Before I forget or can’t read my notes, I thought I ought to start this
Tues Mar 15.Rebecca was actually early to pick us up! Got to MCO with time to spare. No upgrades available but they did move us closer to the front of the plane when they saw my cane! Quick flight to Atlanta and a long wait for the wheel chair to get me to our next gate in another part of the terminal. A then got on the London flight and sat on the runway for 1 hour waiting to take off. Disgusting food but the wine was free in coach this time.
March 16 Arrived Heathrow on time and the wheelchair was waiting to take us thru Immigration and onto baggage claim. Just airports was waiting just outside the exit and we quickly made it into London and the Grosvenor Kensington, formerly the Kensington Moat or Mad House as some of us called it. Room not ready so went across the street for some breakfast. Back to hotel and the room was ready, very nice sized room with a totally unsafe bathroom. No grab bars except on the side of tub, which are useless and no rubber mat for when using the shower. No way I could get in that tub so showered and felt better quickly. Talked to a lady from Texas and she said the same thing. She said her SIL had fallen in the tub the first time she used it. The hotel has been sold and will be completely renovated so I hope they do something about the safety features. Free internet in rooms so set up computer so I can check bus routes. D hit the bed and I hit the streets, going over to South Kensington tube to add 7 day travel cards to our Oysters. Unpacked had some lunch and then a short nap before dinner at La Famiglia..of course ..it’s always our first night’s restaurant. Saw all our old friends had a nice chat with Alvaro and a great meal. Mussels of course for David . As I said before they always know what his first course will be, he followed with rare liver! I had fried artichoke hearts and stuffed veal roast , all delish. So off to bed.
March 17 Had planned to go to Trafalgar for the St Patrick’s day parade, but the streets were jammed with yobs and drunks even early in the morning so gave up on that and spent some time at the V and A and walking along King’s Road and stopping in at the Sydney Street Antiques market. Lunch somewhere and then back for a nap before dinner at a new place , Venosi. I had read a great review in a London newsletter I get, The Londonist, Thanks Beth!! And the review was spot on. The place is on Sloane Avenue and very nicely decorated with comfortable leather chairs and banquettes, white wall and marble floor, very cool and crisp looking. The service from Miguel our waiter was excellent and Luigi the owner most pleasant. I really hope his business thrives because they certainly deserve to. I had Braciole, a rump steak stuffed with herbs and parmesan and served in a Pizzaoli sauce over sautéed broccoli and roast potatoes. I wish I’d taken a picture because the presentation was great. D had kidneys and semifreddo for dessert.. We booked again for later in the week before leaving. The bus to take us back to the hotel was right outside the door. Did a lot of bus riding this trip. The hotel has excellent transport connections.
March 18 David’s birthday and he wants to see the Victoria Cross exhibit at the Imperial War Museum. As I said before, you know you have been to a place too many times when the doorman greets you with a hug and a kiss. I always tease him about his hearing as he collects the coats and back packs of the screaming school children that come thru his door. Interesting exhibit, David also revisited the Holocaust exhibit while I visited the art galleries. I think the main thing he wanted here at the IWM was lunch and their delicious Mac and cheese! Spent the whole morning and part of the afternoon here and in the park outside enjoying the beautiful weather. I had to take the liner out of my raincoat when we got back to the hotel.
Dinner tonight is supposed to be a special treat. We haven’t been to Montepeliano in ages and David is looking forward to their Dover Sole and crepes Montepeliano. The restaurant has changed a bit since we were last there. They have opened up the front room into the back room but the service is not as good as it used to be. Of the 3 original owners only 1 remains.
They used to serve the whole sole with head and tail on and bone it tableside. A bit disappointed that it came ready boned to the table, We strongly suspect that it is no longer fresh but rather frozen. Then the waiter forgot to crush the almond biscuits over D’s crepe. Well the wine was fine but I doubt we will be going back anytime soon.
Hadn’t been to Portobello the last few trips so decided today was the day. Bus dropped us off right in the middle of the market, much better than taking the tube. Had some almond croissants and coffee before during any looking at the stalls. Spent several hours inside and out admiring but not buying! Did see an engraving like one we have and were astonished at the price, 750 GBPs! I’ll take better care of ours.
Bused back to the V&A again . You could spend days there and not see everything. Paid particular attention to the Diamond Jubilee exhibit of Queen Victoria.
Had a 50% off offer from top table at Marco Pierre White’s King’s Rd steakhouse so set off for dinner around 7. I had a delish rib eye and chips, David had their grilled double lamb chops. They had not been skinned properly and were very hard to cut into. He told the manager and the chef agreed with him so they didn’t charge us for them and gave 50% off on my dinner! Good business . Both finished with crème brulee. You didn’t think D could make a trip without having at least 1 CB!
For some reason I swore Borough Market was open on Sundays, Following a LONG bus ride we arrived to find it closed. No big deal headed over into Southbank and took the boat over to Tate Britain. This is not one of my favorites but usually has a good temp. exhibit on. Wandered around for an hour or so and stopped in their café for lunch. David had some kind of soup, the color alone turn ed me off. I enjoyed my Panini though!
We did a lot of walking and David was so tired he wanted to sleep rather than eat dinner. So I went over to Carluccio’s on my own and had a nice pork saltimbocca and wine. Now I was tired so returned to hotel and turned in early
Today is the day for the Wallace Collection. After walking the wrong way on George St we asked directions and were pointed back the way we hd just comke. Stopped in a Café Nero for some revitalization coffee before entering. D’s favorite picture is in the collection so we stared at The Arab Camp for a bit before seeing the other things. Lunch in their garden café is always nice. The medieval armor always amazes me. No machinery involved and the decorations on what is essentially a bullet proof vest is amazing
After liunch we headed to Gray’s Antique Center as I had 2 rings I wanted to sell. First guy I showed them too asked what I wanted for them so I said 500GBP. He was so quick to hand over the money I think I made a mistake. Oh well, we won’t have to find any more ATMs while here and I should have some leftover for our next trip.
D wants to go to Carluccio’s tonight . So walked over We shared a cheese and salami antipasta , I followed with fried calamari and D had a venison stuffed tortellini Both excellent. Food is so good here if you can stand the noise!
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