Category: London

Cake, London, Lunch

God’s Own Junkyard, Walthamstow

It was a stunning Easter Sunday and we had booked afternoon tea at God’s Own Junkyard. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, the sweet chorus of the A406 played in the background. The local population was out enjoying a beer, turning a nice shade of pink ready for the return to work. The …

London, Lunch

Rules, Covent Garden

Sunday, December 30th marked a big anniversary for us – two years since A and I first met through Guardian Soulmates and almost that long since we started writing the Second Bites blog. We still love exploring new food and restaurants together and hope there’ll be many more fun meals to come. To mark the …

Dinner, London

Blixen, Old Spitalfields

The 30th of the month arrived; 23 months into our relationship and the traditional anniversary was upon us. We decided to follow up on the recommendation from a friend and booked a table at Blixen on Spitalfields market. Blixen is located on the South side of Spitalfields market on Brushfield Street. This is an area …

London, Lunch

Balans Soho Society, Westfield Stratford

Balans interior bar candle

We were lured to Balans by an enticingly brief mention in The Guardian from Grace Dent, an admired food writer and East End local. So off we set for a lunchtime treat. Balans Soho Society is a small chain of eight restaurants, all in London. At Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre they are located on The Street, …

London, Lunch

IG9 Brunch & Cafe, Buckhurst Hill

IG9 Salad

We had been meaning to pop in for quite some time, and finally made it. IG9 Brunch & Cafe has recently had a bit of facelift, and very fresh and invigorated it’s looking too. It now has a book exchange and comfy seats by the window. The layout is comfortable and not over-crowded, always a temptation …

Brunch, London

Soho Joe, London

As the other Instagramming clientele were ushered to their seats the troglodytes were shown downstairs (that will teach me to reserve a table for brunch, even if they say you can). Our low ceilinged cave had one long table easily able to seat the three of us and was lit by tealight candles, creating flickering …

Brunch, London, Out of London

Green Owl Canteen, Loughton

Sunday = Brunchday in our house and when we heard that one of our favourite cafes, The Green Owl in Buckhurst Hill, had opened a sister eatery in nearby Loughton, the temptation to try it out was too much to resist. The Green Owl Canteen may technically fall in Loughton, as advertised, but I’d say that …

Dinner, London

Sarastro, Covent Garden

The longer you have to wait for a treat, the sweeter the taste. Months ago we promised ourselves the reward of a slap-up dinner to celebrate the new job that I didn’t yet have. We’d even chosen the restaurant: Sarastro, a turkish restaurant with a difference, in London’s Covent Garden. If you’ve walked up Drury Lane …

Breakfast, Brunch, London

The Green Café, Greenwich

We made a return trip to Greenwich on the late May bank holiday weekend and timed it to coincide with our favourite meal of the day – brunch. A quick Google threw up plenty of options, not surprising for such a bustling town and tourist magnet, and we were drawn to The Green Café on …

Dinner, London

Buenos Aires Café, Greenwich

A hot summer’s day is a glorious excuse to enjoy the best that London has to offer, and so we set off for a day out in Greenwich and ended up at an Argentinian restaurant – the Buenos Aires Café. We started our afternoon with a meander around the National Maritime Museum’s Great British Seaside …