Camden Lock Market

My roommates and I were talking about Smorgasburg again recently, so I began to reminisce about another similar outdoor food market that I had really enjoyed in the past: Camden Lock Market. Camden Lock is located right by Regent’s Canal in London, and the market has both food and craft items. We were really only interested in the food, though.

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The Breakfast Club

You can never have too much of a good thing, right?  Well, at least that’s the conclusion my friends and I reached regarding brunch.  Specifically, brunch at The Breakfast Club.  Every time I have visited, I convince all my friends with me to order something different, so I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’ve tried almost the entire menu.  I’ve reviewed a pop-up version of The Breakfast Club before, but I figured that an actual location deserved it’s time in the spotlight as well.  Basically, I think it’s time everyone joined the club.


This time, I went to The Breakfast Club with just one other friend.  Our time in London is sadly almost over, so we wanted to visit our favorite places at least one last time.  Good brunch places that are also reasonably affordable are truly hard to come by in any part of the world.  It was a good thing that we arrived early; The Breakfast club always has a considerable line going out the door.  Even with two people, we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table, and by the time we left the line was twice as long.  We went to The Breakfast Club in Soho, which is quite small, so be prepared to get cozy with your neighbors.

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The Breakfast Club Pop-Up

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I actually haven’t owned anything green in my closet for years.  I remember one year in elementary school when a friend and I put streaks of green washable marker on our hands.  My friends and I figured that it would be nice to do something together today – seeing as it is a holiday, and one of my friends found out about a pop-up version of a restaurant called The Breakfast Club, which would solely be serving brunch fare all day.  We figured that it would be nice to go because brunch really is the best meal of the day: breakfast food with a little bit of lunch thrown in the mix to make it a more fulling meal.  I’ve been to one of The Breakfast Club’s locations before, one in which there was a speakeasy in the basement, and its pancakes are pretty good.  But how would its other brunch offerings fare?

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Today, most of the students at my school had make-up classes because of a future Monday where there will be a bank holiday.  Normally, the school does not hold classes on Fridays, so instead of traveling around Europe or exploring London, most students spent a thrilling day indoors instead.  I normally work on Fridays, so I actually welcomed the opportunity to wake up at 8AM instead of 7AM.  To officially celebrate the weekend, a few friends and I decided it would be nice to go out to dinner: something to help us wind down after a week of battling illnesses, papers, and three-hour long lectures.  Both our original two restaurant choices were fully booked for dinner, so we ended up going to a place nearby our dorm.  We had heard decent reviews from other friends, but we had never tried the food for ourselves.


Giraffe has, as nicely said by one of my friends, “a funky vibe.”  The walls are vibrantly painted with cartoon-ish characters, and the music comes straight off the Top 40 list.  All the tables were full, but we didn’t have to wait long.  With so many customers, we had high hopes for Giraffe, but at the same time we were hesitant about being too enthusiastic about a chain restaurant.

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Marquis Cornwallis

One classic British tradition is Sunday roast.  Sunday roast, obviously eaten on Sunday, is when the person in charge of cooking in the household – typically the mother – pulls out all the stops and makes a feast.  It’s not just a “let’s just throw whatever together” meal like a casserole, though.  Sunday Roast is a meal that is expected to have a bit of caliber and skill involved that can be replicated any other day but has an extra-special sentiment because it’s at the end of the week.

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