I’ve been kinda addicted to Gossip Girl on DVD so I’d probably get sucked in.) Stay away from the blog.

7ish: Meet friends for drinks at The East Room. (Members only though kids. Sorry.) If you’re not a member, try The Wenlock for real ale or Loungelover for gorgeous cocktails. (Very opposite ends of the spectrum there.)

9ish: Dinner. Hmmm. Where to go. Roka for sushi. Laxiero for Spanish. Maybe Lalibela for Ethiopian.

Midnight-ish: Return to The East Room for some more cocktails. Maybe Milk & Honey. (Again, members-only. Sorry!) Or, if I’m feeling like it, maybe The King’s Head in Islington.

Later: Sleep.

What’s your perfect day? Where would you go? What restaurants would you eat in? In London? Elsewhere? Post it and let me know!

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Ian October 5, 2008 - 2:17 pm

ooo marry me, that’s so my perfect day.

You could get the 26 bus from St Paul’s to Goldsmith’s Row instead, save a bit of messing about.

Jeff October 5, 2008 - 10:36 pm

Krista! Don’t send normal people to the Wenlock Arms! They won’t like it!

If you want to try great real ales in somewhere less… challenging, I’d suggest The Harp in Covent Garden. Or my pub, once I get a couple of extra handpumps installed…

Douglas October 6, 2008 - 3:46 pm

I can vouch for Ian’s saneness and good taste in obscure grape varieties.

ML October 6, 2008 - 5:34 pm

Great idea (and thanks for the inspiration)! I’ve just posted my pefect London day on my blog.

Su-Lin October 7, 2008 - 10:46 am

OK, going to give this a shot…sometime this month!

Mini-et-Moi October 7, 2008 - 10:32 pm

Great idea! And I just love your Saturday!

I’added my idea of a Perfect Saturday in Central London.

Gourmet Chick October 8, 2008 - 10:11 am

Sounds good Krista. Although I have sort of only just posted on my perfect day in “12 hours in London” http://gourmet-chick.blogspot.com/2008/09/12-hours-in-london.html so maybe you could add this in to the round up and then I will link back to the round up?

Danielle October 8, 2008 - 12:05 pm

What a cool idea, thanks for inviting the posts! I’ve put mine up as well…

Krista October 8, 2008 - 7:06 pm

Jeff: Yes, I suppose I should warn them about the carpet and the loos. When you get a few more handpumps installed, I will revise.

Douglas: Thanks! He also has the good taste to read my blog!

ML: Thanks! Love it.

Su-Lin: Please do!

Mini: I don’t have any children, but you’ve still managed to pick some of my fave places.

Gourmet Chick: Love it! Especially Vinoteca.

Danielle: Welcome to the neighborhood!

Zoe Lavender October 9, 2008 - 8:46 pm

As someone who is only just getting into her London life (even though i’ve lived in Surrey all my life, shock horror!!) I do not yet have a perfect London day. I will however be trying yours very soon, thanks for the tips!

Michelle October 13, 2008 - 8:55 pm

ahh, your perfect saturday has made me nostaligic for weekends pre bambibni! you can check out my perfect saturday now, avec-bebe, on my link.

Gregory October 14, 2008 - 5:13 pm

Hi Krista…

my perfect day… as per today’s thoughts. Couldn’t decide on dinner though.

I know I could cram more in if tried… but that would be detrimental.

Great idea and I have enjoyed thinking about it.


DineometerDeb October 15, 2008 - 4:16 pm

I don’t know what my perfect day would be since I actually have not been to London, but I do know that somehow Eddie Izzard and/or Prince Andrew would be involved. ; )

Su-Lin October 15, 2008 - 10:00 pm

And my perfect day is up now!

Leah October 15, 2008 - 11:49 pm

This was fun- I’m looking forward to the combined list!


Also- what’s on Goldsmith’s Row – should I know about it? Is it wonderful?

Mark T Jones October 16, 2008 - 10:51 am

Have you discovered Queen’s Market, Upton Park yet? I see that London’s most ethnically diverse market has been chosen as a finalist for ‘Best Food Market’ in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards (2008). Take a look at the following website for further details:


Krista October 16, 2008 - 8:22 pm

Zoe: You’ll have a lot of great Saturdays to emulate once I’ve collated all of them!

Michelle: Love your day. Thanks for providing. For others, here is the specific URL: http://www.typepad.com/t/comments?__mode=red&user_id=20262&id=134557179

Gregory: I couldn’t decide on dinner either!

Dineometer: I had no idea who Eddie Izzard was. Thanks for helping me learn.

Su-Lin: Thanks!

Leah: Goldsmith’s Row is just the street that takes you from the bus to Broadway Market.

Mark: Did not know about Queen’s Market. Thanks for the tip!

Helen October 22, 2008 - 3:16 pm

Here’s my perfect day!


Lizzie October 22, 2008 - 11:21 pm
LizDoesLondon October 24, 2008 - 12:02 am

Krista — such a great idea. Thanks. Here’s mine: http://lizdoeslondon.com/2008/10/23/perfect-london-saturday/

Joel Brazil October 29, 2008 - 8:51 am

I was on time, but forgot to post it back here, oops.


Steven Jack November 10, 2008 - 10:56 am

Good idea, Krista.And I just love your Saturday!I have enjoyed thinking about it.

Lynne March 14, 2009 - 8:49 am

Sound like a lovely day. I’m not sure what my perfect London day is – I know what my New York one is. It probably includes Columbia Road Flower Market, and maybe the Orange Pekoe Cafe in Barnes. Thanks for visiting my blog – I have been to Teasmith but not Postcard Teas – will have to check that one out.

godsavelesfilles November 10, 2010 - 2:02 pm

What a wonderful day! will definitely take your advice! Having only lived in London for two months, yet my friend and I have started our own little blog!


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