London: First Two Nights

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

Koen and I spent last week in London. The last time I was in London with time to really explore was 10 years ago! So although I’d been before, it was really like visiting for the first time.

We arrived in the evening and had a quick dinner at Ippudo, a recommendation for ramen that we couldn’t pass up. On the way there we passed through Piccadilly Circus, which I guess is supposed to be like Times Square in New York City but doesn’t quite compare. Luckily we didn’t go out of our way to visit. After dinner we took a different route back, stopping first for a bubble tea, then a gelato! We also passed through London’s Chinatown where I definitely would like to go back the next time we visit London!

Ippudo

Ippudo

 

Hirata pork bun

Hirata pork bun

 

Koen's London Exclusive Miso Tonkotsu: miso-based broth with homemade noodles, topped with seasonal boiled vegetables, pork belly chashu, fried minced pork, and chopped spring onions

Koen’s London Exclusive Miso Tonkotsu: miso-based broth with homemade noodles, topped with seasonal boiled vegetables, pork belly chashu, fried minced pork, and chopped spring onions

 

My spicy tonkotsu ramen: tonkotsu broth with homemade noodles topped with Karaka spicy miso paste, pork belly chashu, bean sprouts, sesame kikurage mushrooms, spring onions, roasted cashew nuts, sansho pepper, and fragrant garlic oil

My spicy tonkotsu ramen: tonkotsu broth with homemade noodles topped with Karaka spicy miso paste, pork belly chashu, bean sprouts, sesame kikurage mushrooms, spring onions, roasted cashew nuts, sansho pepper, and fragrant garlic oil

 

Bubbleology for a bubble tea

Bubbleology for a bubble tea

 

In the end we split a passion fruit tea with tapioca pearls

In the end we split a passion fruit tea with tapioca pearls

 

Salted caramel gelato!

Salted caramel gelato!

 

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

 

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

 

Chinatown

Chinatown

 

Chinatown

Chinatown

 

The next evening we booked our tickets for The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theater – soooo funny! I could not stop laughing. If you haven’t heard of it, The Book of Mormon is a musical written by the creators of Southpark, following two young Mormons venturing out on their mission. Before the show we went to Rock & Sole Plaice for dinner, the oldest fish and chips restaurant in London!

Walking along Carnaby Street in Soho

Walking along Carnaby Street in Soho

 

Seven Dials (where 7 streets intersect) in Covent Garden

Seven Dials (where 7 streets intersect) in Covent Garden

 

Rock & Sole Plaice, London's oldest fish and chips restaurant in Covent Garden

Rock & Sole Plaice, London’s oldest fish and chips restaurant in Covent Garden

 

Rock & Sole Plaice

Rock & Sole Plaice

 

Inside - love the maritime feel!

Inside – love the maritime decor!

 

Koen with the sea in the background

Koen with the sea in the background

 

London Pride of course

London Pride of course

 

Fish and chips!

Fish and chips!

 

The Book of Mormon!

The Book of Mormon!

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