A few months ago, I was in London for a visit. I’m not sure if you had heard about me doing the Virgin London Marathon? Oh, you didn’t? Well, now you know and you can still sponsor me for completing it (the money goes to Enham Trust who are amazing). But here is some stuff that I wish I had known about food before I had gone.
Food is everywhere
With London being the capital of the United Kingdom, it shouldn’t be surprising that there are places to eat everywhere. The thing is, when we think of cities filled with food, we probably think of New York. Admit it, you have seen all those videos on social media about crazy waffles, ice-creams bigger than your head, and disgusting yet beautiful creations that make me feel full looking at them.
But that’s New York. We don’t need to go across the ocean to get our hands on some tasty treats. London can offer the same types of food experiences if you know where to look. Just look at the two videos and compare the two. Sure, New York might appear to have more to offer but London probably has plenty of hidden gems to be discovered.
There is food for every occasion
Let me start off by saying, I have IBS and I need to be careful with what I eat. So add that with needing to carb load the day before the big race, I had a job on my hands. I could go and guess what place serves what, but the names of restaurants can throw you off. In Northern Ireland, we are still in the Stone Age when it comes to naming our feeding holes. An Itailian place is called Luigi’s, a Chinese is called Wong Fook King Place, you get the idea. If you have an idea of what you want, you can try squaremeal and they can help narrow down your choices from the hundreds of restaurants to choose from.
Family Friendly is always an option
I had my kids with me so it was important that we found places that the kids could eat. Thankfully you can’t swing a cat by the tail without hitting a family friendly eating spot. There are so many options for kids when you go out! These include (but are not limited to) this long list. There are places that offer free kids meals with a paying adult at certain times of the day. Free kids juice and/or dessert. Mini versions of adult meals for bigger kids who are too big for nuggets but their bellies can’t handle the adult portion just yet. Or just something as simple as a kids menu with more than 3 options on it.
Price is important
I’ll be honest, a lot of people were giving me grief about eating out in London. “It’s so expensive!” Yeah, I will admit, £99 ice cream is a bit of my price range at the minute but there are plenty of reasonably priced places too. But, for every high-end establishment, there is a price on the opposite end of the scale. Any place that we did eat was amazing! If we had the cash, we would have considered eating out in Mayfair or Notting Hill because you only live once.