Recently Ian and I realized that we have only explored like half the area we live in! A couple weeks ago, after shopping for some rain jackets, we walked back along the canals and decided to keep going and check out the other side - although I had always assumed it was just residential and more canals and river boats. To my surprise, there's like 3 other little sections where of shops, pubs, and even a pilates place. So this weekend, while I was at work Ian decided it was time to check these places out, more thoroughly, for us and he stumbled upon some awesome places!
So on Sunday, we had it all planned out. We decided to walk to Regent's Park to try to check out an art fair we had seen signs for the weekend before, and then realized it was actually kind of a big deal. We ended up walking around almost the entire park trying to find it, and then decided we didn't want to wait in line and pay for it, but there was a free sculpture garden that we walked through. There was some really interesting sculptures, there was one (I found hilarious while thought-provoking) called '21st Century Relics' and it was a sculpture of cardboard boxes and styrofoam. Below were my two favorites - the clock was super awesome, I kept moving around it and staring at it from all the different angles.
After our 2 hour walk around the park we decided it was time to start checking out these pubs that Ian found. Since it was actually quite a nice day out, we decided to go somewhere with outside seating along the canal - Union Tavern. Not only did the have a nice variety of beers (according to Ian) they also had some new food items for us to try, such as a chorizo sausage roll. It was really good, and both of us were a little unsure about it at first, but there was so much flavor. Absolutely delicious! So after our snacks and pints we decided to make our way on our little pub crawl. We tried out one other pub before making our way to Angie's, the Irish pub and seeing a sign advertising an "Irish Session" every Sunday at 5:30. We were an hour early but we decided to head in anyway and check it out - our pub crawl basically ended there. Drinks are served in Irish portions rather than English (35ml instead of 25ml) and were much more reasonably priced than most places in London. Needless to say, we stayed there and then decided we had to share this find with friends! Ian's friend Joe, who also just recently moved to London from Galway came to join us with one of his roommates and we had a great night!
Even with our sore heads on Monday, we both thought our weekend was quite a good success. Found some new places, making more friends...I think I can safely say we are finally feeling settled in London!