Madame Tussauds & Borough Market in London

the exterior of Roast

To celebrate our anniversary, we spent Saturday being tourists in the city we live in, checking out some of the famous parts of London. We started by heading off early in the morning to enjoy breakfast at Roast restaurant in Borough Market, one of my favourite Saturday morning destinations. The market is bursting with fresh produce, meat and cheese, all displayed in a symphony of colour and texture, and is set amongst beautiful, historic streets. We arrived early enough to avoid the crowds (by lunchtime you can hardly move), and took the elevator up to the restaurant where we enjoyed a delicious breakfast (and took advantage of another great OpenTable deal). I had the vegetarian breakfast (and even ate eggs without feeling sick); the highlight being the vegetarian sausages – I don’t know what was in them, but they were divine! Brendan chose the eggs benedict and scored them as the best he’s ever eaten.

vegetarian breakfast at Roast

With full bellies, we left Roast and wandered around the market, taking in the sights and smells of delicious and sometimes mysterious food:

one of the friendly faces at Borough Market

We then took a stroll along the south bank of the Thames, from London Bridge to the Tate Modern, appreciating the famous landmarks along the way such as Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe. We even remembered to stop and take an outfit picture for the wardrobe challenge! I realized the day before I started this challenge that I don’t really have any smart tops (although I do have an abundance of t-shirts), so I frantically visited the online Banana Republic sale and purchased this grey silk top, which I paired with my wide-legged trousers and flats for a comfortable but not too casual outfit:

wardrobe challenge: day sixteen. photo: Brendan Croft

{trousers: thrifted at Traid (Gap), top: Banana Republic, shoes: Asos, necklace: Bueno Style, bag: gift from Mum (Sportsgirl), scarf (tied onto bag): Accessorize}

We continued our tourist experience at the infamous Madame Tussauds where we met myriad waxen celebrities. Although it’s a fun place to visit, it’s kinda creepy how excited people get, and it can get a little boring, especially when you have to fight the crowds just to get a photo with a fake Robert Pattinson. I was lucky enough to get a massive discount on the tickets, so paying under £8 didn’t seem too insulting, but I don’t think I’d happily pay the full £30 fare, even if I did get to have my photo taken with my all-time favourite actress, style icon and humanitarian:

hanging with Audrey. photo: Brendan Croft

We finished the day with some window shopping in Harrods and a trip to the cinema to see Tomorrow When the War Began, an Aussie movie that was just released in the UK. It was a fab day, and the fact that we fell asleep in the middle of an episode of Chuck at 9:00pm was a sign of a day well utilized!!

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