Camden Town. A Filipino take on an ice-cream parlour, Mamasons peddle the kind of ‘dirty’ stuff you’ll find on the streets of Manila. The signature flavour is ‘ube’ (made with a native purple yam), but also brace yourself for salty cheese-based ‘queso’, vegan-friendly kalamansi or goth-tastic ‘black buko’ (coconut combined with activated charcoal made from the coconut shell)."
"Try something totally unique at "dirty ice cream" specialist Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream, which brings Filipino flavours and techniques to Chinatown. Don't be fooled by its name, the hygiene is top-notch at this parlour, which churns out flavours such as purple ube, milo, black buko and vegan specials guyabano and calamansi."
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4.3 (1252 ratings)
Trendy, street-style snack shop turning out handheld waffle cones filled with gelato & toppings.
"It’s tricky to resist Bubblewrap – not just the plastic kind and its addictive popping potential, but also the Chinatown dessert sensation and its waffle-wrapped desserts. The West End dessert shop sells waffles made in a bubble-indented iron, inspired by the egg waffles of Hong Kong. The curiously textured dough is then shaped into a cone and stuffed with ice cream, nuts, fresh fruits, oreos and sauces, among many other rotating toppings."
"Their ice cream is top class, but it’s all about their delicious bubblewrap waffle cones here. They truly enhance the experience. They make the cones fresh in house and are the perfect balance of chewy and crunchy texture to compliment the ice cream and toppings."
"Did you know these fun egg waffles were invented in Hong Kong as a way of using up un-sellable broken eggs?. Today, they’re one of the best London desserts you can wrap your lips around. When Bubblewrap launched in Soho, they caused queues around Wardour Street."
Nando's Wembley High Road
4.2 (737 ratings)
Afro-Portuguese chain restaurant serving flame-grilled chicken in spicy chilli sauce.
"Nando's is a firm favourite across the country, with delicious flame-grilled peri-peri chicken, as well as tasty vegetarian and vegan options and mouth-watering sides. As one of the most popular places to eat in Wembley Park, they’ve embraced al fresco dining and will offer table service after 12 April in their outside seating area. No reservation required."
"When it comes to authentic Italian gelato, Prime Gelato is the real deal. Smooth, flavourful and with just the right amount of sweetness, this is gourmet gelato at its best. Exceptional quality and velvety textures come together to produce real gelato that keeps Italians and Londoners alike coming back."
4.1 (824 ratings)
823 Romford Rd, London, E12 6EA, United Kingdom
RestaurantGrillDessert restaurantDessert shopFast food restaurantIce cream shopSteak house
4 (687 ratings)
Stylish modern venue open from late breakfast, with an eclectic menu.
"I'm sure you've seen Drunch all over your Instagram – it's good food and good vibes. With delicious drinks, a huge selection of food, and a unique aesthetic, Drunch is the go-to place for brunch. They serve it all day and also have an à la carte dinner menu."
Best Breweries and Beer Places in Nine Elms
Mondo Brewing Company
4.8 (90 ratings)
86 Stewart's Rd, Nine Elms, London, SW8 4UG, United Kingdom
"In a railway arch in Bethnal Green, this New York-inspired tap room and shop stocks an impressive array of beers brewed in the capital and across the globe. The menu of beers available on tap changes regularly and there are 19 taps serving all sorts of different styles, including limited edition brews. Sharing plates are available and street food vendors congregate outside every weekend."
"Six of them, shoulder to shoulder, shelves full of anything from Amundsen to Wild Beer Co. Pair that with 23 taps on constant rotation, and it’s fair to say this tap room has one of the most extensive beer ranges in London."
4.7 (45 ratings)4.5 (12 ratings)
Modern, craft beer producer with guided premises tours, tasting sessions and an on-site shop.
"Get to their brilliant shop, talk to their friendly team, grab a mini-keg, get home, turn off the phone, stick on your favourite movie (the superlative The Goonies, naturally) and enjoy life. If you are one of those social types it’ll also make you very welcome at any gathering. It’s proper beer that tastes of hundreds of years of beer genius distilled in glass."
"Sambrook's Brewery has recently relocated to the Ram Quarter in Wandsworth and boasts a new brewery, visitor centre and taproom. Enjoy modern handcrafted British beers brewed onsite after visiting the museum which puts you in the shoes of a brewer for the day."
Best Dinner Places to Eat in Nine Elms
4.6 (180 ratings)
Simply presented, long-running Japanese restaurant for sushi, teppanyaki and takeaway bento boxes.
17 Godliman St, London, EC4V 5BD, United Kingdom
Japanese restaurantAsian restaurantRestaurantSushi restaurant
"Stefan Kalmár, the Director of the ICA London states: The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London has been the model for most ICAs that exist in the world today. Since its founding in 1946, the ICA contextualises contemporary culture within the socio-political conditions of the times. The ICA was created as an institute (not a museum), for the contemporary (not just modern) and for all the arts (not just art)."
"The Institute of Contemporary Arts is an art gallery near London's Trafalgar Square. In addition to exhibits on contemporary art, the ICA includes two cinemas, a bookshop, a theatre, and a bar. Established in 1947, ICA creators wanted to create a place for artists and other creative and science folk to debate ideas without being constricted by the rules and traditions of the Royal Academy."
4.6 (2171 ratings)4 (1296 ratings)
Cultural venue with concert hall, theatres, cinema, galleries and home of London Symphony Orchestra.
Silk St, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom
Performing arts theaterConcerts & ShowsArt centerArt galleryConference centerEvent venueExhibition and trade centreLibraryLive music venueMovie theaterTheaters
"The Barbican is Europe’s largest performing arts centre, located right in the City of London. Its Brutalist styled architecture offers lots of opportunities to take some unique photos, like the one below by Chris Martin Scholl. Make sure to plan enough time to explore all the hidden corners of this fascinating landmark."
"The Barbican isn’t a single building: it’s an entire estate. It’s in the northern part of the City of London, which was devastated by bombing during World War II. It was eventually replaced by the Barbican Estate, a series of residential towers and courts built in finest British concrete between 1965 and 1976."
"The Barbican Centre is the largest arts centre in Europe and home of the London Symphony Orchestra. It was opened to the public in 1982 after it took a decade of construction work. The arts centre is one of the places in London that is child-friendly."