A Taste of London – Part 1
My favourite part about travelling is easily the food. What a unique and interesting take, I know. When we were in London, we went for a mix of British Chain restaurants, small one-off pubs, and food markets.
Our first meal in London, besides a box of orange smarties from a nearby convenience store near our air bnb after we landed, was at the famed Portobello Market in Notting Hill.
We wandered throughout the stalls before we found what we wanted for pre-lunch. Ethan went with some samosas, and I went for halloumi fries. This was Ethan’s introduction to halloumi, and it was truly just the beginning of a love story between the two of them.
Later, while waiting to meet up with a friend, we went for second lunch at a small, now defunct, pub called The Squirrel where I got a grilled cheese with caramelized onions, and my first taste of British “chips”.
At the table next to us, someone was drinking a delicious-looking pink beverage, so I asked them what it was and went to go order it. It was a Rekorderlig Berry Cider, which was super refreshing on a hot day.
For dinner that night, our friend took us to popular British chain restaurant, Nando’s. We were super excited, because it was the frequent punchline on some of our favourite British panel shows. I got the butterflied chicken with medium sauce with fries and coleslaw. We LOVED this, and this was not our only trip to Nando’s during our trip. We were also super excited to learn that there are a few Nando’s locations here in Canada, and we maaaaay have went for my birthday lunch.
The next day, after our ride on the London Eye, we decided to go to lunch at the Southbank Centre Food Market. I’ve heard that London has the best Indian food outside of India, so I didn’t want to pass up that opportunity. I got chicken biryani from the Indians Next Door stand. It was unbelievably good, and I still think about it often.
We then moved on to the British Museum. After walking around the museum for a while, we had afternoon tea at the Great Court Restaurant. We found a groupon for this, and it ended up being about half the cost.
Our tea included, well, tea obviously, as well as prosecco, assorted sandwiches and cakes, and the most delicious scones with clotted cream and jam.
Because we were in London, we thought it was only fitting to go for a beer. I had heard about Camden Town Brewery from a friend on instagram. It certainly made for a good photo op.
I got the classic Camden Hells, which they’re known all throughout London for.
It was a great place to sit and chill out for a bit after a few days of non-stop sight-seeing.
For dinner that night, we stopped at Slug & Lettuce near Clapham Junction. This is where I had my taste of fish & chips. I’m not totally sure if this was the BEST place to do that.
Our food tour doesn’t end here – stay tuned for part 2!