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5 Happy Things #36 | The London Edition

September 10, 2018

Ok, so now I’ve stopped going up and down the country for a couple of weeks, hopefully I’ll be back to blogging a bit more regularly. I’ve also had a couple of behind the scenes technical woes, which I appear to have sorted now – fingers crossed!

So today I am back with a little round up to catch you all up. In the last few weeks I’ve been up to Sheffield, down to London and up north again to Leeds. I’m in a position at the moment where I can travel a bit with work. Luckily for me that travel has included places where my friends live, which is an absolute perk to being miles away from Dr W. I like travelling but I’m still a home bird at heart, which is why I’ve been fairly happy travelling to places I know and love. Today’s post is all about my London trip (mainly the food)…


#1 Eventually made it to London, so time for gin

As ever Goes Wrong Regularly (Great Western Rail) messed around with the Worcester to Paddington service. We can blame the Cotswold Line as much as we want, still doesn’t stop them being awful. Anyway, luckily for me despite the train threatening to get stuck several times, I made it to London. I met Ms S and another friend of mine at Piccadilly Circus and we headed to Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour. A rather incredible experience, that I do wish we’d had more than an hour at (we hadn’t booked a table and that’s all they had for us time wise). I will be going back next time I return to London.


#2 Pho & Bun, Shaftesbury Avenue

After reading Sarah’s blog I just had to visit Pho & Bun. Ms S was not long back from Vietnam either, so we got to abate her Viet food cravings. I had the Crab Spring Rolls and the Crispy Prawn Bao Burger. To be honest I should’ve ordered another nibbly thing as it wasn’t quite enough. But the food was good, well cooked and the spring rolls were deliciously more-ish. I will be re-visiting and taking Dr W with me, especially for the Pho. It was also incredibly good value for central!


#3 My donut obsession continues

Seeing as Pho & Bun is mere moments from Doughnut Time you can guess what dessert came in the form of (kinda glad I didn’t over order at dinner for this reason in the end). I had the Pistachio with Peanut Butter Glaze. It was ridiculously good and I wish I’d got another to take home for Dr W. Next time in town I have some Borough donut places on my list as I feel I need to try them all!


#4 The Cheese Bar, Camden

When I found out I was going to London I started making plans, and as you can tell from above these plans really did centre on food. A friend of mine I was planning to see on the Sunday suggested heading to The Cheese Bar in Camden, of course I immediately agreed to this. A whole bar dedicated to cheese?! Count me in! We enjoyed a lunch of small plates, from a Fondue Fritter, to Burrata and Mozzarella Sticks. It was just wonderful. I need to return in winter for fondue as it was just a bit too warm for it the other weekend.


#5 Sunny London

I was utterly blessed with the weather during my time in London. From the moment I got there it was sunny, which made for a wonderful Parkrun on the Saturday. But it also made for a lovely walk up Primrose Hill on the Sunday before I returned to Worcester. Our dairy binge continued after The Cheese Bar, with us heading for gelato from Marine Ices, perfect for the weather really. I recommend a scoop each of the dark chocolate and pistachio.

So what’s been making you happy lately? Have you been to London recently? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply Anca September 11, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Those doughnuts do look amazing, I’d like to try a few of them. It’s a shame the railway system is not more reliable. Although, driving has its disadvantages too, like being stuck on the motorway if something happens or is just very busy.

    • Reply MissPond September 11, 2018 at 9:12 am

      I’d hate to drive in London! Am definitely happy to put up with the wonky rail service!

  • Reply Holly September 10, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I haven’t been to London in years but I think I need to go just to try Doughnut Time! I’ve heard so many good things about it. I’d also love to visit The Cheese Bar.

    • Reply MissPond September 10, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      You really need too. I also recommend Cross Town Donuts – they are wonderful as well. The Cheese Bar is also incredible! So many good places to eat!

  • Reply Jessi September 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    The Cheese Bar is one of my favourite places! If I lived in Camden I swear I’d be there every week. That Burrata is to die for. Mr Foggs is also fantastic as a gin fiend myself, but I’m now going to have to check out Pho & Bun, and Doughnut Time (peanut butter & pistachio omg?!)

    Thanks for this!

    • Reply MissPond September 10, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      I definitely have to return to The Cheese Bar – the fondue is top of my list! Definitely go check out Pho & Bun – they have a great menu and it’s decently priced as well.

  • Reply Lynne Harper September 10, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    I adore London it’s such an amazing city and your time there sounds amazing. I’m a huge donut lover atm as well how could you not be with the variety out there yummy 🙂

    • Reply MissPond September 10, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      It’s such a wonderful city and so many donuts too!

  • Reply Hannah Swancott September 10, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Oh wow, Pho & Bun looks delish! I am heading to London this weekend, I am going to hunt it down!

    • Reply MissPond September 10, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      It’s on Shaftesbury Avenue – so very central!

  • Reply Bec Jones September 10, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Mr Foggett’s looks amazing. We are in London in October because N is running. I’d already decided on Pho and Bun, but I think a post run visit to drink Gin. Love Bec xx

    • Reply MissPond September 10, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      You should go for gin there – it’s so close. Although be warned, it’s worth booking a table even if it’s just for an hour. It was very busy!

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