A day out with Mum and Dad

Living independently is great, but as a young 20-something in a big city with zilch dolla, it can get rather draining from time to time, especially when you’re drowning in essays and dissertation work like I am currently. Sometimes a top up of TLC and unconditional love is just what you need to get you back on track.

Luckily for me my Momma bear and Papa bear only live about an hour and 15 away from London up in the Midlands and so yesterday they popped down for a day out in the big smoke with their eldest.

As we got up to some pretty lavvly stuff I thought I’d share it with you along with some pics of our day out in London!

SO. The day started oh – so – very early – as I met them at 8.30am (N.B. as a sociology student at an arts university I may have forgotten that such a time existed), at St. Pancras station, from there we popped over the road to The Great Northern Hotel for a spot of breakfast at their restaurant Plum and Spilt Milk. You don’t have to be staying there, or book a table to enjoy the foodie delights either – score! I had a buckwheat crepe with coconut yoghurt, mango, and agave syrup…YUMM, along with a fresh mint tea.

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After a leisurely breakfast catching up properly  we headed underground to catch the tube to Moorgate in order to have a wander round  Old Spitalfields Market. Due to the ludicrous time Mum and Dad arrived in London the market was still being set up as we arrived, so we ventured in to Leon for a coffee.

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Having never been there before, and seeing it pegged itself as a “naturally” fast food restaurant, I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely interior! Quirky and funky, it was relaxed and a very pleasant way to spend an hour or so.

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Once the markets opened we tootled around, ooing and aahing at the products on offer. If you’re looking for something bespoke, vintage or unique, this market is the place to go. Its a Christmas gift haven with everything from slogan tees, cloche hats, handmade leather bags to vintage shirts and artisan street food.

Once Mum and I had exhausted all the window-stall shopping, and dad had gotten sufficiently bored of trying on hats, we headed over to Hyde Park to get well and truly christmassy at Winter Wonderland.

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It took us a while to find the Christmas Market or Bavarian Village as its called within the walls of London’s Winter Wonderland, but once we did, it was well and truly Christmas in the Toms household. After pottering around soaking up the Christmas cheer, it was time for food!

For food we headed back down south of the river to my turf – Brockley. One of the brightest jewels in the Brockley crown is The Orchard.

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The cosy bar and kitchen boasts seasonal cocktails, heavenly burgers, walls lined with books that upon request customers can swap with one of their own if they spot something they fancy, and an almost cinematic fish tank – cinematic in that the fish seem to captivate staff and customers alike with their bizarre behaviour – everyone is very concerned about the tiny clownfish-looking tank resident who hides in the corner looking rather forlorn! I settled in with a melt in your mouth burger and a peach iced tea, and it. was. Deelish.

So there you have it! A classic Toms day out – food centric and Christmassy as hell! Links to menus and info below!


The Great Northern Hotel – Here

Plum & Spilt Milk – Here

Old Spitalfields Market – Here

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland  – Here

The Orchard website – Here

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