As well as exploring the Bloomsbury area last weekend during my trip to London, there was also an opportunity to enjoy lots of cafes and foodie experiences! See yesterday’s post for our long awaited hummus filled lunch.
Once I had collected my bag from the hotel we had stayed in the night previous, I walked up to Warren Street via Russell Square. We had spotted a food fair there earlier on in the day and so I bought some macarons from Comptoir Gourmand for my friend Emily and her husband Alasdair who kindly provided somewhere to stay for me on Saturday night 🙂 It was very tempting not to buy something to nibble on myself, but I was still full from our lunch and needed to make room for dinner later.
Then I headed up to Warren Street and was early, so I wandered along before my friend (and bridesmaid) Laka was due to arrive. I found that there was a street party going on in aid of a local youth charity. There was a facepainting, henna, free soft drinks, inflatables for the kids to play on and a BBQ. This is another reason I miss London – there are lots of local community fairs and initiatives around that can be stumbled upon all too easily!
I also spotted a coffee shop – it was closed, but I loved the frontage of the blue tiles!
Soon it was time to meet with Laka and we met in the Smugglers Tavern for a pre-dinner cocktail and catch up. It was very tempting though to skip our reservation as Bap and Pickle were in the pub as a pop-up restaurant serving up slow-cooked burgers. We kept our resolve though and enjoyed our cocktails – I had a virtual bucket of Elderflower Fizz (with lots of cucumber and gin)!
Time rolled around fast and it was time to head to Honey & Co.I had initially heard of this place via this Guardian article and this review – and with only around 20 covers, you do have to book ahead (I luckily got a cancellation when I tried to book around 3 weeks ahead!).
We were tempted by the 3 course (including mezze starters) deal for for £29.50, but instead went for bread to share, main courses and desserts:
With our meals, one alcoholic drink, one soft drink and tip, the bill came to just under £50. Great value for great food in a great setting with very good pleasant service.