I know I said before that I don't go to the farmer's market that much. However, when I travel, one of my favorite things to do is to visit local markets to see the produce and see what kinds of foods are available. Here in London It also happens to be a convenient way to get an inexpensive and tasty lunch as there are many food stands inside or around the markets. Some famous food/street markets in London are Borough, Bristol and Brick Lane (alliteration not intended). London has become quite a destination for food in the few years with numerous Michelin Star restaurants and so many other options to experience various cuisines. It seems those who live here can get essentially any type of cuisine (although with less of the conveniences that we have here in NYC) at most times of day.
A week in London wasn't enough. However I tried my best by seeing sights I hadn't seen in previous visits as well as exploring an area of London that I'd heard so much about- East London. I did my research beforehand by getting suggestions from a former colleague who grew up in East London as well as looking on Instagram for London-based people/bloggers. Additionally I have several friends that live in London so that never hurts! It's also a reason I wanted to go back and visit.
I stayed in Stoke Newington, Shoreditch and White Chapel (a mix of Airbnb's and a friend's flat) and absolutely loved it. I don't know what took me so long but East London is seriously cool. Creative, cute with a bit of funk and grit, I couldn't get enough of it. I will most certainly be back to visit with the next 6 months. There were so many places I didn't have time to eat at or explore. Ironically my only cup of tea was on the flight back!
I ate in East, West and Central London but I think my favorites were in East London. Turkish in Dalston, English breakfast in Bethal Green, Pakistani food in White Chapel, Indian in Shoreditch to name a few. My past visits to London had delicious meals but this was something different. I highly recommend you visit areas of East London when you visit London next. Shopping, coffee, eating, nightlife and walking around. You can get it all.
Below are pictures of my visit along with a few suggestions.
See the sights of London at night. I hadn't really done this and it was a such a lovely sight to take it when there are less cars on the road and you can enjoy the history and beauty.
Visit Regent's Park. It's in a beautiful area of the city and it's such an exquisite park with all the different types of roses. Take a nice stroll to walk off a meal or get yourself ready for another.
Camden, another area of the city I hadn't visited but was told I'd like it. It was quaint but filled with people and seems to have a lot to see.
The view from the Royal Observatory is phenomenal!
Greenwich was one of my favorite parts of this visit. I went on a Sunday when the weather was brisk and sunny. It was also nice to be on the south side of the Thames for a change.
Suggested to me by my former colleague and a friend I visited said it was one of their favorites I went to Tayyabs after Greenwich. I had worked up quite an appetite and boy did it satisfy. Pakistani food is extremely flavorful, filling and fun to share. I recommend the lamb chops to start.
Spent a quiet afternoon with a friend here at Wright Brothers in the Old Spitalfields Market. I went to the market at least fives times during my visit. So many food booths, vendors and shops.
Shoreditch has become quite hip in recent years. I love all of the street art and grafitti
After an errand one day I went down to Southwark to walk through the Borough Market. London has much to offer for solo activities. Wandering through food markets is one of my favorite things to do on vacation.
Was craving pasta so I stopped at La Tua Pasta for lunch.
Pellicci's is a third generation Italian restaurant that also serves up a scrumptious breakie. Combined with a cappuccino and you almost wonder where exactly you are. A few famous movies were also filmed here.
Turkish food is apparently one of the cuisines to eat while in London. An friend of a friend met me for lunch in Dalston and we had an enjoyable meal of lamb kebabs, salad and pita.
On my last day I had some time and hopped off the tube to see some more of West London. I hadn't really been to Sloane Square so I walked around and searched for a lunch spot. After a tad of searching on my iPhone I found Phât Phúc, a little outdoor Vietnamese noodle place tucked into a little side street. Their prawn Laksa was incredible! This will be one of my go-tos for London. The broth was creamy but no heavy and full of flavor. The noodles were cooked to perfection.
I had great weather almost the entire time. I couldn't have asked for a better week vacation. Cheers London!!
Have you been to London or do you live in London? What are your favorite things and places to eat?