What’s your favourite meal of the day? For me, it depends on the day of the week but breakfast is always a strong contender. Well, let’s face it, I haven’t had a bite to eat for at least 12 hours by the time breakfast rolls around and a chap has a right to feel a bit peckish, I think.
During the week, I usually make do with a couple of slices of toast and a cup of tea. By lunchtime I am ravenous and they do say that hunger is the best sauce. At weekends, though, we have more time and can therefore take more care over this, the most important start to the day. Mind you, by the time we get around to it, I am not sure that “breakfast” is always the most appropriate name for it. “Brunch” might be a better term or, sometimes, even “lunch” tout court.
Breakfast may be followed by an expedition to some far-flung corner of Greater London or the South-East, so a goodly breakfast not only sets us up for the day but puts off the necessity of a further meal to later in the day. In any case, the world always looks that little bit brighter after a good breakfast, I find.
If we don’t feel like going too far, there is Pane Vino in Chapel Market, whose vegetarian breakfast or omelettes with salad and chips are just the thing. Or, venturing down to Kings Cross, there is the Station Sandwich Bar and Cafe, opposite the old Thameslink Station, beloved of the builders working on the St Pancras development. Further afield, a bus ride takes us to to Alfie’s Antiques Market in Marylebone and it’s lovely little cafe on the top floor where, in warm weather you can take your ease on the terrace with beautiful views of London’s skyline. There are so many places that I think we could go to a different one every weekend for a year without repeating ourselves.
Today, we went to another favourite, Bar Solo in Inverness Street, Camden Town. I love the quirky decor and the friendly staff and I especially love the vegetarian breakfast. It’s the only place I know where breakfast includes a helping of spinach. The bonus is that Inverness Street is in the heart of Camden Market, so you can explore the stalls and wander round Camden Lock after eating.
It was bitterly cold today, which made us feel sluggish, but after breakfast we took the bus to Hampstead. Our intention was to visit the little Community Market there, in the hope of finding the stall run by a lady we know who sells jewellery. We enjoy a chat with her, a cup of tea in the on-site cafe and perhaps buy a ring (I still have two untenanted fingers) if she has any my size. Unfortunately, she was not there today. No matter, there will be other weekends.
At Hampstead, I happened upon a stall run by No2ID and signed up. I am opposed to the Government’s plans for the ID card and strongly believe that every citizen concerned about our civil and freedoms should be concerned also. I am glad someone is campaigning against this oppressive and dangerous scheme. I suggest you at least visit the Web site and make up your own mind. There is also a BBC report on the campaign.