Brunch, Galleries and The Best of Britannia

Ah, it was only a matter of time before the dreary weather hit London, wasn’t it. Sad, frizzy hair times. The weekend was another quiet one for us work wise, so we took full advantage and kept ourselves pretty busy. Eating was obviously our main focus, but we did throw a few cultural activities and some shopping into the mix!

On Saturday, I donned my new blue jeans, had a bit of a fit about them not suiting me and then changed into the black ones (yup), and we eventually headed out to have brunch at Workshop Coffee in Clerkenwell. I’ve seen quite a bit of chat about this place online, so made it my mission to finally go there. It was pleasant enough, but I have to admit I have eaten better – We both opted for the Full Benedict (English Muffin, Ham Hock, Poached Eggs, Spinach, Chipotle Sauce) and the bill was a little pricey for my liking, but that’s London for you *sigh*. The service was amazing though and it was a very cozy and relaxing environment. It was great to go to a place where the staff top up your water continuously throughout the meal. That really doesn’t happen enough in the UK. Grrr.

Workshop Coffee

Workshop Cafe

After filling ourselves up nicely, we then popped into Best of Britannia in the Farmiloe Building. This event was effectively a pop-up department store set over three floors, offering British-made goods over about 200 stalls.  It was great to take a look around the venue, but luckily for my bank balance there weren’t too many items that I wanted to bag and bring home – a lot of the handcrafted goods came with quite hefty price tags, but I guess it really is all about the love and hours that are spent making such great quality items. It cost £8 to enter the event, which I thought was quite a lot for a Saturday afternoon browse around. Perhaps we missed all the action that made it worth it.

Made in England

Made In Britain

BOB

Best Of Britania

British Mini

We finished of the day with a quick 241 pizza and cocktail deal just next door at Bar Smith. All were delicious, but the highlight of the visit had to be Alex sitting in a full on chair puddle *chuckles* – As you can see… He was thrilled!

Bar Smith

I went for the gluten-free pizza, which was absolutely delicious.

Bar Smith Gluten Free Pizza

We had a bit of a slower start on Sunday and decided to head into Chelsea for lunch at Tommi’s Burger Joint… you’ve just got to go for a big juicy burger when you fancy it, and we definitely made the right choice going to this place. It was pretty good value compared to so many other places, with a burger, fries and soda costing £9.50. No pictures were taken I’m afraid, but that’s probably best as we’d only be left drooling!

After that, we mooched around the stores and then popped into Proud Galleries to take in the pictures of Jane & Serge by Andrew Birkin – An exhibition charting the intense relationship between Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. We’ve been listening to a lot of Serge lately so it was pretty fitting. You can read more about the couple HERE:

Jane & Serge

No visit to Chelsea is complete without popping into the Saatchi Gallery, so we ended the day there… Eek!

Saatchi Gallery

How was your weekend. Get up to anything I should know about?

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  1. Steph October 7, 2014 / 3:50 am

    Looks like you had a lovely weekend of rich eating. I love Serge Gainsbourg. Whenever I see a movie with Charlotte, I think it’s really neat how you can see her parents cool genes blended in her face/profile.
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