The spot that only serves the best home-made Pasta in London – Padella

 

Padella is one of my favourite places in London that I religiously visit every time I visit this beautiful city. Its a small restaurant in Borough market that’s always buzzing with people creating the most energetic atmosphere.

Inside this rather small but beautiful restaurant you’ll immediately feel cosy and welcome. The passionate chefs are cooking away behind the bar creating the most delicious plates of home-made pasta. These plates of pasta are served just like la nonna would serve them to you – a good portion, full of deep flavours and extremely comforting. After all a plate of pasta is supposed to comfort you, tell you everything is okay and make you feel so good that by the time you put your fork down you’ll be skipping through the rain with a smile.

When visiting Padella most of the time you’ll find a queue going around the corner. But don’t be afraid to get your spot at the end of the line, as their service is so quick you wont even queue for very long. And nevertheless, once you’re inside digging into your plate of pasta you’ll quickly realise that it’s definitely worth queueing for.

 

What to have

 

I definitely recommend to order a few different plates so you can share with your pasta date and this way you can try as many of all the delicious flavours as you can!

As a starter I recommend trying their amazing sourdough bread by dipping it in their Fiorano olive oil. It’s so simple but yet so amazing. I believe in Italian food thats what really makes a dish, simplicity and high quality is what makes flavours stand out.

Other plates to share are the fresh Radicchio, oak leaf and rocket salad as well as the Bruschetta with cannellini beans and salsa rossa. They are both amazing starters preparing you for more deep flavours to come.

Now we get to the main of your feast. I cant help myself but order way too many plates which I somehow manage to lick clean as even the last bite is as magical as the first. My two absolute favourite pasta’s are both the tagliarini with dry chilli, garlic and pangratatto(£5) and of course the classic tagliarini with slow cooked tomato sauce(£6.5) – which is an absolute must try. The flavour of the tomato sauce is so deep and extremely rich. It’s incredible how a tomato sauce can have so much flavour that even though every bite is the same, you will never ever get bored of the flavours.

 

 

I am honestly in love with this place and if I could I would come for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What’s also amazing is the fact that every plate is extremely affordable. Just like in Italy a plate of pasta is the most basic but delicious and comforting meal that should be affordable to anyone. And unlike normal restaurants in London at Padella you will get multiple plates creating an absolute pasta feast for under £20. Plus this really is the most authentic and best pasta you will get in London – so its a win win! I mean..its a pasta dream right?

 

Where to go

 

You’ll find this piece of pasta heaven located in Borough Market and their address is 6 Southwark St in London. 

They are open from Monday to Saturday at 12–3:45pm and 5–10pm. And on Sunday from 12–3:45pm and 5–9pm. You can’t make any bookings, however I suggest you to try visit just before or after the typical lunch or dinner time as it gets very busy. Nevertheless, if you do have to stand in line it won’t be for too long and it will definitely be worth it! Buon appetito!

 

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Padella
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Veganlicious breakfasts at Le Pain Quotidien in London

 

I am truly in love with London and my favourite part of the day is to wake up and have breakfast in one of the many cosy breakfast cafes. There is something about how the morning light shines through the streets and bounces of building windows. The smell of burning wood and the strong cold air fills your nose. I love London in the winter as all everyone wants to do is rush into warm cafes and warm your hands with a hot coffee or hot chocolate. Add a comforting chocolate cake on the side and enjoy the company of fellow Londoners as you talk about how the snow will make the city panic yet again.

One of my favourite spots to enjoy a warm cup of coffee on these cold mornings is at Le Pain QuotidienHere I can always find the coziness that I am looking for as well as a breakfast that puts a smile on my face.

 

 

As soon as you walk in you can smell the scent of coffee and freshly made croissants. The sound of the coffee machine creates a comforting noise in the background and you can’t help but stare at all the delicious pastries that are laid out on the counter. Your heart will convince you to order a pastry with your coffee as there is no way you can resist the amazing smell. But trust me, you will not regret a single bite as everything they bake here is comforting, fresh and delicious.

