If you’ve been reading my blog for a while (i.e. before I moved to London and 99.9% of my posts became about the city I now call home), you’ll know that I have a lot of love for Berlin. You might say that I am a little bit obsessed. I love the abandoned places turned into something new, the street art, the bars, the museums and, very importantly, the food. In particular, the currywurst: a bratwurst sausage covered in curry sauce. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Last summer, I figured I’d have a go at recreating one of my favourite travel dishes at home. I made two attempts, neither of which bring back particularly fond memories. The first time I put in too much Worcestershire sauce and ended up adding in stock to try and mellow out the flavour. The result was a long lingering taste that I couldn’t get rid of and which tasted nothing like currywurst. The second time, I tried to add in spices in stages so that I could continually taste test …
Several months ago now, I was perusing Facebook when I came across the most beautiful picture. It was some milkshakes, piled high with whipped cream, brownies, marshmallows… you name it, it was on there. The photo made my belly ache. When I saw the small print – that they were being made by a place in Australia – my heart basically broke. I seriously debated hopping on a plane to the other side of the world simply for a taste, but I managed to restrain myself. After all, if I did somehow manage to scrape together the money for a ticket, I wouldn’t be left with enough to actually buy the milkshake. Finally, a few weeks later, I spotted the news I’d been waiting for. The freakshake craze had made it across the pond to London. Now my mission is clear: test out as many freakshakes as humanly possible. So far I have only made it to three but I will keep you updated as and when I inevitably find more.
I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone for me to say that I have a bit of a sweet tooth – much like the majority of people. I love me the sugar. I mean, I equally love the savoury stuff too. I just basically want all of the food. Thankfully, in London, that is not a problem: there are plenty of options for both. In particular, there is an infinite amount of bakeries and cafes that serve up every sweet treat you could dream of – from cupcakes and cookies to macarons and giant milkshakes. (If you are looking for something more of the coffee and cake variety then check out this post as well)!
I’m not sure I could ever pick just one favourite type of food but if I had to then pizza would definitely be a strong contender. I mean, I think everyone can agree that pizza is the best. Although I am, and always will be, the ultimate fan of a Domino’s and Netflix night in, I do also on occasion like to leave the house for my pizza and thankfully London provides many options for doing so.
I don’t think this is a particularly controversial thing for me to say (as I can’t imagine anyone will disagree) but brunch is easily the best meal of the day. Probably because if you’re working a 9-5 then brunch is a meal that is only possible two days a week so it has more of a novelty value. Poached eggs with a runny yolk, pancakes, Eggs Benedict, bacon … these are some of my favourite things. As such, I’ve brunched often since my move to London so I’ve complied a list of where I’ve been. Since I’ve done this alphabetically, I didn’t mean to leave the best until last but that is basically what has happened (although there are some other greats elsewhere on the list as well) – so make sure you make it to the end of this post!
If there is one thing that London is not short of, its coffee shops – and other places good for a hot drink and piece of cake. They are plentiful and there is many a quirky one: whether its somewhere with a simple hipster vibe or somewhere on a canal boat or in an old public bathroom. I must admit, I don’t know that much about coffee (I am more of a tea girl) but, if there is one thing I do know, its cake.
I’ve said it before but I will say it again – street food is God’s gift to Londoner’s on a budget. You can have a meal out with friends for less than a tenner and it will be seriously tasty. For some reason that I just cannot fathom, England has a reputation for having awful food. I know I am biased, but I do have the experience to know that this is not the case. Seriously, I’ve eaten out enough to make sure. London’s street food scene is just one example of how wrong this stereotype is. Just look at the pictures.
London is home to many a type of market from antiques and vintage clothes to ceramics and furniture but my favourite is undoubtedly the ones selling street food. There’s no shortage of food market in London and these places are a god send to anyone attempting to both exist in London on a budget and maintain something resembling a social life. Not only can you find some tasty street food treats all over London but you can buy yourself a meal that will leave you feeling full and satisfied for less than a tenner. That might still sound like a lot for a carton of food but hey, this is London.
Brixton Village & Market Row was one of my first discoveries when I moved to South London and it remains one of my favourites. Brixton is an awesome place. I’d heard a few not-so-great things about Brixton in the past but nowadays the pavements are full of people and there are often various buskers playing away, creating a soundtrack as you walk along.
I’ve been in London for just over a year now and I have absolutely loved it. Growing up in the countryside, I always knew I was more of a city girl. The only thing I’ve been missing in a regular. I always had a regular back in Kent. A regular pub, a regular coffee shop, even a regular place for bagels and milkshakes. The problem in London is that there are so many places to try, I always feel I need to keep going somewhere new.