7 tips on what to see, do and eat in London | ThatSwedishTraveller

Tall skyscrapers with stunning views, lovely shopping at Camden Market and a pint or two at the local pub. Come along to London – a city full of experiences and places to discover. On a weekend you can do a lot in London, especially if you know where to go. Experience the magical world of Harry Potter, great restaurant visits and shopping – here are my 7 best tips for a wonderful weekend in London.

To see and do in London

There is obviously a lot of things to see and do in London, but here are some of my tips from my recent trip to this lovely city.

See the London skyline at Sky Garden

Head to Sky Garden, the building known as the ‘walkie talkie’ by Londoners and located in London’s financial district. 155 meters and 35 floors up you will find this amazing space, with high ceilings and windows in every direction, filled with lush plants and a view that is amazing. Go out on the outdoor terrace to soak up all of London below you! Get an excellent 360 degree view of London’s landmarks such as the River Thames, Tower Bridge and The Shard. Then sit down for a while in the cafe or bar. It is free to visit Sky Garden, but remember to book a time slot for the visit on their website!

Sky Garden in London
Sky Garden in London
Sky Garden in London
Sky Garden in London

Shopping in Camden Town

There are several lovely neighbourhoods in London and Camden Town is one of them. Take a walk to Camden Market and The Stables Market. Here you can stroll among small alleys and shop everything from jewellery and tea to vinyl records and clothing. Also, do not miss the food market with colourful street food from around the world. In Camden it is also common to see performances by talented street musicians, pop-up shops and other fun events.

Experience the magic of the Harry Potter studio tour

If you are a big fan of Harry Potter, like me, you should not miss out on visiting Warner Bros Studios in London. Book a time slot through the website and head out to the 50,000 square foot building where the Harry Potter films were filmed for over 10 years. Seeing the props, characters and environments is a fantastic experience for the whole family. Try flying on a broom, visit Diagon Alley and see how the costumes and masks for all the magical creatures were created.

Eat well in London

There is an incredible range of restaurants and nightlife in London. Here are some tips on mouthwatering food and drinks. Eat Mexican street food, eat a luxurious hotel breakfast at a boutique hotel or eat a giant Argentinian dinner – in London the possibilities are endless!

Mexican food party at Wahaca

Visit Wahaca for fresh Mexican food with a wonderful concept created by Masterchef UK winner Thomasina Miers. Here you will find loads of colourful dishes, such as tacos, nachos and quesadillas. My favourite on the menu? The rib eye tacos! Don’t miss the drinks here either, which are as colourful as they are good!

Mexican street food at Wahaca in London
Mexican street food at Wahaca in London

Address: 66 Chandos Place Covent Garden (available in several places)

Hotel breakfast at The Pilgrm

The boutique hotel The Pilgrm in Paddington offers a refreshing break from the usual. The design here exudes a warm sense of calm and offers you a unique moment in London’s historic Paddington. The lounge and terrace on the first floor are both open daily between 07:00 and 22:30. The brunch menu includes traditional English breakfast, avocado toast and the slightly sweeter French toast. They also serve great coffee!

Breakfast at The Pilgrim in London
Breakfast at The Pilgrim in London

Address: 25 London Street

Experience the Argentine cuisine at Gaucho

Visit the meat restaurant Gaucho and step into another world full of Argentine aromas and flavours. The stylish interior and dull light breathes luxury. Take a drink or go straight to ordering fantastic meat dishes. This is where the Argentinian cuisine is in focus and before you have had a good look at the menu, the staff has come in with a large tray with different pieces of meat, and tells you what is available for the evening. If you are several people who want to share the food you should take the opportunity to order a meat tray with 4 different kinds of meat, 1.2 kilos! Perfect if you want to test a little bot of each, served together with wonderfully buttery mashed potatoes and great sauce. Remember to book a table in time!

Address: 89 Sloane Ave (available in several places)

Have a pint at Pride of Paddington

What is a visit to Englad without having a pint at a real British pub? Visit the cozy pub Pride of Paddington which is beautifully decorated with flowers. There are several different beers here and the pub is also a hostel, so be prepared for some happy backpackers. What exactly is a pint? It is a 0.5 liter volume that only applies to beer and cider in the UK.

Pride of Paddington
Pride of Paddington

Address: 1-3 Craven Road

These were some of my tips in London, there is obviously a lot more to do in this beautiful city. Do you have any recommendations for my next trip here?

