A birthday weekend in London (Part 2)

Our first stop on Saturday was to Bermondsey and the ‘Beer Mile’. Jamie’s friends run the Anspach & Hobday micro brewery and on Saturday it’s open to the public, along with other micro breweries in the area. It’s an incredibly popular trail for real ale fans and there were plenty of people working their way along the ‘mile’. We decided that, if we were going to survive the day, one brewery was going to be enough. Gordon and I sampled and enjoyed a couple of the beers and could have sampled a few more very happily. I was particularly impressed with the Smoked Brown.

ShopsBermondsey AnspachHobdayBeerBermondsey on Saturday is also well known for Maltby Street Market in The Ropewalk.


BermondseyMarketMost of the stalls in the market are selling prepared food and the sights and smells were amazingly tempting. Gordon and I couldn’t resist having an oyster each.

OystersBermondsey SmokedSalmonWe eventually decided to eat at Monty’s Deli where we had the sandwich to end all sandwiches. It cost £9 but was delicious and left us absolutely stuffed. Thanks for the birthday lunch Ellie!

NineQuidSarnieOur next adventure took us to the Emirates Air Line, a cable car that takes you from North Greenwich at the O2 Arena across the Thames to the Royal Docks. Using your Oyster Card it costs £3.30, incredible value for a trip that gives amazing views and is as good, if not better than the London Eye.

EmiratesAirway O2Arena GoodViewIn the evening we had a lovely Dim Sum meal at Yum Cha in Chalk Farm Road, but first visited The Hawley Arms where we were treated to what seems like a Saturday early evening ritual where four of the staff play Twister.

TwisterAll in all it added up to a brilliant birthday celebration.

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