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Saudi Living in London April Update

Hi everyone!

I am so happy my March update was received well. I didn't think you would be interested, but I am glad you are! That's why I am doing another one for April. As you know I travelled most of the month, so I didn't get to see much of London this month, but I managed to eat in a few new places and see spots that I haven't visited before! :) And we had three days of amazing weather as well and I am glad I managed to go out then! 

Food Spots I tried in London in April

Old Cottage Coffee Shop in the Park
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This is a really cute little cafe in Charlton Park, where you eat and see life goes by in the park. It's also where all the cute dogs hangout. The sandwiches are simple, but the desserts and scones are delicious. I can't wait to go back there again. 

Kimchee Restaurant & Bar
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I was craving Korean food, more specifically Bibimbap, which is a Korean dish made in a hot stone bowl with rice, vegetable, tofu (or whatever meat you want) and an egg to be mixed with some spicy sauce. I was in the area and the Kimchee restaurant was the first thing that popped up and since I haven't there before, I just went to it. It is not halal, but they have sea food and vegetarian options. I tried the veggie dumplings and had a tofu Bibimbap with a prawn starter. It was nice and the staff were attentive, but I will search further for my perfect Bibimbap.  

Afghan Kitchen
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This was a little family restaurant run by women with a small menu filled with big flavours. I really enjoyed the food and the service. The design of the restaurant is very cozy (read small with 3 tables downstairs and 3 upstairs). It was also really loud because the space didn't have any fabric or cushions to absorb the sound and people's voice, which made it really hard to speak to each other.  I would like to go try it during the day too. 

New Places I visited in London in April

King's Cross Canopy Food Market

I knew about the regular market outside of the station that sells my most favourite donuts of all times: Cross Town Doughnuts, but I didn't realise there is another food market further down into the restaurant area near UAL Central Saint Martins campus. I didn't eat there, but it looked like a cool place to hang out in the summer. 

Market Times: Weekly from the 30th March. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More Info. 

Best Donuts in London
Food Market near King's Cross

House of Illustration
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I thought I have been to all the Museums that are worth visiting, but NO! There's a whole list of good museums in London that I am yet to visit. I managed to squeeze one of them this month and it's the House of Illustration. There was an exhibition called Made in North Korea and I thought it was brilliant. It was simple in terms of it represented items from a very curious place in the world such as packaging, postcards, books and some food items, but it was insightful to see the simple things from a country. As a travel content creator, I really appreciated this insight because they are things I notice on my travels. Like going to the grocery store on a trip is always interesting just to see how the locals live. 

Escape Games - OmEscape London

My good friend, Sarah, has been wanting to go all last year, so we finally found some time to go! I haven't tried anything similar before and it was interesting to do. Basically you are placed in a room and you solve puzzles to get out and go to the other rooms to finally escape. It was lots of fun to do with a big group of friends. We had lots of laughs and kept asking for clues the whole time, but we made it!! 

Charlton Park
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This is a little further than Central London, but if you find yourself near South East London, this little park is worth a visit. I happened to be in the area and the weather was amazing, so I went to this park and it was such a nice relaxed park with kids playing, some teenagers skating and grownups either reading or playing ping pong. 

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Saudi Living in London March Update 

This post is a roundup of all my London ventures of the previous month. It’s a list of food I tried, places I visited and things I did. This post will keep you up to date with my life in London. This is the first time I do a post of this nature, but it seems like a lot of people are interested in what I do in London, so here is a quick summary. Please let me know in the comments if you would like to see this update every month! 

Let’s start with the London food I indulged in:

Darjeeling Express Indian Restaurant

Since the beginning of the year, I went to Darjeeling Express twice and each time the food was really good! Their all Halal menu and delicious choices are fantastic. The service is a little slow, but it’s a kitchen made of home cooks, so I can let it slide. My advice is to go with plenty of time on your hand. 

Opso Greek Restaurant

When I go out with the girls, we aim for a new restaurant depending on our location. My foodie friend, found this tapas style Greek restaurant and it was amazing. The goat curd cheese and the Fava beans were so good! We shared five tapas between the four of us and got an extra mini Fish burger each, which was more than enough! 

DFX Mexico

The first time I tried this place was a few years ago when it was first opened. In March, I tried the Tottenham Court Road branch and it was just average. I tried their fish tacos and cheesy fries, but it was nothing special so I won’t be going back there in a rush. 

Fish Tacos Mexican London

The Black Penny

This is a nice cafe in Covent Garden with a nice breakfast/brunch menu and yummy dessert bar. I was impressed with their chocolate and salted caramel cupcake and chocolate brownies. It was a bit hard getting a table there on a Sunday, but if you do manage one then it’s a nice cafe to chill for a bit. 

Coffee and Cake Covent Garden London

Places I visited around London in March

Royal Academy

In March, I attended my first late night event of the year. By late I just mean after the usual hours of a Museum opening hours. The theme was night at the palace and I got to fully dress up, which I loved! Seeing the gallery at night wearing a gown was a little much, but it was one of the month’s highlights for sure!

Rich Mix

Earlier in March, I went to the Arab Women Now festival in Rich Mix. I love the gallery space and the various things they usually have planned in there. During the day, I tried a play writing class, which was interesting. In the evening, I attended a concert in the same space for a Tunisian band and absolutely loved it! Snippets of all of that is in the video below!

Cass Art Islington

Cass Art has a few locations around London. I usually go to the one in Soho when I have any art emergencies, but this time I went to the Cass Art Islington branch to teach an art class and I really liked the location. It was close to Angel tube station too!

Borough Market

I usually pass by the Borough market a lot, but I rarely go spend the day there. I managed to visit to film and have lunch with a friend last month. It was really lovely and I should actually visit it more often.

City and Guild Art Show

Having artist friends is fantastic, I went to my friend Clare Dudeney’s art show, which was part of her post graduate degree. It was fun seeing what she and her classmates created. 

Things I almost bought for my London flat

I do a lot of online and window shopping, but going through with it is rare unless I feel they are very important to have. I am trying to make my space a bit prettier that's why I was considering these. I might end up making my own home accessories though! Aren't they all just so pretty and tempting? 

Home Time

Speaking of my London flat, I hosted a gorgeous Spring lunch *alhamdulilah* that was mostly vegan except for the fish and the yogurt dip. I was very proud of myself and my favourite people liked it, so it was a win. It's those moments that I look forward to the most when I am not travelling. 

Disclaimer: living in London is fabulous, but it has its challenges and high costs. Although, I got to do a good amount of activists it took me an hour each way to commute to and from. Also notice, there were 31 days in March and I only went out to these places. The rest of the month I was at home working! #KeepingItReal 


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