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How I spent 48 hours in London

When I first visited London I had just broken up with my girlfriend. I was heartbroken. Depressed. Miserable. Much like the weather.

This time, however, I was there with my wife. The trip was part of our fifth wedding anniversary celebration. And it was perfect. Like her.

As usual, I checked out Travelstart for the best price. And as usual, Ethiopian Airlines had the best price. I found the hotel at Booking.com. Although, this time I wish I used Airbnb. More about that crap hotel in another blog post.

Anyway, back to how I did London. I did coffee. Are you surprised?

I visited only 4 spots in 2 days. I’m a proponent of the “too much of a good thing is bad” theory. Although I forget that regularly with sushi. Or Haagan Dazs. Or Krispy Kreme. I digress.

Here’s a little photo essay that’ll give you a taste of where I went.

Kaffeine

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Monmouth Coffee Company, Covent Garden

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Monocole Café

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Prufrock Coffee

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Monmouth Coffee Company, Borough Market

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My thoughts overall

I loved each shop. The spaces were small. But efficiently put together. With the exception of Prufrock which was big, bright and airy. I felt lucky to find a seat everywhere I went. Every shop was busy. With a good mix of what seemed to be locals & tourists. And without exception, the coffee was excellent. Some more excellent than others.

I guess what I enjoyed more than anything else was how unpretentious every experience was. Greetings were genuine. Smiles were unforced. Service was patient. And advice was considered.

London, it seems, has a speciality coffee industry where the speciality is not being up its own arse. Which is nice.

My top tips

  1. Take the tube as little as you can. Walking the streets is a lot more rewarding. If you’re stuck in the tube, you’ll miss much of what is quintessential about London streets. Have a look at the parting shots at the end of this post.
  2. If you’re looking for a place to dump your bags while you walk those streets, Kings Cross railway station has a short term storage facility where you can pay to leave your stuff for a few hours. Click here for more locations.
  3. Marry your best friend.

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5 comments on “How I spent 48 hours in London

  1. lovely captures and a great combination of the two best things – coffee and photography! looking forward to seeing more 🙂

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