Stories of 2019 #52: London Food Tour

What a whirlwind week I have just had and it is not even over yet! The perks of working part-time is that I have been able to spend a few days with friends and family and been able to spend pretty much everyday so far in London.

Me and my friend, Jess, had booked to see George Ezra a few months back at the O2. As we had not seen each other in a little while and always wanting to explore London, we thought why not make it into a mini staycation! We booked a Travelodge in Greenwich and headed up Monday evening. Both Instagram obsessed, we had a few points of interest we wanted to visit after seeing them on various influencers accounts (how basic of us haha). And Monday nights bar of choice was an underground bar in Waterloo called Tonight Josephine. Iconic for its, ‘well behaved women don’t make history’ neon sign on the ‘gram, we headed there for some Monday night cocktails. How every Monday should end! Tonight Josephine is one of seven bars run by this chain, with notably Bar Elba in Waterloo and Blame Gloria in Covent Garden. My cousin has been to Blame Gloria and said how much fun it was, so definitely one to try. On Monday, me and Jess also tried Bar Elba, which is a hop skip and a jump away from Tonight Josephine, but is a rooftop bar! Admittedly, we were drawn in by the 2-4-1 cocktail sign outside the door as we left the other bar…

Bar Elba had a lot better atmosphere than Tonight Josephine but I think people were in the same boat as us and were won over by 2-4-1 drinks.

Tuesday we woke up nice and early with the intention to try and get tickets for the V&A Dior exhibition. With pre-bought tickets sold out for bloody months, they realise 120 on the day tickets. But when we arrived at the V&A at 9:50am, the queue was already big! Would you believe six people from the ticket desk – they sold out… I mean, how unlucky. I would have prefered them to have sold out either after me (in an ideal world) or if I was 20 or so from the front! Not six!

Anyway, after an hour of standing in a queue for no reason, we walked to get some brunch and drown our sorrows in coffee. Already in the Kensington area, we walked for 20 minutes to Farm Girl cafe in Chelsea. Rose lattes, acai bowls and avocado on toast – this place screamed India. Decorated by Beata Heuman, this Wes-Anderson-esque cafe is beautiful, with its hanging ivy plants and pastel pinks. I ordered a coconut milk flat white and an acai smoothie with organic Amazonian berries with banana and almond milk topped with fruit, chia seeds, almond butter, granola and coconut shavings. Jess had the same as me but with a butterfly matcha.

Our day was basically a walking tour of food places we wanted to go as we could not get into the exhibition. After Farm Girl cafe in Chelsea we wandered over to Oxford street, where we had cake at Deliciously Ella’s deli. But my god, I will have to go back here for lunch as the smell as soon as you entered this busy little cafe was incredible! I love Ella anyway and follow a lot of her recipes when cooking at home (which you will see on my Instagram) so this spot was basically because I am a fan girl. Plus, all of her foods are made from organic ingredients so, all healthy, I shall tell myself anyway. I opted for an iced turmeric latte and slice of victoria sponge, whilst Jess had a beetroot latte and banana bread with almond butter.

For a food break, we hit the stories along Oxford Street dipping in and out of the shops, as well as our bags to reach for our purses. The day was flying by and we needed to head back to our hotel to get ready for George Ezra at 7:30pm. We decided we did not want to eat at the O2 and would rather eat in central London at a cool restaurant. I had found a plant-based kitchen just off of Oxford Street on Percy Street, called Kalifornia Kitchen, ran by Loui Blake. Here we had a burger and chips! It only has a small menu but the waiter recommended the klassic kalifornia burger and it was real good. #dontkalemyvibe

Now, well and truly full after three stops across London (ops) but not too bad considering our 28,000 step count, we ventured back to the hotel and then onwards to the O2. As expected George was brilliant. He instantly brings a smile to my face with all of his songs and in between, each song, he tells stories about how he came up with this song or that tune and included witty comments. Overall, it was a brilliant performance and I was up, out of my seat dancing away to Shotgun, Paradise and Barcelona.

*Well done for making it this far if you are still with me and this blog post – you are a true fan and I love you greatly!*

On Wednesday, we were going to try again at the V&A but I was struck down with a cold. So, instead we decided just to head back to Stevenage, where Jess drove back to Manchester and me in search of cold and flu tablets. After a good nights sleep dosed up with Night nurse (miracle tablets), we were up and again, I was standing on the platform at Stevenage station, dolled up for afternoon tea! For my mum’s birthday we had bought her the Mary Poppins themed afternoon tea at Aqua in the Shard. On the 32nd floor we had scones, cake and finger sandwiches overlooking the amazing skyline of London.

But today has been less glamorous and the cold has come out in full force! So, I woke up, cooked a delicious breakfast and got on with some jobs from the comfort of a nice, warm house. But the week is not yet complete and I have more exciting events coming up. Tomorrow night (Saturday), I am going to a charity ball so my ball gown and high heels are ready to get dancing! Then Sunday, me and my dad are perhaps going to make some plans as my mum is off pampering herself with her friends at Champney’s health spa. Not jealous….

So, this week has flown by and been full of exciting events. Not so good on the gym and healthy eating side of things as I have only been twice this week compared to my usual six… can you believe that! Feeling guilty just writing that down. I suppose with a cold and a busy time, it is difficult to squeeze it in and I should chill a little bit. But next week I will be back on the workouts.

Have you been up to anything exciting this week?