Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A Long Weekend in London...

So as you know, my lack of blog posts over the weekend was because I was away in London celebrating my friend's birthday. Our friend from Germany was visiting and as a group, we decided to have a weekend to remember and do lots of touristy things too! So here is my weekend in (food) pictures starting with a trip to the wonderful Maison Bertaux. It was actually through the wonders of Twitter that led us to this old fashioned patisserie, right in the heart of Soho. I asked the oracle that is Twitter (thanks for the suggestions guys!) and now I have a a whole bunch of tea rooms and coffee shops that are in dire need of Winnie visiting. 
Maison Bertaux
It's totally worth a visit. The cakes were fantastic and we filled our little table with tea, scones and lots of choux pastry much to the amusement of the people that worked there. The tea room was really cosy and full of random art work and after a little bit of research, I found out were created by people such as Noel Fielding. Traditional but also a bit quirky? Yep, I liked it a lot and I can't wait to go back.

Afterwards we stopped off at M&M world. I've been to the one in New York before and it's pretty much the same. It's M&M consumer heaven (or hell depending on how you look at it) and every single person inside has the hugest grin on their face, including all the staff! Of course I stocked up on some M&Ms. I mean, how could I even resist?
M&M World London
After the crazyness of M&M world we decided to have a wander along and found ourselves on Carnaby Street. I excitedly noticed that Monki and Cheap Monday have shop spaces there and will be opening their stores soon. I predict a mass blogger pilgrimage when the stores open. I love Carnaby Street at Christmas, the decorations are so pretty.
Carnaby Street
My friends were really excited to check out The Diner since I've instagrammed pictures after every single one of my visits there recently. This time, I sampled their pistachio ice cream which is only £1 for a scoop! Total bargain.

Later on that eve, we went out to Grace Bar which is just off Piccadilly Circus. It was an awesome night but I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted Cristal on the drinks menu. Wowza, just loose change for some eh?
Crazy Cristal
The following day was our lazy day in. We spent the majority of the day vegging out and watching a film and eating my friends awesome pancakes. Her Mushroom and Bacon and Blueberry pancakes are incredible and I need to learn to make these.
charlottes pancakes
When we did escape the flat, we had dinner and then my friend introduced us to Foundation Bar in Covent Garden. The interior is amazing and they have cocktails served in teapots with accompanying biscuits. For someone who adores tea, this was the PERFECT place for cocktails.
Lucy and I loving our cocktails!
Lastly, on Monday we went to Camden and explored the markets. I haven't been back here in a little while and it was fun introducing friends to the infamous Cyber Dog which sells gadgets and trance club wear and is practically a rave in itself! It's a little bit nuts and probably the most bizarre shop in Camden.
bentosushi Kudos to Lucy who introduced me to Bento Cafe. Their sushi is INCREDIBLE and I'm hungry just looking at the pictures. I'm totally going back there next time. It's always great to discover new Sushi places to try out. I had an amazing weekend with my friends and I'm so sad that it's all over but it just means that I have to organise regular weekends like this soon!


  1. I'm hungry now! VERY HUNGRY!

  2. Ahh I'm so hungry now. The pistachio ice cream sounds delicious, and all those rolls! Yummmm :]

  3. It looks like you had such a good time with your friends. I didn't know that they had a M&M store over there! The pancakes sound interesting, and very delicious!

  4. this is an awesome post! I love the food pictures! I want to check out that place for afternoon tea when I go back to London :D Looked like you had a lot of fun ;)

  5. Sounds like you had a great weekend and went to a ton of great places. Makes me miss London so much!

    xo, alison*elle

  6. Come back soon please??? I suppose I can let you off having a busy schedule with friends, but we need to go to that sushi place asap. Plus I've found a great cocktail bar with jammy dodger flavours and cocktails served in jam jars. With lids. Nuff said.

