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30+ Unique Gift Ideas for Anyone Who Loves London

By London Planning Tips

Buying a gift for your favourite London fan? I’ve compiled a list of gift ideas for London lovers that should make your shopping experience much easier, especially if you’re buying for someone who loves beautiful, unique items. If you’ve already done a “London gifts” Google search, you’ll have seen that many London gifts are very kitchy and cheesy… so I’ve sifted through the junk to help you choose from the best out there.

Also, most of the recommendations in this London Lover Gift Guide are from small businesses and artists, because well… we should all be supporting them over the big guys, ESPECIALLY this year.

Read on for lots of gift ideas for London lovers, even if they have no plans to visit any time soon.

*Many of the links in this article are affiliated, which means we earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking. Thank you so much!

British Food and Drink Gift Ideas for London Lovers

British Food and Drink to give as gifts

British food hamper

As mentioned in my gift guide for anyone visiting London in 2021 and that doesn’t want to be basic, a “London-y” or British food and drink hamper (aka gift basket) is a great gift idea for London lovers that you can DIY or buy ready-made.

If you want to make a hamper yourself, find a beautiful basket and load it up with some yummy English treats.

Some suggestions for your DIY British Food Hamper:

Some other fun things you could add include Christmas Pudding (or make it yourself with this BBC Good Food recipe) English Sparkling Wine and English Cidre.

For those of you who are not looking to spend an hour finding the perfect basket for your hamper items and wrestling with wrapping paper, iGourmet in the US makes a “A Little Bit of Britain Gift Box” that does it all for you for $99. They have a couple of other British-themed options as well.

Alternatively, you can order something from Fortnum & Mason in London. They’re world-famous for their luxurious hampers, with ones that go upwards of £1000… WOAH. Their F&M wicker hampers (the baskets themselves) are also collectors items.

Two Fortnum & Mason hampers that ship worldwide (not the only ones!):

Traditional English tea for London Lovers - gifts

English Tea

If your London-loving gift recipient came back from London appreciating good tea more than previously, they’ll love to receive beautiful, high quality teas as a gift. There are a few ways you can go about this.

If your giftee has watched my Londoner’s Guide to Soho, they’ll remember Algerian Coffee Stores being featured, and it’s where I recommend London tourists to go for affordable but still high-quality loose leaf tea in London, as well as coffee beans. It’s also home to London’s ONLY £1 coffee but that’s a whole other thing…

Algerian Coffee Stores is a fantastic small business that could use the support, plus their stuff is great and it ships worldwide. I’d recommend getting some loose leaf tea and a perhaps a classic teapot, which paired together would make a lovely gift, and the fact that it’s from this fab little shop in Soho makes it that much more special.

If you prefer something in fancy packaging you could instead opt for Fortnum & Mason’s tea selection, which is world-famous.

 

London-Themed Art and Homewares

London lovers would like a bit of their favourite city around the home, so here are some recommendations for cool London homewares (remember… we’re going for not cheesy!)

Prints and artwork

Etsy has some of the best prints featuring various bits of London, all designed and printed by artists and small business owners. I’ve compiled some of my favourites, that are beautifully designed or show more “local” nooks and crannies of the city… or both!

LONDON England UK Canvas Map Print Art Decoration to offer to London lovers3-Panel Art Deco London Map on Canvas, see it on Etsy

London Prints: Beigel Bake Brick lane bakery // East London Print // Illustrated Wall ArtBeigel Bake on Brick Lane, home of the world-famous Salted Beef Beigel. See it on Etsy

Reprint of a 1930s London Transport to WimbledonReprint of a 1930’s London Transport Sign for Wimbledon, great for tennis fans. See it on Etsy

Best gifts for those who love london and gardens - Kew Gardens Palm House London Retro Style Art PrintKew Gardens Palm House London Retro Style Art Print, see it on Etsy

Print of famous central spot in London - London Prints/ Bar Italia Soho // West End London Print // Illustrated Wall ArtBar Italia Soho, a very famous spot in Central London, featured in my Soho Guide. See it on Etsy

The best London Art to present to people who love Britain - Brixton Market Art, Colourful Neon London PrintBrixton Market Art, Colourful Neon London Print. If they’ve been to Brixton, they’ll love it, but even if they haven’t, the colours are beautiful. See it on Etsy

Pictures of London parks - The Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park London Art PrintThe Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park. Victoria Park, in East London, has been voted “London’s Best Park” for many years, and this cafe is a favourite of Londoners who live nearby. See it on Etsy

An incredibly in-depth map of London's History and Culture - so intricate the map took artist Cally Lathey over a year to complete!London Map of History and Culture. An incredibly in-depth map of London’s History and Culture – so intricate the map took artist Cally Lathey over a year to complete! See it on We Built This City (my fave London souvenir shop, now online and shipping worldwide)

 

Christmas Tree Ornaments

It’s hard to find Christmas tree ornaments that aren’t made of plastic, geez! But Selfridges is now selling London-y ornaments made of plaster, which is slightly better for the environment as it doesn’t take thousands of years to degrade…

Christmas Tree Ornaments to get for London lovers
Big Ben Christmas Tree Decoration, see it on Selfriges.com

 

Christmas decorations to gift to UK loversTelephone Box Christmas Tree Decoration, see it on Selfridges.com

Decorations to add to your house this Christmas to keep the memories of your London trips aliveDouble Decker Bus Christmas Tree Decoration, see it on Selfridges.com

UK memories to add to your Christmas tree this yearBlack Taxi Christmas Tree Decorations, see it on Selfridges.com

 

Other London-y homewares that would make great gifts

Unique metal bookends - London bridge - // decorative book holders // perfect housewarming gift // modern home decorTower Bridge Bookends. It does annoy me that the seller wrongly calls it London Bridge but hey… it’s cute. See it on Etsy

Rocks Whiskey Old Fashioned Glass Urban City Map London, UKRocks Glass with London Map. See it on Etsy, or check out the pint glass version or wine glass version.

Cool London Tube Coasters - these are plastic freeLondon Tube Map Coasters. There are a lot of London-y coasters online and many are bleh. These are cool, and plastic-free.See them on Etsy

 

Books about London

Books are a lovely gift idea for London lovers. The links for the recommended books go to an Amazon alternative in the US and Bookshop.org in the UK, which is a new site that is supporting the UK’s small bookshops.

Coffee Table Books about London

People love those big beautiful coffee table books but we rarely buy them for ourselves, which is why they’re great to get as gifts. Give your London lover one of these London-y coffee table books…

Beautiful London Themed Coffee Table Books To Get

Portraits of Britain (Vol 3) – Hoxton Mini Press and British Journal of Photography

The most recent volume of Portraits of Britain contains stunning imagery reflecting much of what Britain has dealt with in 2020. See Brits protesting in the streets for the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd’s murder, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

Get it from Books-A-Million (US)
Get it from Bookshop (UK)

All On The Board was started by two Transport for London employees who wanted to use the whiteboards in tube stations to do more than tell people to “stay to the right.”

All On The Board: Inspirational quotes from the TFL underground duo

All On The Board was started by two Transport for London employees who wanted to use the whiteboards in tube stations to do more than tell people to “stay to the right.” So they started writing inspirational quotes, jokes, statements and more on the boards, and started sharing them to an Instagram account called All On The Board. It’s turned into a beautiful movement that helps to add a little happiness into Londoners’ commutes, with thousands of people sharing photos of the boards they spot each day, during normal times.

Their book is brand new (launching 26th November 2020) so you can tell your giftee that they’re one of the first to have it!

Get it from Bookshop (UK)

Elle Croft has put together a great list of London-inspired coffee table books for us, so for more ideas, have a read of the list.

Cookbooks from London restaurants to give as gifts

Cookbooks from London restaurants to give as gifts
Dishoom: The first ever cookbook from the much-loved Indian restaurant by Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar, and Naved Nasir

Dishoom is one of the most popular restaurants in London, known for bringing affordable but absolutely delicious Bombay-inspired cuisine to the city. The Dishoom cookbook is a Sunday Times Best Seller, from which you will learn how to make some of their most popular Indian “comfort food”, including their famous black daal.

Get it from Books-A-Million (US)
Get it from Bookshop (UK)

Perfect gift for afternoon tea lovers
The National Trust Book of Scones: 50 delicious recipes and some curious crumbs of history by Sarah Merker

If your gift recipient loved going for afternoon tea while they were in London, they probably had the famously British scone. And well… I bet they loved it, especially right when it comes out nice and warm…. Mmmmm…. ok anyways, this book in collaboration with The National Trust is a collection of various scone recipes from around Britain, and stories to go along with them.

Get it from Books-A-Million (US)
Get it from Bookshop (UK)

For more London-inspired cookbook ideas, read Ashley Chalmers’s list of top London restaurant cookbooks to get inspiration from.

Fiction/Non-fiction books

Finally, if your giftee would appreciate some page turners stuffed into their stocking or wrapped up for Hanukkah, I’ve got a few to suggest…

Fiction/Non-fiction book ideas to gift to someone

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Even though it only came out about a year ago, Queenie has sweeped tons of awards and accolades, and was named one of The Times, Guardian, Sunday Times, Daily Mail and Evening Standard’s Best Books Of 2019.

Queenie is the main character, a 25-year-old Black woman living in London, straddling Jamaican and British culture. After a messy break up from her long-term boyfriend, Queenie finds herself seeking comfort in all the wrong places. The story is entertaining while also diving into subjects like racism, sexism, and mental illness.

Get it from Books-A-Million (US)
Get it from Bookshop (UK)

If your giftee would appreciate some page turners stuffed into their stocking or wrapped up for Hanukkah here are some perfect ideas

The 392 by Ashley Hickson-Lovence

Taking place on the (fictional) 392 bus in a period of just thirty-six minutes, the cast of characters travelling from Hoxton to Highbury is as varied and diverse as you’d expect to find on any East London bus, and each is beautifully portrayed in their own words.

Get it from Books-A-Million (US)
Get it from Bookshop (UK)

For more ideas, browse these two articles written by Elle Croft:

History books
Books about London/UK

London Colouring London Colouring Book - great gifts for people who love londonLondon Colouring Book

If your London lover likes a bit of mindless colouring to end the day, get them my London Colouring Book. It’s filled with London scenes ready to be printed or uploaded to their iPad and coloured in in a creative way. Our favourite local London illustrator Jen from Jen and Jennifer illustrated it! And at just £11, it makes for a great small gift that can be delivered by email instantly (or you can schedule the delivery date.)

Get the London Colouring Book

London-inspired jewellery to gift a London lover

Still need more gift ideas for London lovers? Give them a little something to wear that will remind them of the city they love.

Present ideas/ Sterling Silver London Skyline Disc Pendant NecklaceSterling Silver London Skyline Disc Pendant Necklace. Comes with free engraving. Find it on Etsy

London-inspired jewelry to gift a London lover - Statement Recycled Oval Stones Earrings, Drop Earrings, Yellow, Red by Enna JewelleryStatement Recycled Oval Stones Earrings. The colours are the same as the tube trains, and the speckled bottom shape looks so similar to the speckled floor in the carriages. Find it on Etsy

Jewellery ideas to gift/ City London Sterling Silver Ring, Skyline Ring, London Ring, Travel Ring, Wanderlust Jewelry, Travel Jewelry, City Scape Ring, London MapCity of London Skyline Sterling Silver Ring. Find it on Etsy

One pound coin pendant - choose your year 1984-2008 - rose gold platedOne Pound Coin Pendant. Choose the year! Find it on Etsy.

Right so you’ve got quite a few gift ideas for London lovers now… I think you should be sorted. Happy gifting and let me know what your giftee’s reaction is to their London-y gifts.

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Gifts for People Going to London

Gift Ideas for Anyone Visiting London in 2021 (who doesn’t want to be basic)

By London Planning Tips

Every year, I’ve published a “What to get someone visiting London next year” gift guide, and looking back, I think it’s catered to the “basic” traveler a little too much.

What’s a “basic traveler”? Well… he or she is someone who wants to do the usual. The major sights, the classic attractions, the areas of London that locals actively avoid.

