I'm currently in London for a short weekend. I was last here in March but that seems ages ago. Saturday was so hot, around 28 degrees and I felt like being in LA.
As I was walking around the city, I ran into a pro EU march. People were chanting, 'EU, we love you'.
I did some window shopping, in order to get an idea of the latest trends. I didn't buy anything though.
The world traveller that I'd like to think I am, made a mistake by not having set the clock to UK time. I showed up at the restaurant where I had booked a table an hour too early as I was still on Central European Time. In order to kill time, I walked over to The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz to have a drink.
I had a simple Bombay Sapphire gin and tonic. The waiter was very kind and funny.
Finally I met with my friend S who I know from my student days. We had dinner at Novikov, the Italian restaurant (there is also an Asian restaurant on the ground floor).
I had somewhat high expectations regarding the prawns I had ordered. But I when I saw the portion, I thought that they were overpriced (53 GBP / 64 EUR / 70 USD).
Overall the food and the wine were good.
At the end though, I refused to pay the 'optional charge' of 13 percent. As said before, I found the food overpriced, the service was lacking at times (they took quite a while to take our order, removed knives and plates when we still weren't done) and I found the three happy birthday interruptions for neighbouring tables tiring. I will probably not eat there again.
S and I went to Chinatown for dessert.
I tried a caramel mousse cuppacha. It was alright but not entirely my taste. I'm very hard to please these days it seems.