Monday, 23 March 2015

Darwin Brasserie: Breakfast with a view / failed attempt to see the eclipse

Sky Garden, London

“Hey guys, let’s book a table at a restaurant with a view and watch the eclipse on Friday morning!”

Sounded like a good plan right..?
Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas and looked like the inside of a vacuum cleaner, but we were left with breakfast in a nice restaurant with a great view of Central London (sans a view of the eclipse).

Darwin Brasserie, London

I thought I’d chuck a quick post up about our 'breakfast experience' (fancy schmancy) anyway, as it was super nice and definitely worth sharing.
The Darwin Brasserie is a restaurant on the 36th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street, known locally as The Walkie Talkie. I love how London names all of their skyscrapers! Every city should do this.
Four for you London, you go London.

There’s also another seemingly more casual bar/café called Sky Pod Bar on the 35th floor, and the new Sky Garden connects the two floors with some mighty fine greenery.

Sky Garden, London
Sky Garden, London

Our tummies were rumbling and our table was calling, so we entered the restaurant feeling vaguely underdressed but slightly smug to walk past those without a booking. Organisation = winning.

Darwin Brasserie, London
Darwin Brasserie, London
Breakfast at Darwin Brasserie, London

We were seated next to a table of young “Made in Chelsea”-esque guys which proved to be quite entertaining as they sipped their champagne and probably discussed whether they should jet off to Cannes or Marbella for the weekend. Ahhhh to be young, rich and elite…
(I am being a little bit mean, I’m sure they were lovely gentlemen.)

Menu at Darwin Brasserie, London
Breakfast at Darwin Brasserie, London
Breakfast at Darwin Brasserie, London

Now I ordered granola for breakfast AGAIN. I need to stop doing this because it’s basically what I eat every morning at home anyway, so when I go out for breakfast, I should really choose something different.
Anyway this granola sounded pretty damn good – “Breakfast Brûlée”: greek yoghurt, granola, berry compote, orange blossom honey, organic seeds & nuts served with a shot of blueberry & goji berry smoothie – so I understandably couldn’t resist!
Agata chose the same, while Asta opted for a nice basket of warm pastries served with butter & rhubarb jam. Fine choice madam.

Granola & berries at Darwin Brasserie, London
Granola & berries at Darwin Brasserie, London
Granola & berries at Darwin Brasserie, London
Pastries at Darwin Brasserie, London

Everything was pretty scrumptious, although I must say the pastries were slightly dry and the “latte” was definitely not a latte. But you can’t have everything, right?

After our yummy breakfast, we explored the surrounding Sky Garden and admired the grey but great views over the city.

Sky Garden, London
Sky Garden, London
View from the Sky Garden, London
Sky Garden, London
Sky Garden, London
Views from the Sky Garden, London
Views from the Sky Garden, London

Last but not least, we walked past the Monument (which commemorates the Great Fire of London), on our way to the tube. What I have never realised before is that you can actually go up the inside of it and catch a sneaky view from the deck up the top. Another thing for the London bucket list!

Monument, London
Monument, London

I had a fantastic time at this month’s Acoustic Folk Highway gig last night, which I shall be blogging about for you this week. Until then, you can read my last review of February’s gig here.

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