The summer months are very busy with photoshoots, family events, and trips away, so it’s always a welcome surprise when you flick through your calendar to the weekend ahead and find a Sunday with absolutely no plans.
Arlo is a long-time fan of our London adventures, and Rory is definitely starting to follow in his footsteps – getting the train and doing something different is now cause for big excitement round at our house.
Our first stop was The Power of Poison exhibition at The Old Truman Brewery by Brick Lane. Best suited for older children (I’d say juniors to secondary school age), but that didn’t stop Arlo declaring it “REALLY COOL”. We’re talking about a four year old who chooses to watch a wildlife documentary every evening before bed, so although our visit was more for me and Sam, it wasn’t a big leap for us to assume that Arlo would get something out of this experience too.
Arlo and Rory were particularly taken with the sand pictures that you get to create at the end of the exhibit, so I think we’ll definitely be looking into getting some for the craft box at home.
(I jest. I don’t have a craft box. More like a big neglected plastic bag buried somewhere in the cupboard under the stairs).
The first half of the exhibit focuses on poisonous animals and poison in nature, whilst the latter half explores poison throughout history and famous literary examples – think Snow White and the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. There are interactive areas where you use tablets to play detective and ‘solve’ various poisoning mysteries – I can imagine this bit is particularly popular with school-age children.
Mid morning on a lazy Sunday, Brick Lane was only just starting to wake up, and so our time at The Power of Poison was peaceful and easy. It was a really relaxed way to spend an hour or so on a rainy day.
Sam is a Bleecker Burger veteran, following the roving van around whenever it came within reach of his office, and now that they have a permanent spot at Spitalfields Market, let’s just say that hangover days have become a whole lot easier for Sam. This burger was a long anticipated first for me, and it was GOOD. I cannot comprehend how a burger can be so melt-in-the-mouth juicy without the bun disintegrating at all. Magic. (Tip: If you want anything more than medium rare, you’ll have to ask for it).
What better way to follow up an awesome lunch than with an indulgent donut? This is serious dream food combo stuff for me. What a day.
Following on from roaring success at Borough Market, Bread Ahead Bakery are another new market stall addition to Spitalfields. Made with sourdough bread and with a decadent amount of filling. We sampled a salted caramel and a vanilla custard. They had RUN OUT of chocolate, which was very nearly a catastrophe.
One thing I can say about Sam being away a lot now is that as well as giving us a new appreciation of free weekend time, it’s definitely motivated us to make the most of our time by getting out, exploring, and finding new things to do.
The Power of Poison invited us to come along and check out the exhibition.