I grew up in London, and apart from 5 years abroad, it's always been my home. That fact makes me ecstatic, even at the worst of times, because it's genuinely one of the best places that you could ever hope to call home. And I'm damn lucky that I can. But my favourite thing about London is that o matter how long you live here, you can always discover new places, always find things that nobody else in your circle has, and you can always impress dates with **insert cool, hipster place that nobody has heard of.**
Ben's Canteen is basically a blogger's haven for brunch, they have a banging bottomless brunch which may have led to me making several mistakes during my lifetime and they have brunch dishes which set them apart from the crowd and strike the right balance of 'ooh that sounds weird enough to work' and 'HOLY SHIT this is the best thing I've ever eaten.' They do Avocado toast better than anyone in London, their coffee is unrivalled and they're even ingenius enough to have 'breakfast Jager shots' on the menu. Oh plus - upload an insta while you're there and your bloody mary is on the house. It's 100% worth the pilgrimmage to South London if you're not living on the best side of the river.
What to order:
Fried Chicken Benedict, a Bloody Mary (maybe start with medium and spice up yourself, because they don't hold back) and a Flat White.
Granger and Co
When I lived in Sydney, my ritual on my days off was to head to a Sydney institution called Bills on Crown Street in Surry Hills, order a green juice, a flat white and a place of Ricotta Hotcakes and watch the world float by. Crown Street was legendary, you could see infamous pizza joints that had been open since the 70s, hang around Scandinavian inspired homeware boutiques and wander into bars that made you feel like you'd been a local all your life. So when I moved home and I found out that the chef behind Bills had opened up shop in London and called it Granger and Co I literally did a happy dance and stuffed my face into a plate of Ricotta Hotcakes as fast as I could. Expect queues, because this place is GOOD and they know it, there literally isn't a bad thing on the menu - and the promise of an all day brunch 7 days a week lures Londoners in. But it's a MUST visit and there isn't a dud item on the menu.
What to Order:
Ricotta Hotcakes obv - Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes doused in maple syrup and served with a homemade honeycomb butter and fresh banana. It doesn't get better than that. Oh and have that with a Peach Bellini or Granger's Greens Smoothie.
So if you happen to not live in London or have an instagram account, you might not have noticed, but Donuts are kind of having a moment right now, and honestly I'm relieved becaude I feel physical pain at the thought of paying £8 for a cupcake at Peggys. I always found them awkward to hold, difficult to eat, and overly sweet so DONUTS NEVER LEAVE THE BLOGGING DREAM k. Crosstown are the shit. Inventive flavours, less ridiculous and easier to eat than Doughnuttime and plenty of Vegan options! Personl faves would be Chocolate Truffle, Earl Grey Custard and Original Glazed.
B Street Deli
So full disclaimer - this gem of a place was introduced to me by the last guy I seriously dated, so hey although that may not have worked out, I got introduced to one of my FAVE London spots, so it was all worth it in the end right?
B Street Deli is a perfect date spot, it boasts a beautiful menu of Charcuterie boards filled with meats and cheeses and the most exquisite wine menu. It's one of these old school spots that make you feel like you're in a cute little Parisian neighbourhood, where the owners come up to you mid conversation, thank you so much for coming to see them tonight and tell you secrets about the menu and who comes to visit. Ultimately, it'll make you feel at home, even on your first visit. So if you're in the mood for a killer red and the best brie you've ever tasted, get down to Bermondsey pronto...
But my favourite thing about this list? It isn't over. Every day in this city I discover new spots that make me love it even more.
What are yours?
Photography by Kaye Ford