Saturday, 3 October 2015

Five quirky Independent Coffee Shops in London

My day hasn't really started until I have had my first cup of coffee. Before that, it's best to avoid me alltogether as my mood is of the cranky kind. Usually I have it at work, at my desk, behind my computer, but when I am not working, I try to find great, independent and alternative places to have my morning joe. No Starbucks for me. Here are my favourite London coffeeshops.

Five quirky Independent Coffee Shops in London

Coffee in a Church at Wren

This cafe is located in an old church in the City of London. St Nicholas Abbey, which is what the church is actually called, was left to its own devices till some coffee lovers turned it into a cafe. Besides great coffee, you can fill up on sweet cakes and pastries, and hearty sandwiches.

Five quirky Independent Coffee Shops in London

Coffee in a Public Toilet at The Attendant

Another publicly used building turned coffee-shop is The Attendant in Soho. This Victorian subterranean ex-loo is a great place to spend a penny or two on a cuppa java. If the thought of eating and drinking in a lavatory has grossed you out slightly, then you'll be happy to hear that it's been thoroughly scrubbed and polished before they opened their doors to the first coffee drinkers. Although you can still sit at the original urinals to have a brownie, I guarantee you that this cafe is no stinker.

Five quirky Independent Coffee Shops in London

Coffee in a bikeshop

Biking is hip and bike shops that sell coffee are even hipper. Not to mention omni-present. Being a biker in London myself, I for one love the fact that I can wait for my bike to be repaired while drinking a cup of coffee. Or drinking a cup of coffee while browsing for new bike accessories. Either or works for me.

Five quirky Independent Coffee Shops in London

Coffee with Cats at Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium

All the rage in Asia, this coffee-shop concept has now popped up here in London as well. At this feline friendly establishment, you can chill out with a drink and a kitty cuddle. Although afternoon tea is kind of their thing here, coffee lovers are allowed as well. Just remember to make a booking before you go as this place is incredibly popular. 

Coffee with a view at Sky Garden

Also not a place to go to on a whim, however, when you do manage to get tickets to get to the indoor garden at the Walkie Talkie building, your jaw will drop when you see the views across London. Definitely better than that view of my computer screen at work every morning.

Five quirky Independent Coffee Shops in London

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Visiting Knole House in Sevenoaks

Visiting Knole House in Sevenoaks wasn't exactly at the top of my must-see list. It just so happened that on a rainy day, I was leafing through an old Lonely Planet edition of England, when my eye fell on a description of this little gem of a palace. And with Sevenoaks being just outside of the M25, (They are desperately trying to get Oystered) it is real easy to get there on the train.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Malaysian Food at Vi Vian's Supperclub

I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week it's Malaysia's turn. I know there are quite a few decent Malaysian restaurants in London, but I wanted to try something different and went for the supper club experience, something I had never done before. I'd read about Vi-vian's Malaysian Supper Club on a blog and her food looked and sounded amazing, so I signed up.

Malaysian Food at Vi Vian's Supperclub

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Review of MOC Kitchen

Of all the regions I have 'travelled' to on my round the world foodie tour of London, I like Asia the best. So when I was invited to come and review Vietnamese MOC Kitchen in Charing Cross, I could only answer with a big fat 'Yes'.

My friend and I had picked a very rainy evening to go and eat at MOC Kitchen and when we both arrived there cold and wet, the welcome we received couldn't have been warmer.

We got out of our wet clothes and warmed up with our bottle of red wine, which wasn't actually Vietnamese, but very nice nonetheless.