If that’s you, or the person you’re getting a gift for, don’t worry, that’s fine! No hate here. In fact you should check out last year’s gift guide because it should still be pretty helpful for that type of traveler. But over the last couple of years here at Love and London, we’ve shifted away from that. We want to help you see the other side of the city, the one with character, the one that Londoners rave about, the one that makes you say “I could totally see myself living here.”

So this year, because of that mission, and because we want to be supporting small businesses over the big guys as much as possible, this gift guide will be for the non-basics, and if you’re getting a gift for someone who fits this description, then you’ll absolutely grab some good ideas from this article.

Right… let’s talk gifts.

*Some of the links in this article are affiliated, which means if you purchase something after clicking it, I will earn a commission. This is at no extra cost to you and helps to support Love and London during a very difficult time.

Clothing to gift someone visiting London in 2021

There are two things that I think people would definitely appreciate being given as a gift in anticipation of their trip… a beautiful London-inspired jacket, and stylish-but-walking-friendly shoes.

London-approved jacket

For anyone visiting London in the spring or fall, a classic coat makes for a great gift, as receiving a nice new coat can feel quite luxurious, and of course, it helps keep your giftee warm, duh. If the visit is planned for summer, a light trench coat will work too, as evenings can still get quite cool.

This trench coat (shown above) from sustainable and ethical coat company Noize doubles as a vegan leather raincoat too.

Gift Ideas for Someone Visiting London in 2021 (and doesn’t want to be basic)

For men in need of a coat that’s a bit warmer, the Everlane ReWool Overcoat has a very Londoner-approved shape and texture to it… quite sophisticated. In addition to looking great, this coat is made with recycled wool!

Walking shoes for London

I am always searching for shoes that are comfortable for traipsing around London but that still look good and don’t ruin the planet. So over the summer I picked up a pair of Allbirds’s new flats and well, they are SO comfortable…

Best walking shoes for London

On top of that, they are made more sustainably than most shoes. The Women’s Tree Breezers are made with renewable eucalyptus tree fibers and have a Brazilian sugarcane outsole, which is made with the world’s first carbon negative green EVA.

Best presents to get to someone visiting London soon

For men, I’d recommend the Men’s Tree Loungers, a slip-on made with similar materials and again they are machine washable, so when they start to get smelly or dirty, just chuck ‘em in the wash.

Allbirds makes quite a few different types of comfy and sustainably-made shoes that are great for travel, so check out the Allbirds site for some more gift ideas. They also have a really great return policy in case your giftee isn’t a fan.

Want more London-friendly clothing and shoe suggestions? Check out the London Packing Guide, which also makes for a great, affordable gift.

Make their flight or hotel stay more special

A little bit of luxury is SUCH a treat for someone with a big trip planned, so it would be such a lovely surprise to be gifted a flight upgrade or a more luxurious hotel stay than was originally expected.

If the giftee hasn’t booked their flight or hotel yet, this is your chance! Just make sure they don’t book anything before you actually get to give your gift.

If they HAVE booked it already, a flight upgrade might be a bit tricky if you aren’t on the booking yourself, but give the airline a call to see if there’s anything they can do to help you pay the difference for an upgrade from say, economy to premium economy.

The hotel is a bit easier, as you can likely call them directly, ask for the upgrade, and pay the difference via a payment form sent to your email.

Do something fun to “gift” this to your giftee… like print out a picture of the view from their upgraded room and put it in the card you give them on exchanging day.

If you want to book the hotel for them, I have some resources to help you find a great one.

This article gives suggestions for less touristy areas to stay in, and great hotels in those areas at different price points. Or find out which London hotels have their very own rooftop bars.

I have a whole video series sharing my stays at four different hotels in London, from budget up through to one of the most luxurious suites in London. Watch the whole series here on Youtube, and see one of the videos below.

https://youtu.be/ziYaKUqViDE

Finally, if you happen to have the 3-Day London Itinerary, there are tons of great hotel recommendations in the London Hotel guide, which you will have gotten if you opted for the bonus package.

Give them a unique London experience

Of course, one of the BEST things you can get someone traveling to London is an experience they can do while actually here. People ALWAYS get more out of experiences than actual physical items when it comes to receiving gifts.

There are two ways you can give an experience to someone… book it for them, or give them a gift voucher for it.

Book it for them

This option is best if you are traveling with the person you’re getting this gift for, as it requires no effort on their part and because well, you probably know their itinerary pretty well if you’re traveling with them.

Because of COVID times, it might not be possible to book some tours out very far, but it’s worth a look, especially if you’re reading this well into 2021.

Tours and activities

Book a tour or activity for you to do together, and then pop the confirmation page into a card and BOOM, you’ve got yourself an amazing gift.

Now, because your gift recipient isn’t into those boring ole generic London walking tours, let me help you out with some unique tours and experiences you could book that will impress them with your knowledge of off-the-beaten-path London.

Unique London experience, Tours and activities

Black History Walks

A ton of Britain’s history is completely whitewashed, and therefore, most tours don’t cover the actual reality of what happened. Enter Black History Walks, which does walking tours around the city that will open your eyes to various parts of Black Britain.

I once did a walking tour of Notting Hill, which was truly eye opening. I thought I knew Notting Hill inside and out but I learned SO much about the impacts that the Black community have had on the area.

See what tours are available on the Black History Walks website.

Women of London tours

Women of London tours takes guests around different areas of London and introduces them to the smaller and often missed tributes to the women who shaped London. They currently have two tours to choose from, one that covers women’s history around Westminster, and one about working women’s impact on East End history.

Book a tour with Women of London

Uncomfortable Art Tours

Due to the UK’s (frankly horrifying) colonial history, a huge portion of the artifacts displayed around London’s major museums were actually stolen by the Brits from various countries around the world. But… well you rarely read about that when you stroll around the British Museum reading their plaques…

So get clued up on the true history of the pieces with an Uncomfortable Art tour. They currently run at six sites: the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain and the Queen’s House (National Maritime Museum). You can even buy a “Display it Like You Stole It” badge on the tour, which is a call for museums to start being more honest about how their pieces were acquired.

Book an Uncomfortable Art Tour

Book a London Photo Session to get great pictures in London

London Photo Session

It’s so hard to get decent photos of the whole travel group when you’re dealing with cloudy skies, a stranger holding your (very expensive) camera, and people bobbing in and out of your shots.

If you want to have some professional-grade photos from your trip that you can frame and admire for years to come, gift your recipient a professional photo shoot. A photographer meets you and takes incredible photos of you with the London sights, without you having to worry about anything. Good photogs can even make rainy days look beautiful!

We work with a wonderful photographer named Ewa, and if you go through this page, you’ll find out how you can get extra photos by mentioning that we referred you.

There are of course a ton of other experiences and tours you can book as a gift for a London visitor, here are two articles that will give you more options:

12 Unique Experiences You Should Totally Try in London
11 Unique Tours to Take While Visiting London

Gift vouchers for London experiences

Ok so if you can’t book the tour or experience directly for them, that’s totally fine. Many indie tour operators and vendors sell vouchers, so you can pay for the experience for them but they can pick when they do it, or if they offer a few different tours, they can choose which tour they want to do.

Gift vouchers for London experiences

Devour Tours

My favourite food tour operator in London is Devour Tours, I rate them a bit better than the second one on this list because they incorporate a non-for-profit stop into their tours. Their first London tour takes guests around London Bridge to find out about the history behind many spots in the area and the food that is special to London in various ways.

Devour also does tours all over Spain and in Italy, plus they’re doing a ton of virtual experiences right now, so their gift voucher could be used in a ton of different ways.

Get a Devour Tours gift voucher

Eating Europe Food Tours

Eating Europe also does great food tours, they started in Italy and now have tours all over Europe and they now have multiple tours in London, including a cocktail tour around Soho and a food and street art tour around East London.

You can buy a gift voucher, called a “Flexi Pass” from Eating Europe, which has no expiration date and can be used all over Europe, not just London.

Get a Flexi Pass from Eating Europe

small businesses, tours and experiences in London

Other tours and experiences

With so many small businesses in London struggling this year, so many will be offering gift vouchers for future spending, including restaurants, shops, tour companies, experienced-based companies and more. So if your gift recipient has a few “must do’s” on their itinerary, check all of their websites to see if they’re offering gift vouchers, and I think you’ll be in luck.

Some other small vendors in London giving gift vouchers:

  • Women of London tours
  • Carousel – a venue with constantly rotating chefs from around the world putting on supper clubs. Great for discerning food lovers.
  • Hayman’s Distillery – head to London’s Balham to see how Hayman’s gin is made with a distillery tour.

Many of the experiences in this list of unique experiences to take in London link to a Virgin Experience Days page where you can buy vouchers for the experience suggested, so I recommend having a browse of that for more voucher ideas.

Gifts to Get Them Excited About Their Trip

Here are some things you can make or get your future London visitor to help build the anticipation for their trip.

11 Beautiful London Themed Coffee Table Books To Get
London-y books

No, not just any old guidebook for London… a beautiful coffee table book filled with both beautiful images and London info will help build the excitement for what they will see when here. It can then sit on their coffee or bedside table ready for them to browse as they wait for their trip to happen.

We’ve got a great list of the best London-related coffee table books, have a read and you’ll find at least a couple of lovely options for your giftee.

Or if you think they’d prefer something with less pictures and more words, there are tons of fiction and non-fiction books that are based in London and the UK that would be great to gift a bookworm. Give them a goal to finish them all before they head to the airport… book nerds love that kinda stuff.

We have two lists to help you with this:

Get the 3 Day Itinerary, it makes a great gift for london lovers
3-Day London Itinerary

Your giftee would probably LOVE for a Londoner to sit down with them and give them a walkthrough of all of the best things to do in the city. You can give them the next best thing with the 3-Day London Itinerary, a digital itinerary made by a London expert (me) with a flexible plan for three days in the capital. It’s not completely linear, it has tons of options that will suit various different travel styles, tastes and budgets, so it’ll feel like your giftee has their very own custom itinerary.

The 3-Day London Itinerary will relaunch with the 2021 version in February, but from mid-November you can gift someone the itinerary, and it will land in their inbox on launch day. If you’re reading this after February, you can still give the itinerary to someone as a gift, just select the “gift” option at check out.

Are you struggling to know what to pack for your London Trip?
London Packing Guide or London Colouring Book

Need a little extra something to give? The London Packing Guide helps take the guesswork out of packing for such a big trip. It comes with a London weather guide, clothing and shoe suggestions (with links!), printable packing lists for each season, and more. Grab the London Packing Guide for just £9.99, and you can opt to give it as a gift at checkout.

There’s also the London Colouring Book, which has a bunch of London-themed colouring pages which can be coloured in by printing them out or by uploading them to your iPad to colour digitally. The colouring book was illustrated by Jen and Jennifer, a local illustrator who’s also a friend of mine. Check out the London Colouring Book.

Popular to give as gifts in the UK, like gift baskets
Make a London-inspired food hamper

Hampers, or you might know them as gift baskets, are very popular to give as gifts in the UK, and you can pick up some very swanky ones depending on where you order from. I recommend making or buying one for your recipient, and filling it with English treats that they can enjoy before they’re able to make it over to London. Hopefully you’ll also get in on some of that snack action…

If you want to make a hamper yourself, find yourself a beautiful basket and load it up with English treats.

I’d recommend (with some links to where to order from if you’re in the US):

There are of course many other fun things you could add, like Christmas Pudding, English Sparkling Wine, English Cidre, and more.

If you’re like ermmmmm I don’t want to DIY a gift, iGourmet makes a “A Little Bit of Britain Gift Box” that does it all for you for $99. They have a couple of other British-themed options as well.

Or if you want to go PROPER London and super fancy, you can order a hamper from Fortnum & Mason in London. They are world-famous for their incredible hampers, with ones that go upwards of £1000. Their F&M hampers, the baskets themselves, are also collectors items.

Two Fortnum & Mason hampers that ship worldwide (not the only ones!):

Gifts to help preserve the London memories

How about a couple of cute things to help preserve the memories your recipient will make on their London trip?

Gifts to help preserve the London memories
Travel Journal

I love this cute travel journal made by an independent craftsperson on Etsy. It’s made with recycled paper and the cover is made from textile industry waste, so it’s incredibly eco-friendly. They can use the journal to record their experiences and thoughts after each day of their trip, so they can always remember the small details of it.

