Today is our last full day in London. What's more, it is the last full day we three will be sharing this adventure. So, rather than get sad and melancholy . . . we've got places to go, food to eat, and photographs to take!
The Gods are shining down on us — it is a glorious morning. Already warm with bright blue skies and puffy clouds. Over breakfast, Julian suggested we hit the Brick Lane Market and then on to Hampton Court Palace. Since the market doesn't start until 11 AM, we've plenty of time to get ourselves sorted for the day, which for me means doing some preliminary organizing and packing.
Ready to roll, we "Map Me" into our phones with directions to Brick Lane Market, and head off to the Tube.
Luck for us it is Sunday because that is the best day to experience the chaotic and bustling vibe of the Market. Besides lots of food vendors, there are many ethnic restaurants and cafes lining the street — from authentic bagel shops to curry houses. We opt to try a variety of street food including homemade empanadas which we take with us to Kahaila Café for cappuccinos and hot chocolate.
Fortified, we explore the market for collectibles and clothes. There is also great graffiti to photograph on the industrial buildings in the area. Around 2 PM we part company with Petunia opting to head back to Cable Street Inn, while Gypsy and I head off to Hampton Court Palace.
Tourists enter the Palace through the Tradesman's Entrance. So, our exploration began in the kitchens — Henry VIII's first building project — which are so vast they were capable of feeding his court of 1,000 people (no typo). All goods passed under the archway we used that leads to a cobbled courtyard where they were unloaded and checked by a team of accounts known as "The Board of the Green Cloth." Goods were then carried into a series of small kitchens or into the stores. Each room in the kitchen area had a specific function — bake-houses, Great Kitchen for roasting meats over the large fireplaces, etc.
Food was washed down with gallons of wine and beer. The wine cellar next to the kitchens had barrels of wine sent from Europe, while beer was stored close to the Great Hall.