A South Bank engagement shoot and general South Bank related ramblings
Evie and Andrew wanted to have an urban-y backdrop for their engagement shoot, and chose the South Bank in London - huzzah! I like it lots, this little pocket of Brutalist concrete is home to the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Hayward Gallery, The Royal National Theatre, the British Film Institute and um, me.
If you're thinking about visiting the South Bank, by all means wander along the river, purchase a second-hand book under the arches, and take in the view at the OXO Tower, but, if you want to sample some cultural, food stuffs and other bits not heaving with tourists, try:
Anchor & Hope pub
Usefully located near the Young and Old Vic theatres. Does St John restaurant type dinners.
Caffe Vergnano 1882
I'm going to be honest – I don't give a stuff if my coffee is Allpress or Monmouth. However, I do care about hot chocolate with rum, which they do exceedingly well here. The coffee is meant to be pretty good too.
Crown and Cushion pub
My husband forced me in this pub and we haven't looked back since. A super cheap Thai restaurant is upstairs. We go at least once a week, usually Mondays if you're thinking about stalking me for whatever reason. It’s cheap grub for when you don’t want to cook or if you’re waiting for your Ocado delivery to arrive.
'The LAKE is a new urban oasis in Union Street, Bankside: a temporary installation featuring a shallow boating lake (for inflatables and home-made toy boats), a paddling pool, a juice bar and a long timber deck for sunbathing.' Sorry, I have no idea if this will still be open next Summer. Hope so.
Lovely, with interesting exhibitions and a good café.
Comes with cats to play with. If I had a café, it would be like this.
Not the restaurant, go to the café next door also owned by them. Yes, yes, it’s part of the Turkish Tas Chain. I really abhor the weird chain snobbishness that some people have. This café serves up yummy salads and really good egg-based brunch food. Fresh bread is baked on the premises. Oh, and massive portions which is important.
The Design Museum
Assemble and Join
If you’re into woodwork
What the butler wore
A reasonably priced vintage clothes store. The owner, Bridget, is also proper nice.
Sorry, I kind of got distracted there. Without further ado, here is Evie and Andrew:
Joy: Just lovely!
Pui : Thank you! Evie and Andrew were great fun to be around and made it easy peasy.
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