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!

Tourist Guide to Covent Garden & Surrounding Neighbourhoods

Covent Garden is one of London’s most well known areas. It is often on every tourists to do list when visiting London and we can totally see why. Covent Garden has a lot to offer from restaurants and bars to history and culture and it is also home to several London theatres including the Lyceum, where the Lion King is performed. Whether you are visiting Covent Garden for a civilised dinner, a night at the theatre or you plan on dancing the night away Covent Garden is the place to be.

If you want to be in the heart of the city during your stay then we would definitely recommend staying in Covent Garden as there are plenty of hotels on offer.

There are so many hidden gems both in Covent Garden and it’s surrounding neighbourhoods. If there is one tip we could give you when exploring London it would be to walk and wonder everywhere. Don’t waste your time on the tube places are far closer than you think! Oh and don’t stick to the main roads go down the side roads that are off the beaten track because that is there that you will stumble across all the quirky and independent places!

Below are some of our favourite places in and around Covent Garden that would make the perfect day out for you and a friend!

Another Space
If you are fitness fanatics like us that like to try out the local fitness scene in whatever city we visit then why not kick start your day at this boutique gym. Another space is located in soho just a few minutes walk from the centre of Covent Garden. Give spinning or boxing a go and it will certainly leave you feeling ready for the day ahead!

Coffee & Brunch
There are coffee shops on every corner you turn in Covent Garden (or just London I fact)!

Ladurée– A must visit if you are a macaroon lover as they are known for their macaroons. Enjoy a macaroon and an English breakfast tea or coffee in their outside seating area.

The Ivy Market Grill- sitting outside on the terrace overlooking Covent Garden Square is a must! They have an all day menu and also a brunch menu so it would be perfect anytime of day.

By CHLOE- One of the coolest vegan restaurants around has recently opened in Covent Garden serving incredible vegan comfort food YUM!

Dishoom- We would advise arriving earlier than you plan on eating to avoid disappoint as it is likely you will have to que for a table, but don’t worry they hand out free coffee in the que whilst you wait! The brunch menu is served daily until 11:45!

Apple market
Apple Market was once home to a well known fruit and veg market. Although it no longer sells fruit and veg they still continue to support market traders selling a range of unique products (on Mondays the market is dedicated to antiques). The market is open form 10-6.

Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is renowned for its outstanding performances of traditional opera. Some of the world most well known opera singers have performed at the Royal Opera House. If you are a fan of the ballet then we would definitely recommend this show.

Street performers
Why not stop and watch some of the street performers in Covent Garden for a chilled after in the Square. You could even go to the Punch and Judy bar and watch whilst enjoying a beverage. Street performers at Covent Garden have to go through auditions in order to perform so they sure do have talent!

Shops
There are so many shops to visit in Covent Garden, some are chains and some are independents so you’ll certainly find some nice goodies. The shops are really quaint so the perfect place to pick up a present for someone.

Dinner
Balthazar- is a US chain that only recently made its way across the pond and to London. The restaurant is in the heart of Covent Garden so the perfect location for some food. Despite being a US restaurant this place is vey French/Parisian with Paris style decor and delicious French food.

The menu is simple but elegant, a variety of starters including selection of artisan bread (which we ordered) and pate de campagne. To drink we went for a cote de Provence (our favourite)!

There is also the dish of the day ranging from duck pie to coq au vin (which was delicious!). Annie went for the fillet of salmon with warm lentil, spinach and walnut salad.

The staff are very friendly and attentive too, which is something we really appreciate.

Theatre
There are plenty of box offices in Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square so if you haven’t pre booked theatre tickets then pop along and choose the show you want to watch! There are so many AMAZING shows! Some we can recommend are: Lion King, Kinky Boots, play that goes wrong, Mamma Mia, Matilda & 42nd Street.

Dessert
In recent years so many dessert places have opened up in London (its incredible). Some people just go out for dessert instead of dinner!

