Saturday was so much fun, my dad came to stay for the weekend. It's the first time he's come to stay since we officially moved in and this time we actually had a bed for him to sleep in (read more about our move in shinanigans here)
Adam and I had jotted down a few ideas of things to do over the weekend, most of them around SouthBank. So we planned to show dad the sights, stretch our legs and infuse a bit of culture into the weekend...
We started off at London Bridge station, hopping over the borough market. Which honestly, is another post in itself. It's so busy, bustling with people, food pulled high and more options than your belly knows what to do with. We wanders through, tried lots of samples and gazed at the serious array of bread they have on offer. Got to love the bread.
After sauntering through Borough Market we headed west along the river, passing clink and the eateries by the bridge. We then stumbled across an A board advertising free tours of The Rose Theatre. Adam and I are massive theatre lovers and also are poor graduates, so free stuff is always welcome to come our way. We followed the signs into the side of an office building, which underneath housed the remains of the rose theatre. It's well worth a visit, it's super interesting how such an old theatre was uncovered and partly preserved after so much time. It's ilder than the glove and was where William Shakespeare tested out some of his earliest material.
We ended up in a q&a session with an archeology student after watching a film narrated by sir Ian mckellen. It was great, if a little dated and whilst I'm all for learning something new, I felt rather trapped by the never ending stream of volunteers wanting to talk to us. It was all a little too much and we found it hard to leave. Awkward. However! If your a thespian or history fan, go go go!
After making our way through the crowds, we reached the Tate. It's always so busy and bustling, no matter what time or day you go. It's such a wonderful space, full of art, open spaces and home of an extensive bookshop that's full of essential reads from the worlds of: art, culture, architecture and fashion.
After pit stopping for what ended up being the smallest coffee ever, we made our way through the lower ground galleries and then up to the viewing deck. Adam and I went around this time last year when it opened, they've done a fantastic job, it really is a London treasure and completely free so well worth a visit.
We always end up taking the stairs when at the Tate because the lifts are always too slow and far too cramped! There's a break in the staircase that's become our photo backdrop. Each time we go we snap a photo. Perhaps this will be something we do to track our age, haha.
Funnily enough, I was wearing this backpack last time I had my photo taken here.
The views from the Tate are stunning and totally free. It's a fantastic viewing platform, wrapped around the building, allowing you to see North, South, East and West. It's much clearer than the Sky Garden or The Shard, whilst it's probably not great if you live in view of the platform and can't walk around in your pants due to the tourists , it's a beautiful way to see more of the city skyline.
After the Tate we headed over to St Pauls, over the bustling millennium bridge and into the St Pauls area of the city.
Wimbledon was on, so we stopped for a gander, then waited a lifetime to get on the table tennis tables that are there. We never did get on the table tennis tables, but we did see a pair of love birds sharing a discarded sausage roll. London wildlife ey?
We'd walked a long way and it was pretty warm, so we finished the day with a beverage by the river, the perfect end to a relaxed day chilling and exploring with my two favourite people.
Catch up soon,