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First day back at work after two weeks away is always a struggle but I'm happy to get back into a healthier routine after far too much dim sum and ramen! 😋 I've added Hong Kong and Tokyo to my Stories highlights for those who missed my updates!

We found this pretty street in Shibuya, Tokyo, near the famous and very hectic Scramble/crossing. So nice to see some more traditional streets hidden amongst the super modern tower blocks and huge neon lights.

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First day back at work...

After a long hiatus from the blog, I've just shared some of my recent favourites. From @oddboxldn to @olio_ex, they're all helping to make our lives more sustainable! Click the link in my profile and let me know what you think.
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Featuring my beautiful WWF KeepCup!
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Spending a few days enjoying Sicilian views, sunshine, food, and spritz!
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Take me back please!! đŸ™đŸ» The walk to the calanques near Marseille was tough in the heat but the views made it worth doing! Loved having a picnic in the shade before going for a swim in the clear waters.
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When you spot a pretty backdrop! đŸƒâ€â™€ïž Marrakesh was 10x more beautiful than I had been expecting, with decorative arches, colourful tiled courtyards and orange trees being common sights. I loved the smells as well - argan oil, orange blossom and fresh mint all remind me of Morrocco now.
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I think the cats of Essaouira and Marrakesh deserve to have a post dedicated to them, given how much time I spent admiring them! 😍 #catsofmorocco
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Recent Favourites #2 – Sustainability Edition

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Climate Week. The perfect time to share a few sustainable products, companies, influencers and initiatives that I am really excited about!

I’ve not been writing much recently, partly because I’ve just been through a very lengthy flat purchasing process (yay!) and partly because I’ve not been feeling terribly inspired. Today however, I’m feeling really inspired by the favourites I’m sharing below, because they all contribute to reducing our impact on the environment. Reducing my impact is something I’ve been learning a lot about lately and I want to share all the great solutions I’m finding with as many people as possible!

WWF KeepCup

After my beloved KeepCup went missing at the office, I started using some old reusable plastic cups we had lying around at the back of a kitchen cupboard for a few months. It was never really the same – I love the feeling of having a glass cup, actually seeing the liquid, and of course the KeepCup design is pretty great too. So I was delighted when I was given a WWF KeepCup at a recent work event! It’s perfect when I’m in a rush to get to a meeting but need that morning cup of tea.

About KeepCup: Not only is KeepCup WWF-approved, it’s also a B Corp (this means they’ve been certified independently as having a positive impact on the planet) and a 1% for the Planet member (this means 1% of sales goes back to environmental nonprofits).

About WWF: it’s a fantastic charity and whilst it’s known for protecting endangered wildlife and habitats it has recently shifted its focus towards the climate emergency. Buying products from its store helps it to do great things like lobby governments to take action or plant seagrass to capture carbon.

@TaniaJoyofJane

I’ve recently become glued to every one of Tania’s Instagram stories. I love seeing all the delicious vegan food she cooks and it’s really inspired me to make more of an effort to eat plant-based meals. She also posts tips on how to live more sustainably, from buying second-hand clothes to making your own hemp milk! She recently published a free guide to going plant-based which I’m currently absorbing. Other highlights from following Tania’s stories include seeing her cute rescue dog Nemo jump into rivers and excitedly munch on kale!

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Deliciously Ella – the podcast

When I first started eating more veggie meals I turned to the healthy recipes on Deliciously Ella’s website for inspiration. What really kept me going and made me more determined to ditch meat was listening to her podcast. Ella and her husband Matthew invite experts to discuss different topics with them ranging from imposter syndrome to looking after your gut health. The first episode I really loved was actually not food-based, it was all about sleep, with scientist Matthew Walker unpacking some of the main points from his bestselling book Why We Sleep. Other episodes I’d recommend include ‘Veganism and climate change’ and ‘Food waste and climate change’.

Oddbox

This one is only for Londoners, but it’s definitely worth a mention. In the UK, an estimated 3 million tonnes of produce gets wasted before it even leaves the farm – isn’t that crazy?! Oddbox helps to reduce this problem by taking fresh fruit and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste and delivering them to households around London. This produce is perfectly edible, tasty and even exciting if you ask me, but they are either surplus or have been rejected due to the standards supermarkets have regarding colour, size and shape. I was a bit apprehensive at first because you don’t know exactly what’s going to be in your box and I wasn’t sure it would be good value for money, but actually we got more than I expected and it was all delicious! Plus, the packaging is minimal, and plastic is only really included when surplus produce has already been packaged with supermarkets in mind or when it’s needed to protect certain items like spinach, for example.

