London Living, Part 1.

I have always dreamed of living abroad but never thought that it would become a reality, especially in my 20’s. So you can imagine I was ecstatic to hear my husband had the opportunity to do a medical rotation abroad. As it turns out my company has an office over there. After many months of working on logistics, I was able to work out of our London office and go satisfy my need for wanderlust.

I’ve been to Europe once before and really enjoyed it but was also a little overwhelmed so I wasn’t expecting to like London as much as I did. It’s now one of my favorite cities to live in and visit. If you have the chance to go to London, I highly recommend it and have shared my recommendations on places to eat, visit, stay and play. I’ll also share my recommendations for our weekend trips took to Cambridge, Englaand; Paris, France; and Edinburgh, Scotland.

London Restaurant Recommendations

Quick Healthy Food – London is one of the most expensive cities in the world and eating out for every meal can be very procey and not very healthy. Which is why I made it a priority to find healthy food on a budget.

  • Itsu – I recommend the Chicken Teriyaki potsu or the salmon sushi. Also, they sell everything for 1/2 price an hour before closing every night so you can get sushi for 3-4 pounds. For how expensive food in London is this was a great deal.

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  • Coco Di Mama – Their known for fast gourmet pasta. And as a carb lover I couldn’t resist the naked pesto. So good!
  • Pret a Manger – A selection of fast fresh food with no preservatives can be found here. They are on every corner and relatively inexpensive.
  • Tossed – A healthy high-protein bowl is a must-have here. Just beware that they will give you a random name for your order so I had no idea when mine was ready because they were calling a man’s name. I was so confused.
  • M&S Market – A market with delicious healthy pre-made food. Also, relatively inexpensive.

Nicer Options

  • Pizza Pilgrims (Soho) – This isn’t just any kind of pizza, its gourmet with unique flavors make it a fun quick stop in Soho. I got the portobello truffle oil pizza.
  • The Wellness Kitchen (Covent Garden) – A very authentic Korean restaurant where English is optional. They served up a stir-fry with sweet potato noodles. Just beware that seating is very limited so it might be best to take it to go.

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  • The Fire Station (Waterloo) – This place was so cool we ended up going twice. Its an old renovated fire station with the best burgers and beer in central London.
  • Dishoom (Picadilly Circus) – London is known to have the best Indian food and Dishoom definitely did not disappoint. It was a little pricey but the naan and chicken tika were out of this world.
  • The Table (Southwark) – A brunch lover’s dream. They basically gave us a massive pancake with eggs, sausage and bacon piled on top. Oh and the strong coffee made me enjoy it even more.

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  • Pachamama (Oxford Circus) – I had no idea what Peruvian food was like prior to this experience but am a new fan. We had plantains covered in feta cheese and honey and spicy grilled peppers among many other dishes.

Drinks

  • Joe & The Juice - I thought this was a little over-prices but still enjoyed my acai bowl and green juice.
  • Costa Coffee – These around every corner as well and have lattes as big as my face and the best breakfast sandwiches with sausage, eggs and bacon.

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Stay tuned for more Living in London recommendations!

 

 

 

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