Almost everything they serve here is made with organic ingredients and is locally sourced from farmers. The menu is full of deliciousness including detox breakfasts, fresh juices, power porridge, fresh breads, cakes and much more. You can also buy the freshly made bread, pastries and cakes to take home with you – that is if you make it that far without eating it.

 

 

What I love 

I always start my day with a coffee and my daily order at Le Pain Quotidien is a delicious almond milk cappuccino. Then I love to dip a freshly made almond croissant in my hot coffee as to me this is a match made in heaven. A combination you can wake me up for any day!

For brunch I love getting avocado on toast. However at Le Pain Quotidien they serve this classic with a hint of other flavours and textures. Smooth avocado is smashed on home-made rustic bread topped with seeds, beetroot, fennel, carrot, citrus cumin salt, lemon juice and olive oil (8.45 gbp). This plate has so much flavour and the crunchy seeds go perfectly with the smoothness of the avocado.

 

 

On a cold day its always nice to enjoy a comforting moment of a coffee accompanied by a delicious piece of cake – the perfect way to warm up! My absolute favourite cake of all time happens to be the winner of 2016 Best Vegan Cake Award by Peta and its made by Le Pain Quotidien.This ‘Cacao and Pear cake’ is smooth from the inside and a little chewy on the outside. The dark cacao has a deep flavour but when you get a taste of the sweet and soft pear inside a whole other flavour explodes in your mouth. Its a dance of deep and comforting flavours together with firm pear and smooth chocolate. It really is award standard and I genuinely cannot get enough of it.

 

 

Where to go 

Le Pain Quotidien has many cafes located in different cities in the world such as LA, Paris, New York and London. However, the spot I mentioned in this article and also my favourite in London is located on 18 Great Marlborough St in Soho. They are open on Monday to Friday from 7am – 10pm. On Saturday they are open at 8.30am – 10pm and on Sunday 9am – 7pm.

So you can enjoy a delicious vegan cappuccino with the best vegan cake at anytime of the day! Because we all know the rule: If its vegan we can stuff ourselves with it and not feel guilty! Right guys?

 

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Best boutique hotel in London

If you want to spend your weekend in one of the loveliest and best boutique hotels in London I know just the place for you!

Welcome to The Royal Park Hotel. Its located in the heart of London close to Hyde Park. Even though it is so central the location is slightly hidden away in a beautiful small road, which creates a special look. The hotel may seem small from the front as all you see is the entrance, but when you enter it feels like you have just set step in wonderland.

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The Royal Park Hotel London

I pushed the door and set step in one of the most beautiful hotels. The rooms make you feel comfortable and cosy. The warm lights create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It has a calming effect. The rooms are beautiful and cleaned to perfection. As you see the bed you immediately want to fall into it but then notice a few notes laying on your pillow. Before you pick them up your eye notices a cookie jar standing on the table next to the bed, fresh home made cookies. As you take your first bite your eyes close for a second while enjoying the amazing flavour, when you open them again you read the note. Its handwritten, telling you what the weather will be like tomorrow and wishing you a wonderful stay. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will.

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The Royal Park Hotel London
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The Royal Park Hotel London

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Its late, as you get underneath your fresh and crisp sheets you notice the view from your window. London is beautiful, and it especially shows its beauty at night. The view from the rooms of this hotel are breathtaking. They emphasise how stunning London really is. Its the perfect view to go to sleep to and to wake up to.

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I slept like a rose. The king size beds are almost too comfortable. – I had a lot of trouble get up in the morning. However, my curiosity for breakfast dragged me out of bed. And oh was it worth it! If you are a real breakfast lover (like me) than you will love their continental breakfast! They layout a large selection of different fruits, breads, cheeses, salmon, but manage to make this breakfast different from any other. For example they offer the most amazing banana bread (You HAVE to try it!!) and delicious home made jams. You can also order from a menu which has delicious options. – Yet again I spend 30 minutes choosing as I wanted to order everything. But I decided on getting poached eggs with avocado served on wholemeal toast, best decision I have ever made! The eggs were cooked to perfection, the avocado was smooth and perfect and the toast was crispy. I believe that less is more, so when a simple dish is made to perfection, nothing can beat it.

