#MissyblurkitGoesToLondon - What Shall I do?

#MissyblurkitGoesToLondon. Simple hashtag says it all. I am flying in 9 hours time with Malaysia Airlines to London. 

Remember the old fashion days when you exchanged snail mails with your pen pal hundreds or thousand miles away? Then one find day, you meet up with your pen pal.  That's precisely what I am doing tomorrow. Tomorrow after 13.5 hours of flight, I will be meeting up with Charlie my running pal after our many emails and Google Hangout. 

And all this is possible because Charlie and I are both part of Malaysia Airlines' Influencer Exchange Programme. In fact it is the very first Influencer Programme of its kind. A tad similar to the exchange programme that some of us probably experienced during our school days where one goes to school in another state, city or country while another student does the same but in our state, city or country. My fondest moments were of course having an Italian classmate when I was in Primary 4.

Fast forward 32 years later and I will be heading off to London tomorrow to meet up with Charlie and explore London. Partly as a runner since we both love to run and along the way we will be checking out foodie spots and places of interest. 

After chatting online and emails etc, here's some of the list that we gathered. Do you have anything to add on to the list? 
Foodie Stops
1. Makan at Barrafina (Frith Street) for the best tapas of your life
2. Makan at Burgers & Lobster (Dean Street) because it's the ultimate food combination.
3. Soak in the atmosphere at Spitalfield Market and Brick Lane on a Sunday (please please have a bagel at Bagel Bake in Brick Lane)
4. Picnic on Primrose Hill followed by a pint (or two, or three) at one of the pubs along Primrose Hill. There's also a French and Japanese fusion pastry shop that does like THE BEST pastries there
5. Borough Market on a Saturday because it's near impossible to get that many artisan foodies and fresh produce together in Malaysia.
6. After the walk at Borough Market take a stroll along South Bank up to the Tate Modern
7. Sniff in the heavenly scent of the BEST EVER Red Velvet cupcakes at Hummingbird Bakery in either South Kensington or Portobello Road
8. Visit any of Ottolenghi's restaurants for brunch for awesome vegetarian food
9. Be seduced by Italian uncles and stuff your face with pasta and the most indulgent Tiramisu at Il Bordello in Wapping
10. Four Seasons Roast Duck in Bayswater because they just can't seem to get duck right here in KL.
11. Camden for a walkaround and there's a great Turkish kebab place near Portobello that's super delish and not too expensive.
12. Flame Mangal in Shepherd's Bush for the lamb shish, awesome and value for money!
13. Cheese
14. Check out Chiswick, Richmond and Camden Lock in London. Places like Bayswater and Earls Court are yesterday's news.
15. You have to go to Borough favourite place with great food stuff and nice walk around the area during summer. Even Spitalfields market is nice

Running routes:
1. Regent's park (hyde park gets a bit too busy so Regent's Park is nicer)
2. The route I used to do was from Primrose Hill through to Camden, Kentish Town, and then up to Hampstead Heath so you cover most of North London. Up at Hampstead Heath look out for Parliament Hill where you will have the best view of the city on a good day.
3. Or you could go out east to Greenwich
4. Or you could join the city folks and run along the South Bank although this gets a bit busy but lots of makan (and pub) stops along the way.

Anything to add on for a short weekend getaway in London? Feel free to drop me a line via email, twitter, Facebook, Instagram or even comment below to what I should do or take note of. Even if I can't cover them all, I am returning to London later part of this year for another stay. So keep the suggestions coming.

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PS: Please do not suggest cycling as I can't quite cycle in a straight line. No kidding but that's something that I am looking to learn up this year. So am looking forward to lots of public transport and of course using my 2 legs!

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