London: Calling all foodies

London is a great place especially if you’re a foodie. It has literally everything and anything from alternative street food, quality coffee shops, rustic restaurants, hidden speakeasies and health cafes. After living here, I’ve had a good amount of time to visit some great places, so I feel its only right that I pass on my favourite to you.

Vegan/Vegetarian 

One of my favourite vegan restaurants in London is Redemption Bar. Found in both Shoreditch and Notting Hill the menu ranges from pancakes to rainbow salads and beetroot linguini. And if you have a sweet tooth the raw chocolate cheesecake will hit the spot. The drink choices are just as broad where you want to play it safe with an almond milk latte or try an innovative mocktail such as the beet-tini. Even if you aren’t vegan you’ll enjoy a meal here.

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Wild food cafe, a little oasis hidden in Neals Yard offers a large, diverse and tasty vegan menu that will definitely have me coming back for more.If you’re vegetarian or not you’re going to enjoy

Mildreds. With restaurants all over London you can’t avoid going here. Simple yet wholesome vegetarian food, including burgers, pastas, salads, curries, stirfrys and more. The one in Soho would be a perfect pre-theatre stop.

Speakeasies & bars

London has a great collection of hidden away speakeasies and elaborate bars that serve interesting concoctions. The underground, re-constructed tube station of Kingly Court, now known as Cahoots will take you back to the 40s. The theme is manifested in every crook and corner, from the staff to the bathrooms. Even the menu is disguised as a newspaper. To enter you walk down a narrow set of stairs past a ticket office onto the tube platform. As for the drinks, the extensive list ranges from creamy and rich to a refreshing and sweet.

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A more modern bar would be the  ParlourBar at Sketch. The interior of vintage armchairs, red drapes, art deco sculptures and dim lighting makes it a entertaining place to catch up with friends and enjoy a fancy cocktail. Also make sure you visit the toilets, because they are probably the coolest in London.

Lights of Soho an exclusive, members only bar is another place you can’t refuse an invite from. Being half art gallery / half cocktail bar makes you feel very cultured whilst drinking your lavish cocktail.

Restaurants

Where do I even start? There are so many unbelievable restaurants in London, it makes it difficult to choose on a night out.

However my favourite by far is Chotto Matte in Soho. They offer a contemporary Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, so imagine sashimi, sushi rolls, ceviche, tempura, miso, gyozas etc. etc. They also have delicious veggie options. The extensive cocktail list is incredibly tempting, however prices might make you consider buying more than a few. If I had the money to go every week I would have!

http://www.chotto-matte.com

A more affordable Asian fusion restaurant that I’d recommend is Ping Pong – great for Lunch or Dinner. I mean you really can’t go wrong with Dim Sum and tea.

https://www.pingpongdimsum.com

Markets 

Old Spitalfields Market 

Not only is this place buzzing with eccentric fashion students and hipsters it is also a popular place for tourists and businessmen because of the broad array of delicious food stalls. Nachos, falafels, donuts, cupcakes, Ethiopian dishes, burgers and so so so much more anyone could find something here. My favourite is the fresh juices for £1. Not only are there food trucks here but also great coffee shops and restaurants encircling the market.

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Borough markets

London’s most renowned food and drink market makes it a big tourist attraction, however despite the crowds certainly worth a visit. Go on an empty stomach and stock up of fresh juice, artisan bread, fresh fruit, ripe cheese, charcuterie, organic wine and homemade desserts.

Camden markets

This is a foodies dream.Whilst art and design are prominent here, food definitely takes up majority of the space. Literally any cuisine you can imagine will be here. Mexican, Chinese, Indian, Italian, French, Spanish and anything else you can think of. As well as candy shops, vegan options both savoury and sweet, gelato stores, waffle bars, smoothies and fresh coconut. Another place to go on an empty stomach.

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