Use my referral link to get ÂŁ5 credited to your account after you sign up.

Too Good To Go app

Another great way to combat food waste, and save money too, is to use Too Good To Go to buy leftover food from local businesses at a discount. A lot of restaurants, bakeries and shops are signed up so it’s definitely worth checking it out! (Lola’s cupcakes, hello!!) In most cases you get a great discount but you don’t know exactly what products will be in the bag they give you.

Olio

Another app fighting food waste, Olio lets you share food you’re not going to use with your neighbours, and pick up some free bits from people nearby. We used it when we were moving out and had to empty our fridge and it was great. I’ve also used it to get some free focaccias from a local bakery.

allplants frozen meals

If you’re up for eating more vegan meals but don’t know where to start or are a bit short on time, allplants is a great option. They deliver hand prepared, nutritionist-approved, frozen plant-based meals to most of the UK. Perfect to have in your freezer when you get back from holiday or when you’re feeling too lazy to cook (like me tonight!). I just had the moussaka and it was so flavourful.

Use my referral link to get ÂŁ20 off allplants! At the minute they are also planting a tree in Zambia for every person that I refer – another reason to give them a go 🙂

The Source Bulk Foods

If you are looking to reduce your single-use plastic consumption, finding your local bulk food store is a great thing to do. The Source Battersea is my nearest store, though there are quite a few others around London and other cities too (The Source are in AUS, NZ and SG too!). Going there is such a treat to me – they not only have staple foods like pasta and oats but also treats like chocolate covered almonds, energy balls, fresh nut butters and kombucha on tap. I just gather all my tupperware containers into a bag before I go and then fill them with all my favourite foods.

Woah, that’s more than I had intended to share but I just kept thinking of great sustainable initiatives I’ve been seeing/trying recently! Let me know what you think of these in the comments and please tell me if you’ve seen any others worth sharing.

London Burgers: Patty & Bun Review

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Patty & Bun London Fields

PATTY & BUN

After an afternoon of cycling through Victoria Park and a lot of East London, Chris and I were thirsty and hungry. It was the perfect time for us to head over to the very cool railway arches of London Fields and give Patty & Bun a try. We’d been meaning to do so for a long time!

Patty & Bun

My crazy thirst was quenched by the most delicious peach and lemon iced tea. It was fruity but not too sweet.
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We shared sides, including ‘Winger Winger Chicken Dinner’, AKA smoked confit barbecue wings with spring onions. Pretty delicious (if you like barbecue sauce!).

Patty & Bun Barbecue Wings

…and legendary fries.

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Patty & Bun Review

Chris had the ‘Lambshank Redemption’ burger:

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And what a great choice that was! It’s a pretty unusual burger, with a thick lamb patty with coriander and chilli, buttermilk courgette, pickled aubergine, cumin aioli, and feta. Of course the brioche bun was lovely as well (after all, it is Patty & Bun). Chris is convinced that his burger was better than mine (we’ve agreed to disagree).

Patty & Bun Lamb Burger

I went for the gloriously dirty Smokey Robinson burger – just look at that CHEESE!

Patty & Bun Cheeseburger

With a perfectly cooked aged beef patty, wonderfully gooey melted cheese, bacon, smokey mayo and caramelised onions, it was very tasty, smokey, and messy. Burgers aren’t meant to be pretty, and this one definitely wasn’t. It 100% satisfied my craving for a good burger.

Unfortunately because of all the excitement I only took photos of the restaurant after we had eaten, by which time the lovely tables and chairs outside had been put inside. London Fields is the perfect place to spend a quiet sunny afternoon – lots of outdoor seating and independent coffee shops.

London Fields

There are a few great parks nearby too. Victoria Park is definitely worth a visit and is so much bigger than most people think.

Patty & Bun burgers

I’m ashamed to say that we had to ask for a doggy bag for the wings! We ate them at home later that evening and very much enjoyed them.

Thanks to citizenM for collaborating on this post! Check out their travel website, citizenMag, for great tips for different cities including London (and another review of Patty & Bun).

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What to Eat in Iceland

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As I’ve already mentioned in my travel tips for Iceland post, my mother is Icelandic and I have been to Iceland at least once a year since I was a baby. One of the things that I look forward to the most whenever I go back to Iceland is the food. There are so many delicious Icelandic treats that you just can’t find in London!

