My London trip is over, and I’m back with memories and loot. Since this adventure consisted mostly of food, walking, and shopping, I thought I’d post some of the highlights, so I have them in one place for further reference, as well as for anyone who may want to try some of these.
Here they are, in no particular order:
1) Hook (63-65 Parkway Road, Camden Town)
Hook offers amazing fish and chips, as well as a couple options for those who don’t much like fish, and aren’t willing to try it. I decided to go for it despite my dislike for fish in general, and absolutely loved it.
I had the Mexican Spiced Black Mullet with Jalepeno & Lime Sauce and Seaweed Salted Chips (left), and my friend Jade had the Lime, Mint & Wasabi Tempura of Seabream with Seaweed Salted Chips & Basil Chilli Sauce (right). You can see more of the menu here.
Crispy and crunch and flaky, it made me want more, and my friend said the chips were probably multiplying while we weren’t watching.
2) Choccywoccydoodah (30-32 Fouberts Place, Carnaby)
Decadent chocolate…everything for those with a sweet tooth. Lovely atmosphere and of course amazing chocolate. Three of us shared the dipping pots in the right, as well as a slice (more of a slab) of Guinness and dark chocolate cake, and there were leftovers.
If you think you can control your drooling, check out their online store here.
3) The Diner (18 Ganton Street, Soho)
Unfortunately, I was too hungry to take pictures when my Diner Chicken Burger arrived. Not that I believe a photo would do justice to the succulent fried chicken, the layers of crunchy slaw, crispy bacon, and blue cheese, or to the huge portion of incredible fries (sorry, chips) accompanying my tower of a burger.
Website with menu and more locations here.
4) Crumbs and Doilies (1 Kingly Court, Carnaby)
I’ll just leave this picture of a coffee and chocolate mini cupcake here. You can order online, but they only deliver in London. Damn it!
5) Fire and Stone (31/32 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden)
A different take on pizza than what I was used to, and definitely a delicious one. You can see for yourselves here. I had the Melbourne minus all things pumpkin-y, plus bacon. Oh, and make sure to try their polenta chips with salsa. I still regret letting Amy have the last one. Sigh.
6) Number Twelve (12 Upper Woburn Place, near Euston)
Tasty and plentiful afternoon tea (well, coffee for me) with a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes, and scones with clotted cream and jam. If I weren’t afraid of scaring my friends away, I wouldn’t have left a crumb on that table. Check out their menus and deal of the month.
I can’t think of more food places to post about, but I also visited the Warner Bros Studio Tour – Harry Potter Experience. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, so I’ll just say this: It’s unmissable, and takes away nothing from the magic of the movies.
And I’ll conclude with my loot. Well, most of it—I remembered to take a pic after I’d given some of it away and put a couple things in the laundry.
2. Ball-shaped pocket watch (Camden, £6/2 for £10 – you can also find it here)
3. Just Cavalli for men. Valentine’s gift for MyLove (Airport Duty Free shop, £38)
4. Mickey Mouse plastic mug for Orestes (Disney store, £4 – get it here)
5. GOLD G & TEA (Marks and Spencer, £9.99 in-store offer). Ah-mazing! I almost never drink, but had to take a bottle home. Online, I only find the case of 6, and it’s here.
6. Tan and Black Flower Embossed Skinny Belts (Dorothy Perkins, £7 for the set of two here)
7. Vera Wang Bejeweled Gift Set (Debenhams, for only £18 – get it here. It has a gorgeous smell, and the perfume is £36 for 30ml, so the gift set is a pretty sweet deal.)
8. Connor the Tank Engine (though according to my son, it’s Thomas! Argos, £7.99 I think. It’s no longer on their site, but I found this rather good offer.)
9. Gift from Diane Saxon. Gorgeous, soft, warm, and priceless!
I also got a pair of jeggings from Dorothy Perkins. They’re comfy and as stretchy as they should be, but I should have gone for a size down.
I think that’s it. Oh, and I brought home a case of the sniffles, but I’ll spare you the details on that. 🙂