Timmy Green Brunch Review

Timmy Green is part of the Daisy Green Collection in London. This chain of Aussie restaurants is getting bigger so you are more than likely to be close to one when out and about in London.

Timmy Green is based in Victoria and I visited after attending a gym class in Victoria. This branch is located in a cool part of Victoria called Nova Square. It is all relatively new and there are lots of different eateries and places for drinks here.

Timmy Green is modern with glass windows and lots of marble – an Instagram dream! The staff are uber friendly and the food is delicious.

The menu is really different with food you might not normally choose so it means you broaden your choice – they don’t just serve brunch but we love brunch so its our go to food choice!

I opted for the smashed avo on charcoal bread and added smoked salmon. This was incredible, the bread was insane and the smashed avo on top also came with labne, which is a turkish yoghurt and it complimented the dish perfectly.

My friend had the fancy bacon roll and it looked crazy with so many different ingredients but she finished the lot and said it tasted amazing.

The coffee’s here also taste yummy and look pretty too. We particularly love the blue mugs.

As per the rest of the restaurants you can get brunch here which is 2 courses, one sweet and one savoury with bottomless prosecco or mimosas – ideal!

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The Parlour Brunch Review

Canary Wharf isn’t usually a part of town we visit, especially at the weekends as it is known for being a bit of a ghost town at the weekends! The other weekend however, I had somewhere to be in Canary Wharf so decided to look for somewhere to have brunch afterwards.

The Parlour was our brunch spot of choice, it is located in the Park Pavilion on Canada Square which is just a 5 minutes’ walk from the station. The Parlous is a Drake and Morgan restaurant and from what we can tell it seems that they offer a standard brunch menu across all of their restaurants/bars.

The menu was fab and very reasonable as well, I booked a table to be on the safe side but upon arrival it was clear to see they had plenty of seating available. We were asked if we wanted to sit outside in there lovely alfresco terrace but there was a slight chill in the air so we opted to sit inside. The alfresco terrace had its own bar outside which is ideal especially on a hot summer’s day. By the time we left The Parlour the outside terrace was full as the sun had decided to come out to play!

I ordered the Poached eggs with Avocado & Chilli on Sourdough Toast but instead of poached eggs I opted for scrambled eggs. The dish was served but they had have forgotten I had asked for scrambled eggs as poached eggs were served. I decided to leave it instead of letting them know about the mix up- very British of me but it was still super delicious with the poached eggs.

The crushed avocado was absolutely delicious and the chilli flakes gave it a little kick. I tried to poached eggs and unfortunately they were freezing cold, so I had to send them back but when they returned they were piping hot.

My friend enjoyed the Eggs Royale which looked delicious and she said it was very tasty. They served a generous portion of smoked salmon as well which is also a good thing! You can order the Eggs Royale as a half portion for £4.50 or a full portion of £8.95.

We love the décor or The Parlour it was very millennial and there is gold EVERYWHERE! There were a selection of seats to choose from you could either sit on stalls or comfy arm chairs, we obviously went for the comfy arm chairs. We also noticed there were booths available with round tables for groups which looked super cosy.

The toilets were fancy as well and clean which is definitely a massive plus in our eyes, as you know we often judge a place by how clean the toilets are, we can’t be the only ones that do this.  They had a huge jar of sweets (wrapped of course otherwise that would be gross!)

We noticed when we were on the website that you could have your wedding reception at The Parlour, we actually think this would be a great wedding venue. There are a number of different packages available so if you are getting married and haven’t yet decided on a venue go and take a look!

We would definitely return to The Parlour the food was delicious and the drinks we saw being served looked incredible. My friend has visited on a Friday after work before and said the atmosphere is great so maybe we will have to swing if we are in the area for a couple of  cocktails!

Peterhsam Nurseries & Tea Room

We have been following Petersham Nurseries on Instagram for a while and wanted to visit for ages! It looked absolutely stunning online and totally instagram!

Petersham Nurseries are in Richmond and the most gorgeous place to spend a summers day. Petersham is more than just a nursery selling plants they have the most amazing fancy sit down restaurant and also the cutest tea rooms. They also have catering facilities for large parties and of course sell lots of beautiful plants, flowers and things for your garden.

