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National Gallery

 

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Public Toilet in Notting Hill

 

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View from the Millennium Bridge

 

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It goes without saying that London is one of the culinary capitals of the world and I enjoyed my meals tremendously (well, most of them).

For a wonderful breakfast/brunch, I would highly recommend Paul Rhodes Bakery. With three Michelin stars under his belt, Paul Rhodes founded a bakery in 2003. One of these shops is located in Notting Hill.

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Serving all day food is Caravan King’s Cross, located by Granary Square in King’s Cross. Set in a historical industrial building, they serve what they call “well traveled food”. Caravan is a busy place during dinner, but service remains efficient and casual.

 

 

One excellent meal I had was at Lyle’s. Chef James Lowe’s simple restaurant in Shoreditch serves big flavours. Pricing is fair and be forewarned of the queue, so it would be wise to book ahead.

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Designed to look like a classic Austrian restaurant is Fischer’s in Marylebone, opened by restauranteurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King. With the white table cloth and professional service, one might mistaken prices to be inflated, but surprisingly they are not. The chicken schnitzel is wonderfully tasty and comes in a generous serving.

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Kopapa is Peter Gordon’s stylish all day restaurant located in Covent Garden. I dropped by for brunch to try out the innovative fusion cooking style.

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The disappointment is Jamie’s Italian in Picaddily. One of the many restaurants owned by Chef Jamie Oliver, unfortunately, it failed short. Service was good but the food was mediocre.

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For this trip, I stayed at La Suite West, a boutique hotel located just a block north of Hyde Park and walking distance to Notting Hill. It is well located in the west end of the city and there are two tube/metro stations situated less than a block away. Service is very friendly and professional. The minimalist interior design aesthetic is by the famous designer Anouska Hempel.

 

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The exterior of the hotel

 

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