Get the journal on Etsy

Cute things to help preserve the memories made on your London trip
Keepsake box

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do with all of the ticket stubs, flyers, and small items you accumulate on a trip that you can’t seem to toss in the trash as they’re associated with your amazing time away. Gift a lovely little box for them to keep those bits and bobs in for the next few years, and to help them remember all of the fun they had.

Get this Keepsake Box from Not On The High Street

Ok… I’ve given you a pretty good list. If you can’t find something for your London-loving giftee well then I might not be able to help you 😉 But again these gifts are great if you’re buying for someone that wants to avoid the overhyped and overdone, and who like GIFTS that are out of the ordinary too.

If you’re after something for someone who wants the touristy London, check out last year’s gift guide.

Happy gifting and let me know how it goes!

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What to get someone going to London

Black-owned fashion brands based in the UK

9 London-Based Black-Owned Fashion Brands to Shop Now

By London Travel Tips

Fashion, but make it BLACK-OWNED.

Let’s make supporting the Black community part of our every day and “normal” agenda. Showing your support and allyship takes more than just posting a black square or sharing something we’ve seen on our stories. The more we work to become intentional and less performative, the sooner we will see change.

Within the fashion industry, there has been a disproportion of representation of Black people in comparison to our white counterparts. Not only with models and industry management but with brands you find showcased and promoted on certain platforms. Social media has allowed brands that would otherwise not be seen in mainstream media to have a voice and reach the masses in a less traditional way.

It’s time to shift the focus to where we are spending our money and who we are supporting. By buying Black, you are contributing to the growth of the Black economy as well as encouraging and motivating Black business owners. Every brand has a story and when you learn of the story or faces behind some of these fashion brands, you’ll feel a connection.

If you are looking for Black-owned businesses to support within the fashion industry, I have collated a list of 10 Black-owned and designed fashion brands that are based in London.

Velviere is a brightly coloured luxury fashion brand for men and women. Initially starting as a men’s clothing line, they have since ventured into womenswear. The classic and vibrant brand currently stocks a number of jacket styles that have different versions to complement both male and female body types - like “his and hers”.

Image courtesy of Velviere

Velviere

Velviere is a brightly coloured luxury fashion brand for men and women. Initially starting as a men’s clothing line, they have since ventured into womenswear. The classic and vibrant brand currently stocks a number of jacket styles that have different versions to complement both male and female body types – like “his and hers”.

This brand is more than just a clothing brand, but a lifestyle one too. Velviere strays away from the traditional navy and grey and uses bold blues and bright oranges which differentiates them from other luxury fashion brands.

My favourite piece is the ‘Soho Orange’ jacket. I usually go for a simple black or navy jacket, but I love how bright the orange is and who doesn’t want to stand out in the crowd?

Check the Velviere website

Founded by London-based fashion stylist Irene Agbontaen, TTYA London is a fashion brand that caters to women who are 5’9” or taller. TTYA London gives women of a taller stature timeless and classic pieces that last beyond a season or trend. For mainstream brands, despite their catwalk models being tall, the items that actually hit the store shelves are not always complimentary for those with longer limbs. Even with basic t-shirts or jeans, you may find that the arms are short or the trousers showcase some unwanted ankle. That is where TTYA London comes along. As well as their statement pieces, they also have a range of basic t-shirts and jeans to bridge the gap of items on offer for taller women.
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TTYA London

Founded by London-based fashion stylist Irene Agbontaen, TTYA London is a fashion brand that caters to women who are 5’9” or taller. TTYA London gives women of a taller stature timeless and classic pieces that last beyond a season or trend.

For mainstream brands, despite their catwalk models being tall, the items that actually hit the store shelves are not always complimentary for those with longer limbs. Even with basic t-shirts or jeans, you may find that the arms are short or the trousers showcase some unwanted ankle. That is where TTYA London comes along. As well as their statement pieces, they also have a range of basic t-shirts and jeans to bridge the gap of items on offer for taller women.

TTYA London as a brand is more than just a fashion label. An online and offline community has been created to inspire and empower women to stand tall in themselves and their journey through life.

Check the TTYA London website

Trapstar was founded by three young Black men, friends who started off making t-shirts and selling them at Portobello Market. Since then, they have gained notoriety globally and have a store in West London. Trapstar is among the fashion brands that are loved and praised by the UK urban music scene. The clothing brand can be found being worn by many of the UK’s rappers, which has contributed to its growth online and internationally. Since having US rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z invest, you can even find Rihanna and Rita Ora sporting the apparel.

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Trapstar London

Trapstar was founded by three young Black men, friends who started off making t-shirts and selling them at Portobello Market. Since then, they have gained notoriety globally and have a store in Notting Hill.

Trapstar is among the fashion brands that are loved and praised by the UK urban music scene. The clothing brand can be found being worn by many of the UK’s rappers, which has contributed to its growth online and internationally. Since having US rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z invest, you can even find Rihanna and Rita Ora sporting the apparel.

Their products range from t-shirts to tracksuits, socks to facial masks, catering to both men and women. For me personally, it’s the rags to riches story that makes me buy into the brand. I love that the founders are just your average guys that had a dream and built an empire.

Notting Hill | Trapstar London website

Fi Dem & Co is a Black clothing brand that is all about culture. Their creative and quirky products showcase different elements of African and Caribbean culture. They hope to inspire people to grab one of their statement t-shirts and represent with confidence. Fi Dem & Co specialise in graphic t-shirts with African and Caribbean sayings, my favourite being the t-shirt with the list of Nigerian foods.

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Fi Dem & Co

Fi Dem & Co is a Black clothing brand that is all about culture. Their creative and quirky products showcase different elements of African and Caribbean culture. They hope to inspire people to grab one of their statement t-shirts and represent with confidence.

Fi Dem & Co specialise in graphic t-shirts with African and Caribbean sayings, my favourite being the t-shirt with the list of Nigerian foods.

Their recent styles use the typography of well-known and popular t-shirts, but then add an African spin to them. An example would be their ‘Chale’ t-shirt on which they’ve used the typography from the TV programme Friends.

It’s a fun and quirky brand and personally, I can’t wait to see what else they come out with.

Check the Fi Dem & Co website

Sincerely Nude is a women’s nude clothing brand that caters to a wide range of body shapes and sizes. It was started to celebrate women of all shades and to offer clothing that was nude for those of different skin tones. As well as being inclusive of skin tones, they’re also inclusive of size, with their clothing ranging from extra small to double extra large.

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Sincerely Nude

Sincerely Nude is a women’s nude clothing brand that caters to a wide range of body shapes and sizes. It was started to celebrate women of all shades and to offer clothing that was nude for those of different skin tones.

As well as being inclusive of skin tones, they’re also inclusive of size, with their clothing ranging from extra small to double extra large.

Sincerely Nude is based in London but offers worldwide shipping of their diverse range of products. From two pieces to bodysuits to boob tape, you’re a click away from styling your Sincerely Nude.

In addition to being a nude womenswear brand, they spread messages of positivity and self-love. They highlight the importance of loving yourself, internal beauty and empowering others. A brand that celebrates all skin tones, offers a range of products and sizes and spreads self-love, what more could you ask for?

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Founded by Cameroonian twin sisters, they wanted to combine the two worlds they live in through clothing. Grass-fields produce beautiful African print pieces with bold colour. Offering clothing from UK size 6 to 20, Grass-fields’s pieces are versatile in style, bold and bright in design. You can take one of their pieces and either style it for a casual brunch or dress it up for a day at the racecourse.

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Grass-Fields

Founded by Cameroonian twin sisters, they wanted to combine the two worlds they live in through clothing. Grass-fields produce beautiful African print pieces with bold colour.

Offering clothing from UK size 6 to 20, Grass-fields’s pieces are versatile in style, bold and bright in design. You can take one of their pieces and either style it for a casual brunch or dress it up for a day at the racecourse.

What I love the most about Grass-fields is their ‘Mummy and Me’ collection. My daughter is still a baby, but I can’t wait for her to be able to wear cute matching outfits with me. If you’re a lover of African print and statement pieces, shop Grass-fields.

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Dao London is a modern African inspired fashion brand that uses African Kente material to create unconventional stylish pieces. Dao London is for the woman who wants to be bold and radiates confidence. The Kente Bustier is a versatile statement piece and by far one my favourite current items. It can be both casual and classy; on their Instagram they have it over a black shirt-dress giving simple and sultry vibes.

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Dao London

Dao London is a modern African inspired fashion brand that uses African Kente material to create unconventional stylish pieces. Dao London is for the woman who wants to be bold and radiates confidence.

The Kente Bustier is a versatile statement piece and by far one my favourite current items. It can be both casual and classy; on their Instagram they have it over a black shirt-dress giving simple and sultry vibes.

They have strayed away from the usual traditional way of styling African print and are keeping it up to date with the latest fashion trends.

Check the Dao London website

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God’s Gift London

This next Black-owned fashion brand is God’s Gift London, who specialise in accessories for all occasions. How you accessorise an outfit makes a difference and God’s Gift London aims to give your outfit that little bit extra and boost your confidence.

In addition to accessories, they also have a variety of jackets and bags available for purchase. They have a woven style handbag which I am fond of, it’s different to what I would usually purchase, but that’s the point.

God’s Gift London promotes confidence, individuality and authenticity, all at affordable prices.

Check the God’s Gift London website

My Buba Prints is an African inspired accessory brand born-and-bred in London. Their handmade products are bright and bold, embodying African culture.

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My Buba Prints

My Buba Prints is an African inspired accessory brand born-and-bred in London. Their handmade products are bright and bold, embodying African culture.

Currently, their line consists of print scrunchies and headbands, which are easy to style and perfect for both adults and children.

Each sale made by My Buba Prints goes to supporting children in West Africa. They are currently working with the charity, Change for Ghana, and donate £1 from every order.

When I was 16/17 years old I literally lived in headbands, I would have loved a brand like My Buba Prints to have been around back then. Personally, I love a bold accessory. My current wardrobe is full of black clothing, so adding bright accessories levels up the outfit.

Check the My Buba Prints website

Support Black-owned fashion businesses and if you can’t now, bookmark this page for later and share it with your friends and family. With fashion moving online and brands mentioned in this article being online-based businesses, subscribe to their newsletters so you don’t miss out on an opportunity to visit London during one of their pop-ups or grab something from their website.

London Fashion Week takes place in September, which would be a great time to head to London. It’ll give you the chance to catch some of these Black-owned fashion brands and more on the runway and having pop-up stores.

London may not be the fashion capital of the world, but it definitely is a contender.

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13 Fascinating Books About London’s History to Read Now

By London Planning Tips

Whether you know the history of London or not, I think we can all agree that it’s an incredible city… right? I mean, even if you have no idea what happened in a particular building or why a specific monument was created, you can still appreciate its age and beauty.

But understanding the fascinating, troubling, strange and diverse history of London only makes a visit to the English capital so much richer. When you walk the streets of London, knowing the multitudes of stories each one has borne witness to over the centuries, the city takes on new layers of wonder.

And luckily for us, there are plenty of books about London’s history that can teach us about the city throughout the ages. So whether you’re hoping to learn about London’s bygone days in more general terms, or you’re curious about a specific slice of history – an era, or a topic – these books about London’s history are the perfect addition to your bookshelves!

Non-fiction books about London’s history

Peter Ackroyd has created a history (he calls it a biography, which makes me love it all the more) not only of the city as a whole, but of specific aspects of its history: gin, childhood, sex and even sewage are delved into, offering readers a broad and deep understanding of all that London has witnessed in its immense lifetime.

London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd

If you’re not just looking for a book about London, but the book about London, this hefty classic (it’s over 900 pages, but don’t let that put you off) is the ultimate guide to London’s history, spanning from the age from the Druids all the way to the present (or, at least, till it was published some twenty years ago).

Peter Ackroyd has created a history (he calls it a biography, which makes me love it all the more) not only of the city as a whole, but of specific aspects of its history: gin, childhood, sex and even sewage are delved into, offering readers a broad and deep understanding of all that London has witnessed in its immense lifetime.

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It’s impossible to look at London’s history without acknowledging the widespread and important contributions that Black people and communities have contributed to the city we know and love.

