Friday morning we took the Tube over toward Borough Market, walking over the Millennium Bridge on the way. Blue skies, mild breeze. The Market was just getting going at 10:30, and we wandered around enjoying the absence of crowds. There are wonderful food producers here, and I so wish I could convey the aromas as we walked by stalls--roasting chorizo and ducks, truffles under glass that when lifted sent wafts of truffle nearby, enormous wheels of aged cheese, meat pies fresh from the oven, huge paellas beginning to simmer in their pans.
We bought two sandwiches to split for lunch. One was my Borough Mecca--the toasted cheese and leeks sandwich from Kappacasein Cheeses. The other was a lamb sausage on a roll with sautéed vegetables, harissa and a zippy cilantro sauce. The market was beginning to get crowded, so we found a bench along the Embankment and enjoyed lunch while watching the gaggles of kids on school trips parade by on their way to or from the Globe Theatre. We went to the Globe and also nearby Southwark Cathedral on our last trip, so decided to not go today.
We had discovered that the bank notes we had leftover from our last London trip were no longer accepted, so had to go to the Bank of England to exchange them. Back across the bridge, and wandered past St. Paul's and into The City. From the Bank, we walked around a bit more, found remains of the Roman Wall, before landing at the Museum of London. This is a large museum devoted to the history of the city, with lots of artifacts spanning the Neolithic age to present day. Interesting, though tiring visit. Filled in a lot of gaps in our understanding of London.
While resting with some tea in the café, we found a few bus routes to get us back to Notting Hill. The V&A was open late on Fridays, so we decided to do a short visit there, knowing from past experiences that it's a place to best break off into smaller portions. We caught a bus heading toward The Strand, then Whitehall, then into Chelsea. Love sitting on the top of a London bus as it winds through the streets at sunset.
At the V&A we spent the bulk of our time on the third floor, getting immersed in ironwork, silver, and enamelwork. We were dropping and hungry at that point, so headed to the next bus home. Found a nice dinner at Amici's restaurant near Notting Hill Gate, an oasis in the middle of fast food. Family-run, competent food, enjoyable mussels and pastas.