Milk train– this place is loved by all instagrammers as it’s a dream place for a picture. Their signature is ice cream with candy floss around the edge. You pick a cone, a flavour of soft serve ice cream, toppings and then candy floss. It sure does make for a pretty epic picture, and tastes good too!

Bubble wrap– nestled in the heart of china town this place is very popular and quite often there are queues out the door. Despite not being in Covent Garden it is only a short walk away and gives you the opportunity to explore China Town too. The bubble wrap cone is pretty cool and you can watch the staff make them. You pick your flavour ice cream, your topping and your sauce and hey presto your first bubblewrap ice cream!

Yorica – closer to China Town/Soho Yorica serves dairy free frozen yoghurt and ice cream with all the toppings. For those with an allergy but a sweet tooth we highly recommend this place for dessert.

We had such a fab day out exploring Covent Garden and it’s surrounding neighbourhoods. Our spending money was kindly gifted by Hotels.com but all views are our own.

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.

Cocotte Rotisserie Review

Cocotte Rotisserie is a French farm to the table chicken rotisserie. They serve healthy and delicious homemade dishes from fresh. There are currently two restaurants the first one to open was the Notting Hill branch and recently they have just opened the Hoxton branch.

We visited Cocotte Rotisserie on a sunny Thursday evening. It was the perfect way to spend the evening catching up over delicious food and drink.

When we arrived at 7 o’clock it was very quiet but by the time we had left the place was full and there was such a nice atmosphere. As it was a mild evening we opted to sit outside (we prefer taking photos outside the lightening is always much better)! We sat in the little courtyard which was situated at the front of the restaurant. There was a heater as well which took the edge off and it was perfect.

Hoxton Square is lovely, despite being in quirky Shoreditch you feel like you’re in a different world. The architecture is so different around the square, a mixture of old and new around a leafy square.

The staff were so attentive and very friendly they served us tap water whilst we looked at the menu. We instantly took a fancy to the spritzers which all sounded amazing and cost £9. In the end Annie went for The Cocotte which was Belsazar rose, fresh grapefruit, sparkling wine and slim tonic water it was really refreshing! Rach opted for The Collins which was raspberries, belsazar rose, lime and sparking wine it was so tasty and was served with a strawberry on the side. The drinks came in large wine glasses with ice cubes and were very refreshing! We could have had quite a few!

We were very hungry so went straight for main but for starter there was a cheese plate, veggie basket and chicken wings.

As usual we opted to share so we could try a lot of the menu. We shared a whole chicken which was priced at £23 if you opt for a half chicken it is £13. The chicken at Cocotte is marinated for 24 hours and slow cooked on a low heat to ensure maximum flavour! We also order 2 sauces the first one being truffle mayo and the second was bbq. We were also given a pot of chicken gravy.

For sides we went for the ratatouille, truffle mac and cheese and the Nini’s salad and we decided to add feta to the salad as we both love it and noticed it was an option under the ‘pimp my salad’ section.

The food came nice and quick and we definitely opted for the perfect amount (in fact a whole chicken was probably a little too much)! There was so much chicken and it was so flavoursome, so much so that you didn’t necessarily need the dipping sauces!

The sides were amazing, the salad was incredible, so flavoursome and the dressing complimented the green beans and broccoli perfectly. The mac and cheese was so creamy and moreish. The ratatouille wasn’t with tomato as traditional ratatouille would be but it was still yummy!

For dessert we were torn but in the end went for the lemon tart and what we thought would be ice cream. However the ice cream was actually called mochi on the menu so we assumed it was just ice cream but it wasn’t! Since visiting we have done a bit of research and found out it is in fact a Japanese confection! Anyway this was the best surprise, it’s hard to describe but it was basically ice cream covered in some sort of jelly and they were shaped like balls, as the picture below shows.

You were able to pick 3 flavours for £6 so we decided to go for chocolate, strawberry cheesecake and green tea. These balls literally tasted as they were described and left us wanting more! We will definitely be returning to try the rest of the flavours!