Black London: The Imperial Metropolis and Decolonization in the Twentieth Century by Marc Matera

It’s impossible to look at London’s history without acknowledging the widespread and important contributions that Black people and communities have contributed to the city we know and love.

Part social history, part biography, Black London shares the stories of Black Londoners who were remarkable in their own unique spheres – from political activism to newspaper editing, from jazz performance to sexuality – exploring what it meant to be Black in London in the twentieth century.

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A slice of history in itself, as well as a tale of London throughout the ages, In Search of London was written in the 1950s by travel journalist HV Morton. Morton, while walking the streets of his city, recounts the history of his favourite places, many of which are still firm favourites for visitors today.

In Search of London by HV Morton

A slice of history in itself, as well as a tale of London throughout the ages, In Search of London was written in the 1950s by travel journalist HV Morton. Morton, while walking the streets of his city, recounts the history of his favourite places, many of which are still firm favourites for visitors today. His familiar style of writing feels like you’re being taken on a tour by a friend, and as the blurb states:

“Morton’s quest for the city’s heart reveals how London’s daily life is rooted in a past that is closer and more familiar than we might think.”

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Sure, Jack the Ripper might be one of London’s most notorious (and nefarious) inhabitants, and the mystery of his identity has undoubtedly endured… but how much do we know about his victims? Jack the Ripper history tends to focus on the perpetrator and the grisly details of his horrific crimes, while the women he killed are relegated to side notes, labelled as prostitutes, and nothing more.

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

Sure, Jack the Ripper might be one of London’s most notorious (and nefarious) inhabitants, and the mystery of his identity has undoubtedly endured… but how much do we know about his victims? Jack the Ripper history tends to focus on the perpetrator and the grisly details of his horrific crimes, while the women he killed are relegated to side notes, labelled as prostitutes, and nothing more.

In The Five, Hallie Rubenhold aims to bring these women into the light, sharing their histories, and the society and culture they lived in. The lives of Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly are built from the small scraps of history that mention them, and the result is an insightful – and often surprising (for instance, there’s no evidence that some of these women were ever prostitutes at all) – account of five humans who deserve the dignity of being properly remembered.

If you have any interest in the Jack the Ripper case, skip the cheesy tours and read this brilliant book instead.

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Do Not Pass Go: From the Old Kent Road to Mayfair, which takes readers on a tour of the Monopoly board, telling the histories and tales of each of the tiles on the board. Tim Moore spent a little more time than I did on his tour, staying at a fancy hotel in Mayfair, visiting an inmate at Pentonville prison, and discovering the quirks and mysteries of the destinations that ended up making the Monopoly we know today.

Do Not Pass Go: From the Old Kent Road to Mayfair by Tim Moore

Years ago – well before I lived here – I visited London with a friend, and we spent a full day attempting to stop at every single street or station on the Monopoly board. I can’t remember if we made it to all of them, but I do remember it was a gruelling day of traipsing from one end of the city to the other!

I could have saved myself a whole lot of effort by reading Do Not Pass Go: From the Old Kent Road to Mayfair, which takes readers on a tour of the Monopoly board, telling the histories and tales of each of the tiles on the board. Tim Moore spent a little more time than I did on his tour, staying at a fancy hotel in Mayfair, visiting an inmate at Pentonville prison, and discovering the quirks and mysteries of the destinations that ended up making the Monopoly we know today.

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Written by Lloyd Bradley, a music journalist and author, Sounds Like London is an exploration of Black music since World War I, when the Southern Syncopated Orchestra brought jazz to the city.

Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital by Lloyd Bradley

Written by Lloyd Bradley, a music journalist and author, Sounds Like London is an exploration of Black music since World War I, when the Southern Syncopated Orchestra brought jazz to the city.

From the jazz clubs of Soho to the streets of Notting Hill, and plenty in between, Sounds Like London includes contributions from huge musical names such as Eddy Grant, Osibisa, Russell Henderson, Dizzee Rascal and Trevor Nelson, with an introduction by Soul2Soul’s Jazzie B.

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Historian and broadcaster Dr Matthew Green, who also has a PhD in the history of London (from Oxford, no less), brings the past to life by focusing on six very specific periods in time: Shakespeare’s heydey, Medieval London, the plague, the era of coffee houses, the reign of Queen Victoria, and the Blitz.

London: A Travel Guide Through Time by Dr Matthew Green

Historian and broadcaster Dr Matthew Green, who also has a PhD in the history of London (from Oxford, no less), brings the past to life by focusing on six very specific periods in time: Shakespeare’s heydey, Medieval London, the plague, the era of coffee houses, the reign of Queen Victoria, and the Blitz.

It’s told as a guide book of sorts; a time-travel tour, whereby the reader is led to a particular location in modern London, and then, by the flick of a ‘switch’, lands in that same spot in whichever era Dr Green is describing. This book engages all of your senses as London’s sounds, sights, and even smells, are described in great detail.

It might sound silly, but it’s a clever and fun way of learning about different periods in time as though you are a tourist within history itself.

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Can you imagine your diary one day being published, and referred to as a guide to history? I somehow can’t picture my teenage crushes and catfights ever making it into print (at least, I hope with all my heart they never are) but Samuel Pepys’ diary entries have become an important insight into Reformation England, giving us a snapshot of his daily life from 1660 - 1669.

The Diaries of Samuel Pepys

Can you imagine your diary one day being published, and referred to as a guide to history? I somehow can’t picture my teenage crushes and catfights ever making it into print (at least, I hope with all my heart they never are) but Samuel Pepys’ diary entries have become an important insight into Reformation England, giving us a snapshot of his daily life from 1660 – 1669.

Pepys – who was an MP as well as an administrator of the English navy – recorded the intricate details of his life: what time he woke up, his finances, the weather, and what he ate. But he also recorded his thoughts and perspectives on some of the key events that took place in that era (the coronation of King Charles II, the plague, and even the Great Fire of London).

Probably the most unselfconsciously honest insight into a specific period in London’s history, Pepys’ diary is just a straight-up fascinating read.

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If you can relate to this quote from 10 Things I Hate About You, then you need to read Shakespeare’s London on 5 Groats a Day. It’s a quirky, charming travel guide that shows what it would have been like for a budget traveller in Shakespeare’s day. From things to see and do, to where to shop and stay, and even where to go for the best celeb spotting, this is basically Love and London, but for Elizabethan times.

Shakespeare’s London on 5 Groats a Day by Richard Tames

“I know you’re a fan of Shakespeare.”

“More than a fan. We’re involved.”

If you can relate to this quote from 10 Things I Hate About You, then you need to read Shakespeare’s London on 5 Groats a Day. It’s a quirky, charming travel guide that shows what it would have been like for a budget traveller in Shakespeare’s day.

From things to see and do, to where to shop and stay, and even where to go for the best celeb spotting, this is basically Love and London, but for Elizabethan times.

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London was once filled with animals, from pigs to horses and even bears and elephants. These days, unless you visit the zoo, the creatures you’re most likely to see are squirrels (cute), urban pigeons (guaranteed to fly at your face at least once per trip) and the occasional rat (ew).

Beastly London: A History of Animals in London by Hannah Velten

London was once filled with animals, from pigs to horses and even bears and elephants. These days, unless you visit the zoo, the creatures you’re most likely to see are squirrels (cute), urban pigeons (guaranteed to fly at your face at least once per trip) and the occasional rat (ew).

In her history of London’s animals, Hannah Velten shares the relationship between Londoners throughout history and the animals that kept them company. Beastly London offers a glimpse into a side of the city’s past that’s not often inspected, while exploring the ethics of the way many of the animals were treated over the years.

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I’d never heard of mudlarking before I moved to London, but it’s a fascinating pastime, which involves scavenging for items of value on the banks of the River Thames. When the practice began in the 18th century, it was so much more than a hobby - people made their living by selling whatever trinkets they’d pulled from the muddy banks.

Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames by Lara Maiklem

I’d never heard of mudlarking before I moved to London, but it’s a fascinating pastime, which involves scavenging for items of value on the banks of the River Thames. When the practice began in the 18th century, it was so much more than a hobby – people made their living by selling whatever trinkets they’d pulled from the muddy banks.

These days, metal detectors are used to find treasures (and whatever else lies under the surface!), some of which tell fascinating stories that offer glimpses of the history of London. From brooches to buckles, clay pipes to combs, Lara Maiklem shares some of the pieces she’s found during her 15 years of mudlarking, and the history of the river that washed them up.

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Fictional books about London’s history

If you’d prefer to learn your history through fiction rather than pure fact, I’ve included a couple of titles that give readers a taste of London’s history via stories. They’re just as educational as they are entertaining.

In a story that spans an incredible sixteen centuries, Edward Rutherford brings the lives of Londoners throughout history to life in this epic tale. Based on real events, the story weaves together some of London’s key moments, people and places, in a page-turning book of over 800 pages.

London: The Novel by Edward Rutherford

In a story that spans an incredible sixteen centuries, Edward Rutherford brings the lives of Londoners throughout history to life in this epic tale. Based on real events, the story weaves together some of London’s key moments, people and places, in a page-turning book of over 800 pages.

As well as bringing you on an incredible journey, London: The Novel will teach you things you never knew about this city… including how Soho got its name, and the origin of wedding cakes.

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If you love crime novels, and you love learning about London’s history, this is the book for you. Set during the time of the Great Fire of London, The Ashes of London is a fast-paced spy thriller that follows the hunt for a killer through the charred streets of the city.

The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

If you love crime novels, and you love learning about London’s history, this is the book for you. Set during the time of the Great Fire of London, The Ashes of London is a fast-paced spy thriller that follows the hunt for a killer through the charred streets of the city.

This fascinating period of London’s history – the Great Fire, the abolition of the monarchy, the execution of Charles I – is brought to life in this pacy, history-fuelled thriller.

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So whether you’re after a sweeping overview of the English capital, or you’re more curious about a specific time period, or topic, these fascinating books about London’s history all promise one thing: by the time you turn the final page, you’ll have a deeper appreciation for London than ever before!

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10 Black London-Based Influencers to Follow for London Inspo

By London Travel Tips

The traditional ways of searching for “things to do in…” have changed and many of us are now looking to social media to give us inspiration for our trips.

As much as I love a Lonely Planet guide, I use Instagram and blogs as one of my main tools for inspiration and information for my trips. I turn to both the geotags and hashtags to find places to see and people to follow.

Here’s a list of 10 Black London-based influencers for you to follow for all your London inspo needs. Whether you are a fashionista and want to prepare your suitcase to be London fashion-friendly or if you’re looking for cute coffee shops and restaurants, you’ll find someone on this list for you.

Insider tip, always check out the highlights – they usually have a whole host of gems for you to discover. If you see anything on someone’s Instagram grid that you like, you can always “save” it for later and create a “London folder”.

I thought it was only right that I start with myself, Ashlee Moyo, a travel content creator based in London. When I’m not in the skies, I love exploring my back garden. In 2018, I made it my mission to discover what London has to offer and to take my online community with me. Since then, I’ve brunched in London’s most Instagrammable cafes, dined in family-run restaurants and uncovered a host of different things to do during different seasons around the city.

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Ashlee Moyo

I thought it was only right that I start with myself, Ashlee Moyo, a travel content creator based in London.

When I’m not in the skies, I love exploring my back garden. In 2018, I made it my mission to discover what London has to offer and to take my online community with me. Since then, I’ve brunched in London’s most Instagrammable cafes, dined in family-run restaurants and uncovered a host of different things to do during different seasons around the city.

Being a first-time Mum, I also share content on “baby-friendly” London, from baby-friendly restaurants to stations that are accessible with a buggy. Travelling to a new city can be a challenge, especially with children, so I love sharing tips to make it that bit easier.

Join me as I venture into all the corners of London and the world.

Follow @ashleemoyo on Instagram

Zeena is a fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger, bouncing between London and Marrakech. If you’re looking for cute Instagrammable and luxury places to visit in London, Zeena is your girl. There is more to Zeena then fashion and travel though. She has her own accessories line called ‘By Zeena’, offering affordable and dainty pieces of jewellery as well as statement sunglasses.

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Zeena Xena

Zeena is a fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger, bouncing between London and Marrakech. If you’re looking for cute Instagrammable and luxury places to visit in London, Zeena is your girl.

