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London: the best restaurants of our trip

I was excited to write this post! A few days ago, I published here some interesting tips about London, talking about the things we did in the city. I preferred to separate the restaurants because of they deserve a special post. I confess: we did not plan the itinerary for this trip very much, but we knew some restaurants we wanted to go to. There is no bad time for us in the food category: we like to taste everything and always prioritize the gastronomy during our trips. So now I share with you the best restaurants we visited in London.

J D Wetherspoon Pub – In London, you have to go to a pub, right? We were in two from Wetherspoon chain – one near Tower Bridge and one in Camden Town. In addition to the interesting selection of beers, there are also delicious food options. On the first day, at The Sir John Hawkshaw, we ate some burgers – there are about 10 burgers, served with fries and onion rings. It was a drink + burger combo for about £ 10. On Saturday, when we went for a walk in Camden Town, we ended up going to another pub of the chain, The Ice Wharf. Then, we tried one of the most classic dishes of London, Fish & Chips. We also tried the desserts (two for £ 5): a milkshake and the Warm Chocolate Brownie with ice cream. All delicious! I especially loved the atmosphere of the pub in Camden Town. It was Saturday afternoon and the area was crowded!

Sketch – here’s another classic in London: afternoon tea! sketch is probably one of the most famous places in London for afternoon tea. sketch has several environments: Gallery, Lecture Room, Parlor, Glade & East Bar. Each environment serves something – breakfast, tea, lunch or dinner. At the Gallery, for example, afternoon tea and dinner are served. I think the pictures speak for themselves, right, but I have to say how delighted I was. It’s all so beautiful and in Gallery everything is pink! It was an unforgettable experience. I booked one month in advance, through the website. Reservations always open one month before the date. It costs £ 58 per person – yes it is expensive, but it is once in a lifetime – and includes food and tea. First, they serve tower with sandwiches and sweets – and you can ask to repeat as many times as you like. Afterward, the scones (warm bread) are served and finally a cake (I chose the banana). You can also repeat. A rather unusual observation: if you go there, do not forget to go to the bathroom, it’s beautiful! Hahaha

Daisy Green – Sunday is brunch day! But at Daisy Green every day is brunch day. The place serves brunch from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm and weekends all day. Besides the place being cute, the food is also delicious. We were 5 people and our choices were diverse. I chose the Avocado on charcoal (£ 8), with charcoal bread, avocado and a delicious tomato and chili pesto! Other dishes chosen by the table were The Bondi (£13), with eggs, bacon, bread and sausage, house made maple granola (£ 7.50) with fruit and yogurt, and also the Famous banana bread sandwich (£ 9, 70), with two slices of warm banana bread with mascarpone, honey and almonds.

Sushisamba – Yes, there’s Sushisamba in New York, but I’ve never been there. The restaurant offers a menu with Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian options. The biggest reason we put Sushisamba in our itineray was because of the location: it is located on last floor of Heron Tower, which provides incredible views of the city – attention, the elevator is all glass and also incredible! We chose to combine the useful with the pleasant – to eat and to enjoy the view, since we chose not to go to any observatory. The atmosphere at Sushisamba is incredible, beautiful, and you can either eat (lunch or dinner) or have drinks. The dishes are in the tapas style – that is, for you to share. We ordered two starters: Heart of Chicken (£ 12) and Plantain Chips (£ 6.50). We also ordered two sushi rolls (one of them was the Samba London – £ 16) and they were delicious! For dessert, Chocolate Banana Cake (£ 10), banana cookie and chocolate with vanilla ice cream. We loved the food and everything was more than enough for us!

Gymkhana – Me and Thiago love Indian food – but I think he’s still more of a fan than me. London has great Indian restaurants and he wanted  to check it out! We ended up making a reservation at Gymkhana, which has a Michelin star. We chose the fixed price menu – £ 25 per person with starter and main course. I chose the Soft Shell Crab ( as the starter. Thiago chose Duck Egg Bhurji, Lobster, Malabar Parat. For main course, he chose for the Tandoori Chicken Chop and I chose Kid Goat Keema. It all came with rice and naan, the classic Indian bread. Also, we ordered drink, beer and mango lassi. The dishes were excellent and the service was impeccable!

Peggy Porschen Cakes – This tip I found on Pinterest, looking for cute places in London. The brand belongs to award-winning cake designer and author of books, Peggy Porschen and her husband Bryn Morrow. The highlight of the place, of course, is the cupcakes and cakes – and also the super cute decoration. Impossible not to take photos. I found it tasty – but they were not the best I tried in my life. But I think it was worth the trip there! Cupcakes and cakes cost £ 4 on average.

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