It would be a shame for you to miss out on the best food that Iceland has to offer when you visit, so I’ve put together this mini culinary guide which will hopefully help you to know what to look out for in shops and on restaurant menus. The best food will of course always be homemade, but I’ve included some popular addresses for you to discover.

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RĂșgbrauĂ°

RĂșgbrauĂ° is Icelandic rye bread. It’s a bit dense but soft, moist, and slightly sweet, and it’s delicious with a slice of cheese or just some good butter. Traditionally, it was made by using geothermal heat from the ground near hot springs. How cool is that!

Where to find it: any supermarket like BĂłnus or Hagkaup, or even at a food shop in Keflavik airport. Laugarvatn Fontana geothermal baths offer a ‘Rye Bread Experience‘ which seems like a great way to try RĂșgbrauĂ° made the old-fashioned way.

icelandic lobster

“Lobster” and Lobster soup

So technically what Icelanders call lobster is actually langoustine but it tastes just as good as real lobster, if not even better! Cooked with a bit of lemon and parsley and a whole lot of butter, it is served with potatoes – Icelanders love potatoes – and bread. Every time I go to Iceland, lobster is one of the things I look forward to eating the most. Just be prepared for a bit of messy eating with your fingers!

icelandic lobster soup

Icelandic lobster soup is also so delicious! It’s similar to French lobster bisque: very creamy, and very tasty. Don’t forget to mop up every last bit with a piece of bread.

Where to have them: FjöruborĂ°iĂ°, a short drive outside of Reykjavik, is THE place for lobster. In the centre of town, try Torfan, Saegreifinn (The Sea Baron) or Lobster and Stuff by the harbour.

icelandic meringue cake

Cakes

Iceland has the craziest cakes. Seriously! Who would have guessed that Daim bar cake would become a classic? My favourite is meringue cake (pictured) with a layer of light and fluffy whipped cream in the middle and a drizzle of caramel on top. Skyr cheesecake also seems to be everywhere nowadays.

Where to eat it: seafood restaurant Fjöruborðið makes a great meringue cake, or Kaffitar and various other cafés and restaurants. The bigger the better!

icelandic pastry vinarbraud

Pastry

Scandinavia is well known for its pastries, and Icelandic bakers have borrowed a lot from their Danish cousins. I recommend trying kleinur, which are kind of like twisted donuts, and vĂ­narbrauĂ°, which are usually filled with custard/marzipan and topped with a bit of icing.

Where to find them: Bakari Sandholt is a good bakery in Reykjavik, but most supermarkets also have their own decent bakeries.

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Lamb and Flatbrauð

Another type of traditional bread you should try is flatbrauĂ°, which is also rye bread but is flat and moon shaped. It’s lovely warm with a bit of butter and some cheese or salmon. A great topping you should try is hangikjöt, or smoked lamb. Hangikjöt is a favourite at Christmas with potatoes, peas, and a white sauce, but you can also buy slices from the supermarket for a delicious sandwich filling.

Actually, all Icelandic lamb is delicious so have some roast lamb as well if you can!

Where to have it: in Reykjavik try Cafe Loki, Kaffivagninn or Laekjarbrekka, or get some from a supermarket if you’re doing a road trip. For roast lamb, try Einar Ben or GrillmarkaĂ°inn.

ice cream valdis reykjavik

All Kinds of Dairy

Icelanders are very proud of their dairy. They will tell you that they have the best butter, milk, and cream in the world – and I have to agree with them! Honestly, Icelandic butter is out of this world. As a result of having fantastic cream, Iceland also boasts amazing ice cream (Ă­s). The country also has its very own type of yogurt that has recently become available in the UK: Skyr is a thick, low fat, and high protein yogurt.

Where to try it: try the ice cream from Valdis or Eldur & Is. I recommend getting a scoop of blueberry skyr, but if you’re more adventurous you should try ‘salmiakki’ flavour (sort of liquorice).

icelandic salmon fish

Fish

So this might sound obvious, but you really should try some fish while you’re in Iceland. Being surrounded by oceans (and salmon fishing rivers) does make many people fish experts! Top ones to try include smoked salmon, marinated salmon (graflax), fishballs (fiskibollur), and salted cod. For a healthy (and smelly) snack, I recommend getting a packet of dried fish (harĂ°fiskur) – it sounds weird but you might just love it!

