Last Monday I got a call to say that I had won the competition I had entered a month or so before to have brunch with Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella at the Mae Deli and to then stay overnight in London.
So we got the train down early on Wednesday morning, Chris’ arms struggling because I had overpacked our overnight bag – I had an assignment due on the Friday that was nowhere near finished, so my latop and books had to come to London with us. We went to Marble Arch and made our way to the Mae Deli, where downstairs we met one of the lovely people from Hodder, who brought out a copy of Ella’s new book for me: Deliciously Ella Every Day (check it out – it looks amazing and I’ve already ordered ingredients for a few of the recipes to try out this week!). The decor in the deli was so lovely; it was like sitting in someone’s cosy lounge, with the soft cushions and pretty wallpaper (I made some mental notes for our own lounge).
Upstairs at the deli, we went to the counter and drooled over all the wonderful breakfasts, juices and sweet treats on offer. I chose the buckwheat pancakes and the Greens to drink. Chris had the acai bowl with granola and maple syrup, and the Fruits to drink. Both were delicious. The lovely Ella then came down to meet us and chatted to us for a little while about the deli and recipes from her new book, before signing my copy for me. It was such a nice, relaxed morning – we’ll definitely be back!
We’d decided before going that we wanted to try and get tickets for a show, so we made our way to the Victoria Palace box office after brunch and managed to get ourselves two £20 tickets in the dress circle for Billy Elliot that evening! We spent the rest of the day wandering around London – we went to the South Bank, the Imperial War Museum, stopped off to have coffee with my brother near Waterloo, then went for dinner in Sloane Square before the show (which was amazing, maybe my favourite so far!).
After the show, we made our way back to the hotel, which was just across the road from Hyde Park. It was so nice just to chill out after a wonderful, long day, and then to wake up for a huge, delicious breakfast buffet the next morning, before heading home (via university for a couple of lectures!).
We had an amazing time – and the sun shone all day for us!