The second day in London, we devised more of a plan. I couldn’t wait to try Farm Girl Cafe, a recommendation I received while listening to the Lively Show podcast. As soon as I heard Jess talk about it, I put it on my list.
If you are looking for healthy food with an awesome vibe, this is the place to go. Drinks range from coffee to turmeric lattes to an apple cider vinegar “cleanse,” made with honey and milk thistle. Menu items include those I would whip up in my own kitchen, and therefore made me feel at home. Alex ordered an acai bowl and I the buckwheat pancakes with a side of coconut yogurt and almond butter. We sat for over an hour, reading, writing and people watching.
The palace was holding a special exhibit on the fashion of Princess Diana, which has probably been my favorite activity thus far.
We also passed by St. Paul’s Cathedral walking from one place to the other.
I have to admit, I’m not much into art, but when I see those pieces I’ve heard about for as long as I can remember, it does make me have a greater appreciation.
Luckily, there was no entry fee for most of the museum (you could pay to see the special exhibits, but we didn’t feel the need).
After over six hours of exploring, we were cold, tired and in much need of a snack. Thank goodness for Pret a Manger! These locations can be found on every block; coffee is organic, food is all-natural but with the convenience of fast food. Of course, I would always suggest those non-chain establishments when possible, but if needing something quick, this is a great place to go.
Teriyaki sushi salmon salad with a green juice
Our last dinner in London was at Dishoom, an authentic Indian restaurant with two locations in Kings Cross and Soho. This was another Jess Lively recommendation! Coincidentally, as we were talking about it at Kensington Palace, another couple overheard us and had been there the night before. They raved about it! It was located down a lovely side street lined with other restaurants and pubs.
We ended up having to wait an hour and a half for a table (reservations for only parties of 6+), but were happy to post up at the bar for a couple of drinks. After we were seated, the food came fast. We started with a vegetable samosa appetizer, followed by chicken and mahi tikka. The food definitely did not disappoint!