March & April London Restaurant Picks

Because of 3 weeks of travel in March, I have decided to combine my March and April London Restaurant Picks! Looking back there has actually been quite a few new spots I have tried over the last number of weeks! Here are my top picks:

 

The Locals Café

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A pasta haven in Leicester Square

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MilkTeeth in Tooting Broadway

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José on Bermondsey Street

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Mud in Tooting Broadway

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Mugen in Farringdon

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MUD (oldie but a goodie) in Tooting Broadway
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Brew in Clapham Junction

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Artusi in Peckham

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Maltby Street Market near London Bridge

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Cowshed Spa: Primrose Hill

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Earlier this week I spent a glorious afternoon at one of the Cowshed spas in Primrose Hill.

Their biggest branch in London, the Cowshed spa in Primrose Hill is only a 4 minute walk from Chalk Farm station.

A café and spa in one, the experience is simply delightful. With a range of different services available, there is a treatment for everyone. On this occasion I went for a 60 minute deep tissue massage (price: £110.) I also decided to head there an hour and a half early to try their delicious food and coffee. Each treatment comes with a free tea or coffee, that you can have pre or post treatment depending on what you want. The whole environment is super chilled and zen and the staff are really helpful and nice.

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My treatment was amazing and they only use their own Cowshed products which are available to purchase both in the spa and online!  Vouchers can also be bought in store or online and are a great gift to give! I would recommend booking as far in advance as possible however as appointments can get booked up very quickly.

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So if you’re feeling like pampering yourself or a friend/family member, then I would definitely recommend checking out Cowshed.

London: My February Restaurant Picks

Bar Douro:

As far as I can remember, I don’t think I have ever been to a Portuguese restaurant before in the UK, let alone a Portuguese tapas restaurant. Located at Flat Iron Square, Bar Duoro did not disappoint. Small in size, this place is the perfect spot for a couple or small group, who enjoy great wine and sharing plates.

$$$: It isn’t cheap, but also is not overly expensive – would definitely recommend this place going forward!

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Gunpowder:

I’ll be honest, I rarely eat Indian food, and I don’t remember the last time I was in an Indian restaurant. However, after visiting Gunpowder, my thoughts have completely changed! The food was simply delicious! Indian small plates, with a modern twist, this restaurant is suitable for both meat lovers and vegetarians alike. You can’t book so be prepared to queue/put your name down and wait, particularly in the Spitalfields branch. However, it is all worth the wait.
$$: The food is reasonable priced and not overly expensive.

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MILK (Brunch Spot)

I have been to MILK several times, as I live in Balham, and yet I don’t think I have really mentioned it in my blog before. This is definitely one of my local favourites, however on weekends be prepared to queue. Due to popularity this place regularly has queues out the door! It’s the perfect spot for coffee, breakfast, lunch or brunch!

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Senior Ceviche:

Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get pictures when I visited this restaurant, but I will definitely be returning in the future. A Peruvian restaurant, this place also focuses on small plates and is absolutely delicious! Meat and fish focused, the vibe is very causal, encouraging sharing and Peruvian beers. It is also in the super cool spot that is Kingly Court on Carnaby Street.

$$: Mid-range prices

Good Egg

Also in Kingly Court is Good Egg, a cool brunch spot in the heart of central London. (They also have other locations) This place does not take bookings so be prepared to queue, although the venue is big enough that you shouldn’t be waiting too long. The food is delicious and given the name is egg focused, but includes other dishes too! The restaurant serves Jewish-inspired breakfast, brunch, lunch + dinner, plus craft beers, natural wines + cocktails.

$$: Mid-range prices

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Other:

Flotsam and Jetsam (Wandsworth Common): Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch spot

Les Petits Gourmets (near Warwick Avenue): Gorgeous French restaurant

 

 

London: My January Restaurant Picks

 

Petersham Nurseries

So this is technically not a restaurant, but the food was so delicious and the atmosphoere so beautiful, I simply had to include it! Hidden away beside Richmond Park is the stunning Petersham Nurseries. An idyllic setting for lunch, tea and cake, this place is not to be missed if you are in the Richmond area or out for a weekend walk!

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BURNT TOAST (BRIXTON)

In the heart of Brixton Market is Burnt Toast, a low key but delicious spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch. The food is delicious but be prepared to queue!

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MARGOT

Okay so this is definitely one of my more ‘fancy’ restaurants that I tried this month. Don’t be mislead by the name, the food is not French, but actually Italian, and absolutely divine! Excellent service and in the heart of Covent Garden, this spot is perfect for an intimate and more upmarket evening, or even a great place to entertain guests or clients.