There is more to Zeena then fashion and travel though. She has her own accessories line called ‘By Zeena’, offering affordable and dainty pieces of jewellery as well as statement sunglasses.

I’d keep an eye out on Zeena’s stories, they’re a great way to get to know her personality beyond the perfect poses on her Instagram feed.

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Tia is an absolute travel queen and her brightly coloured feed is the perfect inspo for places to see around the world. She took the travel restrictions and used them as an opportunity to discover London. Both her stories and Instagram grid share some of London’s hidden gems as well as places you can take day trips to from London.

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Tia on Tour

Tia is an absolute travel queen and her brightly coloured feed is the perfect inspo for places to see around the world.

She took the travel restrictions and used them as an opportunity to discover London. Both her stories and Instagram grid share some of London’s hidden gems as well as places you can take day trips to from London.

When I am looking for London inspo, I have a snoop through her “Home” highlight. She recently took a trip to Peckham Rye Park, and from the photos she shared, it looked like she was wandering through a tropical rainforest. That’s what makes Tia stand out from other London content creators.

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Where to even start when it comes to Efe. He is a London-based content creator and photographer able to capture amazing photos of different London locations. You’d be amazed to find out that a lot of Efe’s photographs are taken on his iPhone. He’s also joined the creators on Instagram that are using Reels to captivate their audience. On his Reels, you’ll find amazing time-lapses of London. My favourite of his was taken on the London Underground, called Tube Boredom.

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Efe

Where to even start when it comes to Efe. He is a London-based content creator and photographer able to capture amazing photos of different London locations.

You’d be amazed to find out that a lot of Efe’s photographs are taken on his iPhone. He’s also joined the creators on Instagram that are using Reels to captivate their audience. On his Reels, you’ll find amazing time-lapses of London. My favourite of his was taken on the London Underground, called Tube Boredom.

If you fall in love with something on his page and would like a unique souvenir to take home with you, Efe also sells digital prints.

Follow @justefe on Instagram

Laku Davies is a content creator and storyteller capturing many of London’s landmarks and more. You’ll thoroughly enjoy and be in awe of her photographic journey through London. You won’t find faces on Laku’s page, as she only captures the architecture of London. Also found on Laku’s Instagram page are IGTV videos from around London, highlighting different things you can do such as a Thames River cruise.

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Laku Davies

Laku Davies is a content creator and storyteller capturing many of London’s landmarks and more. You’ll thoroughly enjoy and be in awe of her photographic journey through London.

You won’t find faces on Laku’s page, as she only captures the architecture of London. Also found on Laku’s Instagram page are IGTV videos from around London, highlighting different things you can do such as a Thames River cruise.

Laku captures some of the well-known London’s landmarks from unique and distinct angles. They aren’t your typical tourist style photos and I would recommend using Laku’s page as a guide for scenic places to visit.

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Starting her content-creating journey back in 2016, Illyana has grown from an Instagram page sharing her fashion to a blog and Instagram page with a greatly engaged and interactive online community. Keeping up with all the latest fashion trends and also creating her own, her Instagram is a hub for fashion, beauty, and London locations.

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Illyana London

Starting her content-creating journey back in 2016, Illyana has grown from an Instagram page sharing her fashion to a blog and Instagram page with a greatly engaged and interactive online community.

Keeping up with all the latest fashion trends and also creating her own, her Instagram is a hub for fashion, beauty, and London locations.

Aside from sharing her fashion and products, she talks about her personal struggles, like having a speech impairment. Illyana has made it her mission to always be open and honest with her community whether it fits in with aesthetics or not.

Product recommendations, where to shop, new places to explore or where to dine… Illyana’s blog and Instagram are both catalogs of information and inspiration for you.

Follow @illyanalondon on Instagram

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In My Sunday Best is brought to you by Sade, a Senior Architectural Director by day and London content creator by night (not literally – haha).

Sade uses her platform to showcase her daily life, her fashion and beauty, and to encourage and empower. If you’re a caption lover like myself, you’ll love Sade’s. They are like little diary entries and she really talks to you.

What I love the most about Sade’s content is that she’s just a regular woman like myself. She embodies what an “influencer/blogger” used to be. Someone whose life on social media appears genuine and real.

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Formerly from Washington, D.C., Nicole is a fashion blogger with an empathise on inclusive fashion. Her blog was initially used as a personal outlet and has since blossomed into a platform for inclusivity, fashion, self-love, and self-care. Nicole has been London based since 2010 and over the years she’s shared and styled all the latest fashion trends.

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Nicole O’Cran

Formerly from Washington, D.C., Nicole is a fashion blogger with an empathise on inclusive fashion. Her blog was initially used as a personal outlet and has since blossomed into a platform for inclusivity, fashion, self-love, and self-care.

Nicole has been London based since 2010 and over the years she’s shared and styled all the latest fashion trends.

Having a Ghanaian and Filipino background, she also shares her experiences having two different cultures and being of mixed heritage.

She has a podcast called Mixed Up Podcast which shares the stories and experiences of those with mixed heritage growing up in the modern world.

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Stephanie Yeboah is a self-love queen! She shouts from the rooftops about loving yourself and enjoying your body no matter the size or shape. In addition to content creation, Stephanie is also an author. Her book ‘Fattily Ever After’ discusses navigating through society as a fat Black woman, the history of body positivity, dating, mental health, and more. Stephanie describes her books as a love letter to all the fat Black women out there and says she wants it to encourage and help larger women build self-esteem.

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Stephanie Yeboah

Stephanie Yeboah is a self-love queen! She shouts from the rooftops about loving yourself and enjoying your body no matter the size or shape.

In addition to content creation, Stephanie is also an author. Her book ‘Fattily Ever After’ discusses navigating through society as a fat Black woman, the history of body positivity, dating, mental health, and more. Stephanie describes her books as a love letter to all the fat Black women out there and says she wants it to encourage and help larger women build self-esteem.

Her social media is a billboard for confidence, fashion, and positivity. She shares her daily adventures through life on her stories and her grid is full of fashion.

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Eboni a sweet souled YouTuber, Blogger, Actor, and Singer. Yes, this woman is a woman of many talents. Eboni shares affordable fashion tips, beauty bits, and local Londoner lifestyle. I’m also a huge fan of her Reels and Tik Toks, they’re all cute and fun. She currently has started a Reel series called Beautiful London, sharing some of London’s prettiest locations.

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Eboni Ivory

Eboni a sweet souled YouTuber, Blogger, Actor, and Singer. Yes, this woman is a woman of many talents.

Eboni shares affordable fashion tips, beauty bits, and local Londoner lifestyle. I’m also a huge fan of her Reels and Tik Toks, they’re all cute and fun. She currently has started a Reel series called Beautiful London, sharing some of London’s prettiest locations.

People will see Eboni’s fair skin and not realise that she is of both Jamaican and Dutch heritage. Have a look at her #BLM highlight, where in addition to great signposting and informative content, she also shares her journey of having fairer skin and being mixed race.

What I love about Eboni is that she is very open and allows herself to be vulnerable online. Her creativity is inspiring and I look to her when I need some content inspiration.

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Following Black content creators is a great way to show allyship and support the Black community. Instagram pages such as @influencerpaygap and @theblacktravelalliance, highlight the differences in representation and opportunities for people of colour. They hold companies accountable for the lack of diversity and the obvious pay gap between creators based on their race.

The Black Lives Matter movement has been a stepping stone for change. As individuals, we need to be proactive in encouraging and championing diversity. It’s not enough just to share an infographic on our stories.

By following Black content creators, not only are you getting daily doses of great content, but it’s really encouraging and motivating. Whether it’s a follow, like, comment, or share, it goes a long way.

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11 Beautiful London Themed Coffee Table Books to Get

By London Planning Tips

I used to think that coffee tables were for, well, coffee. Maybe some snacks. A glass of wine at night. Remote controls.

That was before I became obsessed with interior design, and it was then that I discovered the world of coffee table books: gorgeous, hardcover publications jam-packed full of inspirational photos and snippets of information, perfect for flipping through – a few pages at a time – while sipping your afternoon cuppa.

The best thing about coffee table books is that there’s one for every niche out there. I have a whole book on Coca-Cola, and it never fails to keep me amused (plus it looks cute, which is, of course, extremely important). London isn’t exactly a niche, though, so the good news is that, when it comes to London themed coffee table books, you’re absolutely spoiled for choice.

So whether you’re looking for the perfect addition to your own coffee table, or you want to find a gift for the London lover in your life, these 11 London themed coffee table books have got you covered, offering escape, inspiration and a bit of interior flair to boot!

Part travel guide, part inspirational photo book, the Cereal London City Guide is an essential addition to any London lover’s coffee table. Created by Bristol-based minimalist travel and style magazine Cereal, this stunning book contains photo essays, interviews with local designers and architects, itinerary ideas, illustrated maps, and oodles of inspiration.

Cereal London City Guide by Rosa Park and Rich Stapleton

Part travel guide, part inspirational photo book, the Cereal London City Guide is an essential addition to any London lover’s coffee table. Created by Bristol-based minimalist travel and style magazine Cereal, this stunning book contains photo essays, interviews with local designers and architects, itinerary ideas, illustrated maps, and oodles of inspiration.

True to the much-loved Cereal style, you won’t see many of the main London tourist spots in here, but you might discover a hidden gem or two, and you’ll certainly see the city from a different (and very stylish) perspective.

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Created by cartographer and artist Adam Dant, Maps of London and Beyond is a visually stunning coffee table book packed with colourfully illustrated maps of London, showing various neighbourhoods of today, as well as days gone by. There are famous faces to be spotted, unusual visualisations of familiar maps (such as a spherical tube map, or a map of London in perfect squares) and countless tiny, clever details to look out for.

Maps of London and Beyond by Adam Dant

If you’re the sort of person who gets to know a city through studying maps (I can’t be the only one, can I?) then this book will keep you captivated for hours at a time.

Created by cartographer and artist Adam Dant, Maps of London and Beyond is a visually stunning coffee table book packed with colourfully illustrated maps of London, showing various neighbourhoods of today, as well as days gone by. There are famous faces to be spotted, unusual visualisations of familiar maps (such as a spherical tube map, or a map of London in perfect squares) and countless tiny, clever details to look out for.

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This is the Rolls Royce of London coffee table books, costing a whopping £150, but it’s an absolutely stunning depiction of the capital in every season. In 2016, photographer Amadeus Long spent (almost) every single day traipsing around the 430 stations on the London Underground network to discover the city’s nooks and crannies. He captured the people, the places, and the character of London, which you can explore in the pages of this gorgeous book (I’m a big fan of the rainbow sprayed edges!).

A Year In London by Amadeus Long

This is the Rolls Royce of London coffee table books, costing a whopping £150, but it’s an absolutely stunning depiction of the capital in every season.

In 2016, photographer Amadeus Long spent (almost) every single day traipsing around the 430 stations on the London Underground network to discover the city’s nooks and crannies. He captured the people, the places, and the character of London, which you can explore in the pages of this gorgeous book (I’m a big fan of the rainbow sprayed edges!).

And if you like his photos, you can purchase his stunning prints to hang on your walls, to bring a bit more of London into your home.

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Do you spend hours getting lost in the absolute rabbit-warren of London-themed hashtags on Instagram? Get offline, and get your nose in the Pretty City London coffee table book, which was created by the woman behind the popular and always inspiring @prettycitylondon Instagram account.

Pretty City London by Siobhan Ferguson

Do you spend hours getting lost in the absolute rabbit-warren of London-themed hashtags on Instagram? Get offline, and get your nose in the Pretty City London coffee table book, which was created by the woman behind the popular and always inspiring @prettycitylondon Instagram account.

In the pages of Pretty City London, you’ll find gorgeous shop fronts, florists, coffee shops, vintage cars, and some of the most beautiful bookshops around London. There are also plenty of tips on how to get that perfect Insta-shot of your own, so if you’re planning to take envy-inducing photos of London next time you visit, this one’s for you!

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You might have heard of Humans of New York, but London’s humans are just as fascinating, and worthy of their own inspiring book! Described as ‘the perfect antidote to feeling lost in a big city’, Humans of London is the story of 250 Londoners, as captured by Cathy Teesdale and her team. From the heartwarming to the heartbreaking, each featured Londoner shares their own tale: their hopes and dreams, fears and failures, triumphs and tears.