We visited one Saturday in summer and just went to the tea room, however we know we will be back to visit the restaurant very very soon!

The tea rooms are located at the back of the nurseries and its basically self service. You find yourself somewhere to sit (the covered greenhouses are too hot in the summer but there are plenty of tables outside) and then queue up for your food. Grab a lovely wooden tray and you start at the sweet counter which sells an array of cakes which we assume will change everyday. They offer classics cakes/biscuits/brownies but also vegan options and healthier options too.

Next is the hot food/salad section. The hot food on offer when we were there was a lasagne which looked delicious and then lots of salad bits. We were only having a coffee and a slice of cake so did not try but the salads looks incredible and portion size very generous. You either picked 3 or 5 different salad options.

Lastly you arrived at the till where you could order your drinks. There was lots of options including obvious tea and coffee, but you could also order wine, prosecco or some refreshing juices.

The atmosphere here was lovely and so relaxed, we certainly did not feel like we were in London and felt like we could’ve spent all day chilling here.

Afterwards we had a mooch around the garden centre, there are so many lovely things but sadly we didn’t have the car with us to bring anything back. Next time we will drive as there is a little parking area – however not that many spaces, just to warn you!

There is also a Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden- it’s on our list of places we need to visit as it looks so beaut!

Sarona Eatery Review

Sarona Eatery is a new Middle Eastern restaurant which opened its doors in May 2018 in Clerkenwell. Sarona Eatery is inspired by the street food of Tel-Aviv to the streets of East London, they serve Tel Aviv classics but have also added an East London Twist.

Sarona Eatery is located on Clerkenwell Road with the nearest tube station being Farringdon (a 5 minute walk away). The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Friday7:30AM-23:00PM and also opens on a Saturday for Shabbat Brunch from 11:00AM-22:00PM.

The founders wanted to create a restaurant that enabled people to come together and eat good Israeli food and we think the restaurant has really hit the nail on the head.

Everything on the menu is homemade in the Sarona Kitchen which we absolutely loved as you know the food you are being served is fresh and has been made with love. The menu was designed with sharing in mind which is exactly what we did when we visited one Saturday afternoon.

Upon arriving at the restaurant we were greeted by the waitress who took us to the table that had been reserved for us, the table was inside and due to it being a lovely sunny day we asked if we were able to sit outside which she said wasn’t a problem at all. There were several tables outside that we can imagine are packed during the week. The city is always much quieter at the weekends so we were lucky to have the outside seating area to ourselves.

We asked the waitress and manager for their suggestions to ensure we were able to try a selection of dishes. We are not fussy eaters (we are up for trying anything) so we suggested they surprise us with the dishes. We do this quite frequently when we are visiting restaurants and we haven’t had a bad recommendation as of yet.

To start we both ordered a glass of wine Rachel went for the house rose and Annie went for the house Sauvignon Blanc. Both were delicious and the perfect drinks to enjoy with our feast!

The menu consisted of three sections the first one being the ‘dipping and ripping’ section! We were served Handmade Sarona Humus which consisted of Tahini sauce, chickpeas, schug and olive oil served with pita bread. If you love hummus then we would definitely recommend this dish it was so tasty, if you are wondering what schug is like we were it is an Israeli hot sauce it wasn’t that spicy though so don’t let this put you off.

We also tried the Chopped Grilled Aubergine with fresh mint and pomegranate rubies, this reminded us of baba ganoush and we especially liked the pomegranate and mint flavours as they really gave the dish a little bit of extra flavour. This is the perfect dish to share with friends and it is also served with pita bread on the side.

There were lots of dishes on the small plates section of the menu that took our fancy especially the Crispy Cauliflower with tahini sauce, amba sauce and roasted almonds which we were served and absolutely love. We are mad for tahini so knew we were going to love this dish, the amba sauce is a popular Middle Eastern picked mango condiment which was also really tasty. This was definitely one of our favourite dishes we tried at Sarona so we would 100% recommend you ordering it.

