This is a classic winter warmer fave and super quick.
I often wander the streets aimlessly when I don’t have a pack lunch, looking for somewhere that won’t let me down. Luckily, I have found a few faves and am sharing some tried and tested London lunch favourites. £5 is the magic number.
1. Abokado‘s vegetable dumpling udon soup. This is delicious and I actually can’t eat it any more because I ate it so much. I also love their vegetarian sushi type dishes and the free hot sauce that you get with soup. Also a lifesaver for my vegan week as most of their vegetarian food is also vegan. Warning: You can easily spend a lot if you add a fresh juice and a brownie (both of which I do recommend).
2. MedMez, this is a super cute stall in a super cute churchyard. They used to do a selection of mezze type foods for £5 plus a huge piece of Turkish bread. Now they have switched up for autumn/winter and are doing falafel wraps for £5 which are also delicious. If you’ve got dollah to splash out you can buy fancy coffee in the same place.
3. Sagar – vegetarian Indian restaurant with several London branches. The (mega) Value for Money lunchbox is £3.50 and different every day. You get two curries, bread of the day, raita, rice, it’s an absolute feast.
4. Leon – Their falafel wrap is around £3.95. resist the brownies and the lemonade if you’re saving. I also love their baked fries.
5. Carluccio’s counter – This is hit and miss in terms of price but pretty delish everytime. Here’s the deal, sometimes you can get a mixture of delicious pasta dishes for £4, sometimes you end up spending nearly £10 because they do a lot of stuff by weight. It’s bargains vs ridiculous. Lucky dip. Today was a Carluccio’s mistake – went and spent £8.88. All of their staff are really charming so you just go along with it and then you walk outside and realise how much you spent on lunch.
Does anyone else have any favourite bargain London lunch locations?
At the Plymouth Gin Distillery I tasted one of the most delicious cocktails ever, Aviation. It’s like drinking liquid Parma Violets.
(It’s actually more of a pale violet shade but the lighting makes it look yellow here.)
The Refectory itself is pretty wonderful, with a huge amount of gin cocktails and big comfy leather sofas to lounge around in as the gin goes to your head. I loved the fact that the theme was purely gin and there were at least 20 gin cocktails all with exciting historical background! I absolutely stole the menu so I could begin a new life of making gin cocktails.
We also enjoyed the Red Snapper, a gin variation on a Bloody Mary and the Corpse Reviver (strong combo of gin and absinthe, two of my favourite spirits).
I’ve discovered that two of the key Aviation ingredients, Creme de Violette and Maraschino Cherry Liquor can be bought online and delivered to my door. When I have some money I will be making after work cocktails and lounging around in a dimly lit room like I’m living in the 1920s. I can’t wait.
My flatmate and I spent last weekend drinking mulled wine, lighting our house with candles and making food and drink for the winter months. Hello hibernation. We started fantasising about gifting all our friends and family with homemade Christmas gifts, and we made quite a few treats.
Some of the spirits we decided to infuse. Strawberry and basil vodka and damson gin are pictured. We also made grapefruit, lime and basil vodka. The gin has to be left for a couple of months. I made some last year but we ended up drinking it one boozy night without straining the lumps of damson out (it was still glorious) so I aim to present it somehow this time around. The vodka should be ready very soon and probs won’t survive the long cold thirsty months before Christmas. Too bad.
This jam is super cute, but the recipe makes a really tiny amount. So I anticipate doubling or even tripling up on a rainy day and maybe enacting the Christmas gifts dream. And adding even more adorable finds within the jar? Like crystallised Sylvanian families? I haven’t actually tasted this jelly yet because I think it looks too cute to even touch.
I vowed not to wear tights until October, but have been getting colder by the day, so am looking forward to bringing out my tight collection. I’m also loving my nail polish collection. I’ve been wearing coral and pink all summer but I picked up these shiny wintery beauties today.
I love summer so much that I named my first computer Summer (I also loved the O.C a lot at the time). Things are getting autumnal but I just had a week in the sun and I can’t quite bring myself to say goodbye to summer yet. I’m hoping for a late September/October heatwave to give me just a few more sunny picnics in the park.
- Boating down the Thames in wooden row boat in the blazing sun.
- Wearing shorts and skirts constantly and never having to wear a cardigan is my ideal life.
- Eating tomatoes for every meal. Tomatoes are my favourite food. If I had to pick one meal to eat for the rest of my life it would probably be bruschetta.
- Tights. I know it’s getting kind of cold. But I’m not ready to wrap up my legs for the next FIVE MONTHS just yet. I do love tights, and look forward to shopping for new pairs. But not just yet.
- Winter coats. GO AWAY.
- A sign I saw for winter vegetable soup at the end of August. Um, let’s not skip the entire spectacular season of autumn guys.