Five Cool Places to Eat in London

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Jess, who’s 13, writes: Having lived in London my entire life, I have definitely had the chance to eat at some great places. These days when we hear about somewhere we think sounds interesting, we sometimes look up where it is and travel there for lunch! Here are five places that serve fantastic food, and are really exciting to visit:

Cereal Killer Cafe

Cereal Killer Cafe
Outside the Cereal Killer Cafe in Camden Stables

The Cereal Killer Cafe is lots of fun to visit, and is located in Camden Stables and Brick Lane. As the name suggests, it serves a variety of cereals, as well as fruit, toppings, milks and pop tarts. Mum and I visited the store in Camden, and both had no idea what to choose from the menu. Eventually, we both decided on different “cereal cocktails” – bowls of a few types of cereal with toppings and milk.

Cereal
Mum’s “Mint Choc cHipster” cereal concoction!

I chose the “peanut butter jelly time” concoction, which was peanut butter cap’n crunch, reese’s chips and strawberry milk, while mum picked the “mint choc cHipster”. This consisted of chocapic, wheetos, mint aero bubbles and mint milk…

Both of our cereals were utterly delicious, and I really want to go again. I loved trying reese’s cereal as I had never even seen that before, and there are so many more cereals I want to try. It is also an awesome place to visit, as the shop in Camden Stables has old merchandise on the walls, video games and even actual beds which people were sitting on!

Cereals
There were so many cereals to choose from!

I would definitely recommend the Cereal Killer Cafe to anyone in the area around Camden or Brick Lane, as it was lots of fun, the food was scrumptious, and it was a really different place to visit.

The cost of cereals vary depending on which country they are from and which size they are. Small American cereals are £3, medium sized ones are £3.70 and large bowls are £4.40. Milk is free, and toppings are £0.60. Cereal “cocktails” range from £3.70 to £4.80. 

Melt Room

Melt Room
Outside Melt Room

Melt Room is found in Soho, and serves mouthwatering grilled cheese, as well as salads, soup and breakfast. Mum and I visited for lunch, and both tried grilled cheese sandwiches. While I had a portobello mushroom sandwich, mum tried tuna bean salad. These were both incredibly good, and we loved dipping our melts into the relish we bought.

Portabello Mushroom
A delicious portabello mushroom grilled cheese sandwich

It wasn’t too busy, and we were able to get our food really quickly. The music was quite loud, but the grilled cheese was so good that it didn’t really matter.

Melts from Melt Room cost between £3.50 and £5.00, and the Classic cheese Melt is £4.00.

Chin Chin Labs

I always visit Chin Chin Labs when I am in Camden with my friends, as everything tastes brilliant and it is really exciting to see your ice cream being made in front of you. Chin Chin Labs serves delectable ice cream that is made in front of you, using liquid nitrogen. In fact, it is “Europe’s only Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Parlour”…

The sign at Chin Chin Labs, Camden
Chin Chin Labs is in Camden, North London

The ice-cream bases are prepared in liquid form and the nitrogen is added to freeze it straight away. The shop is like a chemistry lab, and there are clouds of steam billowing everywhere. It is always a really exciting experience, and the ice cream is always super.

Making the ice cream at Chin Chin Labs
Watching the making of the ice-cream is quite an experience

 

I have tried flavours ranging from fig jam doughnut to Christmas tree, and the flavours change every week. There is constantly chocolate and vanilla on the menu, as well as two interesting flavours. One of these is always vegan, meaning that we can take Robert along too!

Ice Cream
Delicious ice cream served with scrumptious toppings – my favourite is the grilled white chocolate.

It is so much fun to go to, and you should definitely give it a visit if you are in the area. I wrote a review of the shop here.

Ice creams from Chin Chin Labs are either £3.95 or £4.95, and come with a topping. 

Boba Jam

I’d never tried bubble tea before I visited Boba Jam near Leicester Square, but I was surprised at how delicious it is. Boba Jam is my friend’s favourite shop for bubble tea, and she says that she has drunk a lot of it over the years!

Bubble Tea
With my green apple bubble tea

Bubble tea is essentially a flavoured drink with tapioca balls that you can suck through your straw. It is absolutely delicious, and Boba Jam has so many different flavours. My favourite is green apple, but passion fruit is also really good. Boba Jam also serves lots of different desserts which look fantastic, but I have never tried one.

It is about a five minute walk from Tottenham Court Road Station, meaning that it is really easy to get to. My friends and I normally go there after we’ve watched a film in Leicester Square.