The Spiced lamb kofta with cucumber, spring onion, mint and sour cream was also another favourite of ours and a dish we would definitely order again. This dish was served with 2 lamb koftas which were generous in size and they were really generous with the salad. This would be the perfect dish if you wanted to enjoy your own starter without sharing.

When we say we had a feast we really did mean it, the final section of the menu is called ‘big plates’ and this is the main dishes although as we were sharing everything we had all the dishes arrive as and when they are cooked which we really enjoyed.

The All Day Shakshuka is a hawayej roast lamb shoulder that is cooked for 14 hours before being added to slow cooked cherry tomatoes and free-range eggs served with grilled sourdough bread. This was quite a rich dish with lots of delicious flavours, but the lamb was so tender and cooked to perfection. We especially loved the bread that was served on the side it was a brioche based bread that was sweet and complimented the shakahuka perfectly.

The Chermoula marinated Bavette Steak is a 45 day old Hereford Bavette served on green bean, fennel and pomegranate salad, if we are hones this was probably our least favourite dish it was still tasty and the flavours were delicious but we just found it to be a little chewy.

The Spiced Tune Steak is a chargrilled schug spiced yellow fin tuna with caramelised lime and oh my this was just incredible. We cannot recommend the tuna steak enough, we had it cooked rare which we are glad about as it was so flavoursome and we loved the schug spice sauce.

As you can imagine we were stuffed after this, so full that we couldn’t even order a dessert to try. The dessert did sound delicious though there was a choice of apple, plum and organs blossom strudel, home baked rogelach and a gluten free dark chocolate brownie.

The toilets were also immaculate and decor was beautiful. We especially loved the pink velvet round sofa in the hallway of the toilets- we would quite like one of them for ourselves!

We absolutely loved our afternoon at Sarona Eatery, the staff we fab and were so attentive making sure we had everything we needed and were enjoying our time. We cannot recommend this restaurant enough and we will definitely we returning with a larger group so we can share the love!

Darwin Brasserie Brunch Review

Darwin Brasserie is located in the walkie talkie building in the city of London. The restaurant is on the 36th floor (same as the sky garden).

Upon arrival we had to go through security before getting in the lift and going up to the 35th floor which is where the viewing platform is located. We then got back in the lift and got out on the 36th floor before entering the Darwin Brasserie.

Now before we start our review we are going to say that almost everything possible went wrong whilst we were there it was actually quite commical. The manager (whose name we didnt catch) was incredible and completly turned it around making sure we enjoyed our time at the Brasserie. His service and attitude was incredible and we cant thank him enough for turning everything around and basically saving Rachels surprise birthday breakfast.

We had booked a table at 9:30AM for Breakfast which we were really looking forward to as we had heard good things. When we phoned the restaurant to book and we wanted re assurance that we would have enough time if we arrived at 9:30AM as breakfast stopped at 10:30. We were told by the gentleman on the phone that it would be plenty of time we just needed to make sure we had ordered our hot breakfast by 9:45AM.

We were shown to our table and the waitress told us that we would have to be finished by 10:00AM as that is when breakfast is cleared away. We were surprised as this wasn’t what we were told previously on the phone. She said we could ‘pile up’ our plates before 10 o’clock as we had the table until 10:30AM. Had we of known we would have booked the table for 9:00AM.

As for piling up our plates it wasn’t really the kind of dining we were looking forward to! 😂 plus half of the food had already run out!

The continental part was cleared away at 9:58AM to which the manager came over and apologised and said he would remove the continental part off of the bill- which was incredibly kind of him.

We ordered our breakfast Annie had the smoked Salmon, scrambled egg on Rye Bread which also came with half a grilled beef tomato. It was really tasty the scrambled egg was the perfect consistency and the portion size of the smoked salmon was generous.

Rach went for the Panacakes with Caramalised bananas and Chocolate sauce (which she asked to be removed as she doesnt like Nutella). When the pancakes arrived the plate was sprinkled in hazelnuts, so we asked if they could be removed. The pancakes returned and they had freshly prepared a new batch that were extra fluffy! The manager also gave Rach some berries and a jug of maple syrpup to say sorry for the mix up. The pancakes were so delicious and very cake like we would definitely reccomend if you visit Darwin Brasserie.

