J and V explore Spitalfields
We began our second day in London at a cafe in Spitalfields called The Breakfast Club. The queue to get in was about ten people deep, but the half an hour wait was so worth it, as the food was beyond amazing:
V got the fry up, while I ordered the pancakes and potatoes. We swapped around throughout the meal but I couldn’t finish my pancakes as the portions where pretty big. It was such a great way to start the day, and afterwards we headed off to explore Spitalfields markets as nothing else was really open on Easter Sunday.
I haven’t got many photos from there as many of the stalls prohibited photographs, but we found some really cool stuff. My favourite was a printed pillow case covered in a variety of brightly coloured cupcakes, and I tried to convince V to buy a shirt with a floral trim on the breast pocket and a matching bow tie but he refused. It was nice, I swear.
There were a couple of cake stalls dotted around all the screen prints and clothing. The one below had some pretty awesome looking brownies, which, unfortunately, we didn’t stop to try because we were struggling to walk after breakfast anyway.
After the markets we made our way over to Brick Lane to check out Rough Trade, which we hoped would be a lot calmer that day. They have a photo booth in there, and of course we had to have a go.
On Sundays, theres is also a pop up market in a building on Brick Lane. Its filled with independent clothes brands and loads of food stalls. In here, I bought V a hipster shirt cause he covered breaky (see if you can spot it in the next instalment) and I got some sort of meat on a stick because by that time, breakfast had become something of a memory. I have no idea what kind of meat I consumed in that market, which is kind of worrying, but it tasted nice, so oh well.
The day ended on an emotional note. First, we went for dinner in a pub right in the centre of London, and lets just say their scampi and chips where not the best you could ever ask for. Secondly, we took advantage of the Times discount on Odeon tickets and went and watched The Book Thief in Leicester Square.
The film definitely lived up to Mark Zusak’s book, and some brilliant acting from Sophie Nélisse, who played Liesel, reduced everyone in the theatre to tears. We were really impressed with how they condensed the story down, it was really neatly and cohesively done. The bombing of the street and the deaths of all her friends and family were dealt with really well as well. If this film doesn’t come out top in all the award ceremonies, then I’ll be extremely shocked.
Sylvan Esso, Play it Right
–Again, this song would also make a great soundtrack for this trip