Where to eat itKaffivagninn or Laekjarbrekka, and most other restaurants around the country!

icelandic hot dog

Hot Dogs (Pylsur)

Hot dogs are an important part of the modern Icelandic diet! They are sold at almost every petrol station in the country and in many places in Reykjavik. Icelandic sausages are supposedly made with some lamb, which is what makes their taste a little different. I recommend asking for your pylsur “with everything” (meĂ° öllu), meaning with ketchup, mustard, remoulade (remĂșlaĂ°i – a mayonnaise based sauce), diced raw onions, and crunchy fried onions.

Where to eat them: the most famous place is BĂŠjarins Beztu Pylsur but the hot dogs you get at petrol station restaurants and tourist sites are often great too.

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Icelandic Crepes (Pönnukökur)

If an Icelandic family invite you to come over for an afternoon coffee, there is a 60% chance that they will have freshly made pönnukökur ready for you. Traditionally, these are served with sugar or with whipped cream and blueberry jam. Although pönnukökur look similar to French crepes, I would argue that they are different (and better!).

Where to have them: Cafe de Paris, C is for Cookie, or any Icelandic grandmother’s kitchen!

Although Icelandic food can sometimes seem like an overload of potato and fish, it can actually be pretty exciting if you know what to look for. Food is a big part of any trip for me and I’m always very eager to eat local foods on my travels, from pastry in Finland to sweets in Japan. I could spend hours exploring foreign supermarkets! I hope that this guide will get you excited about eating your way through Iceland.

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Vegetarian London: The Gate Restaurant Review

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The gate vegetarian restaurant islington

The Gate

There’s a quote on the wall at The Gate that says “The Gate isn’t a good vegetarian restaurant, it’s simply a good restaurant”. I totally agree with this.

I’ve already mentioned how I feel about eating vegetarian – I think everyone should eat meat-free at least a few times a week, but I don’t feel like I could make the full transition to vegetarianism. One reason why is because I think restaurants still have some way to go in offering vegetarian dishes that are just as tasty as their meaty dishes. That’s why I love vegetarian restaurants; they know how to make veggie dishes that are really delicious!

A few weeks ago, my vegetarian friend Sofia and I had tried to get a last minute table at The Gate in Islington on a busy Saturday evening – no luck! So naturally I was thrilled when I got an email from the restaurant asking if I wanted to do a review – um, YES PLEASE!

We started things off with the homemade focaccia served with virgin olive oil and black olive tapenade. It warm and delicious. I’m a big fan of tapenade!

vegan focaccia the gate

We quickly ordered drinks that our lovely waiter recommended. The Hibiscus Blossom cocktail is prosecco-based with a hint of hibiscus, and the Quince & Vanilla Margarita is a slightly sweet margarita made with vanilla-infused tequila.

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Both were delicious!

The first thing we both spotted on the food menu was the miso glazed aubergine starter…

miso aubergine

It was glorious! Seriously, I am going to have to go back to The Gate just so that I can have this aubergine again. So, so delicious. I’ve had this dish before at Japanese restaurants but this aubergine was top notch!

We also ordered the three lentil terrine, thinking that we needed to try something a little more unusual…

vegan lentil pate

The terrine was made of red lentil with smoked paprika and sun dried tomato, green lentil with basil, and beluga lentil and olive. To be honest this was the only real disappointment of the night. If you really love lentils you might like this, but otherwise I’d give it a miss.

Now, on to the mains! We decided to try something that sounded a bit unusual again, so we ordered the minted peas and feta rotolo.

peas and feta rotolo

When it arrived, it looked beautiful! 10/10 for presentation.

Made with layered potatoes stuffed with minted peas and feta cheese, it was a great combination of flavours. We loved the subtle minty taste and the homemade goat’s cheese curd on the side.

Next up, the sweetcorn and cilantro cake. Again, we ordered this because where else are you going to try this? Also, anything with Mediterranean vegetables and chunky guacamole gets my vote.

sweetcorn cilantro cake guacamole

You could really taste the Mexican flavours, with the black bean and corn salsa and the fantastic guacamole. Success!

Oh and as if we hadn’t eaten enough already, we went for a side of polenta chips with vegan garlic aioli. SO GOOD! We were amazed at how good the aioli was considering you would normally expect it to be made with egg.

polenta chips

We didn’t finish the chips because we had spotted quite a few things on the dessert menu that sounded really amazing. It took us quite a while to decide what sweet treats to go for! The honeycomb cheesecake with butterscotch sauce was very tempting, as was the banoffee pie.

