London Halloween

On the Friday we dropped into Clapham Junction to the Dry Cleaners that Kenan and Bulent run, at night we went out to a restaurant called Giant Robot, an American themed restaurant but done really well (but not tacky in the slightest). We continued the night at a private bar called Milk & Honey, an unmarked black door on the streets of Soho with 40s decor, low lighting, jazz music & an extensive cocktail list. We downgraded a bit and finished the night at Charing Cross McDonalds, along with about half of London...it was packed! I met Connie's friends Emma, Jodie, Caitlin and their friend Eliza to get some halloween gear at the only Westfield in the UK, it was nicer than the Sydney ones but still just a big shopping centre. It was great to see so many people out though, and to see that everyone was really getting into Halloween. Andy and I had noticed the halloween shop displays had been getting bigger and better as we moved across Europe, now it was Saturday night of the halloween weekend and it seemed like everyone was ready to party. So back in Fulham we stocked up on booze, covered ourselves in black and fake blood and drank the night away at a halloween house party. A lot of fun, heaps of people had great costumes on and the house was decorated to the hilt.

After recovery on Sunday Andy and I went to his other cousin Bulent's house for dinner. His wife Sylvia made awesome chicken schnitzel, Polish gulash and vegetables, we had to walk it off afterwards. Bulent and Sylvia's youngest son Denis was super keen to go trick or treating so we walked around Clapham Junction with him. It was such a great vibe in the streets: amazingly carved pumpkins, kids knocking on strange doors, really cleverly decorated houses and....people talking to each other. Amazing. I also noticed a large amount of houses had their blinds/curtains open which also makes for a really nice community feel, not shuttered up. We had a great laugh with Denis who is a real character as he threatened people in their houses that the plastic head on a stake "could be yours one day!"

 
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