While I often recommend places to eat and things to do, the downside is that you actually might not be anywhere near these places, or you might be fed up with too many shout outs to one-off ‘hip’ attractions (not my intention!)…so this time I am focusing on chains and franchises that you will find all around the city and that have the Tea stamp of approval. Chains have a bad name and ‘travellers’ often avoid them, but it’s a shame if you would skip these.
I’ll take any excuse to visit Wahaca and have one a selection of their delicious tapas-like Mexican dishes. Absolutely one of my favourite places in London.
Every self respecting street has a Pret A Manger and it’s perfect for a quick lunch that is actually tasty: there is selection of sandwiches, there are soups and salads. There is also EAT, but I prefer the range at Pret. It’s not amazing, but relatively cheap for what you get.
When it comesfor a place to sit down, charge my phone, steal a bit of the wi-fi and have an overpriced hot chocolate I like to go to Caffe Nero. Especially for the Milano with Belgian chocolate. Costa and Starbucks hot chocolate does not live up to my expectations. I assume the coffee is pretty good too.
Muji is a Japanese store with some serious must-haves and should only be entered if you have a strong willpower not to buy EVERYTHING. They sell slick stationary, minimalist style furniture and some locations have a sizeable clothing section.
Honest Burger does Burgers (yes, with a capital B that is) and delicious rosemary salt chips. You won’t see them EVERYWHERE like Gourmet Kitchen and Byron but there are enough locations through the city so you don’t have to travel all over the place to find one. There’s also the off-menu choice for if you’re ridiculously hungry.
The Diner they have locations in the main tourist hubs so there is probably a location near you. They have all day breakfasts, a selection of burgers and other diner-like food for a reasonable price, plus you can almost pretend you’re in a scene from Pulp Fiction, or countless other films. There is also Breakfast Club, but their queues are crazy!
As I’m not a fan of sushi I can’t say much about that but my co-workers love Itsu so I guess you can get your raw fish intake there. With this weather I am fan of their noodle soups and rice potsus which keep me from freezing.
I mentioned Ben’s Cookies in this Covent Garden article, but their amazing cookies deserve another shout out – if you spot one make sure to get yourself some of those.
Joy is where you’ll will find clothes and cute must haves that you don’t need but you need to buy them.
Move over Hummingbird Bakery because artisan bakery Gail’s is the place you to be for a tea/coffee with cake (The carrot cake is to die for). With locations including Soho, Portobello Road and South Kensington, it’s an easy one to stumble across.