City Breakdown: London
as i lived in the city OF LONDON for seven years, and now go back and forth every few months, i have curated a list of my city guidE. AS I AM FREQUENTLY ASKED FOR WHERE TO GO/WHAT TO DO, IVE DECIDED TO SHARE MY LIST which includes:
RESTAURANTS (majority this as i am always eating),
my FAVOURITE workouts at current,
where to grab coffee, or tea, or a cocktail, or a juice cleanse once youve done the three above,
where to shop when on the search for x
and all else in between.
so here is my london-
lon lon edition
Please note that I don’t include any touristy attractions as I in fact avoid all when in London. This is my guide, with regards to what I do whilst in the city.
Recent Favourite restaurants
Freak Scene London from Scott Hallsworth- New restaurant by Scott Hallsworth, former head chef at Nobu and founder of Kurobuta. Favourite has to be the miso-grilled black cod tacos with sushi rice.
Duddell’s- I first ate at this restaurant in Hong Kong and was so happy when I saw that they had recently opened in London. High- end Cantonese restaurant with the loveliest of ambiances. Absolutely make sure you order the truffle roasted black cod with lily bulb and Nameko mushroom (drooling thinking about it).
Señor Ceviche- Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar which features a menu of the perfect balance of healthy and indulgent.My favourite is the Señor Ceviche which includes: Sea bass and octopus ceviche with ají amarillo tiger’s milk, sweet potato purée, avocado, coriander, red onion and crispy baby squid (!!!!!). Also// every Monday at the Charlotte St location, £5 For ceviche and £5 For pisco sour.
Wolseley- personally my favourite not only for afternoon tea, but for any festivities in general. Located on London’s iconic Piccadilly, for a traditional Cream Tea or celebratory Champagne alternative.
sketch- The city’s most Instagrammed restaurant. Quirky, 18th-century townhouse tea room best known for the hot pink sofas. Also if you run upstairs, the futuristic space pods are in fact fully-functioning loos.
Da Mario (Gloucester Road not Covent Garden location as they are in fact very different)- the absolute best Italian food, one in which my Italian friends swear by its authenticity. Paccheri arrabbiata is the same pasta I have ordered for the past five years.
La Famiglia- Italian neighbourhood stalwart with classic menu. SPAGHETTI VONGOLI, with a handful of fresh cut chills on top- you will not regret. Also if you're a Chelsea FC fan, Ive bumped into José Mourinho a few times here as it is his local favourite.
Hiba Express - in my opinion the best Lebanese and Palestinian cuisine. Holborn location is open until midnight which is fantastic for a late night takeaway. I always get the Moujaddara and Bammieh B’zeit.
NOPI- Middle Eastern inspired sharing plates. The menu changes according to the seasons but my favourite year round dishes include courgette and manouri fritters and the coriander seed-crusted burrata with slices of blood orange (the lovliest, unlikely of pairings). Completely unrelated but make sure you check out the loos, (which are easily the most extravagant part of the whole restaurant’s design).
Honey & Co- Israeli-run café in the heart of Fitzrovia. I always order the Yemeni-style falafel as well as their twist on conventional classics like broad bean hummus with marinated asparagus.
Indian/ south east asian
Indian Accent- inventive approach to Indian cuisine. They offer a fabulous vegan tasting menu which has one of my favourites: jerusalem artichoke tikki chaat with crispy kale.
Calcutta Street- Traditional Bengali dishes in the heart of Fitzrovia. The prawn malai kari, with its trio of whole tiger prawns in a coconut, coriander and green chilli sauce is beyond heavenly.
Dishroom- A swish Bombay brasserie loosely styled on Irani café food. Covent Garden is my favourite location where I always opt for the pau bhaji (toasted white bread rolls with a spicy vegetable stew as a filling).
Kricket- Your spot for British-Indian small plates.
Koya Bar- I get the same thing every time I’m here: hiyashi kinoko (cold udon with marinated mushrooms and shiso, with cold broth on the side).
Sushi Tetsu- Enjoy the omakase menu every single time but one of the hardest reservation to secure in London because there are only seven seats.
Chinese and Taiwanese
China Taing at the Dorchester- Classical Chinese and Cantonese recipes made with the freshest ingredients. My two favourites on the menu are the Szechuan Peppercorn Braised Dover Sole Fillets and Yu Xiang Aubergine Hotpot
Imperial China- The most authentic with a delightful assortment of dim sum. DISCLAIMER: don’t expect the best service, but the staff are efficient and it's good value for money.
Min Jiang- authentic Chinese food from the tenth floor of the Royal Garden Hotel which overlooks the splendid Kensington Gardens.
The Phene- This was my local go to as it was approximately 20 steps from where I lived. I absolutely adored this place, especially as there was a full vegan, vegetarian and gluten free menu. My favourite was the crispy seitan, vegan aioli burger.
Anglesea Arms, South Kensington
The Cross Keys Pub
The Sands End
Kaffeine- cafe and espresso bar inspired by the amazing coffee culture in Australia and New Zealand
Fernandez and Wells (Someset House location)- Personally love their toasted cheese here// two slices of grillled Poilâne sourdough bread filled with grated aged cheddar cheese mixed with chopped red onion and leek
No 197 Chiswick Fire Station
Town Hall Hotel
The Coral Room- Bold and bright, yet the bar feels cozy and intimate.
Dandelyan- Emerald walls, pink accents, and a green-marble bar that runs throughout.
Pierre Herme- If you're a macaroon fan, this visit will put Laduree and every other macroon shop to shame. Dark Chocolate Passionfruit is my favourite flavour.
Maitre Choux- Eclairs, Choux, Chouquettes baked fresh every morning by three Michelin Star pastry chef Joakim Prat.
Oldies but Goodies
Dean Street Townhouse
Psycle- Full body workout on a bike. However, only instructor worth taking is Alana as her energy is beyond contagious.
KOBOX- High intensity boxing class
Paola’s Body Barre
Dry By- Think DryBar however much more elevated offering a capsule collection of five blow-dry styles.
Hershesons- This menu offers a wide range of looks, with seasonal style options.
Duck & Dry- Rater party atmosphere, prosecco bar and group styling table.
Blade Soho- Have a cocktail while having a blow dry (or even go for a haircut or dye), while listening to jazz sounds in a lively, friendly atmosphere.
Liberty- London’s first department store. Quintessentially English showcasing many of the first designs from London Fashion Week designers.
Selfridges Beauty Hall
Dover Street Market
Zara- One of the newer locations with a larger selection and somewhat less chaos. Lower Oxford Street, right across the street from Selfridges and M&S.