The lemon tart was also a thing of beauty 👌🏼the lemon zesty flavours were delicious and they were incredible generous with the lemon filling and it was baked in a sweet pastry shell.

We loved the interior of the restaurant the white wooden tables made for the perfect Instagram shot YES! Inside the restaurant there was foliage draped down the walls which was super cute and very stylish.

We loved the gold, white and dark green colour theme they have chosen, again it is very stylish and trendy! I mean we are just a sucker for anything gold or marbled!

We loved the wallpaper in the toilets it was flamingo and sooo funky! There is just something about a good and pink bathroom we love!

All in all we had the best evening and would 100% recommend Cocotte Rotisserie! It perfect for catching up with friends or going on a date. We will definitely be retuning!

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!

Visit London For Free

We love living in London but sometimes really do take it for granted. It’s nice one in a while to be a tourist in our own city and this can sometimes be quite expensive so we have pulled together all the fun free things you can do in London.

Natural History & Science Museum- these are located in potentially one of our favourite parts of London, South Kensington which is very close to Chelsea. The beautiful mansion houses and streets are very photogenic and there are lots of cafes on our list to try in this area too (you can read all about Muriel’s which is very close by here) This area also hosts 2 free museums which are fab for kids and adults too. There is so much to see at these museums and you could easily spend a day here. They often have pretty cool exhibitions on too, but you have to pay for these. During the summer they also host late events which are free and very popular with young professionals so keep your eyes peeled for these.
CLOSEST STATION: West Kensington

V&A- opposite the natural history and science museum is the Victoria and Albert museum which is a fashion museum. If you are into your fashion this is a great place for you too. They also do some amazing exhibitions which are well worth checking out.
CLOSEST STATION: West Kensington

Buckingham palace- you cannot come to London and not stand outside the queens house! If he flag is flying the Royal Standard (rather than the Union Jack) Then it means she is in! At 10.45 The changing of the guard happens daily and it’s worth being around to see that, it lasts about 45 mins.
CLOSEST STATION: Green Park

Westminster and Big Ben- we had to add this to our list as its iconic but sadly is in scaffolding until ? So although it’s pretty iconic you won’t get that typical London shot, but still worth joining the hundreds of tourists who stand outside it daily.
CLOSEST STATION: Westminster or Waterloo

Hyde park- we love this park and especially in summer when the weather is hot. There is a massive lake in the middle which is lovely to walk around. You can often see the queens horses going for a canter along the edge of the park too.
CLOSEST STATION: Hype Park Corner or Knightsbridge

The London marathon- this is a great free event to attend that happens yearly at the end of April. Join the crowds and cheer on the runners and soak up the atmosphere. Make sure you download the route map and pick where you want to stand to get the best view. There are also many other races in London that you may want to watch such as the Royal Parks Half Marathon and the London Landmarks Half Marathon.

Harrods- this is the most visited tourist destination in London! We advise you go at nighttime to see the whole building lit up and of course see Harrods sign. Take a wander inside and wish you were rich and visit the Egyptian staircases. It’s all very grand and beautiful.
CLOSEST STATION: Knightsbridge

Camden market and lock- we love this place although it can get very busy. Wander around the market stalks and enjoy the yummy smells of all the street food. Camden is very unique and a cool place to visit and the lock is stunning too.
CLOSEST STATION: Chalk Farm

Tate modern- if you’re into modern art go here to look around but if you’re not into modern art we strongly recommend you go here too. There are often exhibitions on the ground floor which are cool but our favourite is the free amazing view of London. If you go to the cafe on floor 4 You get amazing views of St. Paul’s or head to the top floor (10) for panoramic views of our beautiful city. Who says you need to pay lots of money for a gorgeous view, head to the Tate for free.
CLOSEST STATION: Waterloo, Embankment or Blackfriars

Primrose Hill- can you tell we love seeing epic views of London?! Well now you can! Head to Primrose Hill for a completely different view of London, we could spend hours here, and on a sunny day why not bring a picnic. We often will get the tube to Baker Street and walk to Primrose Hill through Regents Park, it’s a lovely walk so if you fancy that we highly recommend it.
CLOSEST STATIONS: Baker Street, Regents Park

We love London and think its amazing there is so much free activities to do.

