top london no.2
top london no.1
Remember this post, way back when? Well this is the second instalment! I'd say it's long awaited, but it's probably not so I'm just going to get on with it.
1. brickwood coffee
Finally, I get the chance to scream and shout about my favourite coffee shop in London. I spend at least 80% of my working week in here, they put my order on as soon as I walk through the door and we've even made first name friends with most of the guys that work there. If you're ever in the South, I'd totally recommend checking it out. My favourites are the Kumara (sweet potato, poached eggs and feta on sourdough) and the French toasted brioche is amazing.
P.S. I go to the Clapham Common branch, but they have one in Balham and Tooting too.
£? Food on average £7-10 a dish and a coffee £2.80ish.
2. citizen m, shoreditch
Potentially the coolest hotel I've ever stayed in, with moodlighting and a huge iPad controlled tv. James was entertained all night (and I had to put up with bloody film after film), but this super cool hotel has just opened up in Shoreditch to accompany their other London branch and it's well worth the visit for a trip, or even a staycation like us.
Make sure you pay the breakfast bar a visit, potentially at whatever time you like as it's open 24 hours a day!
3. milk coffee
Oops, another coffee shop. Can you see where I spend most of my time? Milk is another fave, this time located in Balham. The food is essentially bloody great, but to be honest you just need to go for the iced coffee and burnt butter and hazelnut cake. James recommends The Convict to eat (we're talking an English muffin, sausage, scrambled eggs, bacon and their spesh hangover sauce, all topped with mountains of fresh parmesan) but it's all pretty great.
£? £15 a head on average
Dotted all over London are these cute little shabby chic French cafés - great for a croque madame and a coffee. We visited the Heddon St branch which is a nice little bit of peace and quiet just two minutes from Regent Street. I've only had the brunch but I hear their dinners are fab too.
£? fairly pricey, we ate breakfast for two at £34
Somewhere you might already have visited, but if not then this is the nudge you needed to do so. Dishoom not only do the best Indian food I've probably had in Central London, but the restaurants are an absolute delight to be in too. Super modern and really chic, it's totally worth standing in the usual queue - and try to grab breakfast here if you can!
£? lunch for two £30-40
6. the king of ladies man
Ok, so this one might be cheating (James is the manager of a Breakfast Club) but this secret bar tucked behind Battersea's BC is a regular of ours so I thought it deserved a spot. Ask to be shown to the laundrette at the back of the caff where you'll find a 'secret' door into the bar. Well worth going for a Frenchmans Daiquiri (passionfruit daq) and some of their damn good bar snacks - plus the cheeky paraphernalia dotted around...
£? the usual London bar pricing!
lots of love xxx
I can't even tell you how long I've been planning a 'London' series. As a born-Londoner, I am a total advocate for the city and spend pretty much all of my time in it so I thought rather than one of my usual city guides, I'd do a series of different posts combining all of my favourite things in my city.
Without further ado, here are some of my favourite places - with loads more to come as and when:
1. the chicken shop
The Chicken Shop(s) are spread over London now but are honestly the place to go for really great 'peri' chicken - of sorts. Honestly, it's like Nando's on crack - a definite place to replace ye olde cheeky Nando's.
I totally recommend the hot sauce you'll find on the tables, as well as a huge slice of apple pie afterwards.
£? a meal for two (a whole chicken and sides) will set you back between £30-40.
2. the hoxton hotel
A first staycation for James and I, and definitely a memorable one. The Hoxton was a complete dream, we stayed in Hoxton for the evening and made the absolute most of doing nothing by spending the evening lying in bed with a cup of tea and enjoying having no responsibilities.
The hotel itself is decorated in a beautiful minimalistic but masculine style, and has a fab bar/coffee area downstairs. It's actually just across the road from my uni so I'm going to have to make more of an effort to get there more often, even if it is just for a coffee and pastry.
£? rooms from £99 per night
3. reds true bbq
Genuine apologies if you don't eat meat, and a gentle 'this isn't one for you' but if you do then you should go. Northern folk will probably know Red's as old news, but seeing as we only got one in London around a year ago here it is!
James and I love nothing more than good BBQ which can be so hard to find in the UK but Red's nail it. All of the meat is smoked in house and when it's gone, it's gone. The burnt ends are out of this world, and you have to try the beef long.
£? £15-30 per head depending on what you order!
4. patty & bun
Genuinely the best burger I've eaten in London, Patty & Bun is the perfect amount of 'gourmet' and yet still sloppy enough to be so, so great. James orders two burgers every time we go, one beef and one chicken because they're that good.
The great news is that you used to have to queue for ages at their only two sites, but they've now popped open a few more so get in quickly!
£? £5-8 per burger
5. kerb food market
Another recent discovery, and one to get to ASAP before the weather gets any worse but if you're into basically any kind of food then you'll enjoy Kerb. There's something for everyone so take all ya mates too.
My personal favourite was (and always is) Mother Clucker, honestly that chicken is just so damn good.
£? As it's street food, anything from £3+!
So, that was the first of hopefully many London recommendations! I've got a list as long as my arm of places I'll include so they'll definitely be coming every few months. Let me know if you try any, and apologies that this one is very food based!
lots of love xxx