8 Quirky Ways to Spend Your Time in London

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Food, Travel Tips |

London is a place where there’s something for everybody. The place is so vast, with such a wide variety of things to do, that nobody can say ‘London isn’t my cup of tea’. London is everybody’s cup of tea! You just need to go to the right places. Want a quirky time in London? Try the following 8 things.

At The Outdoor Cinema

Haven’t you always wanted to go to an outdoor cinema? Take a beer, a blanket, a snack or two and you’ll have a great time. There are a number of outdoor cinemas in London, so take your pick. They usually play classic films, so it’s more about the experience than the film itself. Either way, you’ll have a fab time.

In Choccywoccydoodah

This colourful cake shop has even had its own TV show. Celebrities commission the top cake makers to create amazing looking and tasting creators for special occasions. Katie Melua commissioned a cake from them, and the staff surprised her with a mermaid version of herself in cake form. You can go and see it all for yourself and even try some special treats in the London store!

In Borough Market

Borough market is full of weird and wonderful food vendors that you’ll enjoy sinking your teeth into, as well as people selling all kinds of cool wares.

Enjoy Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is big in London; just about every hotel you can think of offers their own special version. Don’t settle for any old hotel though; take a look at the best hotels for afternoon tea before you book your day out. The perfect place to take a friend or relative. A nice way to relax and get away from all of the hustle and bustle too.

Drink Beer on a Roof

If you fancy a beer, head up to a roof to make it even more exciting. I love Frank’s Cafe in Peckham. I’m betting you will too!

A Street Art Tour

This is one of the best places to explore street art in the whole world. There’s a London street art tour for all budgets and time limits too, from a few hours to the whole day. The tour should be both fun and educational. It’ll probably make you want to go out and buy yourself some spray paints too!

In Kentish Town

Kentish town is full of little vintage boutiques for shopping and plenty more quirky places to explore. It’s great for food too, so don’t hesitate to have a bite to eat here.

At Camden Market

Going to Camden is like going to a whole different world. It’s a great place to go if you want to add some quirky accessories to your collection, as well as smoke some Shisha and buy unique clothes. Even if you don’t have a lot of cash to spend, just soaking up the atmosphere is enough.

These are just 8 of the quirky ways you can spend your time in London. There are plenty more, but I’ll let you discover them for yourself! See you next time!

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photo from Elsie Hui

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Four seasonal superfoods to keep the commuter flu at bay

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Food, Travel Tips |

Superfoods and health miracles, eh! It seems that every food outlet in London is trying to flog us flu-defying salads and anti-ageing soups. It’s hardly surprising – what with the smog, taxi fumes and germ-ridden underground escalators – but when did our strong, innate desire for these come to the fore? Has it always been there, simply buried under the surface, or is it a more recent desire brought about by the ills of modern diet, lifestyle and culture? Whatever the reason, superfoods – teeming with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants – are now here to help protect us against the ‘free radicals’ threatening our bodies. As the list of superfoods continues to grow, we are now able to adapt what we eat with the seasons to further assist our immune systems in the fight against whatever the elements choose to throw at us. So what should you be looking for in a free-radical fighting salad, soup, stew, wrap or flatbreads this winter? Take a look at four of the most ‘super’ ingredients you should be using at this time of year…

Frozen blueberries

Blueberries

Back in the days when the buzzword ‘superfood’ was first successfully coined, blueberries were at the top of every health-conscious eater’s shopping list due to their high concentration of antioxidants. Containing super-high levels of ORAC, too, and readily available at most supermarkets, frozen blueberries are a year-round superfood you can snack on in the winter as well as the summer. Perhaps a small proportion of their nutrients may be lost during the freezing process, but blueberries still outperform many of their counterparts in the health stakes. Use them in cereals, smoothies and baked goods or even graze on them throughout the working day to get your superfood kick in a delicious seasonal mouthful.

Prunes

High in antioxidants and great for an energy boost with their simple sugars, prunes are an excellent wintertime snack. Due to the high fibre, fructose and sorbitol content found in prunes, your blood sugar levels will not increase significantly while eating these dried fruits – despite the high sugar levels they contain. Furthermore, for all you gym nuts out there, the high potassium levels found in prunes are beneficial for cardiovascular health – just like the ever-popular banana. If bone issues and osteoporosis are troubling you, then prunes’ high boron levels can assist in their prevention, too.

Russet potatoes

Potato

Much like Ricky Gervais’ comedy, potatoes tend to divide opinion – well, in terms of contemporary nutritional lore anyway. Yes, we know that the starch content is high, but it must be remembered that potatoes contain no fat or cholesterol and boast the additional health benefits of protein and fibre. All of these factors combined can assist in weight loss, help to lower cholesterol levels and even decrease the risk of heart disease. Make sure you seek out the larger, deeper-hued varieties of potato – containing higher levels of antioxidants – to make the most of these winter warmers.

Cabbage

Recent studies have suggested that our friend the cabbage is actually the world’s most potent vegetable, at least in terms of its nutritional benefits and cancer-fighting properties. Reasons for this include cabbages’ high levels of phytochemicals that help fight cancer-causing free radicals. Vitamins K and C can also be found also alongside fibre, vitamin B6, folate, manganese and Omega 3 fatty acids. Not keen on cabbage on its lonesome? Then coleslaw is a great way to perk things up whilst still getting your regular intake of the good stuff.

So now that you know just a few of the seasonal superfoods you should be eating this winter, why not try to up the anti(oxidants) for your next meal? If time’s an issue, pop into your nearest Chop’d branch and try out their wide array of seasonal produce on offer. Try one of our salads, soups, stews, wraps or flatbreads in store or order your meal online by downloading the Orogo app and beat the seasonal crowds.

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