Food Journals

What I ate in London – Part 1 – A Food Journal

I have visited London time after time since 2009 and I am not done yet. In fact the UK is my most frequented country that I have visited and explored. In over a decade, I have watched the food scene change and am excited about it. England is not all about fish and chips or English fry-ups, although those are a couple of my favorite British meals.

Fish and Chips from Poppies

For those who are looking to visit London and wanting a few ideas of where and what to eat, I have compiled several food journals of ‘What I ate in London’ along with links to my other food blogs and reviews. Happy reading and happing eating!

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Borough Market – London’s Oldest Food Market

Borough is one of my favorite markets in London. The first time I visited Borough Market was back in 2015 and every time that I revisited London, I always came back to this food haven. There are a variety of vendors from fresh food markets to restaurants and cafes. It is an exciting place to visit especially if you enjoy gastronomy.

Over the years, I have noshed on many delicacies at Borough Market including Scottish Eggs, Grilled Asparagus with Melted Butter, Roast Pork Sandwich, Turkish Delights and Cream Filled Pistachio Brionuts. This is a great place for those who love to graze a good food scene.

My complete review 👩🏻‍💻➡ Borough Market | London’s Oldest Food Market

For my Five Star Yelp review, Read Trixie N.‘s review of Borough Market on Yelp

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Swan

Located just outside the Shakespeare Globe Theater with a view of the Thames, Swan is quite a lovely place for a spot of tea or a bit of a bite. I came in to do both! I had just finished my tour of the Shakespeare Globe Theater which I highly recommend.

 I ordered the Garden Vegetable Frites and fresh mint tea. The nibbles I decided on were very good. There was an assortment of golden fried seasonal vegetables and a tangy saffron & garlic mayonnaise to dip. It was quite delish and recommend it to those who eat vegetarian.

For my Yelp review, Read Trixie N.‘s review of Swan on Yelp

For restaurant information and location, please visit – SWAN

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Rules

I had finally made it to the oldest restaurant in London! I had been wanting to dine at Rules for over a decade and after numerous trips to England, I finally made it a top priority. As a food enthusiast, I take my eating seriously and have a restaurant bucket list. Rules was on that list and I had finally checked it off.

For being the oldest restaurant in London, the obvious choice of dishes served here would be classic British cuisine at its finest. I truly enjoyed all the flavors of the dishes I tried at Rules and appreciated the sophisticated atmosphere, as well as the impeccable service. On the table were: The Dandy Cocktail, Pea Soup, a Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pie, and fresh bread with butter. To finish off the meal it was their famous Sticky Toffee Pudding and Fresh Mint Tea- cheers!

My complete review 👩🏻‍💻➡ Lunching at RULES | London’s Oldest Restaurant

For my Five Star Yelp Review, Read Trixie N.‘s review of Rules on Yelp

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Afternoon Tea at Laduree’s in London

One of the loveliest of afternoon teas and one of my first documented with food photos, which was back in 2009. I am a big fan of afternoon tea and have written about it many times over. If you are interested in viewing afternoon tea from my travels, please check out my other blogs.

👩🏻‍💻➡ For the Love of Afternoon Tea – Part One

👩🏻‍💻➡ For the Love of Afternoon Tea – Part Two

My afternoon tea at Ladurée in London was divinely different from the traditional menu that is laid out for you. At Ladurée, you are able to choose your tea sandwiches and sweets as opposed to receiving what is plated for you. Plus you may choose from the different Ladurée croissants offered rather than traditional scones. It was a magnificent change of pace.

☕ Reservations are recommended for Afternoon Tea at Ladurée inside the luxurious  Harrod’s Department Store in London, EnglandLadurée London at Harrods

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Toffee Ice Cream Sundaes

Inside Fortnum and Mason, one of London’s luxury food emporiums, is a playful and decadent ice cream café, called The Parlour. This sweet tooth lovers haven offers artisanal coffees, delightful ice cream sundaes and luscious hot chocolates. It is one of the loveliest places to stop for a quick sugar fix while shopping in London.

The Parlour inside Fortnum and Mason, London

We could not get enough of the divine tastes of toffee at Fortnum and Mason. We spent a luxurious hour with a couple of Toffee Ice Cream Sundaes, although mine had a chocolate scoop as well. I made up for more of the toffee with my Toffee Latte!

For reservations and hours, please visit The Parlour

For store location and information – Fortnum and Mason

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Afternoon Tea at OXO Tower Restaurant

After a decade of traveling into England, I finally made it a point to have afternoon tea at the rooftop OXO Tower restaurant that overlooks the Thames River. It was the brilliant experience that I was hoping for.

The afternoon tea menu was classic with scones, finger sandwiches, savouries and sweets. When I read the menu I became quite excited to try everything especially the savories and finger sandwiches, which are my favorites. Every country adds their own twist to the savories, in this case it was the Mini Yorkshire pudding and Scotch egg.

For my complete review with photos 👩🏻‍💻➡ Afternoon Tea at the OXO Tower Restaurant in London, England

For information and reservation – OXO Tower Restaurant

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Healthy Lunch at the Sheraton Heathrow

By the time I had this meal, I was traveling throughout the UK for a couple of weeks and was flying out to Spain. I had eaten a lot of heavy foods that I knew I needed a slight break before heading into Spain. These are first world problems of a food and travel blogger, but they are still a problem!

I decided on a Greek Salad and the Hummus, which was light but quite filling. I wanted plant based dishes that were familiar and tasted good. I am sure that all of you understand what I mean about taking a food break while traveling.

