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London… The Markets…Covent Garden and more…

London Markets

I love London Town, every time I visit I discover something new and exciting…

London is a fascinating mix of both old and new so much of it has been preserved for future generations which is lovely. Today I am going to take you on a trip to some of my favourite places… Where street art reigns supreme, actors and actresses bring their craft alive the food and drink just flows…and the ambience is second to none.

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The first time I was taken to London was when I was about 10 years old I had been to London Zoo, Madame Tussaud’s and the museums but I mean really taken on a proper night out by my aunt and uncle…I remember the chestnuts cooking in big braziers on the street corners and the pavement artists…


It was bustling vibrant and I had the most wonderful evening and that was when I first really fell in love with London. Now I visit whenever I can and always find something new some little side street which I haven’t explored I think if I live to be 100 I will never see it all…

That vibrant wonderful city which is London.

Covent Garden…Again, I love it! The little pop-up stalls and impromptu street show where budding actors and actresses are plying their trade…wonderful to watch…just be careful you don’t get pulled in…find yourself doing something totally out of character…It happens..audience participation…

World famous and built-in 1787 is the Punch and Judy public house one of the only buildings which escaped being damaged in World War Two …It faces the west piazza and is an ideal place to watch the street shows whilst eating great British Pub grub and downing a cask ale or two.


Punch and Judy shows always scared me as a kid and I used to watch fascinated through my fingers…lol.

Borough Market…I just love it…


One of the oldest food markets in London where there are over a hundred stalls of gourmet food with producers and farmers from all over England come to bring their fresh produce..not only is the produce fresh but you also get an impromptu cooking lesson on how to cook their product we saw beautiful mushrooms cooked and they tasted delicious. Another stallholder gave a talk and a tasting on cheese after that how could you not buy some? Who only had a small shopping bag? Lesson learnt next time I went prepared with my portable shopping bags and a cool bag.


There are fish, meats, vegetables, wonderful ciders( and you get) to taste, cheeses, loaves of bread and rolls…Oh yes, bread! coffee, cakes and wonderful patisseries to buy… Foodie heaven does not come close… Produce from abroad so much I had never seen or tasted.

Open Mondays to Saturdays with a full market Wednesday to Saturday and Mondays and Tuesdays you will find hot food traders and fruit and vegetable stalls.

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At Christmas which is my favourite time to visit Borough Market excels in the products it offers both from home and abroad…Just fantastic and you will not be disappointed.

Situated on Borough High Street, London, SE1 9DE if you disembark from the underground @ Southwark it is but a short walk and well signposted.

Ridley Row... I was in Tesco’s one Saturday morning and having a good old moan..yes me…About the lack of choice and fish… One’s hubby who was born and bred under the sound of the Bow bells said…”You want Fish???”

Of we set… Well, I was awestruck and also wanted to know why after so many years he hadn’t shown me this market before…

It was bustling and vibrant, noisy and the fish and goats meat piled high I had never seen the like this well bought up girl from a sleepy country town. Situated in the heart of Dalston since the late 1880’s this vibrant multicultural market has served the people of Hackney as well.


It was my first sight of live eels … I still kinda cringe at the thought… I never could eat those jellied eels and pie mash and liquor which is synonymous with the East end of London and my hubbies roots.

Leadenhall Market...the setting for the Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter films this  Victorian market with its ornate glass roof and cobbled floors is smack bang in the middle of London’s Financial District. It dates back to the 1440’s and I suspect was very different then.


Popular with city worker and tourists it has many food outlets, cheesemonger, butchers, florists it has always had a name for somewhere you could buy the best meat and poultry.

Brick Lane...another bustling East end market where you can find antiques, fabrics and kitsch… I love it and it was where as a college student I bought my first long coat… In the style of Mary Quant and Biba, I had the hair the long flowing clothes and the white boots… Not many photos though we didn’t take so many then like now and I so wish I had saved some of my clothes and taken more pictures…

Famed for its food there is the Rib Man who is famous throughout London, the best curries can be found here and bagels galore…

Brick lane BakeryTheir salt beef and mustard bagel are to die for …All fresh baked in the traditional Jewish style they are established since 1974 and have gained an excellent reputation as well as 3 stars from Time Out…London they are a pit stop for clubbers, taxi drivers and locals.

