Cafe hopping in London.



If you’ve already watched this little video I made and put live on my YouTube channel last week, you’ll know that way we spent the Saturday before last made me so very happy, I basically had a silly grin etched permanently onto my face. The day was spent in London with a few of my favourite people- Tania, Freya, Sophie, and Jason. Soph was over from Sydney so Freya and I FINALLY got to meet her in person, after well over a year of following each other’s blogs and Instas and all those other ways we’ve legitimised stalking in the 21st Century ;) And of course, Tania and Freya have been part of my daily life for what feels like forever now, but Jason had only met Freya once before and had only met Tania once via FaceTime when she was in Australia, so it was a day of unions and reunions and so much happiness I was pretty giddy by the end of it all!

Let’s start at the top…

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Before Saturday even rolled around, we made ourselves a little agenda of cafes and bars to hit that day- first SAID, then a wine bar, then finally to Monocle cafe. Sophie was on a little photo-shooting project for ‘What To Cook Tonight‘, and the rest of us were busy wielding cameras and snapping away for our respective blogs and Instagram feeds. In fact, though Jason is a seasoned ‘blog boyfriend’ and pretty handy with a camera these days, even he didn’t really know what had hit him when the waitress brought over our hot chocolates, and out came four sets of DSLRs and iPhones and we all began shuffling about arranging cups ‘just so’ for the perfect shot! He said it was like being with me times four- which is pretty accurate, I’d say!

SAID dal 1923 (Broadwick St, W1F 9QL) is the chocolate cafe of your dreams. It’s famed as being the best place in London to get a hot chocolate, a claim passionately confirmed by all five of us on Saturday! I mean, I’ve not even tried *that* many hot chocolates in London, but I don’t think it even matters. There’s nothing in the world that could live up to those tiny cups of warm, rich, molten chocolate! Everything from the cafe we sampled was so delicious- from the hot chocolate itself to a caprese salad, the coffee, and a slice of carrot cake the size of your average house brick- I’m now desperate to go back and pick up a few of the caramel truffles, plus a jar of their very own homemade chocolate-hazelnut spread!

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^^ Wouldn’t those dark chocolate spoons be the best thing ever to stir into a mug of hot milk, or maybe even a latte? ^^


^^ SAID’s own Nutella was the absolute bomb. And you know how loyal I am to Nutella, so that really is saying something…^^


Once we’d had our fill of chocolate (I could’ve stayed there all day long quite happily, but we had so many more places to sample and needed to pace ourselves!) we moved on to ‘lunch’. Because what else is there to do when you’ve spent a couple of hours sitting round a table eating great food and talking, than to go somewhere new and sit round a table eating great food and talking?!


Our next spot was a wine bar called Antidote, on a little side alley just off Carnaby Street. It’s tiny and charming, and the wine is fantastic. I ordered a white that the waitress recommended, after I mentioned that a sauvignon blanc is usually my favourite (all the wines at Antidote were French, so no sauvignon blanc to hand!) and Jason went for a red whose name I’ve forgotten entirely but was completely amazing. Our wine was accompanied by cheese (a gruyere, goats, and a soft cow’s cheese from Normandie), little disks of saucisson, and fresh bread served with lashings of salted butter.

What commenced next was a conversation between us all that wouldn’t have been out of place in an episode of Sex and the City, so I’ll spare you the details…just know that Jason held his own like a total pro, and we all left with stomachs that ached from laughing so hard! ;)

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Last of all, we moseyed over to Monacle cafe on Chiltern Street, after a quick pitstop in at John Lewis to pick me up a replacement lens. Mine took a tumble at the train station that morning and smashed to smithereens, and since I’ve not gone a day without using it for easily 18 months now, I had to replace it stat! (The majority of these photos were taken using Freya’s spare 50mm 1.4 lens, which, considering on paper it’s not that dissimilar to my 50mm 1.8, felt SO very different using it was kind of like trying to eat whilst holding my knife and fork in the wrong hands! Cameras and lenses are so very fascinating, aren’t they?)

The coffee at Monacle was delicious but eye-wateringly dear (not on paper, but the cups were miniature!), and the place had a serene and mellow vibe. We spent an hour or so there talking about the year Tania spent in Australia, about relationships, and love, and so many other things besides. It felt so incredible to spend the day with soul-sisters, and to see Jason chatting away with them all as though they’d known each other for years. It made me feel grateful 1000 times over to have such beautiful people in my life.
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* Thanks to Tan for this last photo!

Once night fell, we begrudgingly parted ways- Freya went off to a hen do, Sophie and Tania to dinner with some of Soph’s UK friends, and Jason and I to Meat Liquor for burgers and deep fried pickles. We weren’t super impressed with Meat Liquor (we’re just not cool enough to eat in such a nightclub-y sort of place!) but the pickles and cheese fries more than lived up to expectation.

