I have to start off by saying that a lot of food in London is very similar to what’s available in the States (or at least readily in Los Angeles). I know there are some very particularly high-end restaurants that serve the kind of cuisine that I can only imagine to afford, but if you know my family, you know we like to keep things simple and enjoy the more hearty and soul-filled foods of the places we visit (if you like the fancy stuff, more power to ya).
Every day for breakfast, we grabbed croissants, pastries and coffee or tea at this spot called Paul. It’s a French bakery that seems to be a large chain because we saw it nearly everywhere. There just happened to be one a block away from us on the way to the tube, so we always stopped by for breakfast. Everything we had here was good. The chai tea latte was my go-to. From our experience, coffee and tea are hot enough to drink right away. Don’t expect piping hot drinks that will burn your tongue like they normally are in the States. We actually loved this, but we know people who can’t stand it when their coffee isn’t piping hot. You’ve been warned. 🙂
Daawat | 7/10
372 Strand, London WC2R 0JJ
When it was time to look for tikka masala, we just used our Yelp app to find a spot by us once we were hungry. A friend did recommend Dishoom, but there was at least an hour wait once we got there and the thought of trying to kill time for an hour with a toddler seemed daunting lol. We found this spot called Daawat which was in the Strand Palace Hotel. It was good, but not great. I guess it’s what you should expect for an Indian restaurant that’s part of a hotel vs. a mom and pop restaurant unless it’s just supposed to be very different from what we get in Los Angeles. It just seemed a little bland to me.
The Prince Bonaparte | 9/10
80 Chepstow Road, Westbourne Park, London W2 5BE
I have an old college friend that’s been living in London with her husband, so when we made plans to meet up with her, she suggested a restaurant that would fulfill our fish and chips and meatpie goal. She’s basically a local, so we trusted her 100%. We definitely recommend this spot! Great environment and the food was tasty. The service was great, and they even had high-chairs which not all restaurants had.
Borough Market | 10/10
8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
I really wish we has gone here sooner, but we waited until our final day in London to go here. You will find a wealth of good options here. Our stomachs could only hold so much, so I feel like we missed out. Borough Market is a big open market with food made fresh to order by different vendors, so you just order and find a seat at an open table. You’ll find a wide variety of food, and everything we were able to try was delicious. They also have a lot of shops with homemade goods, so you can do some browsing around for goodies to take home as well.
Bugis Street Brasserie | 10/10
4-18 Harrington Gardens, London SW7 4LH
On the way from the tube to our Airbnb, we would always walk by this restaurant. We were curious since we first saw it. It’s a Singaporean restaurant, and we had never actually gone to one before. We figured we would try it out if one night we were craving Asian food. Well, one night we were craving some rice (#soAsian), and we weren’t in the mood to wander very far, so we decided to check out the menu. We were pleasantly surprised! The duck with the steamed buns were amaaazing. It was also our first time trying Tiger Beer which I’ve heard was good – and yup, it’s the new favorite Asian beer.
I had mentioned to Tristan that I thought it would be fun to do afternoon tea, but since he promised me Laduree in Paris, I wasn’t pushing for it in London. Well, somehow the stars aligned, and when we were asked to visit Harrod’s to grab a souvenir for my father-in-law, we found a beautiful tea room amongst the shops. Everything here was adorable, and the service was top notch (I mean, it IS in Harrod’s, right?). They shorted us a sandwich, but that’s okay. It always confuses me how full I leave from tea places after just eating a scone and tiny sandwiches. The dessert was a pistachio and strawberry pastry that was delish.