England is not all about fish and chips or English fry-ups, although those are a couple of my favorite British meals. In over a decade, I have been traveling to the United Kingdom and have watched the food scene change and am excited about it. I definitely have an admiration for England and it has been my most visited country so far.
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!
Carrot Cake at The Wallace Collection
There are many things that I like doing in London and two of them are eating carrot cake and visiting a museum. If I can do both at once, I feel like I got two birds with one stone. In Europe and the United Kingdom, the cafes inside a museum typically offers magnificent coffee drinks, baked goods or small meals.
While visiting the Wallace Collection Museum, I stopped into their splendid cafe for a cappuccino and their delicious carrot cake. Layers of carrot cake and cream cheese frosting was a perfect break from viewing priceless artworks.
For Museum information, please visit – The Wallace Collection
Poppies Fish & Chips
Poppies is a great chippy in London and has three locations. On my last visit to London, my cousin and I ate at the Camden location, which was lively and buzzing with hungry customers. The atmosphere had a retro vibe to it, which made it an eclectic and fun place to eat.
Besides the tasty plate of crispy fish and chips, I ordered a side of mushy peas. I know that it may not be on everyone’s delicious list but it is mine, especially with fish and chips. Then at the end, we were handed some retro candy- ‘Fruit Salad’ and ‘Black Jack’. Poppies is a great place if you are looking for a fun atmosphere and music with your fish and chips.
For locations and information, please visit – Poppies Fish and Chips
Ice Cream at Hyde Park
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in London is one of the city’s best features. Hyde is the largest of four Royal Parks that connect with each other from Kensington Palace, through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and onto Green Park. This grand park has deep history and was established by Henry VIII in 1536 as hunting grounds. Today it is a magnificent public park with a lovely lake for all of London to enjoy.
A visit to London is not complete without a walk through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. If you like, you can purchase a tasty vanilla soft serve with a Cadbury flake chocolate on top. Then take a walk around the duck lake with your ice cream in hand, to make that day a bit more memorable.
I do like British sausage rolls, especially when they are made with care. This is a classic take-away food in the United Kingdom, although I did have my share throughout other European countries. Sausage rolls are a cleaner and tighter version of an American hot dog or bratwurst in an open bun.
I had purchased these two delicious sausage rolls at Camden Bakery, which was down the street from our flat. They were very tasty and I thought the outer pastry made the roll. You can get them cheaper from a convenience store but that would be the same as getting a gas station hot dog. To each their own but if you want to try a more appetizing sausage roll, try one from a proper bakery.
The Bonobo Grilled Cheese
Bonobo created one of the better grilled cheese sandwiches that I have tied, and I have tried many. They use aged English cheddar that you can taste in every cheesy and buttery bite. I decided on their Classic Grilled Cheese sandwich, which had their signature cheese blend and mixed onion, all grilled and buttered under a cast iron press. It was as delicious as it sounded!
I had my Bonobo Grilled Cheese at the Portobello Road Market in London. The market is one of the cities oldest and most famous for vintage clothes and antiques, as well as a variety of enticing food stalls.
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Starbucks in London
This halloumi cheese and avocado muffin did not look like the most appetizing sandwich ever made, but it was not that bad. I really had no other choice as we were about to get on a bus out of London. I wanted something other than a convenience store sandwich, so I chose this. 🤷🏻♀️
If you have ever walked into a Starbucks in other countries, you would have noticed the different sandwiches and pastries which differ from country to country. In the Philippines I have seen Spam sandwiches and in Spain I have tried a turkey and cheese on blueberry bread. I saw halloumi cheese and got curious. Sometimes my curiosity gets the best of me and I end up with this, and yes, I did eat it.
Pakistani Cuisine at Salt n Pepper
This is a shout out to the now defunct Salt n Pepper restaurant where I first tried Pakistani food back in 2015. There are many Indian restaurants in London, so it was nice to try a few Pakistani dishes. The flavors are a close cousin to the flavors of Indian food, just take note that Indian food does use more of a spice flavor palate. Both cuisines are delicious though and I enjoy them equally.
We had tried several dishes that were flavorful and well-prepared: chicken tikka, daal, rice and garlic naan. Then for dessert we were offered a plate of Pakistani sweets topped with pistachio, which was also delightful. If you are looking to try something similar to Indian food, I suggest that you try Pakistani cuisine. There are several others in London, but be sure to check star ratings and reviews before going in.
