Showing posts with label Exploring London. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Exploring London. Show all posts

13 October 2014

Kingly Court, Carnaby Street

Located in the heart of central London, Carnaby is the home of coo. Whether its the punk influence of the 1980s or its new approach to food at Kingly Court, this conveniently based location has, and will always be, a hot-spot for trend starters. Just two minutes away from Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, Caranby is now the home to over 150 brands of quality and distinction and over 50 independent restaurants and bars across its sprawling 13 streets, including the world famous Carnaby Street. Luckily for foodies, Kingly Court in the centre of Caranby is a densely populated space of expertly cook, prepared and presented international cuisine, at a price that doesn't wipe out your monthly pay check.   

28 June 2014

Why I love London

I moved to London four years ago and have never looked back. It can be a terrifying change, especially if like me you're from the countryside or even a different country, but is a true opportunity to change your life. Whilst being a Londoner, I have moved from a quiet and un-confident wanna-be fashion journalist, to a happy, driven and successful food blogger and journalist. Which brings me to the reason I love London; food. Within London you can get pretty much any cuisine at both a great price point and at great quality. A little slice of home, or something a little more exotic: London has it all.
There's no denying that multiculturalism (alongside finance) drives this city. We have an amazingly diverse society with certain areas of London known for their non-native culture. As Londoners, we know that if you want great Caribbean food you'd head to Notting Hill or Brixton; for perfect pretzels you'd go to Golder's Green; for the best curry it's Southall or Brick Lane; and for Turkish delights wander on down to Stoke Newington. 

And it's not just static locations; London's markets are full of the most incredible international food. Look back to my interviews with Rumanco who sell at various markets across the London and Surrey, Portobello market's food quarter and the endlessly amazing Borough market's vast bowls of paella and Thai curry. Markets, especially farmers markets and artisan marks, are a wonderful place to explore international food. You have the opportunity to connect with the producer and learn more about the particular cuisine that any supermarket packaging could tell you. 

Multiculturalism and food are so strongly connected in London, you can often feel completely transported to another world when eating in certain restaurants. Earlier this week I visited Sidi Maarouf on Edgware Road and fell straight into the heart of Morocco, surrounded by ex-pats and drowning in exotic food. No matter where you come from, London will have a little slice of home somewhere on it's streets that will make the transition (be it a happy one or not), a little more comfortable. And for us Brits? We'll its a chance to indulge in our inner nosiness and love of the new.

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9 June 2014

Kingston Ancient Market

This weekend I escaped to the country! Well, just outside of London into the beautiful land of Surrey to visit my friend in Kingston. After a quick boat trip (so fun!) to Hampton Court Palace and some shockingly over-priced and badly-made Victoria sponge and tea, we headed back into Kingston to visit the historic market. Packed with foodie treats and amazing produce, this market is well worth the visit if you live anywhere near Kingston or South London.

28 May 2014

Rummanco & The Avocado Cafe at One New Change

I've made no secret of my love for markets, and in London we are absolutely spoiled for choice. From the historical Borough Market, to Spitalfields and Portobello Road, London has more markets than you can imagine. One place I didn't expect to find a market, however, was in the heart of the One New Change shopping center in St Pauls. Famed for its pure glass exterior, high-street fashion and delicious food, One New Change is not the place I would ever expect to find market traders like The Avocado Cafe and Rummanco, who I went to interview this weekend. Here's their story...

26 January 2014

Burns Night Shindig at Borough Market

If you trace my heritage back far enough you'll eventually reach Scotland. That said, I had never heard of Burn's Night before. How absolutely shocking is that! So I was surprised and delighted to be invited to the Burns Night celebration of Scottish produce at Borough Market in south London. This was a great opportunity to explore beautiful salmon, oatcakes and of course haggis. The event was a taste of Scotland in London, with plenty of love, cheer and food! 

22 April 2012

Portobello Market Visit

I had to share these snaps with you from my first ever trip to Portobello Market in West London! This market is famed for its vintage goods, farmers stalls, fresh artisan breads, cupcakes and so much more. I visited yesterday with my house mate, and was bowled over with the extremely vast amount of produce available! The coolest little taste was a mature cheddar flavoured with truffle. Crazy expensive but so worth the money. Tomorrow I will show you my favourite little find from the day, which serves the most amazing food.
Nearest tube: Nottinghill Gate, Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park