I miss London so much, if I could drop everything and get on a plane right now, but alas, I cannot. So, I am going to reminisce the best way I know how, by looking through all my pictures and writing about it. So I’m going to write a series of posts creating my ultimate London Guide.
Where I ate…
As everyone knows, there are two types of food: Breakfast and not breakfast. Also, pardon my atrocious ability to take pictures of food.
Not a place you would necessarily think to get your full English breakfast, but it’s SO GOOD. The Bombay/British fusion makes for a very interesting spot. Also, we were able to just walk in around 10, a feat unheard of later in the day. If you want to eat at Dishoom, but don’t want to wait in line for hours, breakfast is the meal for you.
Want to live (or at least eat) like royalty? The Orangery is the place for you. In the middle of Kensington Gardens, and adjacent to the palace, the Orangery is a great place for your capital F Fancy meal.
This was one of the last places I ate breakfast during my time in London so it was close to Christmas time. If you’re looking for some festive class, Balthazar is the place for you. This place is great for the traditional full English Breakfast.
Nestled in Neal’s Yard, 26 Grains is a hidden gem. Who would’ve thought that sriracha on oatmeal would be AMAZING. It was a little crowded when we went in the winter, but they do have a lot of outdoor seating when it is warmer.
It’s a pretty expensive cafe, but it has lots of seating and it was fun to sit and write my essays there while people watching.
I went to for dinner when my family came to visit and we waiting in line for just over an hour to get a table. While in line, a hostess came by every fifteen or so minutes with samples of chai and mint tea, and once we got to the front of the line another hostess took the time to go through the extensive menu with us and give personalized recommendations based on what we told her we liked. The food was great, so if you can stomach the line, I would definitely head to Dishoom.
I am so glad that I discovered Borough relatively early on, as I was able to go back time and time again. Walking around, you’re spoilt for choice. My favorite was either the Eithopian food in the outdoor area or the grilled cheese place, or the Bread Ahead donuts.
We went to the Covent Garden location for our 10 pound steak (Yes you read that right, just ten pounds). Also, free salted caramel ice cream dipped in chocolate shavings. Great meal.
10 pound steak? Yes, please!
Another great Covent Garden find. The burgers were good but the real star of the show was the boozy milkshakes, just in case regular alcohol wasn’t enough calories for you.
Cheeky Nando’s: A British classic. These are all over London, so you’ll definitely be able to find one. Nando’s was one of my first and last meals in London. Chicken, sides, and sauce. It couldn’t be simpler or more delicious. I recommend however much chicken you desires, the Peri-chips, garlic bread and mash. Just so you know, you’re seated by a hostess and then order at the counter. We sat at our table for a while waiting for a server before we figured it out.
Another great milkshake. I was real big on milkshakes during this trip. There’s multiple locations, namely, one by Euston station and one by the Cursed Child theatre. Great spot for a late night shake after a long train or a show.
Every single pub
Settle in and grab yourself a pint (of hard Cider). Then, order fish a chips and revel in your Britishness.
Now that we’ve satiated your appetite, next let’s move on to… what I did. Tune back in next week to read the next segment.