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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
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