London Day Four & Five: Friendly Brunches

Over the weekend, I took some much deserved time to catch up with my friends living in England.

It began with a day-trip to Brighton during which I finally caught up with my great friend Nat, and finally got introduced to her boyfriend Joe. The three of us met at Brighton station, and went out for brunch in a new Café called VH. In Hove, actually.

After a walk in town, running a couple of errands and re-discovering some of my favorite shops, streets, and the infamous Brighton Laines/Lane/North Lane, we headed back to their lovely little flat for some tea.

Later on I went to meet up with the lovely Drea over a couple of beers at the local pub. A great time to catch up with a friend I last saw over the summer in Cannes!

Finally, I met up with Natalie & Joe again for dinner. A delicious Indian curry, another walk in Town, more cocktails and it was time to head back.

From the moment I left the station to the time I left the city, I felt happy, at home, and yet also conflicted about being back: it felt like I had both been gone for 5 years, and at the same time it felt like I had never left.

Then came Sunday, and with it another lovely brunch with my friend Ben, whom I’ve known from Twitter for the past 3 years or so, but had never had the chance to physically meet until today.

Ben took me out to Kua ‘Aina, a Hawaiian-themed Burger Joint. The food was glorious, and so were the alcoholic milkshakes (Coconut + Malibu and Peanut Butter and Bourbon), as well as the Sweet Potato Fries and Halloumi & Red Peppers vegetarian burger.

From there, we explored some of London’s most iconic streets and shops, from the wonderful Moleskine store to Fortnum & Mason, walking around Trafalgar Square, and really experiencing the core center attractions of London.

We ended the day out back on the South Bank, over Ramen. From there, I went to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, at the BFI IMAX, the UK’s biggest screen. It was glorious!

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