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Gastro Natur on Hjälmaren in Örebro, Sweden | ThatSwedishTraveller

Escape the ordinary gastronomic experience with Gastro Natur 2019 on the Swedish lake Hjälmaren

This blogpost was written in collaboration with Katrinelunds Gästgiveri & Sjökrog and Visit Örebro.

A couple of weeks ago I visited Gastro natur on the lake Hjälmaren, this was one of three gastronomic experiences with Örebrokompaniet this year. In short the concept was a pop-up restaurant in an unexpected environment, e.g. in the middle of the forest, out on a lake or down in a mine. Me and about 25 other guests was served an innovative menu of locally sourced ingredients on the lake. This was for sure an unforgettable nature experience.

The raft

First off we took a bus about 40 min from Örebro out to Katrinelunds gästgiveri, who was responsible for the food of the night. Then we were greeted with champagne on a beautiful raft with live music. We all got onboard and the owner and head chef of Katrinelunds gästgiveri told us about tonights menu and how the night was going to unfold. Thereafter we had 3 smaller dishes while we slowly sailed out to the actual floating restaurant.

Gastro Natur
The amazing raft
Gastro Natur
The starters
Gastro Natur
Beef tartar
Gastro Natur
Grilled oysters
Gastro Natur
Crayfish
Gastro Natur
Cheers!

The floating restaurant and the menu

Have you ever seen anything like this? We were greeted by one of the chefs as we slowly approached the floating restaurant. We got onboard and we all fell in love with this tiny restaurant, complete with kitchen and grill onboard.

Gastro Natur
The floating restaurant
Gastro Natur
The floating restaurant
Gastro Natur
The chefs from Katrinelunds Gästgiveri and the grill onboard

The food was absolutely amazing. 9 dishes in total with natural flavours of Sweden. A fine selection of fish, lamb and vegetarian dishes.

 

The 360 view was breathtaking from the floating restaurant. A fun fact is that the lake Hjälmaren actually is Swedens 4th biggest lake but it is not deep at all, we could all get in and it was only knee-high! The deepest parts of Hjälmaren are about 22 meters though.

Gastro Natur
Sundown by the lake

 

Gastro Natur
Loving the view

Behind the scenes

Was there a toilet?! Yes! Of course we were all wondering how it would work since we were all in the middle of a lake. But trust me, the solution was great! Have you ever seen a toilet in a nicer environment? This mini toilet was just perfect!

But what about the dishes? Easy! In the middle of the evening the raft came back to get the dishes and also to deliver our dessert. In the mean time the dishes was kept in the water as seen in the picture below. So smart!

An amazing night!

I can not stress enough what an amazing night and experience Gastro natur truly was. If you have the chance to book it, do so! I am so curious about the two other pop-up restaurants in the woods and down the mine, I want to experience those as well. For now, just let me thank the amazing team from Katrinelunds Gästgiveri for excellent service and food and also a big thanks to Örebrokompaniet who invited me to this amazing experience.

Gastro Natur
The chefs and our excellent waitress Hanna
Gastro Natur
Magical sundown
Gastro Natur
Coziness on the raft back home

Here is a film from last year’s Gastro natur if you want to see more of how the events can look.

Read more about Katrinelunds Gästgiferi & Sjökrog.

This blogpost was written in collaboration with Katrinelunds Gästgiferi & Sjökrog and Visit Örebro.

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Food Guide: LE GBG, Gothenburg/Sweden | ThatSwedishTraveller

Gothenburg´s best smoothie bowl

Are you a brunch lover? Because I sure am. This pretty newly opened place in Gothenburg is one of a kind. Friendly staff, amazing food and cute seating. Be in time tho, because there are only a few seats inside and there’s usually a queue out the door. And that’s no wonder with those delicious smoothie bowls!

The menu at LE GBG

The restaurant serves breakfast, brunch and lunch. The menu consist of smoothie bowls, avo/salmon toast, pancakes, banana bread, salad bowls and smoothies. I tried the avo toast (95 SEK) and the banana bread (55 SEK). I think the pricing is good compared to all the tasty food you get! I love all the colors and the variation of the greens and fruits.

Try the cappucino

The coffee was also on point at LE. The only thing that struck me negatively was the lack of seats, since the place is really small. But I guess that’s part of the charm too.

Go get your fresh breakfast or weekly brunch at LE GBG, you won’t be sorry. My personal suggestion is to go togehter and order a bit of everything and share between you!

LE GBG

📍Lilla Risåsgatan 25, Gothenburg

🕰 Tue – Fri 09.00 – 17.00. Sat – Sun 10.00 – 16.00

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