We were still at the table gone 10:30AM and the manager surpised us each with a glass of Prosecco to say sorry for the inconvinience that had been caused. It didn’t have to do that and it was a lovely gesture- there were smiles all round.

When I booked Darwin Brasserie I was asked if we were celebrating an occassion as they would bring something out as a surprise at the end. I had completly forgotten about this so it was a nice suprise when that arrived for Rachel.

The ultimate brunch is £25.50 which includes the continental buffett and an item off of the menu. You can opt for the continental breakfast only which is priced at £16.95.

There was a great atmosphere in the Brasserie, and the view was incredible! Eating breakfast and looking out at London isn’t something we do everyday so that sure was amazing.

As we were leaving we noticed the staff had already started laying out the brunch which by the way looked INCREDIBLE! Especially the desserts!

We would definitely recommend visiting but just make sure you book earlier enough to give yourself enough time!

39 Steps Coffee Haus Review

39 Steps Coffee Haus is located in the heart Soho and the second branch is opening soon in Knightsbridge which we will have to visit.

The reason it is called 39 steps is because it takes exactly 39 steps from the bean on the bush to the cup in your hand! We thought this was really cool and have since read up on it, which you can also do if you are interested over on their website.

We visited at lunch time one Saturday and the coffee haus was heaving (in a good way). This sure was a sign that the coffee and food they served was good! You cannot book a table, you just have to walk in and see if there is one available.

It isn’t very big inside and there are two main tables in the middle that sit four and around the edge of the venue there are bar stalls which we opted to sit at. There are also a few smaller tables available as well. We chose the seats by the window so we could watch the world go by!

Upon sitting down as looked at the drinks menu as we had been told the cold press juices where to die for and we can indeed confirm they are DELICIOUS!

We decided to opt for two different juices/smoothies so we could try a couple of the flavours. The first cold press juice we chose was watermelon based and was delightfully refreshing and the perfect drink to enjoy on a warms summers day, which indeed it was.

We also ordered a smoothie which consisted of banana, mint and lots of other flavours it was the perfect consistency and the flavours really complimented each other. The juices come in 250ml bottles so they are perfect to take away or like us you can enjoy them in a glass with some ice.

Rachel ordered an iced latte with almond milk and Annie had an iced americano with a dash of soya milk. The coffee was incredible, it wasn’t to bitter which we loved but still nice and strong. We did also spot the cold coffee freakshake which we are intrigued to try so we will definitely have to visit again!

When we first walked into 39 Steps we noticed the pancakes and knew immediately that we would be ordering a stack. We ordered the peach jam pancakes to share which were served with whipped cream, fairtrade bananas and honey. We are glad we shared the pancakes because they were absolutely HUGE but oh my SO dam delicious! They only cost £9 which we think is a bargain considering the portion size, we will be dreaming about these pancakes for a while!

Upon leaving the manager asked us if we wanted to take away a couple of the cakes or muffins they had on display at the front counter. We opted for the vegan banana bread and a blueberry muffin. The vegan banana bread was really tasty and very moist which we like our banana bread to be! The blueberry muffin was huge and was bursting with fresh blueberries and was texture was light and fluffy so overall a very tasty muffin.

They had lots of sandwiches and cakes on display by the counter which we thought was a great idea especially for customers that are taking away! The juices are also at the counter stores in crushed ice.

39 Steps Coffee Haus gets a massive thumbs up from us! Everything from the service to the food and the drinks were incredible. We couldn’t recommend visiting this little establishment enough it filled us with joy and left us feeling very content.

The Locals

The local’s café is a healthy eating inspired café located in Grosvenor Waterside, Chelsea. It is a 12 minute Walk away from Sloane Station and a 15 minute walk to Victoria Station. The Locals serves breakfast until 5pm every day because they believe whenever you start your day you have to start it with a proper one. They have a separate brunch menu for the weekend.

