I would say that I love food. My Instagram probably has more photos of food than anything else. With that being said, I’m going to let you know of the places I’ve been able to try in London so far, and also the places I have planned before the end of the semester.
One of the first places I went to when I first came London was My Old Dutch. I’ve been to the one near the High Street Kensington Station, and I’m glad I found it. This place makes Dutch pancakes that vary from the savory to the sweet. They also have other foods if you want to try them, but since I’m gluten free I stick with the pancakes. The pancakes are pretty big and filling and they remind me of crepes more than American pancakes. I’ve been here a couple more times after my first week in London, especially on Monday’s because they have a deal where the pancakes are £5.25 and I’m totally down to have pancakes when they are almost at half price.
Another place I went to in the 2nd or 3rd week of the semester was Arepa & Co. This restaurant serves Venezuelan food. I was very excited to go here because I had been wanting some home-like foods and you can’t get more Venezuelan then some 'Arepas'. I had some 'Tajadas' and two 'Arepas'. Tajadas are ripe plantains that are fried and usually come with some cheese sprinkled on top. Arepas are basically cornbread that is filled with whatever you want.
I had a Pabellón arepa and a Mariana arepa. Pabellón which is a combination of shredded beef, cheese, black beans, and plantains. The Mariana had chicken with mayo, avocado, cheese, and plantains. To drink, I had what my mom calls' Papelón con Limón', which is sugar cane lemonade – not what the British call lemonade – and it reminded me of my summer while growing up because my mom would make it during really hot days to help my siblings and I stay cool. I would definitely recommend going here if you haven’t tried Venezuelan food because they have a lot of different Venezuelan foods that you can try that are still very traditional and at a decent price. The dishes ranged from £3.75 – £12, which for dinner isn’t horrible for London. They are in Haggerston area and open until 10:30 every day but Sunday
Another place I’ve gotten a treat from is Cookies and Scream in Camden Market. Cookies and Scream vegan cookie bar that doesn’t use any dairy, egg, wheat, and gluten-free in their products. Their location in Camden Market is tucked away in a stall area, and they are cozied up next to a couple of other food venders. I originally found them last year on Buzzfeed and
Instagram after I found out I was going to London, and was super happy to finally go and try their stuff out. I got their Cookie Dough Shake, which was super good! In the future I would just get something salty to go with it because I was super sweet and cookie doughy. I also got a Peanut Butter Choco Locos to go for a treat after dinner that night. If you’re ever in the Camden Market and are curious to try some vegan and gluten-free sweets, then I would definitely recommend trying this place out. They’ve also opened up another shop in Holloway Rd if you want to check that site out as well.
I’ve also been to Gourmet Burger Kitchen. I went once with my dad and again with some friends. This place has, as the name says, gourmet burgers and it’s at a somewhat reasonable price. They have a gluten-free menu for those of you that also need gluten-free foods. I’ve gotten the Salvador Burger and the Avocado Bacon Burger. They were both very good. The only thing that wasn’t super great was the gluten-free bread is very dry and crumbly, which makes eating it hard. I also got their Caramel Brownie that comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it was delicious
With only a little over a month left in London, I still have some many food places I want to go and try. I want to explore new markets along with some I’ve already been to. Some of the one’s I really want to go to is Borough Market, Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market, Old Spitalfields Market, and Maltby Street Market.