Thursday, December 29, 2011

Classic London

The well known and quintessential sights of the city likely need no explanation. From Big Ben and Parliament to Buckingham Palace and Queen Victoria Memorial; we came, we saw, we photographed. We also has a blast drinking Pimm's Cup, European beers and mulled wine. I was excited to devour the classic British meal of fish-n-chips and mushy peas. The White Hart, a cozy pub in Liverpool Square satisfied the craving, although I have a feeling you could wander into almost any pub in the city and they would do the same.
The fillet of hake was ale battered and deep fried to crispy, flaky perfection and served with a side of mushy peas that were a lot more appetizing than the name seems to imply. A cup of tartar sauce was also on hand for dipping. Additionally, our first mugs of mulled wine did not disappoint. They were warm and soothing with sugar and spice infusions of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.
The royal sights and regal buildings are matched with an energetic spirit and unique embrace. On the whole, classic elegance is balanced with staple comforts. It's a European city distinctly different than any I've traveled to and it absolutely holds a special place.

19 comments:

  1. You should work for the board of tourism - I've never really had a desire to go to London but, after all your posts, I am dying to go!! I think the Bodington's could tempt Christopher... ;)

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  2. When I studied at Oxford, I drank my weight in Pimm's Cups! Your post brings back many good memories!

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  3. I love London and I love Pimms!!

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  4. I am dying to visit London. The views are really striking.

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  5. MMM MMM!! Fish n chips. That mulled wine looks good, too.

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  6. Happy New Year! I hope I can visit London soon, and thanks to your posts I want to make it sooner rather than later!

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  7. Such great photos! So happy to see you had fish and chips - seriously one of my favorite things in England, that and the 5 person cabs of course ;)

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  8. I've never had hot mulled wine, but I do love me a Pimm's Cup! And as a New Englander, I love fish and chips (obviously), but would love to try them in London some day!

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  9. I would love to eat fish and chips in London. I bet its delicious.

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  10. Pimms in a can? I am English and have never seen that before. Now I want a Pimms Cup and Fish & Chips and omg do I love mushy peas!

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  11. I am SO excited to go to London in the fall now! (At least, I'm pretty sure that's one of the stops.)

    Thank you for some amazing recaps!

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  12. A glass of mulled wine would be SO wonderful right now. As always, your photos are fantastic!

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  13. Sign me up for the fish and chips and some Pimm's! So jealous of this trip.

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  14. I love Pimm's! These photos are fantastic.

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  15. What gorgeous photos! And now I'm craving fish and chips - yummmm :)

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  16. Classic London pics. are beautiful!

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