Soho, Hyde Park, Indian Food, The Thames at Night

Soho, Hyde Park, Indian Food, The Thames at Night

Today we did much less walking than we have the previous couple of days. We woke up early and had breakfast, orange juice and coffee at TomTom, but this time it wasn’t croissants. We had eggs benedict which was wonderful. We sat for a while at the little communal table before going back to Mickey and Cheryl’s flat where Andrew helped get some things ready for the move. Did I mention they are moving to a new place very soon? We have been trying to be as helpful as possible as we know it can’t be easy to have houseguests while you are trying to pack up. After that we took a cab to a tapas restaurant where Cheryl was meeting up with a few friends from San Francisco. They were very nice and lunch was excellent. I had sweet corn and blueberry fritters with chorizo and a salad of baby greens and Andrew had a specialty egg dish that was basically a poached egg sitting on top of some yogurt, drizzled with chili oil. We both enjoyed it very much. After lunch we headed off to do some shopping at John Lewis, a department store much like Macy’s in the States because Cheryl thought they might have some unique British branded items that weren’t too touristy. She was right. What a great selection. We ended up getting a few things there and then splitting with Mickey and Cheryl so we could do some more shopping. They pointed us to the Soho neighborhood with lots of ecclectic shops and fun stuff. If you have ever heard of Liberty of London, this is where they have their main store. It was great although we tried to go over one street where the mainstream shopping is (Banana Republic, Armani, Gucci, etc.) and the amount of people trying to navigate the sidewalks was insane. They were everywhere and we could hardly move. After that we decided we needed a little wide open space so we walked to the Barclay’s bikes and hopped on for a ride through Hyde Park. We saw the Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park where people can go to protest and speak their mind to anyone who will listen. After riding through the park and along the large lake that runs through the center called The Serpentine, we returned the bikes and got on the Tube as our dinner reservations were looming. Mickey booked us a reservation at a modern Indian restaurant with small plates called Imli. We showed up 20 minutes early and were seated right away. We took one look at the menu and immediately knew that we wanted a taste of everything so we ordered the tasting menu which consisted of six small courses plus dessert. The food was out of this world. It was the best meal here we have had so far and we both stuffed our faces like nobody’s business. We couldn’t even decide which courses we liked best as they were all phenomenal. And the fig and ginger ice cream that came as dessert was to die for. Just amazing. After we were nice and stuffed we hopped the Tube again to Big Ben and the Houses or Parliament because Andrew had been wanting to take some night shots. They came out wonderful as you can see below. Well, we’re once again pretty tired and calling it a night. Au revior, Chelsie and Andrew

Soho Shopping

Riding the bike in Hyde Park

Just hanging around in the park

The Barclay's bikes all lined up in a row

Andrew BEFORE eating Indian Food

Our 6 course menu

Chelsie AFTER the Indian Food (Andrew pretty much looked the same) :)

Big Ben at night

The London Eye at night

Houses of Parliament at night

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament at night

Cool shot of the Tube pulling away from the station


  1. OMG! We love this Blog so much! Feels like we are there with you! Wow….. I am getting hungry just by reading your blog. All is well here. Nolan from Starbucks, Bill, Nana, Aunt Patty, Justin and U. Matt are a few that I know about that are reading your blog daily. How long will you be in London? I am guessing two more nights. Love you both and miss you. Spent Saturday with Justin and had a blast with the pugs. Pagooda misses you the most and Pookie seems fine. We are thinking about going again next weekend and may spend the night so that Justin can go to Upland for one evening but he loves it there and does not want to leave. Justin is taking after his sister and cooking lots. It is so fun to see. He put olive oil and sea salt on our backed potatoes and bought organic carrots from trader joes. I know he is ready for a home of his own after visiting. Well love and miss you both! Sweet dreams tonight… oops you are almost ready to wake up now! MOM :)

  2. awesome pictures guys! looks like you 2 are having so much fun!!! i’m so jealous. chelsie, i love the new glasses. andrew, you’re missing the “funnest” week of NCS… train the trainer and the BCD all hands..

    enjoy yourselves!!!

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