Breakfast is served in a beautiful room what at night is the most amazing whiskey bar. You don’t have to stay in the hotel to visit the whiskey bar, its open for anyone that enjoys a drink while listening to jazz music in one of the most stunning rooms I have ever seen. You sit down in soft chairs and melt into the seats, while you study the interior design you notice that the light makes you feel warm and cosy. The old english style has never been more impressive. It creates the perfect atmosphere that will make you crave a glass of whiskey and a cigar. You open the menu which has a selection of cigars and the finest drinks, including an impressive selection of whiskeys. The choice is so hard that the waiter notices you are struggling and kindly gives advice on which whiskey would personally fulfil all your expectations. The combination of the room, the light, the smell, the music, the service, the whole atmosphere and the taste of the whiskey is a unique experience.

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The Royal Park Hotel London
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The Royal Park Hotel London
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The Royal Park Hotel London

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The Royal Park Hotel London

Its style is so beautiful you feel like you have stepped back in time. By staying here it will definitely complete your whole experience of London. I highly recommend it to everyone and even I will definitely be back soon, even if it is for a whiskey at the bar!

Best place for a celebration dinner in London.

One thing you might not know about me is that I have spend my last three years working my booty off at UAL (University of Arts London)! And then the final day comes when you think that all those restless nights and panic attacks were totally worth it! Graduation day has finally (FINALLY) come!! As you have noticed I travel a lot so I decided to continue my road trip from Holland to London!

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When I am in London it feels like home. It will always feel like home! Having said that, there are a lot of places I call home. I will always feel at home where ever I am comfortable. But when I spend too much time in one place I get a craving to leave as soon as possible. I think I was born to travel, my curiosity is way too strong not to follow, so I will explore every single part of this beautiful world.

So having had graduation I decided to celebrate the fun but stressful few years by going to SushiSamba! And let me tell you, it is an amazing experience!! As soon as you arrive at the building you are kindly accompanied to the elevator. The doors close behind you as you press the button to the 39th floor. You feel your legs getting weak as you are going up with speed, but this doesn’t bother you.. you are way too distracted by the breathless view as you are getting higher and higher. You see more skyline than ever before.

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SushiSamba London
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SushiSamba London
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SushiSamba London
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SushiSamba London

As you are waiting for your table you are invited to the bar which serve the most mazing and fresh cocktails you have ever tasted. From a fresh thai lychee cocktail to a mango cocktail that is so fruity you wont notice the liquor until you stand up.

You then get escorted to your table and sit down staring to the most beautiful lit up skyline you have ever seen. You will realise how big and beautiful London really is, its a whole new perspective you have never experienced before.

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SushiSamba London
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SushiSamba London
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SushiSamba London
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SushiSamba London
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SushiSamba London
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SushiSamba London

 

You get bombed by kind service, which becomes slightly overwhelming after a while. They mean well, but after the fourth time of being asked if I want another drink or if I am finished with my plate while I am clearly still picking it becomes annoying. Nevertheless, the food is mind blowing and I enjoyed every bite of it. Each dish makes you think of how they must of prepared it and what makes it so unique. With each bite you lift your head and enjoy the exploding flavours while looking at the most stunning view. It is definitely an amazing experience. I recommend visiting for dinner as the view is the most spectacular when the sun sets and London lights up. – For guys that are looking for a perfect place for a date, go here and you will end up going home with her, trust me!!

 

Where to go for a vegan pizza in London

Sundays in London. What do you feel like doing? You can plan your day full of endless activities, but whether you want to have a busy or a lazy Sunday all depends on how bad your hangover is from the night before. – Saturdays in London can be very fun too!

However, when spending your Sunday in London you don’t even have to plan anything. It is an amazing city to just walk around in all day and you will be surprised with how quick time goes past and how many beautiful scenes you have seen! And if you are walking around and notice that you haven’t almost been run over by a car yet in the last 30 min (living in London makes you risk your life about 5 times a day), then it is because every Sunday of July is traffic free in the main roads. Which makes it much more relaxed an fun to walk around!

