“by seeing london, i’ve seen as much as the world can show” – samuel johnson

old sammy boy may’ve been slightly biased–what with the whole ‘tired of london, tired of life’ diatribe (clearly he never had to take the 43 bus home from old street on a rainy monday night)–but he had a point. if you can’t find a way to amuse yourself in london, you may be beyond pleasing.

try, for starters, the vibrant, bustlingly dickensian borough market for brunch with a limitless menu of sarnies, salads, raclettes,  paellas, mezzes, cakes and more (with plenty to sample)…

borough market

go for the smoked toulouse sausage sandwich with rocket and mustard and a flat white coffee (a bargain for six quid as it’s a three-mealer, i.e., breakfast, lunch and dinner all-in-one)

smoked toulouse sausage from borough market

then follow it up with a clove-filled mulled wine (three quid) served up with a smile (free)…

mulled wine at borough market

if you’re up for stroll, venture down the south bank and catch a free concert along the way under blackfriars bridge

blackfriars tunnel quartet

brave the crowds at the tate modern or hop on a bus down to shoreditch to check out some galleries for something completely different. like PETROL, a show of painted car bonnets, at signal gallery on curtain road…

curtain road gallery

or just walk around to see the art on the street.

curtain road grafitti

cordy house

total cost for all that food and culture = 11 quid.

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