For my Yelp Review, Read Trixie N.‘s review of Sheraton Heathrow Hotel on Yelp

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Brunch at Beany Green

I absolutely loved this place by Paddington Station! Beany Green was very cute and inviting. PLUS it had a nice breakfast menu and caffeine in the shape of coffee, which was well needed after a long ride from Edinburgh, Scotland.

The menu options were a creative modern take on classics. The cuisine, I would consider ‘Hipster Cuisine’ which in my book is a definite thing. We brunched on Avocado Toast, Breakfast Tacos and excellent coffee drinks. The presentation was beautiful and the flavors were scrumptious.

For my Five Star Yelp review, Read Trixie N.‘s review of Beany Green on Yelp

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English Breakfast

Over the years that I have traveled to the UK, I always opt for a traditional English Breakfast in the morning. Most hotels will serve you one that is included with your stay, or for a good price, no matter how small the accomodations. As in this case when I was staying at the Howard Winchester Hotel close to Kings Cross Station in London, the accomodations were not great but the breakfast was. This average hotel stay included one hec of an English Breakfast.

English Breakfast

A typical English Breakfast will consist of eggs, rashers, bangers, beans, hash brown (optional), toast, coffee and juice. On occasion you will also get a fried tomato and mushrooms, which I enjoy. It is rather filling but will keep you full for many hours of touring the town.

For my Yelp review, Read Trixie N.‘s review of Howard Winchester Hotel on Yelp

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First Class Meals

While traveling by train throughout the UK or Europe, I enjoy riding first class. I appreciate the quietness, convenience and benefits of this type of travel. While en route from London to various cities in the UK, I have always found my first class rides on Virgin Trains relaxing and quite food filling.

On one of my journeys, I was offered a hearty first class English breakfast served on white china plates, as opposed to disposable trays. I appreciate those little details in travel, they always add up to a lot. There was a nice bread cart with a variety of tasty breads that came by as well. On another journey, I was offered a warm sandwich wrap along with other snacks and wine, that came through on a bar trolley. This option was much better than bringing on cold convenience store foods for the long rides. My travel tip is to just buy that first class ticket!

For my Five Star Yelp Review, Read Trixie N.‘s review of Virgin Trains on Yelp

For reservations and ticketing – Virgin Trains

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The Grenadier

One of the oldest and most haunted pubs in London- The Grenadier. This historic pub dates back to the 1700’s and was a famous watering hole for Military centuries back. If you enjoy places like this, I recommend coming in for a drink or some pub food.

While at The Grenadier, I ordered a gin and tonic then took in the atmosphere along with my drink. It was an interesting feeling having a drink where Military Officers, bar fights and God knows what happened centuries ago. This pub really is a hidden gem of a place with a good historical value in a country that has been torn by war and many buildings destroyed.

If you can get here, The Grenadier is a marvelous place for a drink and feel a touch of history. If you are wondering, NO I did not see any ghosts!

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First time at Nando’s

If you are looking for a tasty fast casual restaurant in the UK, I have always enjoyed Nando’s. I was first introduced to this place as a recommendation by British nephew in 2014, and I have been back since. Nando’s offers flavorful flame-grilled Peri Peri chicken along with tasty side dishes.

I love the African Peri Peri flavors and the juiciness of the grilled chicken. If you want more spice to your chicken, there are plenty of sauce choices. My favorites are the Hot Peri Peri sauce and the Garlic Sauce- enjoy!

For locations and restaurant information, please visit – https://www.nandos.com/

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The Cheese Bar

A couple of my two favorite words! “CHEESE” and “BAR”! The Cheese Bar is located in Camden Town, which is a favorite eclectic shopping area in London. The restaurant itself is not a large space with the main visual feature is the bar, which dominates the space. I had concluded that I would be able to get a great cocktail here, which is what happened.

The menu is not extensive but that does not detract from the genius cheese or cocktail creations. I decided on the Fig And Walnut Old Fashioned for my starting cocktail and it was divine. For food I ordered the Stilton cheese, bacon and pear chutney sandwich accompanied by the Cheesy Truffle Chips. I topped of my meal with the Devon blue cheese ice cream with poached pear and honey comb. The bartender recommended it and the Manager told me how to eat it. There is a process of eating this delicious dessert. The poach pear gave it the sweetness it needed and who doesn’t like added honeycomb? I do have to say that putting my two favorite words together drew me into The Cheese Bar but my experience was pure cheese and cocktail bliss!

For my Five Star Yelp Review, Read Trixie N.‘s review of The Cheese Bar on Yelp

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Piccadilly Whip

I think I was pretty lucky to come across a Piccadilly Whip van on my first visit to London. I have not come accross one since but would love to again. This London favorite is whipped ice cream, which is a form of soft ice cream. Piccadilly Whip is a family run company and has been around since 1963 serving sweet ice cream throughout the country.

I decided on a vanilla Piccadilly Whip with a Cadbury Flake chocolate. I found the ice cream to be light and very tasty, not as heavy as its American ice cream cousin. Do not get me wrong, I love hard ice cream and regular soft serve. This was just a lovely change of pace and would not mind having one again!

For more information, please visit – Piccadilly Whip

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What I ate in London – A Food Journal – Parts Two and Three

There are other London food journals and reviews, if you are curious on places to eat and food to experience. You are welcome to read, parts two and three.

👩🏻‍💻➡ What I ate in London – Part 2 – A Food Journal

👩🏻‍💻➡What I ate in London – Part 3 – A Food Journal

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Eat Well and Travel Often

Yours Truly at Rules of London

🌎 Thank you for visiting my website and NEVER STOP EXPLORING!

📸 All photos are taken by me and are my intellectual property – Trixie Navarre

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🌎 Thank you for visiting my website and NEVER STOP EXPLORING!

📸 All photos are taken by me and are my intellectual property – Trixie Navarre

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