Ah, arrival in Heathrow was swift and easy. The flight was Air New Zealand and while sitting anywhere in the 50s rows means the main meal will have run out of the most popular dish by the time the food cart rolls around, the flight itself was fine. What with all the in-flight movies and entertainment.
Upon arriving in the country, we set off on the Piccadilly Line heading towards the Barbican, where we’d be staying while in London. The Underground is dead easy, especially if there aren’t many changes needed and we only had the one at King’s Cross.
We were hungry and when we met up with Phil and dropped our bags in the flat, we headed off to run a few errands and find food. His neighborhood is easy walking distance to Moorgate, Liverpool, Farringdon and with a little jaunt, Brick Lane.
Brick Lane was one of my favorite neighborhoods for exploring when I used to live in England. Very vibrant, quirky, with a diverse range of cultures and the only shops I knew of that was open 24 hours a day, 7 days week – the bagel shops!
The Beigel Bake provided cheap eats during my poor student days in the ’90s. I first came upon it while at Kew, when I’d join the Kew Club for little outings, including the London Ghost Walks. Oh, to have cheap carbs available at any time of day or night.
Little has changed except I’m no longer poor and no longer a student.
Bagels are 20p. The salt beef bagel is £3.30. You don’t have to dig deep for this.
I sampled the wares yesterday, propped up at the wall counters with the service woman screeching “MORE SALT BEEF” to the back.
Like I said, little has changed.
Beigel Bake (Shoreditch)