A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of spending four days in London and I had the BEST time! I absolutely fell in love with the city and had some great meals along the way. Here are some of my top picks for any first timers in London:
Fish & Chips
You cannot visit London without having a traditional pub meal of Fish & Chips! It was a rainy day (surprise surprise) and my travel buddies & I had just visited the Tower Bridge when it started pouring. The only place we could find was a cute little pub nearby. I took this as my opportunity to have a quintessential English meal! It was a great Fish & Chips. Not too different to what you can get in Australia, but a super good meal and those chips were the bomb.
Farm Girl Cafe
Yes it’s true, I travelled all the way to London and had to check out an Australian cafe. Farm Girl Cafe is Australian owned and super cute and we found it on our way to the fabulous Portobello Road markets. As it was only mid morning when we visited we didn’t get to try their food, but their coffee was excellent and I was super happy to find somewhere that offered coconut and almond milk substitutes. Farm Girl Cafe offers healthy, superfood options including the typical Acai bowls and of course Smashed Avocado. It was so cool to experience Australian cafe culture in London as it was something I definitely missed while being in Europe!
I’d heard great things about Ben’s Cookies, so I was super stoked when I came across one as I was shopping on Oxford St. Their range of delicious cookies made it so hard for me to pick just one (actually I bought two lol). I tried the double chocolate chunk and the peanut butter and chocolate cookies. They were soft and slightly chewy, exactly how I like my cookies and make them at home. I would have preferred if they were warm but you can’t have everything. SO yum. We need a cookie store in Adelaide..
Again on Oxford St, which was like heaven on earth might I add, Byron Burgers was another good find. They had a great selection of different burgers including vegetarian options. I opted for the classic burger and of course added bacon. A pretty great burger but it went EVERYWHERE. I mean i often do spill my food everywhere regardless, but this was actually ridiculous to eat. But what did get in my mouth was pleasant and the meat was delicious and not at all dry. I also loved the pickle on the side. Gimme a bowl of those and I’d be happy to be honest.
We were pretty lucky to be staying in a great London location with so many food options nearby. We tried out the popular chain Wagamamas and were pretty impressed. I had Chicken Ginger noodles and they were super flavoursome and yum. I loved the pickled ginger throughout and fresh vegetables. The menu had great options and all pretty affordable, well as affordable as you can get in London. The staff were also super friendly and it was overall a quality place to have a quick and tasty meal.
The Borough Market
Nothing tops the experience I had at the Borough Market! You could not wipe the smile off my face as I weaved my way through the many food stalls and amazing aromas. I was in love! It also took me a while to decide what to eat because there were SO many amazing choices. I opted for a Paella since the line was pretty long so seemed quite popular. I was not disappointed. It was a delicious Paella. I also bought Salt and Pepper Squid from the same stall and it was super good. I also could not resist a brownie from an amazing looking dessert stall which was amaze balls. I want to go back NOW!
I absolutely loved exploring London’s food scene and I cannot wait to go back and explore more! I would definitely love to check out many other markets around London as there were SO many on my list I did not get to visit.
Thanks for the deliciousness London, until next time x