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Happy birthday to me!


So yesterday was my birthday (27! I’m getting up there!) and I had the most fabulous day ever, next to last year’s which I spent on a gorgeous beach.

As any other day should, my morning started off with a hearty homemade breakfast!  There were of course mimosas (champagne and orange juice, heavy on the champers) but we also made homemade breakfast burritos which, I must say, were probably the most awesome thing ever.  They’ve got a layer of homemade guacamole and then chorizo stir fried with red pepper, onion, garlic and our special homemade chilli sauce (recipe to come), topped off with a bit of scrambled egg and cheese.  Oh dear!  I was beyond full!

Dios mio!
Dios mio!

After that I took a nice relaxing soak with my “avobath” bath bomb from the ever delicious Lush while N tidied up the flat.  Then it was time to get ready and head off to The Shard!

I’ve been looking forward to going to The Shard ever since I booked the tickets back in January.  For those of you who don’t know what The Shard is, click here.

It was every bit amazing as I thought it would be!  From the get go, you’re treated like royalty–the staff are very professional and knowledgable and can answer just about any question you throw at them.  Because it was a Wednesday at lunchtime it wasn’t busy at all which was very nice.  The lifts to the top were spectacular.  They whizz you up at a rate of about 2 floors per second and your ears pop going up and down.  It really is amazing.

Foggy, but still amazing.
A foggy South London, but still gorgeous.

And the view.  Oh my goodness, the view.  The second lift leaves you off at the 68th floor where you walk up a short flight of steps to the 69th.  The above photo is what we were greeted with.  I’d been a bit worried–when we’d woken up that morning it had been super foggy and cloudy.  It seems as if we chose the right time to go as the fog was starting to burn back and bits of blue sky started to peek through.

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Tower Bridge in all its glory
It was truly an awe-inspiring experience getting to look out and see London sprawled out beneath my feet, stretching for miles and miles.  I felt the vastness of the city I live in and N and mused about how we were part of the movement in and out of the streets and buildings.  It was a bizarre feeling.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral
Looking up was also a trip in itself–you could just see the tip top of The Shard.

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Whew!
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Me, with The City laid out behind me.
After we finally tore ourselves away from the view, we headed down to nearby Borough Market, one of my absolute favourite places in London.  Also very quiet, we got the chance to wander around aimlessly, searching for a scrummy option for lunch.  I went with a roast pork with crackling and apple sauce baguette, a sure winner.  We stopped off in the newly opened (and I mean only open for 5 minutes!) Borough Kitchen.  N’s had his eye on a cast iron skillet which are pretty expensive.  We happened upon a Lodge pan for a very, very good price at Borough Kitchen so I had to snatch it up for him, despite it being my birthday!  Justin at Borough Kitchen was absolutely lovely and chatted with me about the shop for a bit.  If you’re after really great quality cookware yet affordable, it’s worth popping into their shop.

From there it was hometime and pyjamas and a mini Sons of Anarchy marathon.

All in all it was a super lovely day with lots of sweet messages and cards… and I’m so thankful I got to spend the day with my honey.

steph2

If you’re interested in getting in touch, tweet me at @stephanie_khani or @londondiaries1.  Alternatively you can email me at emailthelondondiaries [at] gmail.com.

 

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