All in all, the day was a glorious one! If I could book in maybe one Saturday a month like this one, it’d be pretty ideal. We just need Soph and her husband George to move back to London, and we’ll be on the right track…

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  • Little Miss Katy

    That’s twice this week I’ve heard about Said Dal 1923! Angela (Awkward Blog) was talking about it the other day. Think I’m definitely going to have to try it out next week! :) xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • Ala

    This looks like a fab saturday! Those chocolate spoons have caught my attention! Meat Liquor is not the best and the low-lighting thing is off-putting. Even though it’s part of the same group, Meat Mission is absolutely the best of the three so if you get a chance, definitely go back and try Meat Mission, it’s not too far from Old St Station xxx

  • rosie alittlelusciousness

    What a perfect Saturday. If you’re in town and looking for amazing food you should definitely go back to Antidote for their main menu, it’s wonderful!
    Rosie xx

  • Kelsey Douglas Short

    Alex and I are heading to Meat Liquor in Brighton this weekend so fingers crossed for us. The food sounds delicious there.

  • Sarah @ DaydreamsofSummertime

    Ah coffee, wine and london – three of my favourite things! Sounds like a perfect Saturday! x

  • Camille

    I can’t think of a better way to spend a day with friends!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel


    Wow, your day is full of wonderful activities with your friends. I love watching your vlog so much. I am impressed with the hot cup of chocolate. Wish I could taste. The little girl is so cute with the butterflies.

  • Rosie McKay

    Chocolate and wine and friends. Sounds like a perfect combination to me!
    Those chocolate spoons look to die for too!


  • Lauren S

    So lovely to see you meet up with blogging BFFs – I hope this is me one day! The first cafe sounds outstanding, best hot chocolates and caprese salad?! Yes please!

    Lauren x

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  • ~Laura~

    I’m going to London next week, I’ve noted these amazing looking places:)

  • Sara Rose

    I love cafe hoping! What a fun day!

  • Iga Berry

    I will have to take some time off work and go down to London. What an excellent excuse to treat myself to yummy chocolate when I am there!

  • Nadya Elvina

    Sounds like you had a fun day! And the pictures you took are so lovely

  • Pili G

    Looks like you had a great day! Love the pictures!



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  • Natalie | Songs of Stillness

    All of these places look amazing and the food looks delicious! SO fun!

    Circus & Bloom

  • Geneva

    I love the idea of doing a food tour! Wondering if there are enough excellent restaurants in small town Michigan to do something similar . . . either way, looks like a lovely time!

    The Geneva Convention

  • Natalie

    Lovely way to spend a day!

  • Mimmi

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day! I love the idea of café hopping, and all the food looks amazing.

    xx MImmi, Muted Mornings

  • Cecilia

    That chocolate display totally reminded me of Belgium! Saw those everywhere!

  • nicole

    Sounds like the perfect day out xx

  • Charlie

    I didn’t know that you had a youtube channel, I subscribed ! The little girl you babysat seemed so lovely and polite, just adorable ! All this chocolate looks delicious ! Seems like you had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed this post !

    xo, Charlie

  • Molly

    Sounds like such a wonderful day out! There’s nothing better than catching up with friends surrounded by delicious food! This reminded me I need to sort out a catch up with my friends soon :)

  • laura chambray and curls

    Oh dear lord, those photos of the chocolates are like torture! I’m currently on a pre wedding/ lent sugar free eating plan and I want to stuff all of those into my mouth, right now! I looks incredible! What a lovely day out. Spending time with blogging friends is so much fun, I always love how common loves can bring groups of people together :)


    Chambray & Curls

  • Roseann

    What a day! Sounds amazing. I really can’t think of many thins better than eating, drinking and nattering with friends all day long! x

  • Elizabeth Rebecca

    It looks like a great day and the food looks amazing :)

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Caroline L.

    “Legitimized stalking” – the PERFECT phrase to describe blogging! ;) This whole post makes me so happy… I follow all of your blogs, so it was such a fun one for me to read & see you all coming together and being wonderful!!

  • Polly Rowan

    Ah these are all my fave bloggers! What a wonderful day and the food looks divine! I’ve just moved to Australia myself and now want to be back in the foodie world of London for the day haha! Just a little confused though – isn’t Sauvignon Blanc in France?

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Oh I really want to go to Antidote – I’ve heard such good things about it! Monocle has long been on the list too! What a fun way to spend the day with blogger friends and your fiance! xxx

  • Anna

    It looks like you had an amazing time together :)

  • Rae Tilly

    Monocole Cafe and Antidote both look so lovely and these photos are beautiful. It looks like you ladies all had a lovely time! Will be putting them on my list of places to visit next time I make it out to London and will have to check out the video you posted to youtube too!

    Rae | love from berlin

  • Charlotte @ Educating Elsa

    Ooh look at all that yummy chocolate. I never used to be that bothered about it but I’ve got such a sweet tooth these days! I love little cafes. I like that most are toddler friendly too so I can just take Elsa and share a piece of cake without feeling like people are getting a bit grumpy about a child being around. It’s nice to just go and sit sometimes.

  • megslifeenchanted

    Those chocolate spoons are so adorable! Looks like you had a great day out! I know where I’ll be heading next time I’m in London!

  • http://www.mà Nicky Nelson

    Loving the little bread basket in Antidote! I have just bought a 50mm f1.8 lens and am LOVING it.

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