Cambridge To London: Saffron Walden, Tower Hill And Leadenhall Market

After a great early morning workout at the Varsity Hotel gym and full breakfast, we hopped in the car and headed south from Cambridge to Saffron Walden, an old market town in Essex.

Back on the road our GPS valiantly directed around traffic entering London. But, even on a Tuesday, the traffic snarls win. Dropped the Sixt Rental car off at Victoria station and took the green line east to Tower Hill and the Leonardo Hotel. After a quick check in, we were out walking, first stop: the Old Spitalfields Market.

As we walked out and through the business district, the rain fell and then poured. Full thunder shower, London style.

We eventually made it to the Leadenhall Market, a Victorian covered shopping arcade that dates back to the 14th century.

It was the perfect place in the middle of a deluge for a pint, G&T and a burger.

Destination Restaurants: Clarke Cooke House Is A Newport, RI Institution Dating Back To 1780

From the website:

Clarke Cook House tables…hosts to royalty and yachting stars, captains of industry and charming scalawags, to occasions whimsical and outrageous. Whether a quiet dinner or late night revelry, our goal has always been to provide great food, professional service, and a sophisticated environment. The Clarke Cooke House lends its unique charm to any celebration or meeting, whether a victorious America’s Cup crew or family gathering – our dining room and porches are the perfect Newport setting.   

At The Clarke Cooke House Chef Gidley controls all  food operations:  café dining in the Bistro and Candy Store, our fine dining environment, The Sky Bar, a full Oyster Bar, and the renowned Summer Sushi. With his training in classical brigade kitchens and his contemporary sensibility, Chef Gidley’s approach would be best be described as Mediterranean-influenced American Cuisine.