Hello everyone –
During the 4 days I spent in London this summer, I did not only have the chance to visit many landmarks, parks, and museums, but also – as always when I am travelling – to test different coffee shops and restaurants. In this post, I am showing you the ones which I deem especially noteworthy and would recommend to you to check out as well – have a good read!
Afternoon tea at Liberty
When in Britain, I told myself, one is obliged to have afternoon tea at least once. Since I am also a total fan of scones, there was really no way around it; the only question was which location to chose. There are indeed countless restaurants and coffee shops in London which offer afternoon tea. However, most of them are rather expensive.
To have afternoon tea at Arthur’s, the restaurant belonging to the well-known department store Liberty, had several advantages: firstly, it was quite price-worthy (20.95£ for afternoon tea, 12.95£ for scones and tea); secondly, the interior was divine (a mix of 20s-furniture and pastel colours); and, thirdly, my friend and I could combine our afternoon tea with a stroll through Liberty.
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Breakfast at Coco di Mama
A new chain of coffee shops with exactly the characteristics one is looking for in an easy-going “get-a-coffe-on-the-run”-place: good, price-worthy coffee, an ample selection of bakery and sweets to take away and for the ones which have a little more time: really good breakfast offers (amongst others: porridge – another must-try when in Britain).
If you have had enough of Café Nero, Starbucks, Costa and all these long-established chain coffee shops, but you actually like the modern urban concept, Coco Mama might be something to try (furthermore, in some locations their offer extends to Italian food for take-away, such as pasta, lasagne, and soup). What I can especially recommend is their porridge, their cappuccino and their almond croissants. I also have good memories of this coffee shop because my friend and I took shelter there when it was pouring cats and dogs, and we could stay as long as we wanted, and they had (actually working) WiFi.
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Cocktails at the Nightjar
The night club where my friend and I spent our first evening in London. I had found it online as an insider tipp, and it was really a rather special experience: the entrance of the club was so inconspicuous that we almost did not find it, but once we were in, it was like a whole other world.
There was live music, which was definitely a plus, and the menu provided us with a huge selection of exotic cocktails made of ingredients most of which I had never heard of before. Luckily, there was usually also a description of what the cocktail tasted like (bloomy, fruity, bitter), and when we asked the waitress about the menu, she was very helpful. The interior was dark and dodgy, the music was enchanting, the cocktails were extraordinary in every way (mine had a chocolate-lego-figure on it)! Not cheap (as you also pay an entrance fee), but definitely worth the experience.
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Dinner at The Ivy Soho Brasserie
This was the place we chose for our fancy-dinner experience. I loved the Parisian, artsy interior and the way our food was arranged. My friend had a kind of “pie” made of feta, watermelon, tomatoes, and other delicious things. I tried a salad with chicken and quinoa, and as a side we had fried sweet potatoes. The food was very carefully prepared and sophisticatedly seasoned, only the portions were rather small.
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Trying out new things to eat and finding extraordinary eating places in my opinion definitely is an important part of travelling. What are your favourite food spots in London? Have you ever visited one of those I showed you in this post?
Thanks for reading and see you soon!