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Nothing Quite Like the Allure of London’s Food Scene
#London has an allure that can only come from being the world’s most cosmopolitan city. This also makes it an amazing place for the #foodanddrink scene; including all kinds of #gastronomy delights from nearly every corner of every continent. Below are some highlights from some of the best #cuisine I've experienced.
When I’m back home in London, I always like to try something local and authentically English. There’s nothing better than tucking into a homemade English breakfast. From my experience, for the best breakfast in London, head to Bill’s in Covent Garden, an eatery where food easily beats anything close to what you may envisage in an English breakfast. There is nothing wrong with trying something that may come across as slightly greasy and stodgy, yet very colourful and scrumptious. Every bite, every spoonful is like entering a magical journey into the heart of English cuisine.
Every bite, every spoonful is like entering a magical journey into he heart of English cuisine
Apart from ‘Bill’s,’ there are a myriad of eateries in and around Covent Garden that are perfect getaways for a lovely summer’s weekend brunch. Parisians may entirely disagree, but I do feel that London does also have its fair share of nice cafes.
For the perfect coffee, I would highly recommend strolling along to Monmouth Coffee, a tiny cafe in the heart of Covent Garden that comes across as old-fashioned, old world, and old hat. But yet it’s still very elegant, and nicely tucked in between small Victorian style shops. In its own way, it is equally grand and glamorous without being stuffy. To say that this is real coffee would be an understatement. This hidden gem offers some of the best freshly filtered coffee from single farms, estates, and cooperatives, served to perfection.
To say that this is real coffee would be an understatement
The interior of the café indicates an air that neatly blends in the flavours of Brazil, Ghana, Angola and other exotic places from where premium coffee is brought from.
Not far away from Covent Garden, you may wish to try a Sunday lunch at the fabulous Anchor & Hope at Waterloo Station. Indeed, there are an array of lovely eateries all the way along the South Bank between Waterloo Station and Tower Bridge.
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For lunch or dinner, an authentically British dining experience is provided at the Balls Brothers Hay’s Galleria restaurant. Housed in the attractive and relatively tranquil open-air galleria on the River Thames promenade between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. The atmosphere is one that echoes the past, the present and perhaps even the future. Sometimes, I used to come here for brunch with my late grandfather in the eighties, and the place hasn’t changed a bit since then.
The atmosphere is one that echoes the past, the present and perhaps even the future
From my experience, one of the best places to try a British cookery experience is Beehive Place, set alongside the market and Brixton Village. It’s a new addition to Brixton’s vibrant food scene.
I always find that Saturday and Sunday mornings in London are also a good time to go and experience a local market in action. There are many in and around the city. However, from my experience, the best market to go and see is Borough Market, located opposite London Bridge. It is London's oldest covered fruit and vegetable market. There is plenty of traditional action you can see and absorb the carnival-like atmosphere. You can get freshly fried fish and chips at one stall and grilled British sausages at another and freshly made English apple cider too.
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If you’re here for a whirlwind tour of the city, then top it all up with a visit to a part of the city that projects an allure of classical London; an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel, a shopping trip to Selfridges or Harrods and a meal at the Ivy are never to be missed on any trip. All of these sum up London in the best possible way, they are opulent and inspirational!
All of these sum up London in the best possible way, they are opulent and inspirational!
I stayed at the Club Quarters, Trafalgar Square.