To ring in my 30th birthday this year with something fun, Dan and I headed to my favorite breakfast place Duck & Waffle on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate to watch the sunrise while sipping on flat whites and enjoying some rich, delicious waffles. Thank goodness I’m a winter baby so we didn’t HAVE to get up at 3am to witness the sunrise in this northern latitude (Duck and Waffle is open 24/7!) but I am still suffering a bit of jet lag after flying back from San Diego only a few days ago so I unfortunately was up at 3am.
When making our reservation, Dan got very technical and researched when beginning nautical twilight time would be (for those non-techs like me it means the geometric center of the morning sun is 12° below the horizon) and scheduled our reservation for 15 minutes prior to that so that we could see the city transition from lit up darkness to dawn to full overcast clouds. I guess hoping for a brilliant pink and orange hued sky was a bit of a long shot for London in January but I had held a little hope since the day before was sunny and clear skied. Alas it was not meant to be but nevertheless the skyline was just as stunning of a breakfast companion.
As usual, I ordered the overly indulgent “Full Elvis” – a waffle smothered with a thick layer of peanut butter and jelly and topped with chantilly cream, brûléed bananas, fresh berries, and crushed honey roasted peanuts- and Dan ordered the equally rich and tasty Ox Cheek Benedict.
After our allotted reservation time was up, we headed back home and back to bed in a waffle coma. I would say my 30’s are off to a great start!