London Diary – Robert Burns & Haggis, London Lumierre, Sky Garden and First Snow of the Winter

Jan 15, 2016
Saw and tasted Haggis for the first time at a celebration of Scottish National poet Robert Burns. Served on crackers it was like heavily seasoned tasty sausage. Many downed it with a shot of whiskey, of which I could barely took a tiny sip.

Interesting event, with recitation of Burns poems, Scottish dances, audience including moi learning/participating in one of them Dashing white sergeant, singing Old Lang Syne which Burns penned.

Most dramatic was Address to the Haggis, a ceremonial dedication to Haggis and Burns eponymous poem, when a kilt donning Scottish man recited the poem, wielded a ceremony knife and cut a gigantic haggis sausage.

Jan 16, 2016
London Lumierre is on this weekend.

It’s a festival of light! A number of artistic creations have been installed in Mayfair, Trafalgar Square and nearby, Piccadilly and Regent Street and nearby, and King’s Cross.

Despite the chilly night, these areas were very crowded tonight, it seemed the entire London had poured out onto those streets.


Jan 16, 2016
Are those snowflakes coming down in the rain? After two lovely days in a row, sunny and blue all day on Friday and Sat, which I had not seen for a little while, it started to rain two hours ago, developing into snowy rain. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the morning.

Jan 17, 2016
First snow of the winter.

It started last night and went on most of the morning, resulting in only a thin layer of accumulation though. Kids were playing soccer in the light snow, whose cheerful clamoring always gladdens my heart. At the moment, the sun is out and snow has stopped.



Jan 17, 2016
This weekend we’ve truly been abundantly treated to fantastic show of lights. Just so happened, my reservation for Sky Garden is also this weekend, today to be exact.

Sky Garden, located on 35th floor of a highrise in City of London, a lesser known gem of London, is a venue of an indoor garden, bar and restaurants all under the same roof, with an amazing view of London.

Since our reservation was for the evening, we were treated to beautiful London night scene.

Even more amazingly, visit to Sky Garden is free. Reservation spots go fast, especially the weekend. Plan ahead.

I’d like to go back during the day, hopefully on a sunny and clear day :o)


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