Camden Lock Market…

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One of London’s first crafts and antique markets it is world-famous. In early 1972 it was a rundown timber yard and I think it is lovely how London has and is being regenerated.

Although called Camden Lock it does exist the three locks surrounding the market are part of the Regents Canal and the old lock keepers office is now a Starbucks.

Starting with just 16 stalls outside Ding walls dance hall it now hosts 100’s of stalls and is where many famous designers have started out and honed their craft the late rock star Prince had a shop for fans near the lock on Chalk Farm Road and a young Amy Winehouse worked on a stall here as a teenager.

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Travel Malaysia…Penang.

Retired No One Told Me! Travel Malaysia

This weekend I am taking you to Penang, Malaysia …

My first trip was a whistle-stop visit as I had to fulfil the terms of my first visa application but I loved my short stopover in Penang and will certainly be returning to explore Penang at leisure.

The capital Georgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage City.

“The islands’ capital” and Malaysia’s second largest city behind Kuala Lumpa.

With such a multicultural population as expected, it is a foodies heaven, there is a wonderfully eclectic variety of culinary delights ready for you to sample and I did I sampled as much as I could in the short time I was there…

I chose to visit The Penang road which is famous for its Teochew Chendul stall, there is always a perpetual queue of locals as well as excited tourists it dates back to 1936 when it founder Tan Teik Fuang began selling these frozen desserts on Penang Road.

My favoured mode of transport is one of these… A rickshaw…

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My driver was a chatty little man who spoke quite good English and pointed out all the things he thought I would like to see a most enjoyable ride.

I was in foodies heaven that is after delighting at the beautiful architecture which consists of both new and old and they marry together delightfully.


I much prefer using local transport rather than a taxi so off we set to get my cendol…At first, the bright neon green of the jelly noodles put me off slightly… If you read my 5 questions over at Sally’s and the greengage jam and gravy saga you will know why…lol


Chendul also is known as Cendol and is a mixture of shaved ice, coconut milk, palm sugar, red beans and green jelly noodles made from Pandam once I knew this I put any reservations I had to one side.

Each bowl is made to order and what makes this dish..this delicious dessert so very special is that it is not overwhelmingly sweet but has just a touch a very light touch of sweetness and many go back for a second bowl… I was very tempted as having tried it I was a convert but I was saving myself for my visit to the night market and looking forward to sampling an Oyster omelette and I couldn’t leave without also having my favourite Nasi Lemak.

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Served on a banana leaf as is most of the food here..it comprises of rice, meat, nuts and a spicy sambal always slightly different and you can choose your preferred meat but always delicious.

The Oyster omelette is made with an egg and rice flour batter which creates a balance between crispness and fluffiness. The briny Oysters are mixed with green onions, chilli and garlic and then fried in the batter and served with a hot chilli dip…Foodie Heaven once again and another dish for which Penang is famous for.

This bustling and vibrant night market which is situated in the New Lane Hawker Centre, Lorong Baru George Town and opens @ 4 pm every day.

During my stay, I stayed at The Banana Boutique which is a lovely little boutique hotel with friendly staff. It is also fairly close to all the amenities that I wanted to visit.

All in all a lovely short stay but next time I will go in search of the beautiful beaches which I am told are well worth a visit surrounded by palm trees and some of the most stunning beaches and only about a 30 minute trip to the North from George Town.

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An artistic toilet block on the tourist trail in New Zealand captures our imagination

I love quirkiness as you probably know and these Toilets or Hong Nam in Thai are so quirky…I love them 🙂

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The Hundertwasser Toilets are one of the most bizarre toilet blocks I think I’ve ever seen.

We missed them the first time.

We drove back up the street and there they were, how on earth had we missed them? Bright, colourful, artistic and brilliant!  Maybe the hundreds of motorcyclists riding up and down the street had something to do with it.

We had left Paihia a short time before on our way to Miranda, to start our Hauraki Rail Trail cycling tour and  had read about this amazing work of art in the form of pubic toilets, in the town of Kawakawa.  So we did what every good tourist does and pulled in for a look, the fact that it was morning tea time also helped with our decision!

Kawakawa is quite a small town and apart from the amazing toilet block and street art, it  has a train line…

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