Regular bubble teas from Boba Jam are £3.60, and the shop also sells dumplings, main meals and desserts.

Wahaca

Wahaca is my favourite place to eat in London by a mile. Their main restaurant can be found near Piccadilly Circus, but they also have stalls in other places, such as by the Thames at the Southbank. Wahaca serves delicious Mexican food, and everyone is lovely and friendly.

There is such a large variety of food – tacos, empanadas, quesadillas and dips all feature on the menu. My favourite things to eat are the pea and mint empanadas and the broccoli in green goddess dressing. Every single time we have been, the service was fantastic.

The desserts are delicious, and it is fun to share lots of different plates with the rest of the family!

Sharing dishes at Wahaca are generally around £4.00, and we tend to share four or five dishes between two people.

 

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35 Responses

  1. Erica Price

    I’ve been intrigued by the cereal killer cafe, but I’m an easy to please type of girl. A nice bowl of muesli or some cornflakes is all I want from a cereal. I think my son would love it even though he isn’t a big cereal eater, just because it looks fun.

  2. Louise Edwards

    Fab list there – we are in London in October so will have to check it out. My kids would love Cereal Killer but I think the ice cream and bubble teas sound fab too. Definitely something different to try! x

    • Sarah Ebner

      You can do ice cream and cereal killer on the same day as they are very near each other. Kids will love it (and you probably would too!)

  3. Christine

    Some great ideas, I keep on meaning to take the kids back to Camden so they can go to the nitrogen ice cream parlour. Not sure about the bubble tea though!

  4. sarah

    Lovely list! That ice cream looks AMAZING! And the melt place too. Yum! I’ll bare these in mind next time I’m in London! 🙂

  5. Sarah Christie

    Oh I just live the look of the boba jam, and I just know our boys would love the cereal and ice cream shops they look so interesting and unique x

  6. Kara

    Cereal Killer Cafe made me chuckle! Never heard of any of these so will look out for them when next in London

  7. Jen

    Oh what a super list. My boys love mexican and we had nitrogen ice cream at Alton Towers. I know that my boys will LOVE the cereal cafe

  8. Louisa

    The melt place looks like a lot of fun. I’m not a fan of ice cream but the nitrogen parlour looks like somewhere my kids would adore.

  9. Dana Peters

    Some really interesting suggestions. I will definitely take the kids to the cereal killer cafe and the ice cream place, which sounds like so much fun!

  10. Terumi

    The cereal cafe looks amazing! I am not a big fan of cereal at home, but in a cafe dedicated to cereal, it totally looks fun. Great restaurant list!

  11. Rebecca RPG

    It seems that I will need to go back to London 🙂
    I only knew something like the bubble tea, but it’s in Madrid.
    I’m intrigued with the ice cream one…

  12. Jolanta | Casual Traveler

    That Melt Room certainly sounds like a place we might try to find next time we’re in London! Though I wouldn’t say no to some ice cream at Chin Chin Labs either. Thanks for putting together this list! I’ll have to pin it to my London page!

  13. katja - globetotting

    I love this! I’ve read about the Cereal Cafe and Chin Chin Labs but I’ve yet to visit either of them, hopefully the next time I’m in London. I ate in Wahaca before we moved to Mexico City and loved it. I need to go back now that I have a point of comparison!

  14. Nell@PigeonPairandMe.com

    I’ve had a few friends who’ve recommended Wahaca to me, but I didn’t know about the rest of these. They sound brilliant. I especially like the sound of the cereal cafe – my children would love that (and so would I!).

  15. Bek Dillydrops

    These all look like really interesting places to eat. The Chin Chin Labs looks like a great place to visit. I like the idea of a café dedicated to cereals, what a fab idea.

  16. Bluebearwood

    I remember when the Cereal Killer Cafe opened and there were lots of news reports on it. I still haven’t managed a visit. Chin Chin labs sounds brilliant. I’ll have to pass by there with my girls the next time we’re up.

  17. helloitsgemma

    I love ALL these recommendations, I miss London for the sheer variety of food. This takes variety to the next level. Everyone sounds ace and I have made a note! thank you.

  18. Cathy (MummyTravels)

    I love the sound of Chin Chin – the whole experience sounds as good as the taste. And the Cereal Killer cafe always sounds so intriguing (and a lot more choice than I’d realised!). Thanks for linking up t #citytripping

  19. Neli

    Hi Jess,
    Melt room and Chin Chin labs seem great for me to try once I get there, with my family. I really liked to reading your tips. Looking forward for my next trip to london.

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