London’s a much better city food-wise, if you’re able to spend a bit more. I spent a semester here back in 08, and it was quite miserable to be frank. I’d feel guilty for spending my parents’ money and the gloomy days seemed to make it worse. This time though, I loved it. After coming back to NYC, I actually envied Londoners for being able to run to work or walk in less crowded walkways. You could never do that in NYC on the main streets.

Because I had done all of the touristy things, this was a very relaxing two days in London where we wandered the streets, ate some good food, and caught up with a good friend. No sights to mention here, it’s mostly all food with a few snapshots of our walk sprinkled throughout.

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 FERNANDEZ AND WELLS

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8 Exhibition Road, SW7 2HF
0207 589 7473
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Literally the best brunch I’ve ever had in London. Their iced latte is just ah-mazzing and the chorizo is out of the world. There’s something about the eggs in Europe- they taste so wholesome. They’re rich and silky once you break it through. The two slices of bread lightly drizzled with olive oil also added a good touch. Would definitely come back again the next time I’m in town.

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THE TEA ROOMS

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155 Stoke Newington Church Street
London, N16 0UH

This little dainty tearoom fills out quick, so reservations are a must. We saw at least three groups who tried to stop by for some afternoon tea, only to be turned away due to lack of space. It was through Angela’s research that we settled on The Tea Rooms, as the Telegraph boldly proclaimed that “Their fresh, homemade raspberry jam for the scones is quite possibly the finest jam in London.” Everything was delicious, including the clotted cream of course. The scones could have been a bit bigger and we could have done without some of the cakes. The tea selection is just enough, and an extra pot of hot water adds a nice touch. The portion size looks mis-leading- all of us were stuffed to the brim by the time we left! It’s a little pricey for an American (£20), but well worth the experience!

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PAUL

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Paul has been around since 1889. Originally from France, this bakery is now a common name around London. There’s not much to say about Paul other than that it’s a reliable place for an iced latte and pastry when you can’t find a local cafe. Gurpreet tells me that her daily breakfast is a Paul croissant and iced latte- all for only £3!

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NOURA

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Mayfair: 16 Curzon Street,
London W1J 5HP
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By the time we arrived a Noura for lunch, it was already 1:30 people and the place was clearing out. As a result, the service was lackluster and they may have discounted us because we were Americans. To be honest, the food was also a bit disappointing and pricey. We got the lunch special mixed grill which came with hummus, an eggplant hummus and cheese flatbread. Everything was decent, but not spectacular. However, the garlic sauce for the grilled chicken saved the day.

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 ROTI CHAI

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3 Portman Mews South
London, W1H 6HS

Roti Chai is split into a savvy dining room and street cart seating. We opted for the latter, as Gurpreet believes the food is actually better. The ambiance here is awesome. Enough character to make you feel somewhat hipster but still delicately “gourmet”. We ordered a few mains and sides to share, which were plenty between 4 girls (well 3, as Angela barely ate). The food is more authentic- no thick creamy curries- instead be prepared for spice. Highly recommend the Papri Chaat.

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