Places you need to try: Bloomsbury farmers’ market & the Petrie Museum

Image by Matt Brown (flickr)

Bloomsbury Farmers’ Market – Torrington Square

Walking into the midst of this market was like attempting to get through the world’s worst airport security. No chance for a stroll, I tried to speed walk through all of it, but kept getting stuck behind people goggling the artisan pasta or stopping in their tracks when taken away by a hot dog stand. I have to admit, I most likely ended up as one of those people.

I settled on a burger and pie stand with a queue almost round the block (well, actually just a couple times the length of the stall). It was a wild boar and red wine pie for me, with mash and gravy (I feel bad, I really do, as I have been trying to be a vegetarian recently – I console myself with the fact that the meat was organic and farm-bred; I’m sure the boar had a ‘happy’ life).

The pie crust was divine, flaky on the outside but not too soggy on the inside. The meat itself proved too much for me, and I have a feeling this pie is going to last me for a couple of days. I’ll definitely try the market again, but perhaps next time, go for something a little less ‘lunch for the miners’.

The Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday from 9am to 2pm

 

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology – UCL, Malet Place

By User:LordHarris, via Wikimedia Commons
This place is quite the little hide-out. Whilst the nearby British Museum is undeniably impressive and houses many grand pieces, the Petrie sits on the more minute side of things. I guess what they say is true, opposites do attract. Considering it is just around the corner from Birkbeck, located within UCL, it is most definitely worth a visit or two. It feels like stepping back in time to an eccentric old English home full of wonderful collections.

Open 1pm to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday

Mariana Stasiak

A feminism, politics and doughnut-obsessed first year PPH student. Unlike many at Birkbeck, I don't work, so it looks like I can devote all my life to my undergraduate study (well hopefully not, but admittedly I do get easily obsessed and can't stop once I start). PPH is the delightful combination of Politics, Philosophy and History so my interests vary equally as much. Plus coffee and food (which surely count as interests); I merge the coffee part of Lorelai Gilmore with the very studious (almost worrying), nature of her daughter Rory. And if you haven't watched the Gilmore Girls then what the hell have you done with your life.

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