I have always loved food & decided to start my food page/blog @zozogram_eats in January 2019 after friends kept on about it being a good idea for me. The page took off & gave me even more of an excuse to be out & about! More recently I have started to share my home cooking too which has been welcomed by my followers. In total contracts to this, my day job is a Client Accounts Manager for a luxury independent property company & I have lived in London my whole life.
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
Breakfast is always a good idea & as I am now working from home I do like to treat myself to brekkie out once in a while. One of my faves is Artist Residence London. Their clubhouse does great dishes for the morning rush & open from 7am onwards. I tend to always have the same thing when I go which is there fresh orange & eggs on sourdough toast (sometimes served with Truffle).
Where is your favourite place to grab lunch?
Lunch has to be Bucket – a seafood restaurant based on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill. I work on the same road and visit at least once a week! The concept is fresh seafood, like mussels & calamari, which is served in Buckets both large & small. They have daily specials available (catch of the day & fish soups) & they really know how to look after their guests. Bucket also have a daily oyster happy hour which goes down a treat after a long day! I’m a massive fan of oysters & all things seafood.
What is the ideal afternoon activity in a city like London?
The perfect afternoon in London has to be started off with a good old bottomless brunch! With soooo many options now available its always hard to pick a favourite however my ultimate brunches of 2020 so far have been at Mama Shelter & Park Chinois – both have stuck out for me based on food, drinks & ambience plus great value for money.
Mama Shelter is a hotel based in Shoreditch which caters for everybody. On Sundays they have their bottomless Roasts & the beef wellington is out of this world!
Park Chinois is the complete opposite. It’s an Asian restaurant which has the most delicious dim sum & their Saturday brunch comes with half bottle of champers plus the entertainment is always on point! After brunch, a roam around the streets, a spot of people watching &sightseeing, shopping in markets & then stumbling into another bar for some evening cocktails!
Where are the best places for dinner?
With London becoming so well known for its food culture, for dinner with wow factors as well as exceptional food, I would recommend Amazonico & Seabird. Seabird is on top of the new Hoxton Hotel in Southwark & boasts views all across London. They serve seafood (my fave) & have the largest oyster list in London (possibly Europe). The interiors are divine & their cocktails are cleverly balanced. My personal fave is their frozen caipirinha. I’ve visited here 4 times now & it never gets old!
Amazonico is based in Mayfair & is known for its exciting Latin American menu & rainforest décor. Its plush & worth every penny in my humble opinion! I tried frog legs here & the Argentinian steaks are cooked to perfection, sliced & served at your table. Both of these establishments are on the higher end of the price points but everybody deserves a treat!
In the evening, what is the city like and where do you find yourself?
The bustle of London never stops so on weekdays if I do out, its most likely to be local & visit my nearby public houses or restaurants. I am based in Victoria which has heaps of options. Local faves include The Orange (popular choice with other inhabitants) & Tozi as well as Pimlico Thai (one of the best thai food spots in town).
In a busy city like London, is there anywhere to chill?
There are lots of nice chilled bars & roof tops to lounge at & watch the world go by plus some very classy places for a quiet afternoon tea. On my list of teas to visit is 100 Queens Gate – very chic!
What is there to do for something fun and different?
Swingers is a great place for some indoor fun as you can play mini golf with friends & drink funky cocktails. They have a range of street food vendors in the same premises too so it’s an all-rounder for family & friends.
Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travellers?
If I were to visit London as a Tourist (a 21yr old version of myself!) I would suggest Shoreditch/the city. So much to see with excellent transport links to all over London and beyond! Shoreditch is the definitive area to get lost in with street art, food stalls and Unique vintage shops all within some of the city’s biggest skyscrapers.
What season would you recommend visiting?
London is beautiful in any season. Call me bias but it has something to offer with each season. Autumn is fab so crunching the leaves in Hyde Park with a Hot chocolate in hand and Summer is vibrant with al fresco dining everywhere & us Londoners are in even better spirits when the sun is shining!
Is London best for a family holiday/friends’ holiday or couple holiday?
Being single in London & not having any kids myself, I would probably say it’s best for couples & friends just because sometimes things are better enjoyed when there are 2 or more of you! Please don’t feel sorry for me as Prince charming will ride in on his tube soon!