  7. Food looks great. It looks like you had a great time.

  8. I am such an m&m junkie, worth a trip to London just for that!

  9. OMG - bento cafe!! drools! those pancakes look killer too, btw!

  10. Looks like a great time was had, ahh cannot wait for a whole Monki shop to open!! also the cocktails in teapots look awesome, must visit that place! xx

  11. Looks like such a wonderful weekend! You are seriously making me hungry with all those sushi photos! Yummm... xx

  12. I'm going to London next year and Maison Bertaux looks quite interesting. I'll definetely try to go there! :D

  13. Totally bookmarked this post for next time I'm on London! Everything you did seems so nice :))

  14. Your photos are making me hungry! I'm in London this weekend so this post came just at the right time, lots of great ideas! :) The foundation bar sounds great, such a cute way to serve the drinks and who doesn't like a biscuit! x

  15. Oh my you know all the good places to eat don't you?! Definitely going to have to try some of these out asap!

  16. It looks like you had an awesome weekend.

  17. You've given me so many ideas for my next London trip again. Looks like a perfect weekend.

  18. Bento Cafe sounds pretty interesting. :D You take great pictures; great angles and such.

  19. These photos are great, all that amazing food!! Ahh i love Camden too :D looks like you had a great time.

  20. yumm i'm totally craving sushi now!!

    Hybrid Hunter

  21. What an incredible foodie post! Wow! Must have been a fantastic time!

  22. looks like you had a great time and some amazing food! and i personally can't wait for monki to open :D x

  23. All that food looks incredible! Yum :)

  24. Oh my goodness, we're so hungry now! It looks like you had a wonderful weekend. Thanks for sharing pics.

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  25. Everything looks so delicious!
    I drool flowing)

  26. Oh I love London, there's so much to see!

  27. Wow sounds like such an amazing day, that would definitely be my perfect birthday. Those cakes look delicious.

  28. Hey !
    Oh wow ! So many tasty treats !
    Looks like you had a amazing time :)


  29. Oh my you have made me so hungry and I was full to busting 5 minutes ago! I was reminded of The Diner the other day and so made myself pancakes for breakfast on Tuesday. They weren't the same but they were damn good.

    Laura x

  30. The food in London looks SO good. I could go there and spend the entire trip eating. No joke. I would love to visit sometime.
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  31. OMG those cakes ! OMG sushi ! ><
    I wanna visit London !!! :p

  32. looks like you had a great weekend! i think i could have spent the entire time in m & m world =D
    xx sylvie

  33. Ahhh you always visit cute places with great food!
    Happy birthday to your friend :) and so nice a friend from Germany joined along!
    I really need to visit M&M world someday!


  34. jealous you are in London! Great food pictures

    Travel in Style

  35. Ohhh this looks SO yummy! I'm a new your blog :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  36. Gotta love London, you need to move!

  37. reading all the food posts this morning is really making me really hungry.

  38. oh honey you are making me drool! the m&ms, yumm.. the sushi, wow! looks like youve got a great weekend ahead of you, girl! cant wait to see more photos!
    x jamie

  39. When I just saw this post all I do is go and quick grab something on the fridge hehehe

  40. Oo lalala! That sounds like the most perfect weekend! I haven't gotten a chance to skip down to London just yet, but I know the train from Edinburgh is supposedly not too expensive.
    M&M world?! If they have peanut butter M&Ms in different colors, I'll never leave!

  41. great inspiration! love the first pic!
    thanks for sharing!

    if you like we can follow each other on bloglovin :)
    let me know!

  42. wow, amazing food,and beautiful pics. thank you for sharing.

  43. Man,u make me miss London!I've not heard of that cake shop,so wanna try it. You should try Amato if ur ever in London again, it's in between Leicester sq and tottenham court rd is a link to it

    God i wanna try grace bar, the diner .and omg,1 pound for a scoop....yums, i actually love pistachio flavored ice cream.

    There's a M&M world??? I never knew but the shop sure looks cute:)

    The sushi look yum too! and pancakes, drools...mushroom and bacon? i'm assuming ur friend seperated the savory and sweet pancakes right?lol

    Great food and london post! so envious that ur in London!;)


  44. amazing fotos, gosh i got really hungry right now. :) nice blog, madame. i'll be following from now. would be amazing if you'd stop by sometime and follow back!

    <3 from stockholm,
    xx mika

  45. Sounds like a lovely weekend of delicious food! x

  46. This looks like an awesome day - the sushi looks amazing. xx
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