.: The Stables Pizza & Cider :.

My other half kept on talking about a new place that was going to open quite close to home, but I had no idea on what it was until he then said it was Pizza & Cider, which then reminded me The Stables (which I know from Bristol), I went to check on their website and just confirmed they had opened a branch next door!

(Photos below are from the official website)

So it was the perfect place for a Friday night after work (as we were both lazy to cook dinner).

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I hadn’t realised that before, but the menu changes based on the location. There were some specials on the menu related to the area (which is always a nice idea). I went for the pizzas again, but next time need to try a pie

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We had the garlic bread, which I totally recommend as it’s a big portion and quite tasty. Then I had a chicken and pepper pizza (even on pizzas I’m still taking into account my daily protein intake ahahahah)

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I like the pizzas because they taste like sourdough bread and are thin and crisp. They are not the best pizzas I had – for instance I still prefer the pizzas on Franco Manca and they are not that far from us either (in Chiswick), but it’s a really nice place if you enjoy trying different ciders. Their choice is really good. So I’m sure we’ll be back more often

If you want to try it you also have a Whitechapel branch.

What is your favourite pizza place in London?

.: In search for the best coffee in London :.

First of all it’s Friday and it’s finally summer in UK!!!!

For those of you that follow me for a while you’ll know I love coffee. There are photos of me, as a 3 year old, holding a small cup of coffee in my hands (it was mostly a small cup of milk with some drops of coffee). But I really love coffee since I can remember. The smell of roasted coffee in the morning, the taste of it and anything coffee related. Maybe one day I’ll be crazy enough to become a Barista and open my own space (or maybe not). I don’t drink coffee for the sake that it wakes me up, I drink purely because I love it. And I wish it would wake me up, but it doesn’t work!

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This is how I like my coffee, short, strong, no sugar!

For those of you that live in London, I’m sure you’ve noticed the growing trend over the years around the coffee culture. Whereas before it was all about the Starbucks of this world (horrible expensive coffee btw!), now we have competitions for professional Baristas and lots of independent chains. Here’s something I have to praise the hipsters, thanks guys!

The only downside of coffee culture being so linked with the hipster culture is that most of the really cool chains are located in East London. Being a South Westerner by heart, this means I normally need to wait for a small shop to start opening other branches so I can give it a go (I can’t be asked to cross the whole city because of coffee, even if I love it that much).

This week the latest discovery was the Workshop Coffee (Holborn branch)

This is a really spacious place and I was surprised to find it really quiet! Perfect to enjoy a nice coffee and sit on the coach.

I went for a flat white rather than my usual espresso, so delicious!

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Also had a small brownie which was very tasty too! Will come back more often, since it’s just a 5m walk from the office.

Workshop Coffee Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Other good places I’ve already tried:

I have loads more on my wishlist!

You can also visit the list from the Cosy Coffee Shops for more inspiration.

What is your favourite coffee place in London and how do you normally drink your coffee?

.: Around London and Natas :.

I love walking around London and taking some photos, each corner is so different from each other and then there’s always those amazing food spots!

I also wanted to see the balloons in Convent Garden. Should have stayed for nightfall to see them with all the light around, but oh well

And then all the street food, so colourful!

But what I really wanted was my chance to try I Love Nata, and my oh my, I wasn’t prepared for all that awesomeness! It’s certainly the best Natas in London and quite better than many places in Portugal itself. The place itself is quite small and simple, but it’s for the Natas that really counts. To my surprise they also had Delta machines in there, so the coffee was really good. I left with a big smile on my face, so good! Hard to resist to have only 1

On our way back to the train, we were presented with an amazing music around us and we found this gentlemen playing in the street. There’s not many cities in the world with so many amazing street musicians as London

And here’s another lovely lady, you can find more about her on facebook

What’s your favourite place to walk around in London? Have you found any amazing street artists?

Enjoy your sunny weekend 🙂

.: London Open House 2015 :.

Why do holidays fly so fast? Why oh why 😦 Just to think that just a few days ago I was still in Portugal enjoying a bit of summer, but reality kicks in and I’m back.
Anyway, I returned just in time to visit the London Open House, which for those of you that keep on reading my posts will know it’s an event I really love.