Humans of London by Cathy Teesdale

You might have heard of Humans of New York, but London’s humans are just as fascinating, and worthy of their own inspiring book!

Described as ‘the perfect antidote to feeling lost in a big city’, Humans of London is the story of 250 Londoners, as captured by Cathy Teesdale and her team. From the heartwarming to the heartbreaking, each featured Londoner shares their own tale: their hopes and dreams, fears and failures, triumphs and tears.

It’s a celebration of diversity, and of the beauty of the city and its inhabitants, and it offers readers an intimate peek into the lives of the people who make this city what it is.

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Did you know that over 200,000 startups launch in London every single year? This book shares the stories of 30 such startups, from a handmade denim brand to a fashion magazine, an app, a distillery, and even a plant nursery. The founders of each of these creative ventures shares their vision, their passion, and their pursuit of success in one of the world’s biggest cities. The book comes with a separate booklet that includes tips for entrepreneurs, so you can be inspired and informed all at once!

Startup London by Christina Hopkinson and Rick Pushinsky

Did you know that over 200,000 startups launch in London every single year?

This book shares the stories of 30 such startups, from a handmade denim brand to a fashion magazine, an app, a distillery, and even a plant nursery. The founders of each of these creative ventures shares their vision, their passion, and their pursuit of success in one of the world’s biggest cities.

The book comes with a separate booklet that includes tips for entrepreneurs, so you can be inspired and informed all at once!

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‘Portrait of Britain’ is an annual photography competition, and this book is a showcase of the best entries from 2020, with portraits of key workers, doctors and nurses on the front line, protesters, and people living their day-to-day lives. It’s a collection of hope, of unity, and of beauty, and it’s a breathtaking reflection of modern Britain.

Portrait of Britain Volume 3

The other two ‘Portrait of Britain’ volumes are fantastic, too, but if you have to choose just one, I recommend Volume 3, which captures the country (not just London) in 2020, including the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, and the important Black Lives Matter movement.

‘Portrait of Britain’ is an annual photography competition, and this book is a showcase of the best entries from 2020, with portraits of key workers, doctors and nurses on the front line, protesters, and people living their day-to-day lives. It’s a collection of hope, of unity, and of beauty, and it’s a breathtaking reflection of modern Britain.

Get the Portrait of Britain Volume 3 book at Waterstones 

Launderettes (or laundromats) aren’t your average coffee table book subject, but somehow, this gorgeous (and extremely niche) book on London’s launderettes is inspiring, compelling, and, quite frankly, just cool. Who even knew that the city had so many cute places to wash your clothes?

Launderama by Joshua Blackburn

Launderettes (or laundromats) aren’t your average coffee table book subject, but somehow, this gorgeous (and extremely niche) book on London’s launderettes is inspiring, compelling, and, quite frankly, just cool. Who even knew that the city had so many cute places to wash your clothes?

I, for one, did not, but author Joshua Blackburn visited all 462 of the city’s washing establishments, selecting his favourites to share in this brilliant little book (and it is little – it’s not your average, oversized coffee table book), and now I want to see them all!

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London is home to plenty of iconic buildings, but I bet you’ve never seen them like this before! Using original architectural drawings found in The National Archives, artist Josie Shenoy brings some of London’s most recognisable structures to life in new and beautiful ways between the pages of this gorgeous London themed coffee table book.

Buildings that Made London by David Long and Josie Shenoy

London is home to plenty of iconic buildings, but I bet you’ve never seen them like this before! Using original architectural drawings found in The National Archives, artist Josie Shenoy brings some of London’s most recognisable structures to life in new and beautiful ways between the pages of this gorgeous London themed coffee table book.

Although technically a children’s book, this one is great for adults, too. With fascinating facts and snippets of history accompanying each detailed drawing, it’ll keep everyone entertained for hours, while they’re getting to know more about this wonderful city.

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Street Artist Slinkachu presents London’s smallest corners in this quirky book, depicting the lives of the artist’s ‘little people’: tiny figurines of men, women, children, and even pets. And when I say tiny, I mean miniature! These mini characters live out mini scenes of normal, and not-so-normal life (e.g. a father defending his daughter from the vicious attack of a bumblebee!) in what might be the strangest of all the London themed coffee table books.

Little People in the City by Slinkachu

Street Artist Slinkachu presents London’s smallest corners in this quirky book, depicting the lives of the artist’s ‘little people’: tiny figurines of men, women, children, and even pets. And when I say tiny, I mean miniature! These mini characters live out mini scenes of normal, and not-so-normal life (e.g. a father defending his daughter from the vicious attack of a bumblebee!) in what might be the strangest of all the London themed coffee table books.

After photographing his creations, Slinkachu leaves them where they are, so when you’re walking around London, be sure to keep your eyes peeled (or maybe bring a magnifying glass) to see if you can spot a teeny tiny street art installation!

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Just when you think you know everything about London’s iconic London Underground (a.k.a. The Tube), you discover that there’s still more to learn! This hardcover book uncovers some of London’s hidden subterranean secrets: forgotten or repurposed stations, tunnels and shafts and bunkers below the hustle and bustle of the city. Photos, illustrations and architectural drawings are accompanied by a written history of London’s forgotten underground, making this a fascinating and hauntingly beautiful book.

Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground by Chris Nix, Siddy Holloway and David Bownes with Sam Mullins

Just when you think you know everything about London’s iconic London Underground (a.k.a. The Tube), you discover that there’s still more to learn!

This hardcover book uncovers some of London’s hidden subterranean secrets: forgotten or repurposed stations, tunnels and shafts and bunkers below the hustle and bustle of the city. Photos, illustrations and architectural drawings are accompanied by a written history of London’s forgotten underground, making this a fascinating and hauntingly beautiful book.

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So whether you’re looking for inspiration for an upcoming visit to London, a way to relive a trip you took to this incredible city, or just something beautiful to adorn your coffee table, these London themed coffee table books have got you (and your interior design) covered!

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Where to Spend in London on Black Pound Day

By London Food and Drink, Things to Do in London

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement that was triggered by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in the US, protests took place all over the UK demanding change in the way the UK system has treated Black people.

The Black community in the UK made it clear that the UK is no better than the US with regards to the unfair and biased treatment of Black people and in particular young Black men. Unfortunately this unfairness trickles into Black-owned businesses and they need our support more than ever.

With that, Black Pound Day was founded by Swiss (a former member of the So Solid Crew) in an effort to encourage people to invest and support the growth of the Black economy. On the day, you‘re encouraged to replace your usual purchases with purchases from a Black-owned business.

When is Black Pound Day?

The first Black Pound Day launched on Saturday, 27th June 2020. The response on social media was outstanding and it was great to see people coming together to support Black businesses.

Due to the success of the first one, Black Pound Day takes place on the first Saturday of every month.

So… if you find yourself in London on the first weekend of the month, here’s a list of great places you can visit and support on Black Pound Day. Or actually… any day!

Black-Owned Food and Drink businesses

Chuku’s

Located in North London is the world’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant, Chuku’s. Founded by a Nigerian brother and sister duo, Chuku’s restaurant has all the flavours of Nigeria with an interesting twist.

Chuku have created the ‘Chop, Chat, Chill’ culture at their restaurant. The phrase ‘chopping food’ is a term frequently used by Nigerians, which means eating and enjoying food. The ‘Chop’ represents you enjoying their variety of their dishes. The ‘Chat’, you having great company. Lastly, ‘The Chill’ is from the environment created in the restaurant allows you to chill out and relax after a greatly filling meal.

Home of the chop, chat and chill, it’s the ideal place to eat as their tapas-style dishes are created to encourage socialising and sharing. It’s great if you’re someone like me who likes to try several different things on the menu.

£ | Tottenham | Chuku’s Website

Uncle John’s Bakery

The UK’s first and favourite Ghanaian bakery shares the great bakes of Ghana with the local community and beyond. The family-owned bakery opened in Tottenham in 1995 by Uncle John himself along with his wife.

I’d recommend that you try the Sweet bread. It’s great for a savoury full English breakfast or a sweet French toast.

They also sell all your favourite African snacks from meat pies to Ghanaian doughnuts – also known as puff puff. The best part of Uncle John’s Bakery is that after all these years, it still has the family and community feel it started out with.

££ | Tottenham | Uncle John’s Bakery Website

Located on Brick Lane, Dark Sugars brings the tastes and stories of cocoa and chocolate from Ghana to London. Founded by a lady called Nyanga, Dark Sugars offers an array of luscious, melt-in-your-mouth truffles and chocolates.

Dark Sugars Chocolate Shop

Located on Brick Lane, Dark Sugars brings the tastes and stories of cocoa and chocolate from Ghana to London. Founded by a lady called Nyanga, Dark Sugars offers an array of luscious, melt-in-your-mouth truffles and chocolates.

In the summer you can enjoy a great range of ice cream flavours, and in the winter, Dark Sugars is home to a great range of hot chocolate flavours.

As their truffles and chocolates are available to enjoy all year round, stop by and make sure to try their cardamom and orange truffle. If you’re a little adventurous like me, the chilli truffle is definitely for you.

££ | Brick Lane | Dark Sugars Website

Founded by internet and comedy sensation Stevo The Madman, ISO Sushi serves authentic Japanese cuisine.

ISO Sushi Wok and Grill

Founded by internet and comedy sensation Stevo The Madman, ISO Sushi serves authentic Japanese cuisine.

I personally prefer vegetarian sushi if I’ll have sushi at all, but at ISO Sushi they have a range of different sushi on offer. They also have a great grilled and work menu for those looking for something more comforting to eat, like their King Prawn Yakisoba – a king prawn and noodle stir fry.

And for all those Ramen lovers, they’ve got a great selection to choose from.

£ | Isleworth | Chingford | ISO Sushi Website

Saint Aymes Cafe

As one of London’s most Instagrammable cafes and home to the unicorn latte, Saint Aymes is perfect for an Instagrammable Black Pound Day.

The pink paradise often sees your favourite London-based content creators visiting for afternoon tea, a slice of their rainbow cake and of course, to take photos with their floral walls.

I would recommend the Marie Antoniette milkshake, which is part of their enchanting menu that includes edible 24ct gold.

££ | St. George’s Fields | Saint Aymes Cafe Website

Duo is a stunning restaurant and nightclub in the heart of Camden. One of my favourite events hosted at Duo on Saturdays is Pancakes and Prosecco. Unlimited pancakes, unlimited prosecco, cheesy karaoke

Duo

Duo is a stunning restaurant and nightclub in the heart of Camden.

One of my favourite events hosted at Duo on Saturdays is Pancakes and Prosecco. Unlimited pancakes, unlimited Prosecco, cheesy karaoke and … I’m not one to enjoy late nights, so I love that Duo have great events that take place during the day. They also do a Mean Girls themed afternoon tea, which I’d say is ‘so fetch!’. Lol…

Whether you are looking for Instagrammable food and drinks, a cute location for photos, a great day out or somewhere to party the night away, Duo is for you.

££ | Camden Town | Duo Website

Beauty

Golden Touch Hair and Beauty

Golden Touch Hair and Beauty is a family-run business that specialises in providing hair and beauty products that cater to African and Caribbean hair. All your hair needs can be found here. Find all your favourite brands from Shea Moisture to Dark and Lovely filling the shelves.

I love shopping for hair products and I definitely plan my next stock up to be at Golden Touch Hair and Beauty.

£ | Forest Gate

Self-care is so important and sometimes we just want to be pampered. Glam by Mimi offers a range of services that will have you feeling good on the inside and looking great on the outside.

Glam by Mimi

Self-care is so important and sometimes we just want to be pampered. Glam by Mimi offers a range of services that will have you feeling good on the inside and looking great on the outside.

Based in Rotherhithe, Glam by Mimi offers manicures, eyelash extensions, facials, waxes, wigs and weaves and much more.

£ | Rotherhithe | Glam by Mimi Website

Located on the well-known Portobello Road, Hair Lounge offers first class service for Afro hair. Their hair treatments range, from a simple wash, cut and blow-dry to braids and bridal hairstyling.

Hair Lounge

Located on the well-known Portobello Road, Hair Lounge offers first-class service for Afro hair. Their hair treatments range, from a simple wash, cut and blow-dry to braids and bridal hairstyling.

