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When people ask what the iconic things in London are that aren’t too touristy I always suggest Billingsgate Market (if they are a foodie). One of the most infamous fish markets in the world and a true slice of history full of amazing character. Yes, you have to be up super early to catch it in all its glory but I think it’s worth it. Even if you aren’t buying fish to take home and cook. Get there by 7 am at the absolute latest… ideally earlier and have a wander. And once you’re done you HAVE to get a Scallop and Bacon Bap from the cafe. The freshest, cheapest scallops you’ll get in London and truly deserved after the early start!
After wandering around Borough Market… another foodie haven (and on everybody’s list I’m sure) then I can’t recommend Padella enough. You’ll probably have to queue for a while to get a table (especially if there’s 4+ of you) but each and every small plate of pasta is worth every penny you pay… and it’s never many pennies! Tough to narrow down the choice… so get a few plates to share.
Padella Restaurant in Borough Market
Vagabond is a popular spot for drinks (I’ve frequented the one in Spitalfields on multiple occasions). You can go as a crowd and there’s a wine that suits everyone. Charge up a plastic card with money and wander around the small bar/restaurant dispensing anything from a tasting sample to a full glass. Wines are priced up individually so there’s choice for every budget and the team there really know their stuff and are happy to recommend alternatives… although the tasting notes for each wine make DIY easy. Plus, their small plates of food are on point too. Simple, but simply delicious.
Not for everyone, but I’m a big fan of perusing Oriental supermarkets. A chance to stock up on stuff I can’t buy elsewhere that I love having in the cupboard. An hour strolling in and out of the Chinese supermarkets in Chinatown generally results in several unexpected purchases. I then enjoy rounding it off with a cocktail at Opium. A bit of a struggle to find on Gerrard Street, then you have to climb about 4 flights of stairs… but if you can get a seat at the open bar on the top floor it’s great to watch them create the seasonal and orientally skewed cocktails. The dim sum is awesome too.
Photo credit: Opium Chinatown. www.thenudge.com
If you want to step back in time, give Gordon’s Wine Bar a go. It’s a bit rough around the edges… you queue to grab a plate full of cheese and some wine of choice then huddle into the corner of the cellar. It’s dimly lit, predominantly with candles, the tables are wooden and chairs are a little rickety. But that’s it’s charm. It feels almost Dickensian in style and hours drift by as you catch up with friends with ample cheese and wine to hand. *Their pate and bread always goes down well too!
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