The Locals café is slightly hidden and out of the way which we didn’t realise before visiting, this actually worked in our favour as it meant there wasn’t a ton of people waiting to have brunch. We were a little worried if we wouldn’t get a table as you are not able to reserve at the locals instead they work on a walk in basis. We arrived at about 10:45 and had no problem getting a table, the café was still buzzing and had a good atmosphere it just wasn’t overcrowded which was fab.

We ordered our drinks first, I went for an almond milk flat white and my sister had a ginger shot as she was suffering with a bit of a cold. The flat white was delicious with the perfect coffee to milk ratio, the Ginger shot was hella spicy and I only tried a tiny bit. The staff were really polite and helpful and didn’t mind waiting for us to decide what to order.

The waiter recommended the Matcha pancakes (£10.50) and suggested we got them if we had room for dessert, we didn’t this time but after seeing them we are definitely going to have to return to try them. The Gluten Free Granola in a jar also looked really delicious.

I ordered the Free Range Scrambled Eggs with a side of Smoked Salmon (£4.50) on sourdough toast which was so tasty. You could choose between 2 (£7) or 3 eggs (£9) and I went for the 2 eggs which I am glad I did as the portion was huge, they were also really generous with the smoked salmon as well.

My sister chose the Skinny Eggs Florentine (£10.50) which consisted of homemade skinny hollandaise with wilted spinach that was served on top of a brioche bun. The presentation of the brunch was really spectacular and reminded us of an erupting volcano.

We fell in love with the crockery at The Locals Cafe, we love an Instagrammable mug and plate and they certainly were here so we were snapping away making sure we got some good content. Seriously though how annoying is it when you go somewhere for brunch and the crockery is just so plane and boring! Only us?  They also provided us with a jug of water on the table which had a cute label on saying the Locals.

We loved the décor of The Locals, there was a plant feature wall in the middle of the café that was really pretty and it made us feel like we were sat in a green house.

We noticed there were quite a meetings happening in the café (on a Saturday morning) and there were also lots of individuals working away on their laptops.

We will definitely be visiting The Locals again, the food was great and so was the price tag! All round a great spot for brunch!

By Chloe Review

NEW VEGAN PLACE TO EAT IN LONDON ALERT! IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD ABOUT IT WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

By Chloe is a new vegan restaurant in the heart of London. This restaurant has come over from America and is taking London by a storm.

Located in Covent Garden opposite 42nd Street the premises are surprisingly huge. We didn’t know what to expect and were pleasantly surprised at how large the restaurant was.

The great thing about By Chloe is that it is not table service so this meant there was no queue for a table and we didn’t struggle to find a table either. However we did go on a Monday afternoon so it was probably more quiet than usual.

Guests order their food from the counter and are given a receipt, the staff call your name out once your food or drink is ready.

We were surprised to see that at the weekend there is more choice on the menu and they offer a weekend brunch menu. We want to return to try the pancakes on this menu as they took our fancy.

We decided to go for the pasta pot as we had just come from a gym class. The one we opted for was the avocado-cashew pesto pasta which was served with cherry tomatoes and vegan Parmesan. We chose the large pot and oh my it was so filling that we actually struggled to finish it, the sauce was so creamy and flavoursome.

There was also vegan mac and cheese which was made from sweet potatoes. We were not brave enough to try this, but maybe next time.

Other items on the menu included salad, burgers, juices, fries, cupcakes and even treats for your pets!

We both ordered an iced latte made with almond milk which was small but delicious! We have been craving an iced latte for a while so it definitely hit the spot.

We absolutely loved the decor of the place, you could sit on circle tables, benches or even in a swinging chair. The iconic Guac Save the Queen sign was also lit up and made the most instagramable picture.

There was also a filter tap for water and agave nectar bottles too. However our highlight was the pile of colouring sheets and pots of crayons you could help yourself to to colour in whilst you wait. Food was served on a tray and a colouring paper sheet lined the tray too which was such a kitsch idea.

Let us know if you decide to visit and what you think!

Is The Cost Of London Living Getting A Big Too Much? You Do Have Options!

There’s a whole lot to love about living in London. We have always lived close to London growing up and it was only ever a tube ride away and as Rach got older she decided to make the move to the big city. London city is so alive and diverse that no matter what you’re into or what you’re looking for you can usually find it only a tube ride away.