Carrot Cake at The Natural History Museum
In my first entry of this food journal, I mentioned how much I enjoyed carrot cake and museums while in London. I was not kidding! Here is another delicious slice of carrot cake but within The Natural History Museum. It was a great pick me up while visiting this popular London museum.
For museum information and hours, please visit – Natural History Museum
Breakfast at Balthazar
If you are familiar with this New York French brasserie staple, then you would love a visit to their London location. I was “extra” enough to eat at both locations on this trip, as we flew to New York for a few days on our return to the States. Balthazar offers exquisite French dishes, fine wines and divine desserts. It is a must try restaurant!
During my visit to the London location, I went for one thing and that was to try their Full English fry-up. I had mentioned that I enjoyed their traditional breakfasts, so I decided on trying a leveled up version of this filling meal. Talk about a breakfast of champions, it was delicious and enjoyed in the classy space of Balthazar.
For information on their Covent Garden location – Balthazar London
If you are looking for pub style food at a fair price, Wetherspoons is a good place to try. I have gone to several over the years from London to Inverness, Scotland. My family members who live in England as well as the ones who visit, always recommend Wetherspoons. It is a great place to try if you are on a budget or traveling with children/ teenagers.
On this day, I was with my daughter at one of their London locations. She loved the fact that she could get a pint by herself at 18 years old, which I believe should happen in the States.
For location information, please visit – JD Wetherspoons
Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court – The Ritz Hotel
When they say Tea at The Ritz is an institution within itself, they are more than correct. It raises the bar to absolute perfection. I have partaken in afternoon tea in many places such as Maurice’s in Paris, the Old Cataract Hotel in Egypt , Laduree’s of London and many more. I have written many blogs about my afternoon tea adventures and as of the day I write this, Tea at The Ritz has been the absolute best.
My daughter and I had a glorious afternoon tea at The Ritz while on her high graduation, month long trip to Europe. This was a very special occasion with a very special person. The attention to detail was impeccable- from the delicate china, the silver flatware and tea pot, the fresh flowers, tuxedo wearing servers and the pianist. They have been doing afternoon tea forever, so they set the bar.
As for the food served, it was the classic set of scones, finger tea sandwiches and a variety of divine pastries. The loose leaf tea was marvelous, especially when each cup was poured by our server from ornate silver pots.
Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken
I have been to Nando’s a few times while on my visits to England. It is a fast casual Portuguese chicken chain that I found impressive. I am not a fan of American chain restaurants but I found this British one good enough for return visits.
On this visit, I ordered the 1/4 chicken with macho peas and Portuguese rice. The chicken was fresh, grilled, hot and very flavorful. I used the Peri Peri Sauce to give it a bit of extra kick. The Macho peas and Portuguese rice were delicious and freshly made, unlike many of the frozen sides at American chains.
Conveyer Belt Sushi, anyone? This was not our first time eating at a conveyer belt sushi restaurant and although fun to try, the quality is not always the best. Yo! Sushi was not the best I ever had, but it was a good sushi fix while on our trip.
My daughter and I love nigiri, sashimi, hand rolls, sesame salad and many other Japanese dishes. We were also very hungry and that is one good thing about conveyer belt sushi, you can have instant lunch as soon as you are seated. If you need a fix, have not tried conveyer belt sushi or are not overly picky, then you should give Yo! Sushi a try.
For location information, please visit – Yo! Sushi
Heathrow’s Plaza Premium Lounge Breakfast
Within the busyness of Heathrow Airport there is Plaza Premium Lounge. As you know, I am an airport lounge fiend and live in them prior to plane departure. This lounge is a nice one as it is cozy, feeds you well and is perfect before a long flight. There are different places to sit in this lounge and I scored a comfortable little nook in a separate room. It was a great space for me to get myself in the right mindset for my flight out of London.
I arrived in the morning so that meant the complimentary buffet had fixings for an English Breakfast. It was a nice way to end a trip to England. There were other food items as well that are common in airport lounges, such as pastries, different breads, cheeses, fruit, etc. I had that as well but I loved the English breakfast option.
What I ate in London – A Food Journal – Parts One and Two
If you are looking for more food ideas while in London, feel free to read my other food blogs. I have several London food articles from food journals to restaurant reviews.
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