Friday I arrived in to Kings Cross station then hopped on the tube straight to Archway to meet Lauren. She and her friend Kylie were having a drink right near the station so I headed straight there to join them. Aplogies for all the fuzzy pictures, but it’s a perfect representation of our night, fuzzy fuzzy fuzzy. I always love catching up with Lauren, we were fast friends in New Zealand, and I love that we moved to the same country, even if she is in London and I’m in the north. Only a short train ride away.The girls were drinking white wine, so I ordered a refill bottle and a second glass and we were well on our way. The weather was so gorgeous it was nice to be sat in an outside location, but still have shelter from the sun. The restaurant we were at is called IL Mio Mosaic, but the outside bit is a shisha bar known as Habibi Shisha. Sadly we didn’t order any shisha, maybe next time. We were sat in a corner right near the BBQ that was going on, so we were pretty ecstatic when one of the guys who worked there told us if we checked in on Facebook we could get some free BBQ. Sold! They also brought us some crispy chips and garlic mayo. I’m a big fan of freebies when you are somewhere drinking.
As the sun went down, the lights came on and it was like being transported to a different world. The embers glowed throughout the place as people puffed on hookahs. The smell of BBQ mixed with sweet smelling smoke was delicious. We made friends with a man who claimed to run the joint, and Lauren danced around with him after he had dropped his little chihuahua boxer mix puppy into our laps.
We ended the night with a goodbye shot courtesy of the house, paid our bill and went on our merry way. I wish I could say we’d gone to bed but having not seen Lauren in so long, we stayed out and partied. Let’s just say I wasn’t sure I’d make it to my bloggers afternoon tea the next day, which was my whole reason for the weekend trip. A walk through the park sorted me out though so all was not lost. I’ll tell you about afternoon tea later.