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 Pick Up Review

Pizza Pick Up is an authentic Italian wood fired Pizza Restaurant located at the North End of Peckham Rye just a short walk from Peckham Rye tube station.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner Nic who told us about the history of the company and how it originally started as a street food unit serving pizza from the back of a 1961 Volkswagen Splitscreen which we thought was so cool.

Nic has an incredible amount of passion for his restaurant, you can tell he absolutely loves what he does and this completely shines through when he is serving customers. He is in his element and you can tell he just wants to make sure everyone has the best time whilst eating great food.

The real marble tables at Pizza Pickup are any bloggers dream and so was the natural lighting that was shining in through the windows.

The menu had so much choice and it all sounded delicious! We were stuck with what to choose so we asked Nic for his recommendations.

We each had a Bellini to drink, Rach opted for the strawberry Bellini and Annie had the Peach one. Both were delicious and were just the correct right amount of sweetness.

For starter we had a basket of Focaccia which if you don’t know is wood fired Roman flatbread. It was cooked to perfection and went well with the second starter we were recommended to pick which was the Bufalo Crudo.

The Bufalo Crudo was Mozzarella, prosciutto ham and rocket salad. The portion size was incredibly generous as you are served an entire ball of Mozzarella. The Mozzarella was soft and creamy on the inside and as we mentioned above it tasted delicious with our Foccacia.

For main we had three pizzas, yes three and we managed to eat all but one slice (we are not joking)- we certainly don’t order food only to take a photo of it.

Our first pizza of choice was a margarita because let’s be honest you cannot go to a pizza restaurant and not try its margarita pizza. It didn’t disappoint and the tomato to cheese ratio was perfect.

We also went for a pepperoni pizza because if you cannot tell by the t-shirts we are wearing in our photos this is a firm favourite of ours. Pizza Pickup were generous with the amount of pepperoni and the pizza was cooked to perfection.

The third was a Quattro Stagioni which was tomato, mozzarella, beretta ham, artichokes, mushrooms and black olives- a test to know whether or not a pizza passes the test of being a good pizza involves picking the pizza slice up an trying to eat it without any toppings falling off, this one past the test with flying colours and it was packed with toppings! This pizza was packed with veggies and we especially liked the artichokes as it isn’t something we usually opt for on a pizza, so it was great to try something new.

For dessert Annie is Nutella obsessed so she went for the Pizza Cioccolato Nutella & Sea Salt which was essentially a Nutella Pizza (The dough was slightly softer than a normal pizza). Oh my it was SO unbelievably delicious and just thinking about it as we write this post is making us want it all over again.

Rachel opted for The Tiramisu as it was Nic’s grandmas recipe so we couldn’t really say no. It wasn’t like your traditional Tiramisu as it wasn’t swimming in sauce, but Nic actually informed us the English make it wrong and it is intact supposed to be slightly dr. Nevertheless it was absolutely delicious and we would definitely recommend if you are a coffee lover.

As you know a Two Brits review wouldn’t be complete without a toilet review! The toilet was situated at the back of the restaurant, it was clean and we just have to mention the beautiful sink they have had fitted- it is the sink of dreams.

There is also outside seating area which was perfect as it was a beautiful sunny afternoon. We made sure to make the most of it whilst we were waiting for our food to arrive and had our Bellini’s outside looking out onto the green.

We always love trying independent restaurants and Pizza Pick Up did not disappoint. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and it was just all round an amazing meal.

By the time we left at 6pm the restaurant was buzzing and the atmosphere was alive. Pizza Pick Up was everything we expected it to be and better. A pure delight to have spent our afternoon in this little gem of a restaurant.

Pizza Pick Up are available for private events including weddings & parties. How incredible would it be to have pizza served at your wedding!

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.