Friday, 14 November 2014

The Breakfast Club and the Tate Modern


We woke up surprisingly hungry after our day at the BBC Good Food Cakes and Bakes Show so where else to head but The Breakfast Club?


I had heard so many good things about it, and seen so many pictures of the queues outside them that I couldn't possibly leave London without having queued up myself. So queue up we did, and we were soon joined by one of my sister's best mates, Louisa, who is now living and working in London. Jealous! We only had a 20 minute wait, and as it was lovely, sunny and we were having a good catch up with Lou, it went by really quickly. 


Deciding what to choose took us a fair while, as so many of the things on the menu sound amazing, and I think my eyes were definitely bigger than my belly! 


We opted to share a pitcher of Mango Go smoothie, which consisted of mango, strawberry and orange juice, and was really good, even if it was a bit thick to pour into the glasses! We also shared a pitcher of orange juice, which was freshly squeezed, and oh so good.


Louisa chose the bacon and banana french toast, which was apparently good. The whole combination of sweet banana with savoury bacon just doesn't sit quite right with me, but I have issues with mixing sweet and savoury in the same dish anyway - it's wrong on many levels!


Nat chose the chorizo hash browns, which looked really good. She also got a side of french toast, but we had to share that as she got too full - what a shame! 


They were all small fry in comparison with my huevos rancheros - Fried eggs, tortilla with melted cheddar, refried beans, chorizo, salsa, sour cream and guacamole. Yep, I was slowly turning into an avocado during the weekend. The flavours complemented each other beautifully, the eggs were perfectly runny, the chorizo sausage was perfectly spicy, and there was so much tortilla with melted cheddar that I had enough to mop my plate up at the end. I was that person. This is one of the best breakfasts I have ever eaten, and I still can't decide whether it beats my breakfast at Bills from the day before.

The staff at the Breakfast Club were really accommodating and allowed us to sit and eat for as long as we wanted to, without rushing us on, as we expected when there was a queue outside. When we left, we decided to head to the Tate Modern, as neither myself or Nat had ever been before and we wanted to see what all the hype was about.


On the way we stumbled across this really cool house sandwiched between some tall office blocks. Originally I thought it was like the Up house, but on close inspection it was discovered that it was an art installation for Merge Festival. The artist, Alex Chinneck, has made the whole house out of wax, and is melting it over 30 days until the roof will be left in a puddle of red wax. It looks so creepy and eerily elegant. I love London, because you are always stumbling across really cool things without even trying!


We made it to the Tate, where Nat and Louisa did their best Ferris Bueller art gallery faces...


Saw some shiny stuff...


Got a little bit confused...


And then totally questioned what art even is. That is a grey rectangle. It is classed as art. It is probably the scientist in me saying this, but that is not art. That is a colour. 

We all got a bit confused, Nat and Louisa less so than I did, I stopped taking art at 13, so I am very uneducated in the matters of interpreting art. Still, at least I have been to the Tate now, so it is something else ticked off my London bucket list.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my adventures around London, I should go back more often, it gives me lots to write blog posts about!

Rachel xx
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24 comments

  1. those breakfasts look so good, and that wax house is crazy! I love art but I'm totally with you on the one-colour canvasses- definitely not art xxx

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    1. They were stunning breakfasts, I have so many more things on the menu I want to try though! I'm glad you agree with me about the one colour canvasses, I didn't know if there was something I was missing :-P x

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  2. Your breakfast looks amazing - I'm going to have to create my own tomato-less version I think! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I recommend it, it was amaaaaaazing and you shouldn't have to miss out just because tomatoes hate you! x

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  3. The food at The Breakfast Club looks amazing, I'm deffo going to check it out when I'm back in London next month!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. You should! Let me know what you have and if it's tasty? I need to go back again so I can try more things from the menu, and soon I hope! x

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  4. I have the exact same response to some art, my partner's more understanding, although we d both question the level of effort sometimes.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one, sometimes I just wonder if they couldn't be bothered :-P x

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  5. oh wow! i could so go for this right now, and i love how you tried something a bit different! x

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    1. If there's ever something a bit strange on a menu I'm drawn to it like a moth! It was incredible, I think I could eat it every day for a year and not get bored (but I probably would get fat) x

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  6. I love the Tate Modern! Looks like lots of fun, the house made of wax is amazing! I'd love to see it all melted too!

    Hayley-Eszti // www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

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    1. I've seen a couple of pictures of it since, and it looks so cool now it's melted even more. I'd quite like to see them melting it. Must be so much fun! x

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  7. I laughed, I do this too! I remember going to art galleries when I was in school studying A-Level Art and seeing plain white canvases with a huge black dot in the middle...... I really think if I had of handed that in for my project piece I'd have been handed a great big F FOR FAIL! haha

    Emma | The Fashion Six

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    1. I know!!! As soon as you get to a certain level I swear you don't have to put any effort in any more! x

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  8. You were in my neck of the woods. I live just 10 mins from Angel. I've never been to The Breakfast Club, but I do love Bills.
    Tash | Dance Flow Lift

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    1. I'd never been to Angel before, it's a really cool place, I like some of the old buildings there. Can't believe you've never been to The Breakfast Club though, that's your blog homework from me, go :-P x

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  9. That food looks so delicious! My mouth is totally watering right now haha

    Lauren x
    http://whatlaurendidtoday.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Mine too, again! Worst thing about blogging about nice food is that you get really hungry! x

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  10. Haha this was not what I needed to read when I'm hungry! Ever single one of those dishes looks amazing. :o I'm with you about the grey rectangle too - all for simplistic but that's a tad too far!
    lily x
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    1. Haha I should have put a disclaimer at the top of the post, oops! I am so glad I'm not the only one who got confused at the rectangle, I thought I was just not getting it! x

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  11. I am so intrigued by The Breakfast Club but I have to question whether it is so hyped up it is almost inevitable to be disappointed? Your food looked lovely though but you're right...Bills is awesome!

    You have a lovely blog :) thanks for sending me the link. Coincidently I too am waiting for my letter from Hogwarts. Perhaps there is a Royal Mail issue?

    Emma @ emmadrusilla.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I also wondered about the Breakfast Club, but I have to say, it did live up to the hype. You should give it a go!

      I think we should send a letter of complaint to Royal Mail, it's getting a bit ridiculous now isn't it! x

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  12. Hahah I love it, that is not art, that is a colour. Totally agree! Looks like you had a fab day and oh gosh that breakfast looks good - I haven't made it to The Breakfast Club but I really want to go! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Haha best response! You should go to the Breakfast Club, I've not stopped recommending it to everyone I talk to since I went, and that was a fair while ago now! x

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