Ian, Vicky, and the kids live above their pub, The Conquering Hero. Drinking is much too easy when you are staying above a pub. There were too many late nights (for Fred and Ian at least, I was fast asleep). The pub has been in this location for about 100 years. It was fun to have a drink with the locals, and try to interpret what they were saying in my native tongue.
Vicky cooked almost every meal for us. We had this potato dish on the day of our arrival, I think Fred ate the whole thing by himself.
The round object on the left is black pudding (aka blood pudding). Black pudding can be considered a delicacy and has been made for hundreds of years. It is a blend of onions, pork fat, oatmeal, and blood (usually from a pig) cooked until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled. Mmmm mmmmm. I actually tried a bite of Fred's, it tastes like oatmeal.
Francis Bacon! This is the family's pet pig. He is a handful.
I am not sure how he feels about having bacon cooked in the house.
Thank you Ian and Vicky for a marvelous London experience!