London January 2019
January 2019
Pictures from London and environs at the start of 2019.
John's Pictures

New Year's Day
Tuesday 1st January 2019
Erika's cousins came to visit us in London.
Wahaca and Plunger
Wednesday 2nd January 2019
Took Erika to Wahaca for lunch. Then bought a plunger.
Thursday 3rd January 2019
Went to see Shakesperience in Leicester Square.
Friday 4th January 2019
Walked across Hampstead Heath and had lunch at the Flask in Highgate.
Veggie Karaage
Saturday 5th January 2019
Chie made the vegetarian version of karaage (Japanese fried chicken) for dinner.
Twelfth Night
Sunday 6th January 2019
Cleared the Christmas tree away in the morning, then went to the Bankside Wassail in the afternoon.
Vinegrowing Course Day 2
Monday 7th January 2019
Second day of my vinegrowing course. Today mostly focused on pruning.
The Harrow Inn
Friday 11th January 2019
Took the train down to Petersfield after work and spent the evening at the wonderful Harrow Inn.
South Downs Way: Petersfield to East Meon
Saturday 12th January 2019
I had stayed the previous night in Petersfield, thinking I could then make an early start this morning and cover a lot of ground despite the limited daylight hours this time of year. In practice though it took a long time just to get from Petersfield back to the South Downs Way, and the Westbound section from there takes a rather meandering route. I was then a bit limited by where I'd actually be able to pick up public transport to get back from. So in the end I only made it as far as East Meon today.
Sunday 13th January 2019
Took Erika to the swimming pool in Finchley in the morning - it has a wave machine. After that, shock horror, lunch at McDonald's (!!!) then back home for the rest of the day.
Monday 14th January 2019
Erika's second tooth came out today!
Nest Thermostat
Tuesday 15th January 2019
Had a Nest Thermostat installed today, and then spent the evening obsessively looking at thermometers because I wasn't convinced it was working properly.
Thursday 17th January 2019
Erika decorate a cake to celebrate the anniversary of when Chie and I first met.
Leon in London
Friday 18th January 2019
Leon was working in London today, so we met up for some late afternoon / early evening pubs around Farringdon.
Herb Stand, Ramen, Macarons, Truffle
Saturday 19th January 2019
Quite a mixed bag of a day. Jeremy came round in the morning to assemble thhice herb stand Mum had given me for Christmas (which I'd struggled with myself). Ramen in Soho for lunch. I bought a white truffle from Gelupo, and also got my hair cut. Back at home we had afternoon tea including some macarons. Then truffle pasta for dinner.
Garden Centre, Hampstead Heath and Keats House
Sunday 20th January 2019
Went to the garden centre in the morning to buy more potted herbs to put in the newly assembled herb stand. Took a stroll across Hampstead Heath around lunchtime, and stopped for lunch at the Parliament Hill Cafe. After that went to a kids event at Keats House in Hampstead.
Soho with Ricardo and Jim
Monday 21st January 2019
Had an evening out with Ricardo and Jim in Soho.
Thursday 24th January 2019
Went to the dentist, and then lunch at Oliveto followed by gelato at Olivogelo.
Burns Night
Friday 25th January 2019
Had haggis, neeps and tatties as well as Laphroaig and Irn Bru for dinner.
Saturday 26th January 2019
Went to Borough Market in the afternoon then a bit later on did some shopping around Kings Cross.
Camden Garden Centre and Honest Burgers
Sunday 27th January 2019
Visited Camden Garden Centre in the morning. Then lunch at Honest Burgers, where I had their Moving Mountains burger again.
Monday 28th January 2019
Tried Leon's "Love Burger" at lunchtime then in the evening had some South Ridge English Sparkling Wine (from Ridgeview).
Tuesday 29th January 2019
Just one picture of Erika with a bag on her head.
Bingo Night
Thursday 31st January 2019
Bingo Night at Erika's school.