london calling...i'm answering

We spent four days last weekend in London - there is soooo much to see there, we barely scratched the surface.  We stayed with our friends Heather & Jake in their tiny studio flat.  They showed us around and we had fun hanging out with them & their friends.  On Saturday we took a Hop On Hop Off bus tour, which was a great way to see the city, hear some history and get the layout of the sights (it also included a river cruise on the Thames).  After our bus tour we spent a few hours touring Westminster Abbey - it's amazing, definitely a 'must-do' when in London.  I took loads of pictures throughout the day, so it was hard to choose just a few to share (so I shared lots) - but keep scrolling down to hear about the awesome place we went for dinner.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

tower bridge, so much cooler than London bridge

tower bridge, so much cooler than London bridge

monument to the great fire of London

monument to the great fire of London

the crowds at Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard - so insane

the crowds at Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard - so insane

with Big Ben & Parliament

with Big Ben & Parliament

and because I'm a big geek we stopped by King's Cross Station

and because I'm a big geek we stopped by King's Cross Station

We met up with Heather & Jake in Hyde Park, then walked to one of their favourite places: Comptoir Libanais.  It was a funky little cafe-style Lebanese restaurant with the majority of meals under 10£.

It was tough to decide (because everything sounded good) but I ended up choosing the chicken kafta - minced chicken flavoured with lots of fresh herbs that's been grilled over charcoal and served with saffron rice.  It was super-flavourful and I really enjoyed it, especially with a bit of spicy harissa.  Trevor had a tagine with chicken, olives & preserved lemon that looked pretty tasty too.  We picked up some baklava to-go and ate it as we made our way to the theater.  It was buttery and delicious, but almost more like shortbread than the baklava I'm used to.  I don't get to eat Lebanese food often, so I'm really glad we got to try this place.

After dinner we headed to the West End to catch a show.  We had picked up discount tickets for Shrek.  It was a lot of fun - an evening full of singing, dancing, costumes, and yes, fart jokes.