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THE JOINT (TOOTING MARKET)

Broadway Market is only just down the road from me, and it forever baffles me why I do not go down there more often. Between Broadway and Tooting Market, there is the most incredible array of restaurants and bars, with foods of all different types, from all over the world. My most recent visit was to The Joint – a meat lovers heaven! I was walking by this cosy spot and once I spotted the delicious looking burgers, I simply couldnt say no! Cheap, cheerful and casual, the food is absolutely delicious!

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MAMMA MIA PASTA (BROADWAY MARKET)

Right opposite The Joint is Mamma Mia pasta, a great spot for authentic, Italian pasta. The menu allows you to create and mix and match your choice of dish, from a variety of different sauces, cheeses and pastas. Cheap & Cheerful!

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Seven at Brixton

Seven at Brixton is a tapas and cocktail bar located in Brixton Market. They are open every day serving breakfast, brunch and coffees and also do bottomless brunch!

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GENESIS (Vegan food)

Located in Spitalfields is the delicious GENESIS. Similar to that of a diner, the menu is entirely vegan with a fast food twist, offering everything from burgers, to milkshakes to mac n cheese. It is definitely on the more casual side, but perfect for a mid-week feed, without the normal fast food guilt!

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Cattivo

A sister restaurant to Canova Hall in Brixton, I went to Cattivo for a bottomless brunch and would definitely recommend it going forward! A large, spacious venue, great food and service and endless prosecco, this spot is worth a visit if you are looking for a lively, bottomless brunch!

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London at Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, and the festive season officially underway, here are a few fun and Christmasy things to do in London over the coming weeks:

Ice skating at Somerset House:Every year Somerset House turns it’s main square into an ice rink. Tickets can be bought in advance (which I would recommend) or on the day. The setting is absolutely beautiful and I would definitely recommend popping into The Savoy Hotel after, for a drink/cocktail.

Ice skating at Natural History museum: Another beautiful ice rink in London is at the Natural History Museum. The building itself is spectacular and when you add the ice rink and Christmas trees, its simply magical. I would recommend booking tickets in advance for this, as demand is high. Click herehere to book.

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Kew Gardens: See these famous gardens light up, for the annual after-dark festive trail of lights. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Hogwarts in the Snow: Until Sunday 27th January, you can visit Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Brothers studios, where the studio is completely transformed into a winter wonderland. Buy tickets here.

Christmas at Leicester Square is a mini winters grotto with traditional Christmas markets, delicious food and drinks, a Santa’s Grotto, and a number of great shows in the beautiful surroundings of a tradtional 1920s spiegeltent.

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Coppa club: Famous for its beautiful and decorated igloos, Coppa Club at Tower Bridge is definitely worth paying a vist for a festive drink/meal. There is also a Christmas market beside Tower Bridge if you fancied a bit of pre-dinner shopping!

Kensington Palace: Experience Christmas as it would have been in Victorian times with a host of 19th-century decorations and activities to enjoy at Kensington Palace. Click here for prices and opening times.

Carol Service: Attend a carol service at St Pauls Cathedral or the Royal Albert Hall, or sing carols at Trafalgar Sqaure.

Parision rooftop at the Queen of Hoxton: This East London Rooftop has been transformed into a Seductive Parisian Speakeasy For The Winter period. Definitely one to check out for a drink one evening.

Coq d’Argent: This hidden gem is located at the top of an elevator at tube Bank station. Similar to Coppa Club, Coq d’Argent transports you to a winter wonderland. Food is expensive but definitely check it out mid week for a glass of mulled wine

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Winterville: Located in Clapham Common, expect live DJs, comedy, ice skating, roller disco,Street Feast food, Backyard Cinema’s Christmas and more at Winterville. Tickets for this can be bought online here and it is open until December 23rd, so if you are living South-West definitely check it out.

Go to the theatre: Why not check out whats on in the theatre or in the West End,and go and see a pantomine or musical? Tickets can be pre-bought online or bought last minute on the day for reduced prices.

Sloane Square: At the weekends, Sloane Square is the perfect festive spot for food, shopping and a mulled wine at the Duke of York Square and Kings Road. With their weekend food market and plenty of breakfast and brunch spots nearby, Chelsea is lit up with Christmas lights and is a great spot for shopping and enjoying good food/wine. Definitely be sure to checkout the Saatchi Gallery too, as there might be an interesting exhibition worth attending.

Southbank Centre Winter Market:  With markets, family shows, artisan gifts and global street food, craft beers & cocktails, the Southbank Centre Winter Market is the perfect spot to eat, drink and enjoy the festive season. Not to mention it is located right on the River Thames, boasting great views of the city of London. Southbank Centre will also host additonal events including Christmas Carols on the 8th December, so be sure to check out tickets for that.

