Category Archives: Cafes

Lunch & salted caramel doughnuts
at the National Café

National Cafe

Whenever you find yourself standing in the middle of Trafalgar Square, HUNGRY, don’t panic. At first glance you can’t see any places to head to for lunch, apart from a few fast food chains… but what you may not know, is hidden in the magnificent National Gallery (that massive building on the square), is The National Café, which serves up scrumptious British and modern European dishes, from brekky through to dinner…

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Summer’s Coming…

Maple & Kings

There was a moment today, where I felt warm. Outside. There was a proper shift in the weather and I felt the sun on my face for more than just a couple of accidental minutes.

There was still a considerable breeze and it definitely wasn’t warm in the shade, but the fact remains that the sun said a proper hello and it looks as though it’s not going away any time soon. Hip pip.

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A stroll, some sunshine and
lunch at Goode & Wright, Portobello

Goode and Wright

Today I found myself back on Portobello Road, where I haven’t been for a few weeks… I’d missed it. I do think that the sun always seems to shine down on the Bello, no matter what the weather. It could be snowing in Walthamstow and I’m pretty confident that it would be blue skies and carnivals in W11.

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London’s Best Hot Chocolate

Best Hot Chocolate London Poppy Loves

Scooter Caffe. Pic: @cheekywkd

Here is London’s best hot chocolate, in my (not so humble) opinion. Before you read any further, I should assure you that I am 100% qualified to write this post. In fact, I couldn’t be more qualified. I’d challenge you to find someone MORE qualified, who has drunk more hot chocolates than me, and seen more sugar stars than me, in London.

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Tabun Kitchen
Jerusalem Street Food in Soho

Tabun Kitchen

If you haven’t got time to catch a plane to Israel, cheer with the rest of the passengers on your El Al flight as you land into Tel Aviv, board a bus to Jerusalem and seek out a cafe for lunch, don’t worry. Tabun Kitchen has arrived, here in Soho, serving up Jerusalem street food to knock your hummus lovin socks off.

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Brunching on Baker Street

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I find that things get sorted out over brunch. Problems are solved, difficulties are unpicked and the world is put to rights. It’s my favourite meal hands down. Apart from cake and tea. And yes, that’s a meal.

Brunch is made even better when you can share it with a bestie, and that is exactly what I did last week, at Bill’s on Baker Street.

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Summer supper at La Gourmandina

La Gourmandina

Summer days are made even more perfect when they’re concluded with an al fresco supper somewhere special in London, when the sun has already dipped behind the clouds, the air is still warm and there’s an aperol spritz ready and awaiting your arrival…

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Pearl & Groove
The Flourless Bakery on Portobello Road

Pearl & Groove Portobello Road

The way Alabama is staring at her cake, is exactly how her mum Anoushka and I stared at ours when we first arrived at Pearl & Groove on Portobello Road –  with total, unadulterated love.
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Shakshuka for the soul
at Café Loren, Camden Market

Cafe Loren

If you have never had Shakshuka and have no immediate plans to fly to Tel Aviv, get yourself down to Café Loren in Camden Market immediately.

Like now.

Why have you not left yet?

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Lunch at Coppa Club, Market Place

Coppa Club

Last week I met my cousin Rosie for a quick al fresco lunch in between meetings. As we were both around Oxford Circus on that day, we headed to one of Market Place’s newest arrivals and took full advantage of the glorious weather, settling ourselves outside at Coppa Club.

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Pancakes in London: my ultimate list

Tom's Kitchen

Pancakes at Tom’s Kitchen

Toot toot! Pancake day is on its way and when it comes to crepes and pancakes in London, I am proud to say that I am extremely well informed… it comes from years of experience and dedicated research… which is very hard work and I’m sure you all feel very sorry for me.

This is a list of my favourite pancake haunts in London, which includes the crepe stand in Hampstead, where I first discovered, aged 14, the joy of nutella with banana… and sitting on a bench to eat it, in the rain, with a bestie.

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8 of the best Chai Lattes in London.
You’re welcome.

Chai Latte

The heavenly chai latte: pic found on Pinterest

Chai lattes came into my life about eight years ago, and I haven’t looked back since.

The sweet, smooth and gorgeously warming nature of this drink keeps it my go-to beverage when I’m needing a tummy hug…

I love grabbing one to go to drink on the tube or sip as I stroll the streets of London… or I just settle back with a chai latte in a cafe and watch the glorious world go by.

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Aussie pals, an evacuation
and brunch at Granger & Co

Grange and Co

They know what they’re doing in the latte department. Ho yes.

Years ago, I worked in North Carolina as a Camp Leader for Camp America. I did it for three years and had around 180 teenagers in my charge at any one time. Let’s not think about that.

I was also responsible for the counsellors, who were looking after these teens. These counsellors were from all over the world, and included Lou from Brisbane Australia and Ami from London.

Anyway, they met on camp, they fell in love over a cook-out campfire and now they both live in Oz. And obviously this happy ending is ENTIRELY down to me.

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Coffee, croissants & catch ups
at Exeter St Bakery

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Me and Julia, having a pow wow

I’ve properly hit the ground running since the year began, and finding time to catch up with friends and family amidst work and meetings hasn’t been easy!

So having a wonderful café that sells their own amazing cakie goods (and makes coffee just the way I like it) and also two of the loveliest people I met last year, all being around the corner from me, is like wining all the prizes. Crackajack.

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See you round Edith’s House

Edith's House

I have been meaning to get to Edith’s House for a while now – ever since I saw a snapshot of the interior on Twitter… I fell instantly in love.

They are one of Crouch End’s newest arrivals and as soon as I entered the café, a bolt of nostalgia hit me between the eyes. The decor is from an era gone by and I was smacked in the face with waves of Dot Cotton, my grandma and memories of boiled sweeties in tins…

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