Since my first visit to the United Kingdom during the summer of 2011, I have considered London to be my second home. I love every aspect of the city: its people, culture, magnificent history, and its food. You may have heard the phrase, “In England, the weather is bad and the food is worse.” That statement could not be any more far from the truth. In one month of being abroad, it only rained three times and it was intermittent. During my second two-week visit, not a drop of rain fell from the sky.
On this particular visit, I had the pleasure of dining at some new (and favorite) spots for lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. Grab a cuppa and some biscuits as I take you to some of my favorite sweet and savory spots across central London.
Bumpkin was recommended by a close friend living in the UK. Her suggestion was spot on. The staff was welcoming and the food was served in true British style: comforting, fresh, and every detail was executed brilliantly. I ordered the Veal Pie: Rose veal pie with leek, tarragon, mushroom and colcannon. I loved the interior of the restaurant as it reminded me of a charming English country home.
Everything was made fresh to order! We sat down at 3pm and enjoyed our relaxing meal in a splendid ambiance. My aunt (who I visited the UK with) and I were filled up for the rest of the evening.
Next is Harrods, the epitome of luxury. Every tiny detail at this world-renowned department store shimmers in gold, literally and figuratively. The service is unparalleled and you can always expect photogenic presentations around every corner and items sold that possess superior quality. We stopped in to Ladurée at Harrods twice, first to enjoy High Tea, and second for pastries on-the-go, including a Mont Blanc (left, bottom photo). My absolute favorite.
You get to “build-your-own” afternoon/high tea, choosing from a section of sweet breads, pastries, macarons, finger sandwiches, and tea.
Our second spot for tea was Afternoon Tea at Sanderson London, close to the Oxford Circus tube station. This magnificent, and unique tea was presented with a tasteful Alice in Wonderland theme. You could even receive seconds on the finger sandwiches, which were served first, and if you so choose, you may try every pot of tea, inspired by one of the characters in The Adventures on Alice in Wonderland.
How adorable is this musical box where the sugar was kept? I would come back here in a hop, skip, and a jump. And we did…
We decided since we had such a grand experience for Afternoon Tea, we came to Sanderson for dinner the very next day. I ordered the burrata and the toasted barley risotto with wild mushrooms and goat cheese. I will try to recreate the risotto dish at home; it was the best risotto dish I ever had.
Peggy Porschen is a lovely spot close to Victoria Station on Elizabeth Street. I frequent here for lemonade and something sweet, especially when shopping at the boutiques within the area. The cake shop is also within walking distance to Buckingham Palace and Sloane Square.
Lastly, I loved taking photos of all the one-of-a-kind pubs that I spot with quirky names. We ate at one pub our first day there, The Duke of Kendal. I loved my fish and chips with mushy peas; it had been a while since I had this traditional English dish. This particularly pub did an excellent job. The Duke of Kendal on Connaught Street is located just north of Hyde Park and within walking distance to Oxford Circus.
The pub photographed below is located in Windsor, just opposite the train station, and within walking distance to Windsor Castle.