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Regent Street, London

If you do decide to have a relaxed Sunday of walking around with a coffee in one hand and a coconut water in the other (hydration is key with a hangover), then you should walk through New Bond Street. It is full with amazing art galleries that you can visit and help give a boost to your creativity! I especially recommend Eden Fine Art Gallery! At the moment they have a crazy collection of art which is really worth having a look at! One of my favourite artists is David Kracov! You might have noticed that I am a big art fan and you might have read my article about the “Best contemporary art galleries in St-Tropez”, where I also found David Kracov’s work! – The beauty about it is that I immediately recognise his art, it is a certain kind of style which really appeals to me! It is also just the fact that he is such an original and amazing artist which makes him stand out! Love, LOVE his work! – You should definitely go check it out!!

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Eden Fine Art Gallery – Art by David Kracov
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Eden Fine Art Gallery – Art by David Kracov
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Eden Fine Art Gallery – Art by David Kracov

How to make your Sunday even better, my strategy is simple. Make Sunday PIZZADAY. It isn’t called SundayFunday for nothing people!! So have your walk down Regent street and New Bond street and keep on walking to Carnaby street! Not only is this just a super nice place to do some shopping, it is also the perfect place to have a coffee or some lunch or dinner! It is extremely cosy and in the summer it is lovely to just hang about and have a drink on a sunny afternoon! But if you decide to make your day a PIZZADAY then go to Kingly Court! You will find yourself in the cutest court full of tables and restaurants, including one of the best pizza restaurants in London!

Pizza Pilgrims is owned by two brothers from Italy who found themselves starting a business they firstly knew nothing about! But quickly ended up becoming geniuses, pizza geniuses! They are now located on 6 locations around London and serve the most amazing pizza’s! The crust (which is the best part!!) is light and crunchy. The tomato sauce is full of flavour and the garlic gives a nice punch, which is then stabilised by the fresh basil sprinkled on top! Every bite I took I caught myself closing my eyes, no words came out for the first 10 min, just noises. It really is a delicious pizza, which you should definitely go and try! The whole atmosphere there is just amazing, which creates a lovely experience! – Especially on a summery day!

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Pizza Pilgrims – Kingly Court London
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Pizza Pilgrims – Kingly Court London
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Pizza Pilgrims – Kingly Court London

You might of noticed that in the above image I have a henna tattoo across my hand. If you are a henna lover like me then go and pay a visit to Selfridges where you can find Pavan The Henna Bar on the ground floor! She will let her imagination and artistic skills go crazy and create the most beautiful henna tattoos for you! She is a lovely girl with crazy skills!

BEST KRAFT BEER IN LONDON

No, I am not lying. Nor am I just writing this because I am excited for the owners of this new amazing beer brand, who happen to be dear friends. – I am honest enough to tell you guys if I thought this beer wasn’t good, trust me, you would know. But here I go, to the launch of German Kraft, full of excitement and curiosity. As I arrive he already has his hands on the tap as he proudly pours me a glass. I take my first sip which lead into a smile! Lets just say, one glass quickly led to another! (And maybe another..and another…)

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Meet the 3 friends that created German Kraft! They claim that they aren’t “super crafty beer maniacs”, but ” just want to share the true German traditional recipes and serve in its freshest form to the people of London!”

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This beer is so unique in its taste, so smooth, so much flavour. But exactly the flavour a fresh beer should taste like. I honestly have never tasted anything like it.

Now, in order to get this unique taste they made some unique adjustments when creating this golden liquid.

They use a specific water technology that allows them to clean the water before brewing, which will flush out all the drugs, hormones and unwanted chemicals. They then mineralise the water to the perfect standard of the beer that they wish to brew at that exact time. They also never add any preservatives, which makes it the freshest and cleanest beer out there! – And that you can surely taste!!

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The best thing is, soon you will be able to find them in Mercato Metropolitano (London, Elephant & Castle). Where you can find yourself falling in love with a beer you have never tasted before! They aim to be brewing and serving their first beer by November! You may not have the patience to wait so long, but trust me, it will be worth the wait! You will be hearing a lot more about these three guys and their amazing beer! So keep your eyes open for the opening date, as you wont want to miss it!

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