Saturday Scenes

May 24, 2015
Leadenhall Market, London

London trippin' - from South to West to East - with Trip 4 Real and Malaysia Airlines.


Getting reacquainted with both my adopted city (London) and my homeland (Malaysia) by way of my two preferred modes of transport - taxis and airplanes. The ol' chestnut goes 'a Sunday well spent brings a week of content' but as it's a Bank Holiday, I'm counting on Saturday shenanigans to set the toneAnd well spent my Saturday was - I met Angela, Sarah, and Caroline at London Bridge station where we were chauffeured around London in a black cab courtesy of Trip 4 Real, then to Spitalfields for a late lunch at The Breakfast Club, before Henry and I nipped over to West London for dinner with Malaysia Airlines and Malaysian songstress Ella. I don't think I've ever covered so much ground in London in one day - Borough, South Bank, Lambeth, Buckingham Palace, The City, Wapping, Spitalfields, Marylebone, and finally back home to Shoreditch. 

The first leg of my London trippin' was with Trip 4 Real, an international tour and activity company that offers local experiences across European cities (Barcelona, Rome, London, Paris, and Lisbon to name a few). Our guide du jour - the charming and accomodating Darren - whizzed us across London with The Knowledge and decisiveness London cabbies are renowned for, pointing out the city's hidden gems and illuminating upon us interesting trivia as we all fell over each other to snap photos out of the taxi windows. Darren waited patiently as we piled out of his cab to explore Leadenhall Market, the Imperial War Museum, and St. Katherine's Docks. My favourite destination was definitely Leadenhall Market - a Grade II listed 14th century market in historic London (one of the city's oldest) whose ornate roof structure and cobbled floors appear in the Harry Potter films as the threshold between 'Muggle London' and the wizarding high street of Diagon Alley.

Leadenhall Market, London


Leadenhall Market, a photographer's playground.AngelaSarah, and Caroline (left to right) agree.

Leadenhall Market, London

Leadenhall Market, London

Leadenhall Market, London

Leadenhall Market, London

Isn't Leadenhall market so quintessentially British? Henry and I are heading there today to do a shoot for Regimental Vintage - we've a renewed vigour to completely overhaul the online boutique while we search for a new shop...

...although I wouldn't mind setting up shop on Gloriana, Her Majesty's rowbarge, which we spotted at St. Katherine's Docks. 

Gloriana, The Queen's Rowbarge, docked in St Katherine's Docks, Wapping London

Gloriana, The Queen's Rowbarge, docked in St Katherine's Docks, Wapping London

Gloriana, The Queen's Rowbarge, docked in St Katherine's Docks, Wapping London

The Queen named the Royal Rowbarge Gloriana as a lasting legacy to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Gloriana is retained by Lord Sterling and the Maritime Heritage Trust to promote the use of the river Thames and rowing (especially among young people) making glorious appearances at events like Henley Royal Regatta. What a lovely coincidence that we happened upon Gloriana in East London - it was lovely to see it up close in all its gilded glory.

Darren dropped Angela, Sarah, and I off in Spitalfields where we met up with Henry for a spot of very late lunch (more like dinner) at The Breakfast Club (oh the irony...)

The Breakfast Club, Spitalfields London

The Breakfast Club, Spitalfields London

The Breakfast Club, Spitalfields London





The Breakfast Club - a London establishment for late-risers, brunch-takers, and all day breakfast enthusiasts. As much as I love eggs benedict, I'll always remember The Breakfast Club for their berry pancakes - it was what the doctor ordered on my very first visit to the Hoxton Square branch on an especially hungover morning. But the Spitalfields location has all the fun, with a secret speakeasy bar in the bowels of The Breakfast Club that you descend through a Smeg fridge. Ask to 'see the mayor' and you'll be led through the glossy white door down to The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town.


So I've seen this much of London in one day, but there's no fear of me forgetting my Malaysian roots, for Malaysia Airlines asked me to join them for dinner in West London with 'Ratu Rock' (Rock Queen) Malaysia, Ella.


I've always enthused my love for my country's national carrier, and clearly they feel the same way when they got in touch to 'bring me a bit of home, from Malaysia to London'. 'Home' being Ella, Malaysia's bestselling female artist, known to her fans as 'Ratu Rock' (The Queen of Rock), who's in town to film her new music videos because dominating the Malaysian airwaves in the '90s up till today isn't enough for this rockstar. Malaysia Airlines organised an intimate dinner in Malaysian restaurant Melur for a small group of guests including the minister of Johor, and of course the guest of honour herself - Ella. Between courses, Ella serenaded us with her hits and guests sang along. I declined an invitation to do a duet with her (that's what happens when I sing 'Belaian Jiwa' to myself, loud enough for all to hear) because I didn't want to embarrass myself with my amateurish vocals beside the 'Ratu Rock' of Malaysia. Ella is so sweet and adorable - I can't believe she's 20 years my senior, her skin is incredible. 


Perhaps Malaysian food is the elixir of youth? Keep the lobster noodles, nasi lemak, and roti canai coming - if not, off to Malaysia Hall Canteen I go... 


Obligatory shot of Malaysian food because why not.

Isn't it satisfying when a day comes full circle? In more ways that one: first - literally going round London from West to East, twice, like an infinity loop; second - starting the day with an invigorated appreciation for my adopted city, then an evening with three of my nation's icons (Malaysia Airlines, Ella, and Malaysian food). I once contemplated calling my blog 'A Tale of Two Cities' because I very much live in both London and Kuala Lumpur, and yesterday's scenes perfectly personified this dual nature of my life. For this poetic series of events I have both Trip 4 Real and Malaysia Airlines to thank - thank you for the fun Saturday Scenes! x

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18 comments:

  1. Looks like such a fun place to visit! Great pictures :)


    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  2. I've never been to Leadenhall Market, it looks like a really interesting place to visit. What a lovely day and I love the sentiments that you expressed in the last paragraph :)
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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  3. I love Leadenhall market - I used to work right by it and would stop in for lunch every day if possible. It feels like such a relic of old London :) Sophie xxx
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  4. ValentinaMay 24, 2015

    Neither did I visited Leadenhall Market, but I will keep it in mind. Thanks for sharing it :)


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  5. Your photos are just gorgeous!

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  6. These photos are so pretty! xo

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  7. What a great post! I'm so glad you had such an amazing day, it sounded so fun! The food at the breakfast club looks so delicious. I'm definitely going to have to go there on my next trip to London! All of your photos are beautiful too!! :)

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  8. You certainly covered a lot of ground in one day! I love Leadenhall Market too, and I've yet to go through the Smeg fridge at the Breakfast Club but I have had brunch there. You're right about Ella's skin, maybe you can ask her what skincare she uses - I'd love to know!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  9. Isn't Ella such a babe? Maybe glam rock is the answer to good skin! Let's all be rockers! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  10. I try, I try! Thank you lovely! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  11. Leadenhall market really does feel timeless! I hope it remains that way forever. x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  12. These photos are gorgeous Jasiminnne, I've met Angela before how lovely you girls all got to hang out. Have you been to Steam & Rye restaurant by Leadenhall Market - I think you would love it!

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

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  13. Thank you Hanh!


    I keep meaning to check out Steam & Rye but've never gotten round to it, I might do next week! x

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  14. Gorgeous photographs (as always). It's nice when you actually get out on a weekend in London, isn't it? I tend to veg at home and waste the days!

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