National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square and Dinner Drama

Today, I went to the National Portrait Gallery with Evan. We didn’t have time to see the whole thing — we got about halfway through, and the Vanity Fair exhibit was sold out — so we’ll have to go back again. Good thing the museum is free.

Though it rained earlier today, the afternoon turned out to be quite nice, and we got a few good photos in Trafalgar Square, in front of the National Gallery and the large fountain there.

Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, London

After our time in the museum, we were ready for a snack and stopped at a nearby French cafe (I don’t remember the name and couldn’t find it when I searched online). I ordered a cappuccino, tap water and a Spanish omelet. Evan ordered sparking water and a panini. It took about 15 minutes to get my coffee, and more than 30 minutes later, we were still waiting for our food. And getting grumpy.

Nobody had come by to ask how we were, even though we were sitting right in front of the counter, and we finally asked them to check on our order. They found the order slip right behind the counter and asked us if we still wanted our food. Nobody had started on anything and they didn’t seem keen to. They weren’t apologetic about it at all, either. I also never even got my water. Serves us right for stopping near Leicester Square.

We were ready to get out of there, so we paid for our drinks and headed to Cookbook Cafe to get a good diner.

Thankfully, Cookbook Cafe yet again proved a good choice. We had salads and starters from the market table, a creamy onion soup, mushroom risotto and a nice selection of desserts from their pastry workshop table. We also had some delicious fizzy berry, elderflower and prosecco cocktails, with lots of muddled berries at the bottom of the glass.

2 Responses to “National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square and Dinner Drama”

  1. kira says:

    hello fellow londonist! : )

    love the blog — i will be stealing your tips. and here’s one for you — do go back to the vanity fair exhibit, it’s pretty great with some really lovely photographs, but holy shit IMMENSELY crowded, try and get there on an off-hour. i went on a weekday and it was still insane, difficult to even read photo captions, so i’d go early if i were you. and cookbook cafe sounds so yum, i’m adding it to my list. looking fwd to meeting you next week!

  2. Francine says:

    Hi Kira, Thanks for stopping by! We definitely have to get back to the National Portrait Gallery and see the special exhibit. Just need to find some time to do it, of course. Let me know if you’d ever like to go to Cookbook Cafe — I live just down the street. Look forward to seeing you next week!

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