Being a Scottish girl it has become apparent to me over the last couple of years of my life that when it comes to people they either love London or they hate it more than anywhere else in the world. Especially in the Scotland there is a definitely a divide opinions when it comes to London -those who love Scotland and want independence and those who like Scotland but are also proud of and acknowledge that London is the United Kingdom’s capital and the main hub when it comes to international affairs.
You will be glad to know that I fall into the second category and the idea of London fills me with excitement almost in the same way most girls romanticise Paris. The hussle and bussle thrills me and when I’m in Glasgow I often find myself thinking “Go! Go! Go! This wouldn’t happen in London -being stuck behind an incredibly slow walker whilst trying to catch a train”.
London is associated with being expensive to eat and drink out in and on my adventure I managed to find a balance of both. After not long arriving in London I stumbled upon a ‘shepherds market’ in St James’ Church Yard (near Piccadilly Circus). There was a selection of stalls selling cuisine from mainly South American countries but there were also more familiar foods like homemade cookies. I had an argentine steak sandwich – which was beautifully seasoned and accompanied by rocket. The sweetness of the rocket really complimented the mild spiciness of the steak. I usually enjoy my steak burnt to a crisp but on this occasion I actually ate medium cooked steak because it was so tasty and cost under £5. Sitting in a sunny courtyard eating a steak sandwich and a homemade white chocolate and cranberry cookie was the perfect means to kick start my London adventure after a four and a half hours train journey.
After two reasonably priced meals I decided I wanted to see the other side of the scale – the ridiculously London priced side of things. I had researched some bars before my visit and came across The Whistling Shop – which is possibly the closest you ever come to an authentic Victorian bar. It is a history buffs dream and for anyone who enjoys proper alcohol as compared to badly mixed fruity ‘alcoholic drinks’. The drinks are expensive but you pay for what you get – which is an extremely potent drink in my case – The Radiation Aged Cocktail which contains rum, absinthe and grenadine amongst other things. The two cocktails cost almost the same as the Indian meal we had beforehand. The drink mixing techniques applied is very alcohol meets Jekyll and Hyde’s laboratory as special instruments/techniques are used to make some of the drinks. Intriguing indeed. The menu comes with a glossary to explain some of the ingredients – an example would be: the W2 High Pressure Hydrosol – ‘Inverting the principle of out Vacuum Still. A water based distillate pulling the richer notes from a proprietary botanical blend of roots, seeds and botanicals. Created in our exclusive Kaboom Still’.