Saturday was the big birthday day I planned for Laszlo, which was fuelled by a colourful breakfast at home. Our day began in the Battersea neighbourhood, an opportunity for both of us to discover a new area. Since Laci LOVES dogs, I made arrangements to visit the Battersea Dog and Cat Home. It is one of the oldest and largest homes for animals in need in the UK. It was a very emotional experience, but wonderful to see what a positive impact this organization is making.
The journey continued to Battersea Park, which truly is a hidden gem. Opened in 1858, it sits on 200 acres of green space situated on the south bank of the River Thames. The park is home to a boating lake, the Pump House Gallery, and a wonderful botanical tree section….just to highlight a few of our favourite spots. As well, it must be one of the few gardens where visitors can find palm trees planted right beside evergreens.
After our long walk, we were ready for some snacks and drinks. We came to the right spot by visiting Clapham Junction area. This vibrant quarter is full of little shops, and true to London style, a weekend market. Let’s just say I might have had the best pizza slice of my life. Laszlo opted for the best sausage roll in London, but it wasn’t that great. Just too much bad meat.
During the past couple of weeks, we have come to the realization that a good drink is never hard to find. In fact, we found two places to try. To be honest, we found the Draft House and couldn’t resist. A flying dog pale ale in the company of a cute pup. As for BrewDog, it was planned. Brew Dog is a large Scottish Brewery, offering a huge selection of brews. Upon enjoying a carefully selected flight, the bar become a favourite.
As for finishing the evening, I planned a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant, followed by watching Sicario at the Wandsworth Cineworld. All in all, a successful ‘Birthday Saturday’ for a special boy.