A Saturday exploring Camden Market is something every Londoner must do, a right of passage to say you have seen all two hundred stalls that sell exactly the same Union Jack socks. I’ve been to Camden and Camden Market before but never quite delved into the deep depths it holds, especially that of the Horse Tunnel Market.
I must say I was impressed however be warned it is jammed packed with tourists, young gothic teens, preppy middle aged couples and everyone in between. However the scale of the markets are extraordinary and seem never ending, building after building and turn after turn. Within the market there is everything and anything from customising your converse at Custom Converse (obvz) to the charming General Eyeware where you can buy vintage glasses or design your own pair. So just get lost and enjoy the wonders you will behold.
For me the main attraction however is Camden Market’s food offerings. Located by the cannel lies a hub of smells, colours and temptations. I would suggest walking around all of it if you can resist! The offerings come from all over the world including Indian, Malaysian, American, Vietnamese and Italian. In the end the final choice was Masala Fries and a beautiful selection of homemade Punjabi currys from Sonita’s Kitchen.
I think sharing is the optimum word here, it means you can try a bit of everything! If you are still peckish after your Camden feast, have a sweet tooth or just love hot chocolate/ice cream/marsh mellow you will not be dissapointed by my next find.
Chin Chin Labs is located just next to Camden Market and is a fantastic and quirky collaboration of science, chocolate and crazy flavours. You can watch as nitrogen is poured into your chosen ice cream and created in front of your eyes. Chin Chin Labs is a much however if you like hot chocolate.
Behold hot chocolates with a mountain of fluffy marshmallow which was toasted before my eyes. It was everything you want it to be and more, hence I couldn’t finish mine…whoops. Perhaps if I wasn’t suffering from a hangover I could have polished it off in no time.
After spending the day walking around North London it was perfect to watch the sun go down from Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath. From the view point you can see over the city and beyond.
A beautiful day with lovely company and delicious food.
London is filled with the best in class food and drinking establishments – in fact, best in the world wouldn’t be an understatement with the amount of pop ups, Michelin stars and world famous chefs arriving daily.
Understandably it can feel like finding a needle in a haystack to pinpoint where you want to go, where is available or that meets your needs in short notice.
The London scene is an overflowing cornucopia of deliciousness which often leads to a default Pizza Express 241 deal… and as much as I love an American Hot with an extra side of dressing on a cheeky Friday lunch…. let’s avoid if we can.
Here are my top tips for finding the establishment of your dreams:
First: Get your ducks in a row
Choose your area (And Leicester Square does not count with Covent Garden and Soho just around the corner)
Narrow down the types of food your keen on
How many people are going to be eating/drinking (more than 6 can be tricky for no-booking restaurants)
Rule out Angus Steak House Immediately
Second: Get Google Ready
Get onto Time Out, Open Table and the Evening Standard for the latest openings and recommendations. They may seem obvious but they are great central resources.
Use Google to find the best streets/most happening areas as even if you can’t find a particular restaurant if you go the right street e.g. Wardour Street Soho you know there will be somewhere great to choose!
Check Twitter and Instagram. It might sound corny but checking my favourite blogger, foodie Instagram accounts and just hashtags for that area often throws up some great recommendations and nice photos of food to whet your appetite.
Third: Prepare to just turn up
Following the above should give you an idea on where or what you’re looking for. Give them a ring to book or if no bookings are taken (more often than not) then at least you can find out the estimating waiting time for that time or date.
If you find the best street in that area then you can just turn up and wander about. Some of the best places I’ve found are from turning down that one last alleyway.
And if it ends in an American Hot then c’est la vie.
My next guest post will be the best quick-stop foodie paradises in central London!