Festive afternoon tea: Afternoon Tea is definitely a traditional, British event, and so many of the cities top spots go all out decorating for the Chrstimas Season. My suggestions are as follows: The Landmark London at their Iconic Winter Garden, Fortnum and Mason, The Savoy, The Kensington (Beauty & the Beast themed) , The Connaught, The Langharm x Liberty, Claridges and The Ritz.

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^^^ Fortnum & Mason ^^^

Santacon: Kicking off on December 8th is the annual Santacon event. It is essentially a convention of santas (groups of men and women dressed like Santa.) It is basically a Santa themed pub crawl in the centre of London. Checkout santacon.info for more information

Backyard Cinema Christmas Labyrinth: Watch a movie at the beautiful Christmas Labyrinth. Walk the enchanted tunnels to the indoor cinema, set in a festive woodland, in the heart of the Winterville Festival. Watch the film under a blanket and on your own giant beanbag, with a mulled wine and a mince pie.

Breakfast at Dalloway Terrace

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Pub Roast: Try a Sunday roast in one of London’s great pubs.

Winter Wonderland: Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland includes ice skating, show, roller coaster rides, street food stalls, festive bars and live music. Buy your tickets here.

Shopping: for festive shopping I would recommend Covent Garden or Oxford Street, but be prepared for crowds, particualrly with the latter location.

 

London: My September/October Restaurant Picks

Emilias Pasta

Right on the water at St Katherines Dock, this hidden gem is the perfect restaurant for small groups or a party of two. Producing homemade, Italian pasta, the food is absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced! Not only that, but St Katherines Dock is the prettiest location, hidden away in the heart of central London. You can also book this restaurant, however seats outside/by the water are served on a first come first served basis.

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Plot

Amongst the chaos of Tooting Market is Plot, a British restaurant focused on small plates served in a small, clean-lined setting. This small restaurant is not to go unnoticed, as the food is stunning and super unusual! The menu is small but you can choose from a variety of plates.

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NAC

I came across NAC’s famous Dulce de Leche pancakes on Instagram, and knew I had to go and try them. This French bistro does brunch, lunch and dinner, serving a mixture of modern plates. I tried the restaurant for brunch and cocktails one Saturday afternoon, and would definitely go back to try another menu! The service was great, the food was delicious, and needless to say those pancakes were sensational! As NAC is in Mayfair, dishes are on the pricier side, but it is definitely worth the visit!

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Boqueria in Brixton

My love for tapas never seems to end, and Boqueria in Brixton and Battresea is no exception. This restaurant is perfect for larger groups, who love to share delicious tapas. The menu consists of traditional Spanish tapas and the food is yummy – another restaurant I will be returning too in the future.

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Via Instagram: @boqueria_tapas

La Farola

I recently came across this spot in Angel by chance, and will definitely be heading back! A Tapas restaurant in the heart of Angel, this cosy spot is perfect for either a couple or small group who are looking for non-expensive and delicious food! Their weekend brunch menu is also meant to be fantastic, so I will definitely be heading back to try that soon!

Suggestion: Why not make an evening of it and head to The Everyman Cinema (Screen on the Green) after your meal for a luxury cinema experience!

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The Apple Blue Patisserie

On the corner of Balham tube station is a hidden gem for coffee, pastries and brunch! Whilst on my daily commute to work, I would walk by the Apple Blue Patisserie, curious as to who the are and what they do! Now, this place is my favourite spot for my americanos and oat milk! Not to mention, their cakes are also works of art!

I also recently tried this place for weekend brunch, and the food was delicious! The staff and really friendly and you can sit both inside or outside, depening on your preference!

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Brunch, Brush and Bubbles

Last Saturday I spent a wonderful day in London’s Notting Hill. The day started off with brunch at The Dayrooms Café. A tiny café, 5 minutes walk from Ladbroke Grove station, this little gem is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. The menu is a mix of traditional brunch food, with a few alternative dishes thrown in there too. The service was excellent and the food was delicious, although if you go at peak times, I would imagine you will have to queue. We went slightly after midday, and managed to get a table immediately.

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From there, we walked 10 minutes to The Eagle pub, where the Brush and Bubbles afternoon was being held. Brush and Bubbles is a project for people of all creative abilities, to be able to create something wonderful (whilst sipping a glass of bubbly!) The founders love the idea of bringing people together and encouraging them to be creative.

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Their classes are not about being ‘good’ at painting, but more about people coming together to chat, paint, drink and enjoy. I went along with two of my girlfriends and we had such a fun afternoon! The class is super relaxing, and the artists are there to guide you, regardless of your ability. At the end of the class, you walk away with your own masterpiece, on canvas, that you can bring home!
The class is £35 to do and I would definitely recommend it to anyone living in London or paying it a visit anytime soon! You can buy tickets online on their website http://www.brushandbubbles.com/londontickets.