Charlotte Mensah, the founder of Hair Lounge is an award-winning hairstylist who sells a wide range of haircare products for Afro, mixed and curly hair. She believes that Afro hair needs to be nurtured and cared for properly. This led her to create Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil, which can be purchased from Hair Lounge.

The founder of the salon also offers educational workshops in Ghana to enable young individuals to better themselves and their craft.

If you’re in need of a new weave, keratin treatment or you just want to have your hair nurtured and nourished, head to Hair Lounge and the team will ensure that you and your hair are well looked after.

£££ | Portobello | Hair Lounge Website

Culture

Located in the heart of Brixton, Round Table Books, a bookstore that sells inclusive children’s books. After learning that only one percent of children’s books have a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnicity, founders Aimee Felone and David Stevens found it necessary to create a space that offers representation for children.

Round Table Books

Located in the heart of Brixton, Round Table Books, a bookstore that sells inclusive children’s books.

After learning that only one percent of children’s books have a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnicity, founders Aimee Felone and David Stevens found it necessary to create a space that offers representation for children.

Following the success of being a pop-up store in 2018, they have gone on to be a permanent fixture in Brixton. If you’re in the UK you can also order from them online.

Being a parent of a Black child myself, it’s great to see that she’ll have the opportunity to read books with characters that represent her, which I wasn’t able to do growing up.

£ | Brixton | Round Table Books Website

The Black economy thriving creates opportunity and inspiration for the Black community. Now is the time to support the growth of the Black economy and to make changes globally.

Black Pound Day is an opportunity for everyone to support Black businesses. Whether you’re taking a trip to London and are looking for somewhere to eat or you want to support the movement from abroad.

You can also support Black businesses by sharing their content with your friends and family, joining their mailing lists and engaging with them online.

Let’s make ‘spending Black’ part of our normal and not just for one special Saturday of the month. Find out more about Black Pound Day around the UK.

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Important Things to Know as a Black Person Travelling To London

By London Planning Tips

So… you’re planning a trip to London, but maybe you want more from your trip then the usual sights. As a Black person, you might be eager to connect with the history of Black people in London, but you are unsure where to start.

This article shares all the things you need to know as a Black person travelling to London. Whether you’re looking for places to get great Caribbean food, to connect with the African diaspora in London or somewhere to get your hair done; you’ll find all the gems that you need for an immersion into London’s Black culture.

Black History Walks offers guided tours around London that highlight the African contribution to London’s culture. The tours that they offer uncover periods of Black history in different areas of London.

Photo Credit: Black History Walks

Black History in London

The first place I would start is with Black History Walks. Black History Walks offers guided tours around London that highlight the African contribution to London’s culture. The tours that they offer uncover periods of Black history in different areas of London.

During the tours, you’ll learn about the role that Africa played in the wealth and growth of the British Empire. You’ll be given insights to parts of London that are not on a traditional London tour’s itinerary.

So whether you’re curious about the history of the Windrush Generation, are keen to learn about the gentrification of certain areas of London or just want to add to your knowledge of African history in London, a tour with Black History Walks is a must-do.

Events Celebrating Black Culture in London

Throughout the year in London, there are a variety of events that take place to celebrate Black culture. From concerts, to day parties, to conferences and workshops – you can fill your calendar with culture-rich, entertaining and educational experiences.

The first event I would highly recommend you secure tickets for is The Reggae Brunch. Every Saturday in a different London location, you can experience all the fun and the flavours of the Caribbean. It’s island style partying with all the popular dancehall and reggae hits, and you also get to enjoy a good filling plate of jerk chicken with rice and peas.

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The Reggae Brunch

The first event I would highly recommend you secure tickets for is The Reggae Brunch. Every Saturday in a different London location, you can experience all the fun and the flavours of the Caribbean. It’s island style partying with all the popular dancehall and reggae hits, and you also get to enjoy a good filling plate of jerk chicken with rice and peas.

The event starts with an unlimited rum punch hour, followed by a three course Caribbean meal and you spend the day dancing. By the time the event is over, it’s still daytime and you don’t have to worry about wandering around looking for a taxi – you can get the tube or bus home.

Taking place every Friday evening is bingo like you’ve never seen before. The stereotype of bingo is completely thrown out the window. Reggae Bingo is a night full of comedy, cash prizes, reggae and dancehall hits and three fun rounds of bingo.

Photo Credit: Reggae Bingo

Reggae Bingo

Taking place every Friday evening is bingo like you’ve never seen before. The stereotype of bingo is completely thrown out the window. Reggae Bingo is a night full of comedy, cash prizes, reggae and dancehall hits and three fun rounds of bingo.

If you’re like me, and born to be centre stage with a mic in hand, you’ll love the Reggae-oke. You don’t have to be pitch perfect, just up for a great time.

Whether you win a round or not, the Caribbean vibes make it a winning night for everyone.

Ghana in the Park is an annual all-day festival that has been taking place in London since 2005 for the African diaspora in the UK. The festival celebrates and showcases Ghanaian music, food, arts and crafts, fashion and heritage. It continues to grow each year and is a great time for both adults and kids.

Photo Credit: Ghana in the Park

Ghana in the Park

Ghana in the Park is an annual all-day festival that has been taking place in London since 2005 for the African diaspora in the UK. The festival celebrates and showcases Ghanaian music, food, arts and crafts, fashion and heritage. It continues to grow each year and is a great time for both adults and kids.

It’s definitely one of my favourite events that take place in London during summer. There’s such a great vibe and sense of community. The food on offer is second to none, you’d think you’re eating rice and stew straight from the pot of an Auntie in ax free Accra.

The colourful and vibrant carnival runs during the last weekend of August, on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, however carnival events start within the week running up to the weekend. The Sunday caters to a younger audience, having children’s floats showcasing the costumes and crafts by local kids, whereas Monday's costumes and atmosphere attracts the 18s and over.

Photo Credit: Notting Hill Festival

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival is the one of largest carnival celebrations in Europe, with visitors from all over the globe visiting the city for it. It’s been celebrated since 1966 in the heart of West London.

The colourful and vibrant carnival runs during the last weekend of August, on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, however carnival events start within the week running up to the weekend. The Sunday caters to a younger audience, having children’s floats showcasing the costumes and crafts by local kids, whereas Monday’s costumes and atmosphere attracts the 18s and over.

On both the Sunday and Monday, Carnival floats parade the streets of Notting Hill from the morning until around 6pm, but different static music systems keep the party going all night. Throughout the day you can venture around Notting Hill trying food from over 200 food stalls, dance to the rhythm of steel pan drums, reggae, soca and even salsa.

In the UK, October is Black History Month, a month dedicated to the history and stories of Black Britain. Black History Month provides an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the great contributions of Black people in Britain. We celebrate Black athletes, scientists, men, women and children who have made an impact and inspired our community.

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Black History Month

In the UK, October is Black History Month, a month dedicated to the history and stories of Black Britain. Black History Month provides an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the great contributions of Black people in Britain. We celebrate Black athletes, scientists, men, women and children who have made an impact and inspired our community.

Throughout the month, you will find a variety of events and educational exhibitions. Hackney, Brent and Southwark are boroughs that have large Black communities and so they have an array of events taking place throughout Black History Month.

Where Can I Eat?

Whether you are looking for a taste of a Caribbean island or the flavours of your favourite African country, you will find something to tickle your tastebuds in all parts of London.

Photo Credit: Flavourz Africana

Eating Out

There are many family-run African restaurants in London, and my favourite, due to the price, taste and portion size, is Flavourz Africana. It’s a Nigerian restaurant located in North West London, offering both dine-in, takeaway and delivery.

If you’d like to experience the flavours of Africa while you are on the move in London, I GO CHOP is perfect for you. Stop by and grab the Oga Burrito, a Nigerian take on the burrito, with jollof rice and beans.

For your jerk chicken fix, Juici Jerk is a must try. Juici Jerk is in Tooting, South West London, and although it is not centrally located, it’s still worth the trip.

Eating out is great, especially with London having such a variety of options to choose from. But sometimes you want to save some money and enjoy the comforts of a home cooked meal…

Shops and Supermarkets

Buying ingredients for dishes from the Motherland is easier and more affordable than you think. Planning a jollof rice night? Wanting to wake up to ackee and saltfish?

In most supermarkets in London, they have “World Food” aisles, where you’ll find an “Afro-Caribbean” section, with different foods from Africa and the Caribbean. Whether you’re looking for Indomie noodles, plantain chips or jerk seasoning, you are sure to find them in these aisles.

However, if you want to save a little money and find more of a variety, head to a butcher, fishery, or fruit and veg shop in one of the London areas populated by African and Caribbean communities. There you’ll find a variety of ingredients for your home-cooked meal. Grab some Maize meal for your Zimbabwean dish, callaloo for your Caribbean night, or scotch bonnet peppers and plantain – great components of any African or Caribbean meal. You’ll also get a much better price for them then you would at a supermarket.

What To Do With Your Hair…?

As a Black traveller, when visiting different countries for extended periods of time, one common concern I usually have is, “have I brought enough hair products?” and “how will I maintain my hair while I’m here?”.

When visiting London, no need to worry. Getting a top-up on your hair products or getting your hair freshly braided is not a problem, and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to salons.

As a Black traveller, when visiting different countries for extended periods of time, one common concern I usually have is, “have I brought enough hair products?” and “how will I maintain my hair while I’m here?”.

Where to get hair products

Harlesden, Shepherds Bush and Wembley are great places to purchase well-priced, affordable hair products if you’re around West or North West London. They have shops that are dedicated to supply products for Afro hair. If you are south of the Thames, head to Camberwell, Brixton or Peckham.

Those are just a few areas of London that predominantly have African and Caribbean populations. There are several others that offer an abundance of hair shops and hairdressers to choose from too.

Where to get your hair done

Instagram is also a great search engine if you are looking for affordable prices to get your hair done in London. Search “#braidslondon” and you’ll find many hairdressers that you can book an appointment with and some even come to you.

Travelling to London as a Black person is a must. You do not want to miss out on connecting with the African diaspora or experiencing the many celebratory events that take place in the year. You’ll be exposed to a host of new, educational experiences, with all the home comforts to go with it.

Don’t panic if you’ve forgotten your hair gel and slick brush or you didn’t pack Maggi seasoning cubes in your suitcase. London is a city that is no stranger to Black culture and you’ll never be too far away from the things that make you feel at home.

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8 Sweet Treats to Devour in London

By London Food and Drink

In London, you can get almost anything you want food-wise and it’s bloody GREAT. With that said, you won’t be surprised to hear that our sweets game is on-point too. In this article you’ll hear about some of the yummiest and most unique sweet treats to try in London. Your sweet tooth will certainly be satisfied…

If you prefer to watch instead of read, here’s the video version of this article…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68EIT5s5x1M

Right, on with the sweets…

Photo Credit: Bageriet Instagram

1. Cinnamon Bun from Bageriet

Bageriet is on a teeny little street, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden. Most people would never even notice it. But I discovered it a few years ago purely because I could smell the cinnamon buns being baked, and I followed my nose right to this teeny little Swedish bakery.

Here they fresh-bake Swedish bread and sweets, and the absolute go-to is their Cinnamon Bun. To make this delicious pile of sweetness, they use sweet yeasted Cardamom dough, which apparently is extra special.

Pair your cinnamon bun with a coffee or tea and you’re sorted.

££ | Covent Garden | Bageriet Website

Donuts from St. John Bakery St. John is a restaurant in Smithfield, and it’s absolutely a London institution.

2. Donuts from St. John Bakery

St. John is a restaurant in Smithfield, and it’s absolutely a London institution. The founders/chefs Trevor Gulliver and Fergus Henderson and also the te restaurant are known for really pioneering nose-to-tail cuisine back in the 90’s, and now foodies from all over the world make sure they get a reservation here when in London.

The St. John brand also has a fantastic bakery, where they make bread, sweets, and their famous donuts for restaurants around the city and to sell at their own bakery and wine shops in Spitalfields and Neal’s Yard. You can also go directly to the bakery in Bermondsey, as on the weekends they open their factory doors and sell directly to passersby on the Bermondsey Beer Mile.