After much deliberation and some tips from our waiter, we went for the sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice cream…

sticky toffee pudding

and the glorious vegan (!) strawberry Eton mess:

vegan eton mess meringue

We were very impressed by both. The sticky toffee pudding was what you’d expect, moist and datey. I would have liked a bit more toffee sauce with it but I’m pretty greedy! The Eton mess amazed us – how you can make it without eggs or cream and it still taste this good is beyond me. Our waiter said something about chickpeas being used to make meringue, which just makes it even more amazing.

As you can imagine, we left The Gate feeling very full and very happy. We will definitely be back soon to try the rest of the menu and have that amazing aubergine again!

This is the perfect restaurant for groups of vegetarian and non-vegetarian friends, as the food is so good that you truly don’t miss the meat even if you’re usually a carnivore. It’s also perfect for any vegans and gluten-free foodies out there – look out for the V and the G on the menu.

Have you been to any good vegetarian restaurants? I’d love some recommendations!

23 Quirky London Desserts

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Nosteagia Shoreditch London

LET THEM EAT CAKE

What’s great about London is that there’s always something new for you to see, do or eat in the city. In terms of quirkiness, it has some catching up to do compared to places like Japan or Singapore, but we’re getting there! I’ve recently noticed a bunch of fun dessert places popping up around town, perfect for a post-shopping treat on a Saturday afternoon or a catch up with friends.

 

Freakshakes

from Molly Bakes, 450 Kingsland Road, E8 4AE

So these seem kind of excessive (can anyone actually finish a whole one?)… but I still want to try one! They just look so crazy and indulgent!

 

Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches

from Yolkin, 40 Great Windmill St, W1D 7LY (check website for current location)

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Most of the time I’d rather eat a LadurĂ©e macaron, but these colourful ice cream macarons are really cute and perfect for summer.

 

Bubble Waffles

from Nosteagia,168-175 Shoreditch High St, E1 6HU

Bubble waffles are basically just normal waffles in a different shape, but the genius is in the toppings. For 50p per topping, you can add as many as you like! Go crazy! Choose from Nutella, M&Ms, Oreos, peanut butter, strawberries, bananas, cream, and a few more.

 

Cookie Shots, Cronuts, and Frozen S’mores

from Dominique Ansel Bakery,17-21 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9RP

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The inventor of New York’s famous cronut is now in London too! I really want to try the frozen s’mores: ice cream inside a brownie, wrapped in warm, freshly toasted marshmallow.

 

Crazy Frozen Yogurt

from The Sloane Brothers, 214 Brick Lane, E1 6SA

Okay so it’s not really called ‘crazy frozen yogurt’, but I still think it’s crazy. I mean, just look at the toppings! Sloane Brothers self-describe themselves as “the most fantastical frozen yoghurt in the land”. I went for natural yogurt with strawberries, a piece of homemade brownie and caramel sauce and it was DELICIOUS! Definitely have to go back and try the dulce de leche flavour.

 

Matcha Everything

from Tombo, 29 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, SW7 2HQ 

Tombo is more matcha-crazy than anything I’ve seen in Japan! You could easily overdose on green tea here, with five different types of matcha drinks and pretty much every possible form of matcha dessert available. The afternoon tea looks amazing!

 

Pretty Eclairs

from Maitre Choux, 15 Harrington Road, SW7 3ES

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You may have seen these on Instagram already – they’re a fashion blogger favourite. SO. PRETTY. Each one is like a tiny work of art. Made by three Michelin Star pastry chef Joakim Prat, they’re also supposed to be the best Ă©clairs in London.

 

Unicorn Poop and Cereal Cocktails

from Cereal Killer Cafe, 139 Brick Lane, E1 6SB

I have to say, Cereal Killer isn’t my favourite concept – it’s mostly just overpriced cereal. I do like the quirky cereal box decor though and the idea of selling cereal from around the world is pretty genius.

 

Duffins

from Bea’s of Bloomsbury, various locations in Bloomsbury, Maida Vale, Farringdon and St Paul’s.

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Yep, you guessed it – it’s a cross between a muffin and a doughnut. I promise you though, the Nutella-filled duffin will not disappoint. It’s like a doughnut cake filled with chocolatey deliciousness.

 

Nitro Ice Cream

from Chin Chin Labs, 50 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF 

Chin Chin is apparently Europe’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream parlour, and The Times named it the best ice cream parlour in England. The ice cream is frozen to order here and they always have vanilla, chocolate and a couple of specials (check their website). Guaranteed to be delicious!

