We were blessed with endless sunshine during the May bank holiday weekend and as you may know, when the sun’s out here in London people generally lose their sh*t. They’d be out and about worshiping the sun’s rays which they rarely ever get to do. I did enjoy it too, don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing like getting some rays of sunshine hit your face while you enjoy a cold glass of Pimm’s while wearing nothing but the lightest garment you have which I had to fish out of a suitcase under our bed. I very rarely wear summer clothes here in London so I wasn’t at all ready for the sunshine-filled weekend.
My in-laws were visiting for two weeks and I do believe they brought the sunshine from Greece and California with them to London. We were supposed to spend the weekend somewhere far away from the city but due to time constraints, we decided that we’re better off staying local and make the most of what we have here – riverside pubs. Thankfully, riverside pubs are aplenty near where we live so a London Riverside Pub hopping is absolutely doable.
Our first stop was The Weyside in Guildford, I didn’t realize it would be too far away from us but the drive was definitely worth it. How did I find out about it you may ask? Instagram! I’ve seen so many posts of it from different instagrammers living in Surrey that I had to bookmark it for a day trip someday. Funny how social media works. It sits on the banks of the River Wey opposite Shalford Park, my mother-in-law and myself had a quick walk around the park after a few drinks.
We had Sunday roast at Ye Olde Swan in Thames Ditton which is a member of Old English Inns, a collection of England’s historic pubs, inns and hotels. The 13th century riverside inn is by the River Thames, they had a great outdoor sitting – some tables had a shade which works well for my non-sun-worshipers in-laws. It was busy on a Sunday afternoon but because the outdoor sitting was quite huge, it didn’t really feel too crazy.
Bank holiday Monday brought us to Blue Anchor in Hammersmith, we were supposed to go to the city but traffic was horrendous so we made a detour and went to Hammersmith instead. It was buzzing and we had to sit inside as there we no more tables available outdoors. Not that we would be sitting outside because the heat was already too much for us by this time. I think we’ve had enough of the sun after dealing with it for 3 consecutive days in a row. Lol. Among the three pubs we’ve visited, Blue Anchor served the best food.
We of course stopped for a bit in our local riverside pub, The Boater’s Inn but that’s a given as we would always bring visitors there anyway – with or without sun.
How was your bank holiday weekend? 🙂
On a different note, a lot of people have been asking me what camera I use for photos and videos and you’ll all be surprised that it’s just a camera phone. I am using Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro which is amazing! Camera’s wonderful, the memory’s huge and the battery lasts the whole day even if it’s being used constantly. Here’s a link where you can buy this phone from: Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Single-SIM) 128GB BLA-L09 SIM-Free 4G Smartphone (Titanium Grey). Just to remind you, if you do buy it from this link I’ll get a small commission from it at no extra charge to you. Thank you in advance if you do decide to buy it from my link. 🙂