Previous years

  • 2014 – Guildhall & the royal courts of justice (Just notice I never did a post on this one)

This year it was the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, which is a gorgeous building

Have you been into the London Open House before? Which one is your favourite building?

.: Exploring Osterley Park :.

As we were feeling quite lazy after our journey to Birmingham yesterday, we’ve decided to stay local. So just before lunch we went to Osterley Park which is just 10m away from home (yes, we’re trying to make the most of our National Trust membership). It was also a good occasion to practice landscape photos with my new A6000.

This place is really beautiful and really easy to forget you are still in London! Perfect for families, a picnic or just a walk like we did

The house looks really nice as well, maybe next time we’ll go in

This is one of my favourite, love the light

So overall quite please with the photos. Still trying to get used to the camera and to the fact that any little adjustment in the settings is a lot more noticed in the Sony sensor. Also, because I’m used to my canon and image stabilization need to stop and focus and can’t simply stop quickly, press the shutter and off I go. But quite adapted already to the portability 😀

It’s Sunday afternoon, you fancy a walk in a Park, where would you go? What do you recommend?

Cheers 🙂

.: Exploring London as a Tourist :.

For all those of you that live in London, you will all know the feeling when you have friends visiting and you want to take them some place nice. It’s easy if they’ve never been in London before, but if they have, if you feel that you have a challenge in your hands simply because there are so many options!

I’m having friends this weekend and where’s what I’m planning to do:

Lunch @ Tino‘s in Camden Town

Yes Portuguese food for lunch! I miss going Tino’s, it always feels like visiting an old friend 🙂

Then going to the market, which is one of the best and more unique in town, the smell of food is just amazing!

(Note, none of the photos below are mine as I can’t find any old photos from Camden, haven’t been there for ages)

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If you are planning a nice meal in Camden I recommend the Gilgamesh, the place is really nice and the food too. Remember going there for an event at work which I’ve really enjoyed:

If you have time for a beer, then go to BrewDog

Then ice cream at Chin Chin Labs

Ok, enough food. After the market, one of the best things to do around Camden is to stroll along the channel.

The idea is to walk all the way back to Regent’s Park and then check the view from London from Primrose hill

 

Then a stop by the Sherlock Holmes museum

Finally, planning a stop in a traditional and historical pub like these

Other options:

  • Sky Garden – You need to book in advance and I couldn’t get any available tickets for this weekend
  • Kew Gardens – An afternoon in Kew Gardens on a sunny (almost) day is always a good plan
  • Cabaret Night – Like this one in Knightsbridge
  • Go to a musical, like the Book of Mormon, which I totally recommend!

What would you recommend?

.: Hide & Seed – Putney :.

I know many times most of us avoid hotel restaurants because we don’t believe they offer good value for money. But as I’ve realised in the last few years after spending a lot of my time in hotels sometimes we get good surprises.

Hide and Seed is part of a boutique hotel in a quiet area of Putney. My plan for the day was to start with a good lunch and then go for a walk along the river.
The restaurant is really easy to find and feels peaceful as soon as you arrive. Maybe because it was a Sunday lunch we were surprised to be the only guests. The decor is really charming and cosy, it feels you are in a beautiful library.

The menu is quite simple but as everything you need. As soon as I saw the wine menu I was delighted to see vinho verde (green wine) on the menu.

I jumped starters and ordered the chicken with mushrooms where he had the hide and seed burger. My chicken was really tasty and the Jasmine rice cooked within vegetables was a nice fresh surprise.

He said the burger was really tasty but should have been more mixed together, as it was handmade. I have to admit I was to greedy with le chocolat!

It was an overdose of chocolate, next time share it! He had the lemon desert which was really soft and yummy too. My espresso was tasty and creamy as well. Staff was really friendly through the meal. Considering we were alone they’ve managed to leave us some space and took care of us anyway (if you know what I mean). So overall a really lovely lunch, totally recommended for a relaxing day in Putney.

How to get here?

* By train – it’s less than a 15m walk from Putney rail station
* By Underground – East Putney on the district line – 5m walk
* By car – there is a parking area in the hotel, although typically this area has loads of traffic all the time! So would advise you to take public transport

Thanks to the zomato team for inviting us!

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