A friend and I met up in Kingston, my new nearest town. I did a spot of shopping in one of my favorite baby shops – Polarn O. Pyret. Kingston is perfect for shopping, especially if you want to avoid Oxford Street, it’s got most of the high street, upmarket boutiques and beauty, department stores including John Lewis, interior shops including Heals, cheap shops and practical shops. It even has got an Apple store. It’s a small shopping heaven. No tourists and none of the central London shopping crowd. The town center is rather charming with lots of mock Tudor town houses and a market. It has got plenty of cafes, cake shops and restaurants.
We visited Jamie’s Italian which is wonderful. On a weekday there is no problem with getting a table – during weekend the queues are insane. They don’t take bookings unless you are arriving with a large party.
I decided to go against my usual choice in any Italian place which is pasta. I went for one of those wonderful salads I always stare at in Jamie’s cookbooks or in his shows, the sort of salad that have amazing ingredients hard to come by. It was a bresoala and roasted beetroot with various greens and mini pink basil and it was huge. And of course delicious.
My friend went for a wild truffle tagliatelle which was as good, the sauce was rich and the fresh made pasta cooked to perfection.
The prices are very wallet friendly and I must say it is better than Fifteen. I will be visiting more often.
Then we strolled down the Thames and soaked up the sun. Freddie insisted on being out of the pram as the boats were beyond exciting and he was only lucky my friend was up for the job.