Whenever we book flight tickets, we get over the moon about the next food adventure! Then we count the days, get to the airport and… finally set off on a journey! Our last destination was LONDON. We went there in search for the most exotic places. All of this in order to pave the way for you, dear readers!
Today we’ll show you several cultural and culinary spots. Get ready for plentiful photos!
WHERE TO IT?
1/ GOOD EGG, 93 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AS London
The place deserves the top position on our list – it’s a real culinary masterpiece. Recommended by friends, the concept turned out a bull’s eye, despite us waiting over 1,5 hour for a table. They serve eggs in various forms – in a crusty bread case or, for example, poached in tomato sauce (shakshuka). Once you enter GOOD EGGS, you will feel that you are in the right place at the right time. We were really impressed with the feta cheese & mango sprinkled with herbs, as well as with their laid-back attitude towards drinking alcohol (even in the early morning hours) – because Prosecco was flowing there.
2/ DARK SUGARS, 45 hanbury street, London e1, E1 6 London
It’s an unusual place for chocolate buffs, where you will taste aromatic hot chocolate enhanced with chocolate chips. It’s also a small store packed with piles of chocolate goodness in a variety of forms: resembling colourful pearls, dark brown coal or wrapped in sweet gold and colourful foils. The sight of people staring through the windows was… PRICELESS!
3/ FISH AND CHIPS
A typical British set – fish & chips with mushy peas and lemon, usually served with a beer. You may probably come across such food at every corner in London. So did we, choosing the first random fish & chips bar, as we were driven by great hunger after hours of sightseeing. At the end of the day, 11 km on foot in the capital of England may exhaust you!
4/ HIPSNACKS, 49 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 6HL
Long live the chips! The famous SOHO treats its guests with various types of roasted potatoes. Red, yellow, violet, pink … in short – it is COLOURFUL and delicious! At HIPSNACKS, you can order a set with three or five sauces. You have to admit that the second option is tempting, but it’s way too much for two people. If you come up in a bigger group – take it without hesitation! Among the dips are very sharp, sweet-sharp, avocado (classic guacamole), but also with the taste of spicy curry or ceviche.
5/ BOROUGH MARKET, 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL
Absolutely fantastic! You will find everything here – from vegetables and fruit, through cheeses and cold meat, to street food. In the repertoire: Pad Thai, paella, scotch eggs, pastas, filled bread, hot dogs, burgers and many more! Every mad foodie should visit this place! Just eat, eat and eat again! What is so unique about this place? It’s a meeting point for totally everyone. There are no divisions. You can see musicians, painters, ordinary mortals living on a daily basis in London, tourists, workers on lunch break (ladies in high heels and gentlemen in suits …wow!), kids… in short – BOROUGH MARKET attracts everyone!
Although it’s a typical fast food place, you will find it only in the UK. We got to the one at the London Stansted airport. For a quick breakfast we chose beans with mushrooms, Greek yoghurt and egg burger. Fast, cheap, and quite hearty.
7/ CAFE ROUGE
The French-inspired concept of Cafe Rouge is well-known all over the islands, not just for coffee though, as the name implies, but also for breakfasts! The colour of the interior was probably inspired with the colour of wine, thus, we recommend that you order some classics – for example, a typical English breakfast, just like we did! Bacon, sausage, eggs, beans in tomato sauce and warm bread & cappucino – and dreams come true! That’s another reason why we support hearty breakfasts – they turn you on to be active all day long and boost your life energy!
WHAT TO SEE?
We assume that you have already heard of most of these places before as they are well-known London must-visit classics.
1/ TATE MODERN
It’s Britain’s national guseum of international modern art in London, and forms part of the Tate group together with Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. The current exhibitions include artworks by Robert Rauschenberg as well as Elton John’s private photo collection. Interestingly, most items from the gallery can be found online on their website. The gallery also has an online store where you can order a lot of gadgets and posters.
2/ SAaTCHI GALLERY
A gallery for contemporary art founded by Charles Saatchi in 1985. What’s the Polish element there? A few years ago there was the first exhibition (in Britain) of the Polish artists, entitled “Polish Art Now”. What a pity we didn’t have an opportunity to see it!. Saatchi Gallery is open every day – you do not have to worry that you will miss it! We recommend that you visit the website for a quick overview of the current exhibitions.
The largest gallery in London devoted to photography. You will see pictures in a variety of styles there. We couldn’t take our eyes off the selected works of DEUTSCHE BÖRSE PHOTOGRAPHY FOUNDATION PRIZE 2017. Black and white photos is what we like! Some of them made us feel goosebumps, some were more nostalgic, and others made us smile. A kaleidoscope of impressions. Recommended.
We spent about £80 on: airport transfer, city ticket, food, snacks and souvenirs (including magazines for around £7). We didn’t include the cost of accommodation. We recommend that you get OYSTER CARD – an electronic ticket which you can top up, valid on travel modes across London, for example bus, underground and train.
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PL-ENG translation: Katarzyna Mrówczyńska