Oh hey there! I hope you’re having a really wonderful week.
I just got back from a gorgeous couple of days in London with my mum, which was so lovely - it’s so nice to spend some proper time together catching up instead of over FaceTime, which is the usual now that we live in different cities! The following day Dan and I headed to Brighton for 24 hours, and I’ve got a couple of posts lined up about our mini beach break for next week!
As usual with any holiday I’m on, a solid 80% of our time was spent dining. As much as I’ve got my go-to favourites in the city, I absolutely love discovering new hidden gems and independent eateries, too ( shoutout to Instagram for this ) .
Today I want to tell you about three hidden gems we headed to during our impromptu break in the big city - Granger & Co, German Gymnasium and Menya Ramen House.
Let’s get to the snaccs.
granger & co
This avocado-on-toast-fantasy is the perfect blend of smart casual and easy-going. The space is filled with gold accents and millennial-ready pastels, but with the occasional bright and bold piece of art or art deco-style accessory. From the moment you arrive you’ll feel totally at ease, with wonderfully friendly service and a really minimal wait time on food, too.
It’s the ideal space if you’re looking to work undisturbed on your laptop for an hour or so with a fresh brunch and a refreshing fruit smoothie. Very Australian coffee shop-esque. Well I’ve never been to Australia, but that’s the vibe I get!
menya ramen house
Known by many as ‘the best ramen house in London’, I’m pretty surprised I hadn’t headed here sooner! This tiny, independently-owned ramen-lover’s dream is situated in a little side street opposite The British Museum. They offer both veggie and vegan options - the ginger adds a gorgeous crunch, the mushrooms add a meatier texture and their tofu is seriously silky. The space is decorated incredibly minimally, with a menu to match - the simplicity certainly makes a difference for indecisive people like me! This said, there are in fact multiple plant-based options, which is really lovely to see.
It’s the perfect space for a catch up with mates over a chilled-out and generous lunch that’ll fill you up for the rest of the afternoon. You’ll want to head back the next day.
This luxurious gymnasium-turned-bar and restaurant is quite the experience. The space is stunning and the decor is divine. Nestled between Kings Cross Station and St Pancras Station you’ll find what looks like a majestic mansion but is, in fact, your new favourite brunch place. Serving everything from early morning breakfasts to late night cocktails, it’s always time to head to German Gymnasium. Originally England’s first purpose-built gymnasium, this gem was built in 1865 and fully funded by London’s German Gymnastics Society. Whilst the only beams in the space are now the wooden feature ceiling details, you can certainly sense a long history when you’re dining there.
It’s the go-to restaurant for a treat yo’self breakfast in breathtaking surroundings.