When the sun peaks its head through the clouds, everyone dashes for every inch of outside space; parks, beer gardens, even the garden wall.
But if you are in London, there is a somewhat hidden little gem called St Katherine's Dock. A beautiful little harbor, just behind the Tower of London, filled with shops, bars and restaurants.
It's rather glorious in the sun.
So with the weather in my favor, I headed out for some lunch, and what better cuisine in the sun, than tapas.
Trainers- Nike dunk sky hi liquid gold
But enough playing in phone boxes, as the sweet, sweet smell of tapas drew me in.
Today's lunch was at Bravas Tapas, a rustic, intimate restaurant, with a great authentic Spanish feel.
And guess who was with me? Caroline!
I think this calls for Cava.
Bravas Tapas specialise in true to Spain dishes. Small, flavorful dishes.
So we ordered rather a lot, starting with Spinach Croquetas.
My favourite, Foie Gras with cherries, serrano ham, all slathered on between toasted brioche buns. Oh that was fantastic. Rich, hearty, yet sweet.
You can't go to a tapas place though without ordering bravas patatoes. It's basically an unwritten rule. Luckily you will actually want to order these as they are spicy, crispy and fluffy inside.
When I went to Barcelona, I discovered cheese, and a lot of it. I never realised cheese in Spain was so big. So it seemed only fitting to order that too. After all, cheese is my main diet staple.
There was moreish pork belly skewers.
And wild sea bass with salsa, that was gorgeously fresh and clean.
Finally we dipped into a tiny bucket of calamari. Cute as a button, yet packed a punch in the taste department.
Everything you could ask for in a Mediterranean summers brunch when your still in good old Blighty.
That reminds me though, I really must get myself some abroad sun. Any recommendations?
SAINT KATHARINE DOCKS