The hungrier guide to London 2 – Eat your way through the city

Part two of The Hungrier Guide to London! The city doesn’t just offer the standard breakfast-lunch-dinner, it has so much to offer and you’re sure to leave the city stuffed, happy and satisfied. Here my recommendations for the other times in the day you can stuff your face and it is totally justified.


BRUNCH

When your appetite arises you can head up to Bloomsbury for brunch at Gail’s Kitchen. Here beautiful artisan breads, shakshuka eggs, pulled pork buns, cakes, puddings and milk with fresh cookies are served.

Another lovely place to have brunch is Nivens at Kings cross. This small family run business where they serve great food with fresh ingredients. Dishes such as hot salt beef and mustard sandwiches, leek and Gruyere croissants and quiches, chicken chorizo pie, ricotta and spinach cannelloni and Moroccan lamb stew are sure to satisfy. This in combination with the lovely staff will make you come back again and again.


MARKETS 

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London has so many great markets it can get a little confusing when deciding which ones to visit, but if you ask me there is no better than Borough Market . Admittedly, it’s often stuffed with people, a lot of the products are overpriced and the queues for food are longer than the line at the supermarket on Christmas day, but this market is a food lover’s paradise. With over 70 stalls selling everything from charcuterie (salamis, pate, terrines), dairy (lovely cheeses!), fish and seafood, fruit and veg, meat, poultry and game to truffles and honey. Hungry? I would recommend the Pulled Duck sandwich, the Gruyere cheese toasties and Indian food from Gujarati Rasoi. Don’t want to buy or can’t afford the products? You can taste (almost) everything being sold here and make your way through the market stuffing your face for free. This market makes for a great day out and offers a great lunch and some wonderful artisan products to take home.

In the mood for something on the go? Head over to Camden town for the Camden Lock Market . Here a wide selection of “street food” stalls are sure to please your appetite. From English (great fish and chips), Peruvian, Malaysian, Japanese, Italian, Turkish, Polish, Wild meats, Cakes, Indian, Vegan treats and even Paleo, they have it all. Some of my favourites are the Ethiopian mixed Injera (a savoury pancake with toppings like rosemary lamb, lentils, kale, hummus -whatever you like), the Turkish spinach, feta and sausage wrap (vegetarian option available), Dutch dunkers (poffertjes – litlle sweet pancakes traditionally topped with butter and powdered sugar but also great with toppings like Nutella, Maple syrup and strawberries and cream) and last but not least the soft Italian flat breads oozing with mozarella and prosciutto.

In Amsterdam everyone knows about Roti, (a type of pancake eaten with curry) found mostly in Caribbean and Asia. In London no one seems to have caught on yet as there are very few Surinam people living here in comparison to Amsterdam. You can imagine my excitement when I found lovely little restaurant selling delicious Roti at Brixton Market called Fish, Wings and Tings. Try the curry goat roti, it’s delicious!

Portobello Market offers a great selection of street foods from burgers to Indian foods, Falafel to noodles, they have it all.


SOMETHING SWEET TO TIE YOU OVER?

The Leto Cafe has a great selection of delicious and beautiful little cakes, tarts, puddings and pastries. Try the chocolate truffles, they’re delicious!
Next door to the Leto Cafe you will find an all time favourite, The Hummingbird Bakery. Here they sell lots of different kinds of cupcakes like the classic Carrot cake or the Red Velvet cupcake, but also Cookies and Cream and Lemon Curd cupcakes are a part of their assortment. If only they would sell a cup of that delicious glazing…
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High tea is a must when visiting London and there is no place like Harrods . The high tea consists of a glass of Rose Champagne, a selection of mini sandwiches, freshly prepared tea pastries and scones with clotted cream, strawberry jam, homemade lemon curd and fresh strawberries. For those of you who prefer a little more savoury, there is a high tea menu available that includes a variety of dishes such as smoked haddock, a Sommerset brie tart, a lobster club sandwich, scrambled eggs with spinach and caviar in puff pastry and a Rosper roasted steak sandwich.
 

AFTER PARTY

Hungry after a night out in London? The 24/7 Beigel Bake in East London’s Brick Lane is, as the name implies, open 24/7! Try the incredible Salt Beef Bagel or the classic Salmon and Cream cheese.


Stuffed, tired and ready for another day of great food in delicious London!

COMING SOON – THE HEALTHIER HUNGRIER GUIDE TO LONDON

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