Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Eating London: The best of the rest...

 Bill's green chicken curry.

 Bill's hamburger with streaky bacon.

Warm cinnamon doughnuts.

Bill's

I've ended up at Bill's every time I've visited London. There's 18 of them in the city so you're guaranteed to never be far away from one. The food is nothing spectacular but it's good grub at a decent price with plenty choice for everybody - including vegetarian and gluten free options! So far I've visited the Covent Garden, Soho and Kensington High Street branches and enjoyed all of them! Their porridge is one of my favourite breakfasts ever. Bill's has now opened up a restaurant in Glasgow so those of us north of the border can get a regular fix too!

123 Kensington High St, London, W8 5SF. (inside High Street Kensington station).

 Chicken & waffles.

 Jalapeno corn pudding.

Fresh cut fries with house seasoning.

Chicken & waffle burger.

Bird

I first saw Bird on the @BreakfastLondon instagram and was intrigued by their breakfast doughnuts! It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea but Bird serves up lots of free range fried chicken, with chicken and waffles being their signature dish. The chicken is served on a cheddar and onion waffle with a side of maple syrup! Proper dirty, fast food. Gordon's burger came with bacon, cheese, shallots, hot sauce and maple syrup. It much bigger than he'd expected & he didn't manage to finish it! The restaurant is located in Shoreditch and was full of their finest hipsters. We nipped in for a quick dinner before our Jack the Ripper tour.

42/44 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DA.

 Whitstable Bay Ale Battered Cod.


Bumpkin

Bumpkin is another restaurant I've ended up returning to again and again. I wrote about the South Kensington restaurant here but this time we visited them in Chelsea. Both are great locations but the Chelsea one is nice and handy for the Kings Road area, plus it has the garden! It was a beautiful sunny Sunday when we popped in for lunch so the garden was busy. The hostess couldn't of been nicer or more accommodating though, moving things around to make space and keep everybody happy. Bumpkin serves up classic Great British comfort food and their Sunday lunches looked ace!

119 Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NR.


Dum Dum Doughnuts

Some people visit Harrod's for the designer labels and fancy souvenirs... not me, I go for the food hall! If you're in the huge maze of a department store, make sure you head to the Patisserie where you'll find Dum Dum's AMAZING baked cronuts! Gordon had a chocolate and hazelnut one, and I tried to convince myself that almonds and pistachios made mine healthy. You can also find their range of artisan doughnuts at their Box Park Donutterie.

Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7XL.


The London Cocktail Club

Put any Breaking Bad fan in The London Cocktail Club and I bet I know what drink they're ordering! How could you resist the Heisenberg and it's little bag of blue crystals? There are 7 London Cocktail Clubs in the city, each one with its own theme and individual decor. The Shoreditch one is a cool, chilled out biker bar, appealing to any Sons of Anarchy fan... I'm guessing these guys like their Netflix! We left LCC slightly worse for wear aftet a couple hours working our way through the impressive cocktail list.

Unit 12, 29 Sclater Street, E1 6HR.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Eating London: A Healthy Lunch at Daylesford Organic


While it's nice to indulge and treat yourself every now and then, it's always good to fuel your body with healthy, nutritious foods. London's wellness scene is booming at the moment. Health food shops and cafes are popping up all over the place - there's clean and lean brunches at The Good Life Eatery, The Detox Kitchen, a million cold-pressed juice places, raw food at Tanya's Cafe and paleo at Pure Taste. But the one on my must visit list was Daylesford Organic.


Everything at Daylesford is made with the freshest, most sustainable ingredients available - most of which come from their very own Cotswolds farm! They've won loads of awards for their sustainability and you can even visit the farm yourself to see whats going on. Or, head to one of their 7 farmshops where they sell a range of homeware alongside their own seasonal soups, salads, meats etc in the deli style shop. We visited the Pimlico Road store, just a short stroll from Sloane Square and enjoyed lunch in the organic cafe upstairs...


The cafe is pretty much my ideal dining room set up. Bright and airy with long wooden benches, perfect for a relaxing, "everybody tuck in" style family meal! There was a slight mix up and a delay in me getting my meal, but the staff couldn't of been nicer or more apologetic about it so I really didn't mind. Plus I had a sparkling glass of prossecco to keep me refreshed while I waited... Calories don't count when they're organic, right?

 Daylesford beef burger with award winning cheddar, heritage tomato, gherkin and red onion.

 Potato wedges with garlic butter.

 Quinoa salad with butternut squash, chorizo, new potatoes, lemon & coriander.

Grilled chicken.

My grilled chicken and quinoa salad was absolutely delicious and worth the wait, but not the price. For £10 you can choose a selection of 3 different salads, which is fairly reasonable but I only fancied the quinoa one and I don't think the "protein booster" chicken should cost a whole £9 extra. Organic or not, a chicken salad for lunch should not cost £19 in total!

 Sticky ginger pudding & vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb eclair.

Our desserts were mouth watering too. I'm pretty sure Gordon only picked his because it sounded the closest to sticky toffee, but he's now a ginger convert! The eclair was a special recommended by one of the waitresses. It was lovely and light but I forgot about my lactose situation! Next time I'll try the raw chocolate and orange pot with cashew cream. We've convinced ourselves that the desserts are definitely as guilt free as the rest of the food...


For a healthy, guilt-free meal you can find Daylesford Organic at 3 locations in London - Chelsea's Pimlico Road, my favourite Notting Hill street Westbourne Grove or at their newest venue just off Marylebone High Street. Breakfast sounds promising!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Things to do in London

London is one of my favourite cities in the world. There's always something to do, galleries and shows to see, food to eat... I might pretend I was visiting the city for the McQueen exhibition, but we all know I just go for the food! We did manage to squeeze in a few other things during our weekend though, when we had to kill time between meals...

Museums and Tours


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The V&A


Working Process at The Tate Britain

Somerset House, the Natural History Museum and the palaces are also worth a look. We did a Jack the Ripper tour this time which was gory but fun!

Theatre


The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre

This show gets a big thumbs up from us! I can also recommend The Lion King, Wicked, Once and Thriller.

Landmarks


Cocktails in the Shard

Why pay £30 for a walk around the "View from the Shard" when you can pay £15 for a cocktail in one of the restaurant bars? Makes sense. I've also had afternoon tea at Paramount (now closed) and breakfast at Duck & Waffle (the UK's highest restaurant) and both were great experiences with great views.

Shopping


NikeTown, Oxford Circus


Harrods

I'd be here all week if I tried to list all the shops worth a visit in London. I like the big department stores and designer boutiques.

Markets


Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill

You can find markets selling absolutely everything you could ever think of. Camden market is an obvious one, Brick Lane is good and I hear Borough market is foodie heaven. Make a day of it at Portobello Road - wonder around the colourful Notting Hill streets, visit the local boutiques and stop for a munch at Granger & Co.

Parks & Gardens


Peter Pan at Kensingtan Palace Gardens

Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Primrose Hill, St James' Park... I really want to visit the Kensington roof gardens when we're back next month! Fingers crossed for good weather.

xx
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