Update: they are now making ice cream tacos and toasted marshmallow-topped hot chocolate! *heart eyes*

 

Biskies

from Cutter & Squidge, 20 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 0SP  

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So I’m not entirely sure what “biskies” are, but they’re definitely some of the prettiest sweet things you’ll find in London! Cutter & Squidge are also doing the most incredible-looking Hello Kitty afternoon tea this summer.

 

Ice cream Cookie sandwiches

from Milo and Hector’s, Brockley Market SE4 1UT and Primrose Hill Market NW3 3DS 

I reckon these little beauties are going to be super popular in the summer months! Who wouldn’t want “all-natural ice cream cookie sandwiches with awesome flavour combos and toppings” on a hot sunny day?

 

Ice cream cookie sandwiches (again)

from Blu Top, Kerb: King’s Cross and West India Quay, and Druid Street Market

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Please forgive me for featuring so many ice cream sandwiches – it seems like they’re the hot new thing for this summer in London! Blu Top promise to give you freshly baked cookies and homemade ice cream with some fun toppings. Mine will be red velvet cookies with lucky charms as a topping, thanks!

 

Vegan Froyo

from Yorica, 130 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZN 


If you’re looking for “free-from” treats, Yorica is the place for you. Everything on the menu is bound to put a smile on any lactose intolerant, vegan, gluten-free, nut allergic person! The only problem is choosing what to order… matcha rice milkshake? gluten-free cone filled with vegan cookies & cream ice cream? or vanilla frozen yogurt with multicoloured sprinkles?!

 

Doughnut Bites

from You Doughnut, Kerb and Dinerama

This is one of my absolute favourites and is such a treat when I visit Dinerama. Warm little doughnut balls, covered in delicious salted caramel sauce and crunchy pecans, mmmm… just thinking about it makes me drool! My favourite kind of doughnut.

 

Candy Floss and Soft Serve Ice Cream

from Milk Train, 44 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9HA

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So apparently this dessert concept is pretty common in Asia but this is the first place in London to serve soft-serve ice cream with candy floss and other toppings. Choose from vanilla, matcha or hojicha (roasted tea) ice cream and toppings like popcorn, biscuits and Oreo.

 

Icelandic Soft Serve Ice Cream

by Bears Ice Cream Company,  244 Goldhawk Road, W12 9PE


A few years ago I said to my family what a great business idea it would be to open an Icelandic ice cream shop (and hot dogs – see my post about Icelandic food) in London. Someone actually made it happen! As a (half) Icelander, this is something I am very excited about! Made with the best ingredients, these soft-serve ice creams can be dipped in chocolate and topped with nuts, fruit or sweets.

Caramel Everything

by Fatties Bakery, Druid Street Market on Saturdays

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Caramel heaven! Fatties Bakery produces a variety of baked goods but what I really want to get my hands on is the salted caramel hot chocolate with a marshmallow rim. Looks incredible!

 

The Ice Cream Crone

from DumDum Donutterie, Boxpark Shoreditch E1 6GY and Harrods SW1X 7XL

Why have a cone when you could have a crone? Or if you’d rather just have a doughnut, try the Zebra: layers of croissant dough and chocolate croissant dough, filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with chocolate ganache.

 

Homemade Pop Tarts

from Café Miami, 24 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0PD

I think this is genius! Why had I never seen homemade pop tarts before?! Makes me wonder what else should be homemade… their homemade smores look pretty epic too.

 

Japanese Taiyaki Ice Cream

from Bake, 9 Wardour St, London W1D 6PF (Chinatown)

These fish-shaped taiyaki waffle cones have been a huge hit in London. Filled with matcha or vanilla soft serve ice cream, they are a cute way to cool down on a hot summer day.

 

Coconut and Charcoal Ice Cream

from Soft Serve Society, Unit 35 BOXPARK, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY

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I’ll let you decide whether you think grey ice cream is appetising or not, but the general consensus is that Soft Serve Society’s ice creams are deeelicious! Also available with a candy floss topping.
 
Phew! That’s a lot of sugar, isn’t it? I’ve been adding to this list over the past few weeks and I’m sure it will keep expanding. Please let me know if you have any sweet suggestions – even internationally! I’d love to write something similar for desserts around the globe.

What’s your favourite dessert in London? 

Have I missed anything quirky? Let me know!

London's most amazing desserts!

London's most amazing desserts!