Valentine’s Borough Market

Well Valentine’s Day has been & gone while you may be heaving a great sigh of relief – I had an absolutely lovely day in London! I’ll try and hold back on the soppy/cheesy stuff, so here goes… We started the day with freshly baked croissants and cuddles with the puppy before heading out to Borough Market! Borough Market is next to London Bridge station & is simply the best London has to offer when it comes to fresh produce. Bread, coffee, cheese, fish, cakes, vegan, gluten-free. If you want it – they’ll have the finest of it! It’s one of those places that is always on ‘Top 10 Places to go in London’ lists, and with good reason!

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I was then steered over to my favourite Florist, Chez Michelle to pick up a beautiful bouquet that would result in me getting jealous glares everywhere we went for the rest of the day!

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I am quite picky when it comes to flowers & I’m really not a fan of a dozen red roses, so he (cleverly) got me a stunning English Country Garden style bouquet – which is much more ‘me’. Then onto lunch…

I had Pulled Pork from a hole-in-the-wall place that was wonderful, if highly un-romantic and messy… but hey, a girl wants what a girl wants!

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If you need a quick, cheap and delicious lunch, there is plenty on offer! Don’t except to find a seat though – grab a wall to lean on or a curb and enjoy! My date had a Fish Finger Sandwich & Chips from Fish Kitchen – they have a restaurant in Borough Market too! He said the fish was incredible but the chips weren’t the best he’s had in London.

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Grab a cool drink, a corner or side to lean on & enjoy! Check the picture below for opening times…

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And don’t forget to look up…

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Brockley Market

While our studio is always busy at the weekends, we had our first client in at 1pm today, so managed to sneak out to Brockley Market this morning for a few treats before all the hard work began!

Brockley Market is a great little food market in the Lewisham College car park every Saturday with some of the best food stalls in the country! Many of the van’s & stalls are run by the most incredible chefs that can be found in some of London’s top restaurants come evening! But by day they are all serving up their specialities to eager queues, with the best ingredients London has to offer.

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Lot’s of people say, London can be quite a difficult place to find a sense of community in as everyones rushing around avoiding eye-contact at all costs. But not here, everywhere you look are happy families & friends meeting to catch up on the weeks events & try some of whats on offer each week.

This week I tried Fleisch Mob serving up ‘Austrian street food, London style’ all by Mark Edwards. Having spent a little of my childhood in Munich, any Bavarian food is a hit with me!

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Naturally, I went right for the Schnitzel! It’s served in Rye Sourdough with a homemade berry compote & rocket. Yum. I haven’t had Schnitzel since I was about 10 years old, so it had an awful lot to live up to! Every order is made fresh for you while you wait, and while you do, you can have a little look round at what else is on offer. Don’t forget to bring a little extra cash, as unless you have the willpower of a saint, there is no way you are walking past some of these stalls without taking it all home! Image

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That last shot is of Kooky Bakes, all i’m saying (for now) is they sell Smores Whoopie Pies… No seriously. I think we all know what my blog will be about next week!

Anyway… Back to the schnitzel! Once cooked it is assembled beautifully onto the Rye & wrapped in Brown Paper, then cut in two! By this point it all smells so delicious I can’t wait.

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The sandwich was perfectly balanced, the berry compote added a lovely sweetness and with the Schnitzel cooked to perfection, what more could you want? If you want to know more about Fleisch Mob or any of the other things on the menu then you can check out http://www.fleischmob.co.uk or follow them at @FleischMob!
ImageOther favourites of mine & John’s are Mother Flipper Burgers (which John get’s every time we go)! I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had a better burger in my life. Definitely one to try when you visit. You can follow them on Twitter @MotherFlipperUK

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 We also tried Fish Dogs bite size Cinnamon ‘Dog-Nuts’, which were light as air & served with a salted caramel sauce! Absolutely delish! Fish Dogs usually serve posh Fish Finger sandwiches/dogs, something to try definitely! You can follow them on Twitter @Fish_Dogs

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Brockley Market is a lovely place to spend your Saturday morning with friends & definitely worth a little trip across the river if you aren’t local! It’s open 10am-2pm every weekend, but getting there early is always recommended as some of the more popular food stalls tend to run out in the last hour! You can also check on Twitter which of the food stalls are going to be there in advance if you are eager to catch one i’ve mentioned @BrockleyMarket.