Archive for November, 2018

More highlights from my charcuterie tour of London.

FF: Cheezelo

To visit Central London’s Cheezelo is to have a tour of all of Europe – as they offer scores of cheeses from all over. But not just cheese, Cheezelo also offers a great line of cured meats to complete your charcuterie needs.

About Cheezelo:

“Cheezelo offers all cheese lovers high quality cheese products, from renowned accredited and medallists cheeses, to freshly prepared ready to eat cheese platters delivered to your door. With more than 70 various cheeses from Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, there is surely what you are looking for! We also have a wide range of savouries, charcuterie & deli food products for individuals or businesses.”

Cheezelo is located at 46 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1JB, just a short walk from King’s Cross Station.

FF: Appetite London

Meanwhile, the fine folks over at Appetite London in the East Village district, offer fresh meats and a great line of cheeses and charcuterie for dine in or take out.

About Appetite London:

“We combine Butchery with the finest artisan foods to bring you the best choice of all: fresh cuts of free range rare breed meat straight ‘from the farm to the fork’, side by side with the highest-quality of English & Continental cheese, Charcuterie and Delicatessen.”

Appetite London is located at 9 West Park Walk, East Village, E20 1DH, London.

The other day I posted about London’s Lord Mayor’s Show – the centuries-old annual celebration of the Lord Mayor which takes place every November with a ton of pomp and whimsy. I just love this photo I snapped while attending this year’s event this past weekend that shows how wacky it gets. Watch for a full gallery of my Lord Mayor’s Show photos coming soon.

One thing you notice right away when visiting London in mid-November is that the Christmas season is pretty much in full swing. Without the American-only holiday of Thanksgiving as a milepost to pass for permission to go all Christmas, London lights up early and it is spectacular.

Most notably London’s major shopping districts, Oxford Street, Regent Street, etc. are festooned with festive lights as far as the eye can see. It’s a pretty special scene in a city that is already pretty awesome the rest of the year.

Learn more about all the great places to see London’s Christmas lights here.

So imagine having a dream all your life to visit London and finally seeing Big Ben and when you get there it is covered in scaffolding? Well, that is probably the case for a lot of people these days as the iconic Westminster tower that houses Big Ben is under a multi-year renovation. For me, who loves the tower as much as anyone, is thrilled to see it being taken care of and looks at it this way – how often in the 150+ years it has been around have you gotten to see it this way?

I have been to London many times over the years and have used many different travel guides to plan my trips to make sure I see things I have missed on other trips. Heck, at this point I could publish a pretty good London travel guide myself – just my scores of posts here on Lost Cowboy would be a great start. However, for this trip I turned to the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide London, which is one of the best travel guides I have found. Rich in detail, complete with maps, and free downloads of audio walk – the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide London has it all.

About the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide London:

“Find your corner of London with this essential travel guide to this great city, designed to help you create your own unique trip and to transport you there before you’ve even packed your case – step back in time at the Tower of London and the British Museum, get a bird’s eye view of London from the Shard, or relax in Hyde Park. The DK Eyewitness Guide to London covers the must-see sights and the hidden corners, so you won’t miss a thing.”

The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide London is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

See all the travel guides from the fine folks at DK here.

 

Tucked just off of the Old City’s Fleet Street is Saint Bride’s Church, which I will be posting about in more detail soon, but for now I took this shot outside of the church’s yard which captures some nice atmosphere.

London is full of museums. Seriously, some of the best and biggest museums in the world are here – from the great Victoria & Albert, to the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, to the spectacular British Museum – and that is just tapping the surface. I have been to many of those must-see museums, and go back to them on my various trips (heck, the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is like a second home to me). However, there are many smaller museum gems around the city – like the charming

I just found on this trip.

About London’s Museum of Brands:

“Here is the remarkable story of how our consumer society has evolved since Victorian times. It’s a journey of discovery that puts our favourite brands into their historical context, alongside royal coronations, two world wars, man landing on the moon and right up to the computer and digital age. Laid out chronologically, the Time Tunnel reflects how daily life has been transformed by the invention of the railway, the motor car, and the aeroplane; and how entertainment has been enlivened by the arrival of cinema, radio and television. Memories are triggered by an abundance of toys and games that, since the 1950s, have reflected the most popular television programmes. Magazine covers illustrate the change in style and fashion, while colourful graphic posters connected to the product aspirations of each period.”

Visit London’s Museum of Brands on line here.

My most favorite place in all of London – Trafalgar Square, captured in this panoramic shot from my phone. There is no place I have ever been that has such a “sense of place” for me and I love taking it all in on every trip to London.

One of the great things about the holiday season in Europe – and the UK is no different – are all the great seasonal and Christmas Markets that pop up all over. Most of these markets spring up in late November and early December and run through the first of the year. However, I was happy to find the Winter Market at Southbank Centre is already underway and it is great and festive take on the already vibrant Southbank of the Thames.

About the Winter Market at London’s Southbank Centre:

“See Southbank Centre transformed this winter with magical family shows, markets, twinkling lights, festive fun and other seasonal delights. Eat, drink and be merry beside the River Thames with the return of our enchanting Winter Market and pop-ups, offering the very best in global street food, craft beers, cocktails, artisan gifts and more. Don’t miss our brilliant Christmas shows. Experience the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus including sensational animal puppetry, with Circus 1903. Or bring the kids to see Rumpelstiltskin, a fantastic fairy tale with theatrical spectacle, rocking music and supreme silliness.”

Learn more about the Winter Market at Southbank Centre here.

Read more about all the other Christmas Markets opening up later in the month in London here.