London City Guide

London City Guide - Punky Moms UK

Writing a guide to London is a never-ending story. Even if I shared only favourite local spots, I would write, write and write. I’m going to try and present at least a few places I got to love in my over two years of living in London. Come to the UK, visit these places and fall in love with this vibrant city.

Yo Yo Kitchen – The best regional food is served by people who come from the region and it’s no different with sushi. When it comes to London, I tell you, leave all the famous sushi restaurants in town centre behind and head to West Acton.

It’s easy to get there because the station is located at the west end of Central Line, which, yes you guessed that correctly, goes through central London. After a day of sightseeing, hop on the train and after twenty-something minutes, you’ll be in West Acton – home to many Japanese families with Japanese estate agencies, Japanese schools and Japanese football teams just around the corner.

Yo Yo Kitchen is located right outside the station on the left hand side, so you won’t miss it. It serves some of the best sushi I’ve ever eaten with the best prices I’ve ever seen. It’s made on-site by a Japanese chef, who’s worked in the best of London hotels and restaurants and served sushi to many celebrities. Yo Yo Kitchen also sells products to make your own sushi at home and Japanese sweets, like matcha cake (very sweet and creamy). While you’re in West Acton, it is a very good place to start exploring Leafy Ealing, called the queen of suburbs.

Family friendly Café And Parks

Parks and cafés are a very good match and London proves it well. Coffee culture has sprung up in the English capital in the last few years and, nowadays, it’s really rare to get a bad coffee. On the other hand, London’s parks haven’t changed much through the years and are their biggest asset.

As much as I love central London parks – Green Park, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and St. James’s Park – they get way too crowded. So again, leave Central London behind and head east to Brockley or west to Ealing and Hammersmith.

In Brockley, visit Hilly Fields Park and its lovely café, Pistachios in the Park. Most of their customers are mums with their little ones. The park gives a chance for a lot of running up and down hills, fun time at the playground, eating tasty food (ice cream!) and drinking delicious coffee.

In west London, go only one station after the aforementioned West Acton, to Ealing Broadway and visit Walpole Park. It has been recently renovated and it’s a pleasure to stroll there with a buggy or run around with a toddler. Lots of ponds, bridges, grass and trees to recognise. As in many of London’s parks, you’ll find squirrels to interact with. There’s a café in the park and though I’ve never tried it, I’m sure it’s great. However, if you want to choose a trusted spot, you won’t make a mistake by going toElectric Coffee next to the Ealing Broadway station. It’s an award winning café with children-friendly food and adult-friendly freshly brewed coffee.

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Another park in west London worth visiting is Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith. It’s a bit hidden, but very popular with locals. On a hot day, kids can enjoy paddling pool. There are different cafés in the park but, again, I haven’t tried them yet.  I can recommend one right outside the park – W6 Café. Some of the ingredients they use come from their very own herb garden.

Victoria & Albert Museum isn’t a hidden gem, but I want to make sure to recommend it to you. Don’t be discouraged by its massive building and fame. If you don’t want to visit the whole museum, I recommend making sure you catch the history of fashion and Middle Eastern art. Both galleries are located on the ground floor, so you won’t even need to climb up the stairs. Both of them are also located next to the museum’s shop, which sells some of the best British handicraft.

If your kids get bored in V&A, straight after you can go across the road to the Science Museum and Natural History Museum. After a day of exhausting visits to the museums, enjoy lunch in South Kensington area. You’ll have a lot to choose from.

If you want to leave the children behind and add a little bit of spice to your life, make sure you try the wonderful Ethiopian cuisine in the heart of London. Addis in King’s Cross is one of the many Ethiopian restaurants in London and it provides the best Ethiopian experience due to its decorations. As the wife of a Ethiopian husband, I know Ethiopian restaurants in London pretty well. I think Addis is one of the best, when it comes to food, and the best when it comes to cultural experience.

The restaurant is located in the heart of London, a 5 minute walk from King’s Cross station. It’s not only a great place to eat, but also to start your exploration of the north part of the city. Angel and Upper Street are only a few minutes away and Regent’s Canal is right on its doorstep.

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