After three years apart, I finally traveled back to Europe for a two-week multi-country vacation. I’m still experiencing the post-vacation blues and figured the best way to cope was to share everything I ate, drank, and saw in each of the countries.
One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to experience the local cuisine. London’s food options didn’t disappoint, so I thought it best to kick off my vacation recap with details of what I indulged in. Enjoy!
After 10 hours of travel, this was a chain pub that was a convenient 5-minute walk from our flat. Although I prefer to avoid chain restaurants when traveling, the fish & chips I ordered was just what I needed after a long flight.
Tip: Food and drink must be ordered at the bar.
Food (top): Chicken and Smoked Bacon Club
Price: £7.75 (~$9.50)
Food (bottom): Fish & Chips (ale-battered cod with triple-cooked chips)
Price: £12.25 (~$15)
This cafe serves exactly what you’d imagine it would – cereal. Order a cereal “cocktail” and you won’t be disappointed. The best part about the cafe isn’t the food, however. It’s the decor. Take note of the Spice Girls wallpaper and artwork of historical cereal box toys.
Food (front): Shooty Shooty Bang Bang (Krave, milky way magic stars, nutella, popping candy)
Price: £5.70 (~$7)
Food: The Frooty Maltshake
Price: £5.50 (~$6.70)
Interior: Funky and nostalgic
After the Cereal Killer Cafe and time spent walking around Camden Market, we stopped at this pub in the area for a few beers. Drinks were reasonably priced, and my only regret was not coming back to try the food.
Pictured below: Fuller’s London Pride beer and pub menu
This was our last dinner in London, and the food was delicious. The pub fills up quick for happy hour after work, but there is a spacious downstairs area for dining. The waitstaff is super friendly and accommodating, which is always a plus when you’re a tourist.
Food: Mushroom risotto with pecorin and pumpkin seeds
Price: £10 (~$12)
Drink: Southern Bandito Merlot
Price: £7.25 (~$9)
I kept seeing this dessert all over my Instagram, so obviously I booked it to London’s Chinatown to see if it was worth the hype. I’ve had an ice cream waffle before, and this one did the trick of satisfying my sweet tooth.
Food (left): Vanilla gelato, nutella, fudge pieces
Price: £6.99 (~$8.60)
Food: (right): Oreo Crunch (strawberry cheesecake gelato, oreos, salted caramel drizzle)
Price: £6.99 (~$8.60)
We headed to David Bowie’s old stomping grounds in South London’s Brixton neighborhood to check out the local markets. The Brixton Village Market was quiet on a weekday morning, and this cute little creperie was just what we needed for a late breakfast. The waiter was very friendly, and the interior was adorned with Brazilian artwork.
Food: Banana Canela crepe (grilled banana, honey, cream, cinnamon)
Price: £6.20 (~$7.60)
Well, that’s all I have for now! Stay tuned for more London highlights.