Today I partook in one of my favorite activities whilst visiting London: A visit to the Saturday farmer’s market at the Borough Market below the London Bridge. John slept in so I headed out on my own.
The Borough Market is an amazing amalgamation of food purveyors. It is a gourmand’s paradise where you can find anything you want and many things you didn’t know you wanted but, upon finding, must have. Heady with samples of Serrano ham from Spain, Blue Stilton cheese from Leicestershire, olives from Italy, fresh plums from France and Bratwurst from Germany, I headed back to the hotel to roust John from bed.
The weather wasn’t great, but a good way to get an overview of central London is from the London Eye. Aside from the usual suspects of buildings, you also get a great view of The Shard. The Shard is an 87-story skyscraper in London that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. Standing approximately 1,004 ft high, the Shard is currently the tallest building in the European Union. It is the second-tallest freestanding structure in the United Kingdom and has 72 habitable floors with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor.
It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and is jointly owned by Sellar Property and the State of Qatar. Once back on solid ground, we walked along the Themes to the New Tate Museum, across the Millennium Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral. From there we headed back to the hotel for a quick rest and then headed to Her Majesty’s Theater for a performance of Phantom of the Opera. You cannot visit London without taking in at least one show. They tell you that at the airport immigration desk.