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LONDON: THE NEXT GREAT FOODIE TOWN



            England has been plagued for years by their unfortunate culinary reputation. The generally accepted connotation of British cuisine is one of the heavily fried and beer-battered pub food they’ve become famous for championing. Admittedly, London has far more than it’s fair share of this particular cuisine, but the city has been evolving over the past decade to join the ranks of other culinary capitals such as Paris or New York.

            Much in the way that British fashion designers are known for their pioneering of new and creative techniques on the runway, there’s a new class of intriguing culinary talent developing their own foodie dialogues for the masses.

            The eating out crowd is much less scene-y than their counterparts in other locales (particularly New York), but that hasn’t stopped them from creating dining spaces that are just as stimulating as the food they are serving. Walking around London I am frequently tempted to grab a bite just so I can sit inside and properly take in the décor. Fortunately for my wallet and belly, there’s only so many hours in a day! Here are a few of my favorite places so far: 



33 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London W1F 8EU

Based on name alone you get a sense of the kind of the kind of hipster eatery/clientele that TBC attracts. This all-day breakfast spot opened in SoHo in 2005 and has since opened a number of other locations around London. 

As it happened, the day we went was national pancake day. To commemorate the occasion, they featured a challenge- if you can eat 12 pancakes in 12 minutes then your meal is free. The catch (well beyond the obvious challenge of eating 12 pancakes in 12 minutes) is that you only got one tiny glass of water and a small pot of syrup. I was not nearly bold enough to attempt such a feat, but two sisters sitting across from us did. They didn't make it, but they came damned close. The spectating was an experience in and of itself.

Also, be warned: even during the coldest days of the winter, the line snaked around the block. I'd recommend going as early as possible on a warm weekday! But it's worth the wait once you're inside. 


59 Sloane Avenue, London SW3 3DH

Located on an unassuming street in South Kensington, The Good Life Eatery is always filled to the brim (quite literally spilling onto the street most mornings) with posh, modely-looking types. The fact that we're all willing to endure the hassle of securing a table is a testament to the taste of their incredible healthy 'bowls,' filled with every lovely ingredient you could possibly think of.

While there's no shortage of organic-only cafes and cold pressed juiceries in London, it's nowhere near as health-food-obsessed as New York (at least in my opinion). There are still a number of places I want to try, but The Good Life Eatery is by far the best healthy option I've experienced in London.   

10 Berners Street, London W1T 3LF

Berners Tavern, located inside the buzzy Edition Hotel in Fitzrovia (just south of SoHo + Oxford Street), is certainly a place to see and be seen. The friend I was dining with joked that it would be an ideal place to go man-hunting at cocktail hour. And she was quite right, the place was filled with smart-looking businessmen and trendy waifs at lunch meetings. The food itself is reason enough to go, but the decor is really a standout here. 


139 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB

It might not be a foodie's paradise, but Cereal Killer Cafe is definitely a must see. Much like with modern art, the concept of the cafe is very 'why-didn't-I-think-of-that!' Why a place like this had never existed before is a mystery. But one thing is for sure: they found the perfect niche on Brick Lane, a section of the city infamous for it's predominantly hipster population. And hipsters love cereal, I guess, because it was packed with 20-somethings wearing sweatshirts with ironic phrases and thick-rimmed glasses I am guessing most of them didn't actually need. 

Also, you can order cereal with chocolate milk and crushed Oreos on top (or Reese's, marshmallows, bananas, blueberries, etc). I don't know about you, but that's enough to get me out of bed in the morning... or anytime of day, tbh.




43 comments:

nuriel shechtman said...

looks amazing !

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meandmr.com said...

SO much good food-- so little time! London look amazing!
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Patricia Sáez said...

Amazing pics and blog :) London its love!

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Latravelera said...

It Looks You are getting yo know London very Well!
And You went To Barcelona! One of my favourite cities :-)
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Dressed2dNines Blog said...

I'll definitely be referring back to this when I visit this summer! Thanks!

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ivy said...

