A Weekend Away :: Shoreditch

February is R’s birthday month, so we decided to celebrate it by spending a weekend in Shoreditch. We booked a room at the CitizenM hotel, a decision helped by getting a discount by booking through expedia and our nectar card. Neither of us are particularly good at properly planning what we want to do when we go away, but this time we managed to sketch out a rough plan.

We took the train into London on the Saturday morning and headed over to Broadway Market for lunch. We started off with a buttermilk fried chicken burger, which tasted like an upmarket McDonald’s chicken burger, probably because of the garlic mayo. It was really tasty though, and the batter was really light and crispy. After this we made our way along the stalls, stopping for tomato and mozzarella stuffed gnocchi, which is possibly the best gnocchi I’ve ever had. Our final savoury dish was a pork bao bun, which was the first time I’d tried one, and was a success. The cannoli stall drew us in with tasters of delicious hazelnut and pistachio spread, so we caved and bought a hazelnut cannoli which was not as tasty as the spread but still good. Violet Bakery also tempted us with their delicious array of cakes, so we picked up a butterscotch blondie to eat later in the weekend. The indulgence continued as we picked up two crosstown doughnuts for our after-dinner birthday cake alternative that night. We then explored London Fields with some spiced apple juice, which kept our hands nice and warm as the weather was sunny but absolutely freezing. We stayed in the park admiring all the cute dogs until we finished our juice, and then headed for Shoreditch to check in to the hotel. The walk there involved walking past a lot of very beautiful houses, which enforced the fact that one day my dream house will have steps up to the front door, a girl can dream.

Our room at CitizenM was small, but felt really comfortable, and the massive window with the view over London was amazing. The enormous comfy bed was also a huge plus too. For dinner R chose Flat Iron for steak and chips. We headed over there for an early dinner and ordered our drinks at the bar while we waited for a table. Once we sat down we were presented with popcorn and our drinks while we were talked through the menu. The service was really quick, and before we knew it our food was in front of us. We shared the salted caramel mousse for dessert, which is free and also the only pudding they offer. It was really delicious, light and creamy and the perfect round-off to our meal. We had thought about going to the cinema afterwards, but decided to head back to the hotel and have coffee at the bar before choosing a movie from the room’s iPad to watch.

On Sunday, we went straight over to Dishoom for bottomless chai, cooked breakfast and bacon naan roll, all the deliciousness. After we checked out of the hotel we then wandered down to Brick Lane Market and Spitalfield Market before catching the train home.

It was such a lovely weekend celebrating my favourite person, and I would love to do it all over again!

Have you got any holiday plans this year?