Visit London Blog » The Breakfast Club http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:51:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Christmas Shopping Pit Stops http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/christmas-shopping-pit-stops/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/christmas-shopping-pit-stops/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:55:18 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36530 Full Stop's tomato and sundried tomato sandwich

As the festive season draws closer and Christmas shopping in London becomes more frenetic, the team at Twenty Something London share their favourite places for mid-spending spree stop-offs.

North

For upmarket vintage and flea market discoveries, Angel’s Camden Passage is the place to head. Stop off at The Breakfast Club, where the cheerful playlists are an instant energy boost and pancakes are a must-try. Once you’ve ticked some stocking-fillers off your list, head to retro-chic Public House and sample the eclectic menu – everything we’ve tried has been delicious. Tucked behind the Tube station is Candid Café, where an inconspicuous doorway conceals a quirky café serving food and tasty smoothies (cucumber, mint and melon is a firm TSL favourite).

Central

Paramount's views

For those mingling with the mass shoppers in Central London during the run up to Christmas, Carnaby Street boasts great boutiques and high street staples. Try Mozzino, just off the beaten track. With Union Coffee and Italian-inspired sandwiches, it’s the ultimate in laid-back style.

Head underground to Spanish drinking den Sevilla Mia, which dishes up great small plates alongside traditional cocktails to keep you going. While high above, Paramount at the top of Centre Point is worth a visit just for the far-reaching views – it’s the perfect treat after a day exploring the bustling Oxford Street shops.

For those who adore pre-loved items, the vintage haven of East London is the place to take your shopping list. On Brick Lane is Full Stop, the quickest place for a pick-me-up – try its scrumptious avocado and sundried tomato sandwich. Once you arrive in trendy Shoreditch, check out Paper & Cup. As well as serving delicious locally baked cakes, this charity café trains former homeless people in barista skills. For something more substantial, head to Jaguar Shoes. With its themed cocktails and tasty pizza (from Due Sardi next door), you’ll soon wish you were local.

South 

Mama Lan in Brixton Village

Brixton Village Market has grown a cult following among those on the look out for vintage gems and interesting boutiques. Head to Rosie’s for a coffee first. Watching her greet everyone by name will make you feel part of the community, and her brilliant coffee will get you ready for a day’s shopping. Once lunchtime comes around, delve into Mama Lan. Serving recipes from the market stalls of Beijing that have been passed down for over 40 years, it’s perfect for a rapid refuel. At the end of the day, TSL recommends the best burger we’ve maybe ever had, served with triple-cooked chips, all for under a tenner at Honest Burgers.

West

Speakeasy-style Montgomery Place

For upmarket gifts, Notting Hill and Portobello Market are the places to go. Kill two birds with one stone by checking out 202 – a café inside a boutique shop. The classical décor, tantalising menu and lovely items on sale are all so tempting. Negozio Classica is a slice of Italy in Notting Hill – it’s a fantastic place to stop for lunch and a glass of wine when shopping here. Once you’ve ticked off all the gift items on your list, head to Montgomery Place, a cocktail bar that pairs quality spirits and double-frozen “diamond” ice cubes with speakeasy style – it elevates an ordinary day out Christmas shopping to a new level.

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The Best Places to Eat Pancakes in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/02/the-best-places-to-eat-pancakes-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/02/the-best-places-to-eat-pancakes-in-london/#comments Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:26:54 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=31658

We heartily encourage you to eat pancakes any day of the year, but tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, which means they are pretty much essential. As this list of restaurants demonstrates, the humble pancake comes in many different guises. Will it be American hotcakes with blueberries, or the timeless French crêpe with lemon and sugar? If you’re struggling to choose, we’ve picked out some of the most mouthwatering menu choices.

My Old Dutch

The original pancake house has branches in Kensington, Holborn and Chelsea and has been serving large flat Dutch pancakes known as pannekoeken since the 50s. The culinary influences extend far beyond the borders of Holland, with Italian, Greek and Chinese-inspired savoury pancakes – look out for the chicken curry one too. The sweet pancakes are more traditional, with tempting combinations including chocolate, syrup, lemon and berries.
Star pancake: It has to be the eponymous My Old Dutch: a favourite from Holland with smoked bacon, chicken, ham, sweet pepper, mushrooms, sweetcorn and cheese.

The Breakfast Club

While this trio of cafés do serve lunch and dinner, go there for the breakfast and brunches. The atmosphere is cosy, as the murmurs of half-asleep punters mix with clattering plates. Pancakes are of the American variety (smaller and fatter than French crêpes or Dutch pannekoeken) and come with cooked breakfasts or with maple syrup, or berries and ice cream for a sweet treat. Breakfast Clubs can be found in Hoxton, Angel, Soho or Spitalfield. Arrive early as they are very popular at weekends.
Star pancake: Pancakes and Bacon with maple syrup – an unrivalled combination of sweet and salty.

Crème de la Crêpe

Silly names and inventive combinations abound at this cool crêperie, which started off with a stall in Borough Market before graduating to its first shop in Covent Garden. Indulgent creations on the menu include the Billy Goat’s Gruff (goat’s cheese, caramelised onion marmalade, sweet cherrybell peppers and rocket) and the Cheap Date (Mars bar with Baileys). It now has a second outlet in South Kensington too.
Star pancake: The adventurous Gone Fishin’, with hot smoked salmon, spring onions, lemon juice, black pepper mayonnaise and rocket.

The Kensington Crêperie

This is where French locals head when they need a crêpe fix. Stalwart sweet options like lemon and sugar are perfect for snacks and puddings, and The Kensington Crêperie also serves a brilliant range of galettes – French pancakes made with buckwheat flour and a savoury filling.
Star pancake: The effortlessly French Tartiflette Galette, a buckwheat pancake filled with the classic French dish of bacon, potatoes, oozing Raclette cheese, cream, onion and white wine.

More information about Pancake Day in London

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