Every time I visit London it grows on me a bit more. It’s fun, it’s lively and it’s awe-inspiring to see the number of young entrepreneurs, particularly women, running successful and exciting new businesses. Case in point – possibly my favourite café ever – 26 grains in Neal’s Yard. It’s no secret I’m a porridge lover and 26 grains is the holy grail of porridge. Now not to be misled, they also do pancakes, waffles, smoothie bowls, eggs and other savouries (all packed full of superfoods), but for me I’m always going to go there for the porridge passion!
Left: Almond milk oats, blueberry compote, seeds, toasted coconut, strawberries, almond butter & amaranth. Right: Almond milk oats, matcha coconut ice-cream, cacao crumble, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, amaranth & popped quinoa.
A new arrival since my last visit to Neal’s Yard was Salad Pride, another healthy haven with Insta-perfect, edible flower embellished salads as well as a selection of sugar-free treats.
While you’re in the vicinity it would be a shame not to stop by Neal’s Yard Remedies. I love their huge wall of superfoods and neat little Tincture bar at the back of the shop.
Venturing away from my Neal’s Yard Sanctuary I visited the beauitful Kensington area for the first time and sough out Juice Baby. Specialising in cold pressed juices, raw salads, smoothies and the reason why I was there – dairy-free Almond Crunch ice-cream 🙂
A short ten minute walk from Juice Baby is another café worthy of a visit, The Good Life Eatery. The only downside to this place is if you’re dining alone they have no wifi and no real view either so bring a book! I had their Lean Machine bowl with brown rice, baked sweet potato falafels, roasted vegetable ratatouille, kale and omega seeds.
Ok so I wasn’t only eating my way around London – I also drank my way a bit too! 😛
As I was visiting for a friend’s birthday, in true ladies of leisure style, we booked a rooftop table at The Boundary in Shoreditch, tucking into a cold shellfish platter and sipping on some bubbles if you don’t mind! A cute place with nice good views and blankets and heaters provided on those cooler evenings.
Following said night of wine and some stronger liquids the following day we set out for the Saturday Broadway Market where my eyes definitely were bigger than my belly and I nearly had to be rolled home! The selection of delicious foods was over-whelming and there truly is something for all tastes. We chose Hanoi kitchen – be warned this has to be one of the most ungraceful bowls of food to eat on a public street with poor chopstick skills and a hangover!
As we were making to leave the market we spotted a second vegan-packed market area that’s almost hidden in a small courtyard on the left hand side at the park entrance to the main market area.
And little did I know the best dish of the day by far was hidden in here, despite how unassuming it looked! I in fact had no intentions of buying this curry but once handed a free taster at Makatcha I was soon opening my purse and handing over my cash for a box of their chicken rendang. I would put it down as one of the tastiest things I have ever tried and I’ve tried a lot! The box consists of Pulled chicken in a Rendang base served with rice, veg, peanut sauce and achar but they also had beef and vegan options available.
As a long time follower of Deliciously Ella, the healthy food Instagrammer turned cookbook author, it was a no-brainer to check out her first café, The Mae Deli, located a short walk from Hyde Park.
On the day we visited it was jam packed and extremely hot and humid sitting downstairs which took away from the enjoyment of the experience a bit plus I was served a warm smoothie after they ran out of ice, which had to be sent back, but our lunch was hearty and tasty. My only critique on that front would be the soft, cold-served falafel – as a huge falafel fan they gotta be hot & crunchy!
After a number of days of healthy salad lunches and lots of trekking around I was craving a wholesome warming big bowl of something and Thai red curry always wins my heart for that so while in the Notting Hill area we dined at Market Thai and it ticked all those boxes. Honest, tasty food.
Then before bidding adieu to London and my dear friend we went for once last hurrah at Giraffe in Spitalfields. Always lots of options for every kind of diner.
If you’re a foodie and you haven’t been to London – you crazy. Get yo ass on a plane A-SAP!