I recently made a short trip through London and thought I’d share some of the places I visited over the three days – which is by no means enough time to even dent the surface of things to do/eat in London, but I will continue nonetheless! Most of places were suggested by friends or were my pick based on where I was at the time.
Broadway Market, Hackney – apparently every man, woman and their dog are here on the weekend. Great foodie stalls lined by restaurants, bars and other shops. There are nearby parks and open spaces to sit and enjoy your finds.
Morito (Hackney Road) – Although the service wasn’t particularly welcoming here, it was efficient and the shared plates were excellent. I’d recommend the fried aubergine and watermelon salad! There is a wine bar next door where we found ourselves afterwards.
Andina (Shoreditch) – Another dinner location recommended by a friend was Andina, a Peruvian resturant in Shoreditch. Unfortuantely, I failed to document the extensive spread of dishes we ended up ordering, as we were so enthralled with the food and catching up! However, I can confirm that everything was very unique and tasty – I would recommend an order of their corn-bread and also the avocado-strawberry-cream dessert. Make sure to book as it is popular.
Ottolenghi (Spitalfields) – I finally made it to an Ottolenghi (of the infamous cookbooks). With various locations around the city, it is really worth trying to visit at least one of them! Delicious Israeli-influenced meals, modern interiors and incredible sweet treats and pastries.
Caravan (Bankside) – I visited this on a recommendation from my coffee-aficionado friend. Caravan have multiple locations around town and this one was situated very near the Tate Modern museum, which made it my pick before a quick peruse of some of the art currently on show. Another nearby location for food and coffee is the Borough Market, with stalls opening around lunchtime.
Yoga at the Sky Garden – A little unorganised but a good class and definitely a novelty experience. Yoga at the Sky Garden is a worth-while touristy activity. Do downward dog looking over London, followed by breakfast. Own mat required.
Deliciously Ella / MAE Delis – Insta-famous @DeliciouslyElla’s physical locations in Mayfield are the perfect place to refuel after walking around the shops along Oxford Street. The food is health-focussed and all vege-based. Grab something to take-away for a picnic at Hyde Park up the road.
Hemsley + Hemsley (Selfridges, Oxford Street) – I wasn’t surprised when I stumbled upon this gem inside Selfridges (my family will attest to the fact that while I love fashion, I love cafes and food more). Hemsley + Hemsley offers a respite from the craziness that is Oxford Street, with beautiful surroundings and nourishing food. For afternoon tea, I had a fresh peppermint tea and a beetroot-cacao cupcake that was divine.
La Bodega Negra – We had wanted to visit nearby Dishoom, but with a long queue and the muggy heat of a London summer bearing down upon us, we opted for the light-hearted atmosphere of La Bodega Negra instead. It is a mexican restaurant serving fresh ceviche, tacos, burritos and a strong list of cocktails. Located nearby Covent Garden and Soho.
Fowlds Cafe – This was a small spot near where I was staying in Camberwell. If you find yourself in the area, it’s worth checking out for delicious sourdough avo-toast, pastries and coffee. Right next to Burgess park, with outdoor and indoor seating options.
Theo’s Pizzeria (Camberwell) – I was taken here by locals and we all ate authentic, Italian pizzas for dinner. A simple menu (not for the carb-adverse), trendy vibe, an outdoor courtyard and white-washed interiors. Definitely make a visit if you’re in the area!
Any other London suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!