London Calling

After an amazing wedding, it’s time for the honeymoon! The destination? Where else but our favourite city in the world (and much-missed old stomping ground), London.

After a slightly longer train journey than usual (thanks First Great Western), we arrived at Paddington and Alex paid a dear friend a quick visit.

Paddington

We headed straight for our hotel, the Ampersand in South Kensington. As you can see, Alex is pretty happy with the room.

Hotel 1 Hotel 2 Hotel 3

We didn’t hang around for long though. We had some delicious food to consume. As much as we love Bath and Bristol, the food is miles away from London chow.

We made a beeline for an old favourite.

Patty and Bun

In our humble opinion, Patty & Bun serves London’s best burgers AND London’s best chicken wings. So, of course, we ordered both.

Burger Burger2

Wings

And some obligitory fries, complete with rosemary salt.

Fries

It was as good as we remembered, and the perfect gastronomical welcome back to London.

Afterwards, we mooched up Marylebone High Street, stopping off to pick up some sweet treats, which we ate in Regents Park.

Pierre

Eclairs

The best eclairs EVER. They’re not cheap, but they’re seriously delicious.

Chocolate Caramel

We walked them off in Regent Park’s best kept secret. A deserted garden tucked away on the edge of the Inner Circle.

Garden Garden2 Garden3

When we got back to our hotel, we found another delicious surprise waiting for us.

Plate

We spent a bit of time relaxing in our room (or napping, in Alex’s case) and then headed out to Holland Park, and the Kyoto Garden.

Kyoto Kyoto 6 Kyoto 5 Kyoto 4

Kyoto 3 Kyoto 2After a lovely stroll, it was time for more food.

Dirty Bones 2 Dirty Bones

We headed underground and had our first taste of London’s cocktails.

Cocktail 2 Cocktail

And then tucked into some more tasty grub. Starting with smoky padron peppers and deep fried mac ‘n’ cheese balls.

Peppers

Balls

Followed by crispy fried chicken and a refreshing heritage tomato salad.

Chicken

Tomato

Despite still being quite full from lunch, the food was amazing.

London, you’re as awesome – and tasty – as we remember. We can’t wait to continue the gastronomic tour tomorrow.

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