This post is long, long overdue. I visited London last November to see one of my best friends, who has been living in the city since our college graduation eight years ago. This post will be just the highlights, and unfortunately I did not have my photographer along ...
Chicken Shop. A chain with locations throughout the UK; we went to the one on Holloway Road. Delicious, moist rotisserie chicken with a selection of sides. I recommend the corn on the cob and butter lettuce & avocado salad. Sides are around £4, and a half chicken is £9.
Borough Market. Possibly my favorite thing we did while in London, Borough Market is packed to the gills with prepared and fresh food vendors. Stands sell everything from tea mugs to pad thai, and we had a hard time choosing what to eat. A great place to spend a weekend afternoon.
British Museum. In a city full of museums, this is one of the most famous. Although the museum holds everything from historic coins to Greek sculptures, my favorite part (not being much of a museum person) was tea at the second floor cafe. The Great Court Restaurant has two options for afternoon tea: one which includes several tarts and sandwiches, as well as cakes and macaroons; or "cream tea," a simpler spread of scones, clotted cream, and strawberry jam. We opted for the latter, and it was delicious. £19.50 for afternoon tea, £8.50 for cream tea.
Dishoom. One of London's most renowned Indian restaurants. They have several locations -- we made a reservation at the one in Shoreditch. I can't remember exactly what we ordered, but it was all delicious. Entrees range from £8-£12, and sides from £3-6.
Caravan. This is where we had breakfast on my last morning in London. They have an assortment of baked goods and inventive full breakfasts -- I had cornbread smothered with beans, avocado, chipotle and fried eggs, which was delicious. Mains £7-£12.
Highgate Cemetery. The only non-restaurant on the list, this is one of a couple cemeteries I visited while in London. It's the site of Karl Marx's grave, and a great place for a contemplative walk on a misty day. Admission is £4 to the east side of the cemetery, which is where Marx is. The west side is accessible by tour only, which we unfortunately did not have time for.