Yes – a strange title, but it just about sums up my trip to London yesterday lol… Read on to find out….!
Gary & I headed down to London on the train for The Cycle Show trade day. The train was pretty good – it only took about 2 hours. The show was held in Earls Court, and it just so happened that there was a branch of the famous Hummingbird Bakery just a couple of tube stops away! I HAD to go!
To be honest I thought there would be a much greater selection of cupcakes – there were maybe 6 different types and some gorgeous looking tray-bakes. We sat outside and enjoyed a Red Velvet cupcake (me) and a Chocolate Sprinkle cupcake (Gary). Mine was absolutely delicious – like really really delicious! The sponge was so lovely and moist and the icing was the best I have ever tasted (kind of like a cream cheese frosting). Gary’s was really good too, although I preferred mine lol
I had to go and buy another one to take away to enjoy later (a carrot cupcake this time) which meant I got a cute Hummingbird Bakery bag to carry about all day! (Until it split, but that’s another story!)
Oh, and Gary wasn’t left out as he enjoyed looking at the cars in Lambourghini London – just a few doors away from the bakery!
The trade show itself was pretty good, although some of the big names in cycling weren’t there – and we were hoping to chat to some of them about stocking their bikes…their loss eh! We were waiting in the queue for our trade passes and none other than Lord Sugar walked in! He is tiny in real life!
We then entered the arena, and there was Lord Sugar again being filmed at the Pinarello stand. He was surrounded by loads of people trying to get his picture but Gary managed to get a few snaps of him! Apparently he is a keen cyclist and was at the show to buy his new top range (probably £5K +) bike!
We also enjoyed a BMX stunt display which was pretty amazing! These guys were good, although there were a few accidents – one guy nearly sailed over the railings into the audience lol…!
They were going so fast it was hard to take a decent pic!
After the show we popped in to a local Nando’s for dinner. Never again! We had both never been before so we were looking forward to it. The place was a disaster! It is self service in Nando’s and it was a pretty small restaurant – so people were queuing all over the place in between the tables waiting to place their order. The tables were also pushed so close together I felt we might as well have sat on the knees of the 2 lovely Chinese ladies beside us! Bah – not a relaxing experience at all.
We waited 15 minutes to get glasses for our self service drinks as they had no clean ones. When the glasses arrived they were obviously just out of the dishwasher and were so hot! We had to go and put crushed ice in them and leave them for 5 minutes until they were cool enough to put our drinks in! Our meal arrived after aabout 20 minutes (not too bad) but it wasn’t the nicest. Gary got the famous chicken and I had a vegetarian bean burger thing. Mine would have been nice except that it was so spicy! I thought it was only the chicken that was hot! Even the chips weren’t that nice. And our poor mouths were burning! Now – I like spicy food normally but this wasn’t pleasant!
Gary thinking what to write in the comment card!
We made a quick exit after we had finished and headed to Euston station. Gary then had fish and chips from Harry Ramsdens as he was still hungry lol…and I had an ice cream from Burger King (nowhere near as nice as a McFlurry!).
The train back was pretty busy. We found seats behind a businessman who was lying asleep on the table in front of him. The journey progressed, the guy in front got up (presumably to the loo, although I didn’t ask him!) and he was walking a bit unsteadily. I wasn’t sure if it was the fast train or if he was a bit drunk! Anyway, not too long after, he started vomiting. Like, really badly – just onto the table in front of him. It went on and on – I don’t think I have heard anyone be sick so much in my life! A guy near us came to see if he was OK, but he obviously wasn’t! The smell was horrendous! Gary insisted on moving – I was worried we would look rude! But we moved in the end, and the girl who was opposite him moved as well once she saw us getting up! Yuk!
All in all – a very enjoyable, eventful day – although I don’t think I could handle the hustle & bustle of London too often! The Cycle Show is open to the public until the 10th October so if you live nearby and enjoy cycling it is well worth a visit!
PS – They also have a test commuter and mountain bike track set up for you to try out bikes, and a great kiddies track as well!
PPS - I never ate my other Hummingbird cupcake, so I am going to enjoy it now with a cup of peppermint tea! Check it out, and the cute little box it comes in!
PPPS – Update… it has now been eaten and it was yummy! I was nice & gave Gary half of it lol.. he said it was his favourite out of all the cupcakes!