Oh..so lucky to be there. Love the name for the the first eatery you mentioned. I'm just now figuring out what a London Fog is ..and it didn't turn out half bad when I made it today.

Very cool blog!

ellie said...

Oh, I do hope there were egg sandwiches. Love the post.

Sophie Sierra said...

Ah, Cereal Killer Cafe sounds immense. Need. To. Go! And love The Breakfast Club too. Such a wonderful post, these all look amazing <3

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Anett B said...

All of these look very inspiring! I think I'd love the Breakfast Club :)

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Miharu Julie said...

Great photos
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FASHIONAVENTURA said...

Nice photos :) M&MFASHIONBITES mmfashionbites.blogspot.gr
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Naomi Vangestel said...

I heard about this place before! I wanna gooo! xo // Naomi in Wonderland

Anita Moreno said...

Amazing post!! Love the pics ;)

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purecomplex.com said...

I just love the restaurants on this post. I especially love the pancake challenge. Just look how amazing they look. Great post.

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Mari said...

fantastic place!

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Mari said...

fantastic place

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Matea Saric said...

This post made me sooo hungry! :))

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Shireen L. Platt said...

London does seems like a interesting city to visit, I believe its also huge on broadway plays?

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Laura Mitbrodt said...

These restaurants look so amazing, I want to go to London
Xo


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Kellie Miyoko said...

All of these places look great! I am planning on traveling to London soon, definitely will have to check these places out!

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x Kellie

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Oh no the food are tempting
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The food looks delicious
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Shaira Manalo said...

Wow, beautiful pictures. how I wish I can go to these places too :)

Looking forward to see more of your posts. Do you have an instagram account? Maybe we could follow each other. Let me know by leaving a comment on my blog or sending me a request. I'll follow back :) Thanks!

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Have a nice day!

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Denise Sabs said...

It's true that London or the United Kingdom in general have a bad culinary reputation, and when I moved to London many years ago, I totally disagreed with people who said bad things about the supposedly bad food I would eat :) I love British food and I liked your suggestions very much! I will surely visit some of the places!
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awhite said...

I love London so much! This is a great post- and that pancake challenge looks amazing!

-Ashley
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Feathers Ah! So Cute! said...

Looks so delicious but I wouldn't want to be waiting out in that queue!

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JTC said...

Your food photos look so delicious! It makes me hungry!

Joyce

Tabat Akum said...

Buen post con estupendos sitios.

Un besito

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coffeeslag said...

Wowww so colorful and all the food looks amazing. Now I need to travel!

-coffeeslag

JOURNAL OF STYLE said...

The Cereal Killer Cafe is high on my list to visit someday! I've heard a lot about it!!!

JOURNAL OF STYLE

Glamour ZONE said...

Great post.That food looks so yummy
Cheers

Ourdestination said...

great post!:)

Marjolein Spil said...

That looks amazing!

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The Style Circus said...

Thanks for sharing your recommendations with us! I already visited TBC some years ago and it's still one of my absolute favourite breakfast places!

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megcasson said...

Okay I so want to try that challenge although I know I would fail, I need pancakes now.

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Kat said...

all these places look amazing! the cereal killer cafe sounds awesome! totally wish i could visit any these! :D

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searchingforsubstance said...

ooh. those pancakes look amazing and that cereal bar is so unique. i'll have to check them out if i ever visit London one day!

PiotrowskaPaulina said...

Really great photos! Cool post :) kisses

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Claudia C. said...

Such a great post dear. I love your photos.
Have a beautiful day.

Cristina SF said...

The food looks amazing!

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sonia de macedo said...

That is so interesting. When you think about English food I don't really have a high opinion of it (no offence!). I think of pub grub and black pudding *shudders* But as a whole some of the most recognisable chefs out there are English! Worldwide at that and by that I mean names and cuisine that everyone would recognise and understand. You don't need to be a foodie to know Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsey. And then Heston who has totally redefined and created a trend for gastronomy.

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Denise said...

Wonderful pictures and awesome location!

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Beauty Follower said...

Yummy images!

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