While there are many cities across the UK that are amazing and we love visiting the Big Smoke really does have it all. Are you a foodie? Don’t worry, London has you covered. Wine fanatic? London has some of the classiest and coolest wine bars anywhere in the world! Into art? You can’t throw a rock in the capital without hitting a gallery packed full of exquisite and challenging works. And theatre? There are so many incredible shows that you will have to see!

While there are certainly cheaper places in the country to live most Londoners (including us) consider the high rent and cost of living completely worth it.

Don’t get us wrong some months can be a struggle and it can be hard working out finances but there is no need to stress though as there are things you can do about these worries.

We have always been fairly good at saving money, but there are also times when you would rather not spend your savings on say your broken down car. When something like this happens it’s important to know that there are places that can help you!

There are many options available to you, but knowing the right one to suit your needs can make the difference between resolving your problem or digging yourself deeper and deeper into an avalanche of debt which of course we don’t want!

Credit cards aren’t always a bad thing and in actual fact they can work in you favour when further down the line you are looking to get a mortgage. Be sensible and remember to pay off your credit card before you start paying interest.

Credit cards- These can be helpful, and many come with attractive 0% interest rates for an introductory period. Just make sure that you pay off your debt within this window or the interest rates could spike rather quickly.

Secured loans- Secured loans are ideal for those who are lucky enough to own their own property and may not have the best credit rating. Just make sure you look for a lender who gives you an APR and monthly repayments that are manageable for your circumstances.

It is perfectly possible to live on just £40 a day in London inclusive of rent, bills and living expenses. It may just mean you have to keep an eye on your spending. Do you really need to buy a coffee every morning? Could you take a pack lunch to work? Could you save yourself some money by walking part of the way to work?

That’s not to say that you should become a recluse because what fun would that be? And what would be the point of living in London if you’re not going to do any living.

Pizza Union Review

We had never heard of Pizza Union before, we know right?! Are we living under a rock! But when we were contacted and asked to write a review we jumped at the chance.

We love Pizza it’s one of our favourite foods, especially when cooked right and something we always opt for when we are eating out or getting a take away.

We visited the Dalston branch of Pizza Union which is a new branch that has recently opened. It is located just a short walk about from Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland station.

The staff at Pizza Union were really friendly and explained how the restaurant worked! You order your food and they give you a buzzer that will vibrate when your food is ready to pick up. The service was super fast which we were pleased about as we were so peckish.

The pizza’s are all freshly cooked in a giant pizza oven which took up the majority of the kitchen.

We both ordered a 12inch pizza each and a side salad to share. We loved the fact the pizzas were thin crust (Roman Style) instead of deep pan as it doesn’t feel so heavy and you can actually taste the flavours of the pizza.

Rach went for the Regina which was tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, Ham, mushrooms (which she removed) and black olives. It was really tasty and we loved the addition or Parmesan cheese as it is one of our faves!

Annie went for the Carne which was topped with chicken, beef, pepperoni, onions and rosemary. Basically a bit of a meat feast lol. The rosemary really made the pizza it was so delicious and we would definitely recommend if you are a meat eater.

We ordered a side salad as well which was priced at £3.95. The salad we opted for was the Pizzeria (which was essentially a pizza in a salad minus the dough). It was yummy but definitely only as a side salad as it wouldn’t be filling enough as a main.

For dessert- yes we went all out we ordered the Dolce Classico which was a warm dough ring with Nutella and mascarpone. Seriously it tasted as good as it sounds, Annie was in Nutella heaven as it’s one of her favourite things in the entire world. We would definitely order this again!

We were offered frozen margaritas as well but we both decided to go for soft drinks instead. Although when we return we will definitely go for the raspberry margarita it looked delicious.

The pizzas are SO SO cheap! You can order a margarita for just £3.95, which is just crazy. The most expensive pizza is only £6.50 so again really good value especially for London.

Pizza Union is open 7 days a week from 11am till late, they do not deliver so you will have to visit one of the branches to enjoy the pizza or order a takeaway and collect it yourself. It’s also important to mention they do not take bookings like most fast food restaurants.