Piccadilly is probably the most famous street in London. It's not clear, but some say that the name comes from the scarves that were fashionable in the late sixteenth century made by tailor Robert Baker, called piccadills. On this street you'll find some of the best London hotels and mansions, like the Ritz and the Burlington. And of course, there's the Fortnum & Mason department store, founded by William Fortnum & Hugh Mason in 1707. It benefited from colonial expansion, selling exotic products like tea imported from India. It became more famous thanks to the World Fair in 1851, when it provided luxury food. Public figures like Dickens, Henry James and Wilkie Collins all praised the store. They provided transport services during the Crimean War, and in 1931, an outlet was opened on Madison Avenue, even bigger than the London flagship. The clock outside plays a series of arias every fifteen minutes, and every hour the figures of Mr Fortnum and Mr Mason come out to greet each other. For a real taste of this London landmark, we recommend the tea room.
I do not remember the exact name of this amazing store, but Dunster is a very small town, and is located in High Street, on the right when you come to the castle. Toffee is a kind of candy. The traditional is the simple caramel, then add nuts, honey, vanilla, coffee or chocolate. This gives the special color of each variety. In the store the toffee is pre cut into bars 100 grams or so, and then you weigh it, costs about 2 pounds per bar. I cut it into small pieces so that it can eat walking. Melts in your mouth, it's not hard, softens quickly, and is a delight. The store also sells their toffee in gift baskets with other local produce, jams and sweets.
If you're looking for a bakery in London, then Ben's Cookies is the perfect spot! This place is absolutely magical. In this tiny shop you can choose from many flavours of homemade delights. The cookies are soft and crunchy at the same time, and because the stock is rotated constantly, they are served still warm from the oven. Flavours to choose from include milk chocolate, dark chocolate, double chocolate, praline, nougat, almonds...we recommend milk chocolate and dark chocolate, but there are plenty more options to try and enjoy!
I lived in England four years and I ate pastries at Greggs 3 times a week, more or less. The truth is that they are very delicious. The good thing is that they are not fried, are baked in the oven. They are very good. This is my first time on here, and I'm looking to see if there is anyone ve wants to open a franchise here in my country. I am Brazilian and I am currently look for a partner to start a business with.
The Food Festival is an event created by Slow Food in the UK. Slow Food is a non-profit organisation, that's funded solely by its members whose foundations seek healthy good quality food and respect for tradition and values of organic farming. It was created to counteract the whole fast food trend, which has been invading the streets of cities around the world. The Slow Food movement's slogan is "good, clean and fair". The Food Festival brings together farmers, gastronomes, and explanations and examples of what it is and why we should appreciate Slow Food. Admission is free and is open from 12 am to 9 pm from the 18th to 21st of September. You can't miss out on this gastronomic event.
Hogroast not a restaurant or anything similar, but it's one of the best places I've eaten lately. It is a little shop in the middle of the street where they serve delicious roasted meat sandwiches (beef or pork). The meat is cut by hand and accompanied by a delicious sauces and, to top it off they sell roast potatoes made in the same juices from the meats, as well as Yorkshire puddings stuffed with vegetables.
This is the best option is to eat something at lunch time if you do not want to pause to eat (as most English don't) and if you want to try something truly typical and tasty (vs. a sandwich or a burger from McDonald's). It is also pretty cheap, especially for the quality they offer I remember coming out around 3-4 pounds each sandwich (good size).
I went to this store in western Coventry, as that is where I lived, but Holland & Barrett stores are found all across England. This shop is a paradise for lovers of 'good food' and vegetarian vitamins, seeds, soy milk, rice milk, vegetarian sausages and other meats. Also, the prices are reasonable.
The BBC Good Food Show is a show that is made in London once a year, with the goal of promoting healthy, fresh, and fairly sourced food. The BBC, which for years has been involved in campaigns to eat well in a country where the national dish is fish and chips and many people are overweight, promotes the event in collaboration with an association called Slow Food. The products have to be fairly sourced, with a good price paid to the producer so he can live decently, and have to be fresh, natural and without chemical additives. You can try the products of many small farmers and manufacturers, from honey to oysters, they teach you how to make bread at home and grow your own vegetables. Throughout the event there are talks, but people come mostly to widen their horizons with new products and learn how to make good, healthy food at home.
I've known this pub, next to the courthouse, for years and see it event time I'm in London as it's on my route. The place is beautiful and the food is excellent. From typical sandwiches to soups and homemade pies. Don't be disappointed, remember that being in the City it's only open Monday through Friday.
As we waited our turn in line to enter the Tower of London, we saw a red cart with a black canopy, facing the river Thames that caught our attention. The cart had a tarp covering a sign saying Mc Manus Brothers Seafood Bar. It was full of oysters, on a mountain of ice, coupled with a large amount of lemons. Apparently, they go to "Old Spitalfields Market" every Saturday and sometimes they also go to Covern Garden. They also offer catering services for exclusive events, parties or functions.
Walking through the flower fair in Columbia Road, we found a candy store decorated in vintage style, complete with a bicycle with a basket for deliveries. That caught our attention, so we went inside. It's a family store, with candies, chocolates, marshmallows and lollipops. You can buy the sweets by weight, or in decorated baskets or vases. The shop is only open on Saturday (12h to 16h) and Sunday (9am to 16:30), but you can buy online too.
The famous American donut chain can be found in several places in Birmingham, but the store Selfridges in the Bull Ring shopping center (near Moor Street Station) is the best: The donuts are prepared right before your eyes, putting your taste buds on high alert. This is indeed a "Hotlight Store" where your donuts are still quite warm most of the time. I came here regularly during my visits to Birmingham, donuts topped with caramel, chocolate, coconut and then the original donut, we can't choose. So buy a dozen!
This was the first time I tried macarons at Ladurée! They are a treasure to be enjoyed...it is like buying a jewelry box ... jewelry you can eat. Each of my favorite flavors of macaroons are here. I am particularly fond of mint. They are delicate and delicious. The service is prompt and courteous. The cafe is very small, the tables are outside the cafe located in the gallery. You can enjoy your macaroons accompanied by a coffee.
The Peking duck is one of the most popular Chinese dishes. It can be eaten hot or cold. It is sometimes an ingredient for stuffed breads, fried rice or Peking soup. You accompany this dish with different vegetables of your choice. In China, there is often a side of soybeans.
London is home to some of the world' best restaurants, but also an incredible street food scene. We went there a while back and spent the whole time discovering the best markets and street food stall in the city.