Not only am I celebrating Easter this weekend, in fact, I already got goodies from Green Ranger – Scott Pilgrim in colour, a white chocolate Percy Pig and a President Business Lego minifig. He’d gone to so much trouble to get me things he knew I’d love, it definitely got the weekend off to a good start! But yes, not only Easter, it was also my friend’s Birthday during the week, so we had a little adventure up to London to celebrate.
We began in Covent Garden Market with a trip to the official Moomin Shop and I swear it was the cutest little boutique I’ve ever been in. Up a decorated flight of stairs, with characters hanging from the walls and colourful montages, we stepped foot in the little store. It had everything from milk bottles to pillow cushions, from limited edition prints to shoelace figurines. It was marvellous and too quaint for words. You could tell each little piece had so much love in it. It put a smile on my face just walking around. My friend got a fair amount of stuff as birthday presents and we made our way out, walking past the postbox that goes straight to Moomin Valley! I wish I’d written something…
Next up, I wanted to find the official Tintin shop, just a little up the road at 34 Floral Street. After loving this cartoon as a kid, waking up at 6am every weekend to watch it, it was everything I’d hoped for – I just wish I had more money to buy a beautifully coloured print. Among the dainty figurines and t-shirts, I picked up a few postcards to frame in the flat. Each is a front cover from one of the many books – my buys of the day!
As we headed to lunch in Piccadilly Circus, we stopped by China Town as my friends love everything to do with the Far East. They picked up a couple of bottles of drink they savoured in Japan – C.C. Lemon – and Green Ranger picked up a panda cream cake from one of the local bakeries. It looked far too good to eat, even if it did have an odd expression…
Once we’d picked up our wares, it was on to the Nordic Bakery in Golden Square, just off Piccadilly Circus. Wanting to plan the day with a partially Scandi theme, this was the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat. I’d read a few reviews and their cinnamon rolls were apparently to die for. So, in one of those quiet, garden squares that are often hidden in London was this unassuming cafe. Walking past the simplistic glass front, your are hit by an immediate Christmassy scent of cinnamon, it’s delicious, if you can call a smell delicious! I ordered a Danish Salami (salami, cheese and tomato sandwich) with fresh rye bread, a cinnamon roll and a latte – the price wasn’t bad either, coming in at roughly £9 – a pleasant surprise. All I can say is that the sandwich was the best I’ve ever eaten and the reviews weren’t lying about the rolls… I recommend dipping them in your hot drink though, they can be a little dry at times.
Afterwards, we had a quick rummage in Whole Foods (one of my favourite shops) to pick up some rye flour and Naked flavoured raisins for the way home. Then onto Japan Centre to have a quick peek for Green Tea KitKats for Green Ranger… no luck though, sadly. M&M World had already disappointed him with their lack of Peanut Butter packs.
Later in the day, we were meant to go to the Serpentine Gallery and have a coffee at its brand new pavilion but as ever, I went to the wrong park! We ended up walking around the beautiful St James’ Park, just as the sun was starting to come out, with a quick visit to Buckingham Palace to ‘knock on’ for the Queen as Green Ranger would put it, being from up north. I love his random northern phrases, it’s what makes him special. Then with sore feet and bags of goodies, we headed home with a happy birthday boy in tow.
Have you ever visited any Scandi inspired placed in London? What did you watch when you were a kid?