A Taste of London

I've been sent to London on business, and had the great fortune of choosing a hotel in Kensington, just steps from Kensington Palace.  I've also had the good fortune of traveling at the same time as my friend Tony, who knows London well.  As he took me exploring late last night, we stopped for a bite to eat — choosing the outdoor cafe Prezzo, assuming the logic that Italian food this close to Italy might just be better than LA.

Honestly, it was delicious.  Prezzo is a chain, but given its locale off Kensington High Street, the charming staff and al fresco dining on the cobblestone patio, I had few complaints.  A bread plate starter with garlic mozzarella and pesto were a perfect beginning, and the VIP pizza with prosciutto, olives and mushrooms was simple and light, perfected with a drizzle of chili oil.  And yes, better than most LA pizza.

Next, we strolled through the area of Kensington, past the humble abode otherwise known as Kensington Palace.  These royals really know how to live ... and garden ... and design architecture.  Damn if this place doesn't make you want to stay.

After working up an appetite with our walk around the city, we stopped for sweets and tea (how English) at an adorable little cafe called Giraffe, one of the few places to stay open past 10pm (make note, travelers, that unlike LA or New York, London pubs are typically the only places to stay open late).

Passion fruit cheesecake was light and creamy, but the apple oat crumble with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream was off the hook.  Served in a little cast iron skillet, it was hearty and warm and so very English.  The tea, naturally, was remarkable.  I don't know how or why, but it's just better in Britain.  I plan to be back.

Stay tuned for more magic from this gorgeous country.


Malinda at: June 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM said...

Though of Brit descent, I found London kind of boring and the food atrocious. I apparently needed a better guide :) the best part was finding out that taste in architecture is, apparently, genetic. The Lloyd's of London building looks as if Lee designed it. :D

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