Ok so about the donuts… they are so light and fluffy, are fried and coated with sugar, and then are filled with some kind of filling which you get to choose depending on what’s still available when you visit. My personal favorites are lemon, and cookies and custard.

I’ve got the Bermondsey and Neal’s Yard locations marked off on the 3-Day London Itinerary so you can easily fit a donut trip into Day 1 or Day 2.

££ | Seven Dials and Bermondsey | St. John Bakery Website

Now there are quite a few good places to get yummy ice cream in London, but I personally love to go super local. Enter Hackney Gelato.

3. Gelato from Hackney Gelato

Now there are quite a few good places to get yummy ice cream in London, but I personally love to go super local. Enter Hackney Gelato. They produce their ice cream in Hackney, East London and it’s all handmade using Italian techniques.

The brand was started by two guys who used to work at a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant in London together. One day, they thought, you know what? London needs better gelato. So they traveled all over Italy learning how to make the best gelato, and then they set up Hackney Gelato upon their return.

You can get Hackney Gelato from Seven Dials Market where they have a stall selling cups and cones, with vegan options available. They also have a little gelato stand in Victoria Village, sat in front of Village Organic.

Seven Dials Market is in the 3-Day London Itinerary, on Day 2.

££ | Seven Dials Market and Victoria Village | Hackney Gelato Website

So... Cafe de Nata is very niche. Besides coffee, they only serve Pastel de Nata, which are Portuguese Custard Tarts, THE sweet treat of Portugal.

4. Portuguese Custard Tart from Cafe de Nata

So… Cafe de Nata is very niche. Besides coffee, they only serve Pastel de Nata, which are Portuguese Custard Tarts, THE sweet treat of Portugal. If you’ve been wanting to try one, this is the place to do it. They’re baked fresh every day right in front of customers, and they’ve really got it down to an art.

Cafe de Nata has locations in Soho, South Kensington and Hammersmith, and the cool thing about the Soho location is that it’s open till MIDNIGHT on the weekends. A nice spot to grab a little drunk snack on your way back to your hotel…

£ | Soho, South Kensington and Hammersmith | Cafe de Nata Website

A Biskie is a sandwiched dessert that’s essentially a cross between a cake and a cookie and is filled with cream or other ingredients. You can find Biskies only at Cutter and Squidge

5. Biskies from Cutter and Squidge

A Biskie is a sandwiched dessert that’s essentially a cross between a cake and a cookie and is filled with cream or other ingredients. You can find Biskies only at Cutter and Squidge, a cute little bakery with locations in Soho and Bank.

Their Salted Caramel Biskie is award winning and if you’re vegan or GF you’ll still find delicious options to choose from.

££ | Soho and Bank | Cutter and Squidge Website

Crumbs and Doilies is the place to go if you’re after homemade cupcakes, brownies, cake and more. This brand is actually the brainchild of a fellow Youtuber, Cupcake Jemma.

6. Cupcakes from Crumbs and Doilies

Crumbs and Doilies is the place to go if you’re after homemade cupcakes, brownies, cake and more. This brand is actually the brainchild of a fellow Youtuber, Cupcake Jemma. She started off with just a stand at Spitalfields Market (already impressive!) and then transitioned into a brick-and-mortar location tucked away in Kingly Court. I’d like to have my own tourism shop in the city one day so this is pretty cool to me!

Their menu changes every day since it’s all fresh baked, so check their shop Instagram account before you come visit to see what’s available. Two recommendations from me– the vegan Biscoff cupcake and the “Homer” cupcake, which has a little Simpsons-inspired donut on top.

££ | Soho | Crumbs and Doilies Website

If you’ve ever wanted to eat raw cookie dough while baking, then head to this Camden Market stall called Naked Dough. You can get yummy, safe-to-eat cookie dough, complete with vegan options.

7. Cookie Dough from Naked Dough

If you’ve ever wanted to eat raw cookie dough while baking, then head to this Camden Market stall called Naked Dough. You can get yummy, safe-to-eat cookie dough, complete with vegan options.

The brand was started by two friends who worked in the food industry. They knew that the UK needed cookie dough in their lives after seeing that the Americans were loving the concept, so they started Naked Dough and opened the Camden Lock Market shop.

They have funny names for the flavours like Unicorn Food, Emoji Poo and Hazel’s Nuts. Of course, you can’t go wrong with “classic”.

£ | Camden | Naked Dough Website

Mamason’s Dirty Ice Cream is a Filipino ice cream parlour that does SUCH GOOD STUFF. The BEST thing to get here is the Bilog

8. Bilog from Mamason’s

Mamason’s Dirty Ice Cream is a Filipino ice cream parlour that does SUCH GOOD STUFF. The BEST thing to get here is the Bilog, which is a traditional Filipino milk bun, with ice cream inside, and then it’s toasted. It’s essentially a hot ice cream sandwich. Their signature ice cream flavour is the Ube (pronounced oo-bae), made with native Filipino purple yam, and it’s FREAKING GOOD people!!

Get a Bilog at one of their two locations.

££ | Soho and Camden | Mamason’s Website

Enjoy your sweet treats!

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10 Amazing African Restaurants in London You Need To Try

By London Food and Drink, Things to Do in London

London is so culturally diverse, so whether you are looking for an authentic Thai curry or a South African braai, there is a London restaurant that’ll tickle your tastebuds. When planning a trip to London, trying one of its many African restaurants should be on your list of “Things to Do in London”.

In this article, you will find a range of African restaurants with flavours from all four corners of the continent. Whether you want to taste the meditarranean flavours of North Africa or you want to experience traditional eating with your hands in a West African restaurant, you will find something on this list that is perfect for you.

Photo Credit: I Go Chop

1. I Go Chop

If you’re looking for quick, tasty food, take a trip to I Go Chop. The Nigerian street food restaurant offers some of Nigeria’s most popular dishes. You can build your meal from three bases, white rice, yam porridge or jollof rice. You then top it with stew and add a side or two. Jollof rice is always my base of choice, but you can ask the I Go Chop team which base compliments which topping best.

If you choose one of their ‘swallows’ from the menu, be prepared to eat the traditional way – with your hands. Swallows can be found across many countries in Africa. They are often made from cassava, coco-yam, wheat or even maize-meal. They are either grated to a powder and then added to water to become a thick and dense paste or boiled then pounded. The name Swallows, mainly used in Nigeria, describes the method of eating, break some off, dip into stew and swallow (minimal chewing is required).

Whether it’s poundo or eba, you’ll enjoy dipping it into a flavour packed tomato based stew.
Poundo or Pounded Yam is yam that has been boiled and then pounded, it’s all in the name.
Eba is made from grated and dried cassava, in Nigeria it’s called Eba whereas in Ghana they call it Garri.

Only found at I Go Chop is the Oga Burrito. With Jollof rice with beans, wrapped in a warm tortilla, it’s perfect to grab and go. If you’re wanting a little bit more, you can add plantain or suya into your wrap.

£ | Camberwell | I Go Chop Website

Photo Credit: Flavourz Africana

2. Flavourz Africana

Flavourz Africana is a family-run Nigerian restaurant located in North West London. The restaurant serves the best of Nigerian cuisine made fresh at a great price. The portion sizes are great for sharing, so if you want to try something new but are not sure what to order, I would go halves with whoever you visit the restaurant with.

Having family from Nigeria, jollof rice and fried rice were meals I had regularly. Flavourz Africana’s food tastes just like a home-cooked meal. Jollof rice is a flavoursome rice eaten in many African households. What gives it its immense flavour is that tomatoes, peppers, onions are blended together, fried and seasoned, then the rice is then cooked in the stew.

My regular order from Flavourz Africana is the Efo Egusi stew with pounded yam. The pounded yam is dipped into the Egusi, a stew made from ground melon seeds, spinach and spices. Their okra stew is also a must-try on the menu. The food is great at Flavourz Africana, whether you are dining-in or ordering to take home. The food being cooked fresh means that there is some waiting time, however the company of the manager’s little boy makes time fly by.

£ | Willesden Green | Flavourz Africana Website

Photo Credit: Afrik ‘N’ Fusion

3. Afrik ‘N’ Fusion

It is all said in the name, Afrik ‘N’ Fusion. The Fulham-located restaurant serves a fusion of flavours and dishes from different countries in Africa. As well as serving great food, Afrik ‘N’ Fusion creates an amazing atmosphere.

The smell that drifts out of the kitchen, coupled with the Afrobeats being played aloud, topped with great tasting food is why people regularly head back to Afrik ‘N’ Fusion. If you enjoy spicy food, order the Suya. Suya, a popular spicy meat in Western Africa, usually beef. The meat is sliced thinly, marinated in the Suya spice then grilled. Afrik ‘N’ Fusion’s Suya is a must-try, whether you go for beef, chicken or lamb.

££ – £££ | Fulham | Afrik ‘N’ Fusion Website

Zayane is located in the heart of West London, a short walk away from Portobello Market. The Moroccan restaurant offers a range of traditional Moroccan dishes with a modern twist.

Photo Credit: Zayane

4. Zayane

Zayane is located in the heart of West London, a short walk away from Portobello Market. The Moroccan restaurant offers a range of traditional Moroccan dishes with a modern twist.

Zayane’s variety of tagines are prepared and served in the tagine pot. I would recommend ending your meal with their traditional Moroccan mint tea. If you’re looking for a nice breakfast spot, Zayane does a great Moroccan breakfast too.

Growing up my best friend was Moroccan and dinners at her house always felt like an event. The vibe at Zayane is just the same. The waiters are great at attending to you quickly and recommending dishes for you to try if you want a little guidance. When your order arrives, the aroma and beautifully plated dishes give you that taste of traditional Moroccan dining.

££ – £££ | Notting Hill | Zayane Website

Hammer & Tongs allows you to experience an authentic South African braai while in London. A braai is a South African barbecue which cooks meat on firewood, giving it a great smokey and aromatic taste.

Photo Credit: Hammer & Tongs

5. Hammer & Tongs

Hammer & Tongs allows you to experience an authentic South African braai while in London. A braai is a South African barbecue which cooks meat on firewood, giving it a great smokey and aromatic taste.

Head to Hammer & Tongs on an empty stomach and you should definitely leave content. It’s a restaurant great for those who are meat lovers. If you do find yourself stuffed and not being able to finish your meal, just ask for a takeaway box – it’s so good you do not want to leave any behind.

I would recommend ordering one of the braais to share. They offer you a range of different meats, my favourite being the boerewors (South African sausage).

££ – £££ | Farringdon | Hammer & Tongs Website

Little Baobab is a Senegalese pop-up restaurant committed to giving visitors an authentic dining experience with live music in the evenings.

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6. Little Baobab

Little Baobab is a Senegalese pop-up restaurant committed to giving visitors an authentic dining experience with live music in the evenings.

Their monthly pop-ups encompass great tasting food with a friendly and lively atmosphere. When seated, you’ll find yourself on a large table with others, giving you the opportunity to meet someone new. Like many West African countries, Senegal has their own style of jollof rice, and this one might actually be my favourite…

Their mixed starter gives you a chance to taste a range of different Senegalese delicacies. Little Baobab is a great place to dine that is also family-friendly, so feel free to bring the kids with you.

£ | Hackney | Little Baobab Website

Koshari is Egypt’s national dish and a popular street food. The dish’s base is chickpeas and pasta, topped with meats, vegetables and sauces. Koshari Street brings all the flavours of Cairo to Covent Garden.

Photo Credit: Koshari Street

7. Koshari Street

Koshari is Egypt’s national dish and a popular street food. The dish’s base is chickpeas and pasta, topped with meats, vegetables and sauces. Koshari Street brings all the flavours of Cairo to Covent Garden.

Koshari Street allows you to build your own Koshari, choosing from different meats or plant alternatives, sauces, dressing and topping. If you’re unsure what to choose from the menu, ask one of the members of staff who will recommend some of their favourites based on what flavours you tell them you like.

If a ready constructed Koshari bowl is your preference, they have a menu for you to choose from. Majority of the menu is vegan-friendly, if you do have any allergies, speak to the staff before ordering as they do have nuts as part of the dish.

£ | Covent Garden | Koshari Street Website

If you find yourself hungry after wandering the streets of North London, Sweet Handz in Holloway is the perfect stop to taste the yummy flavours of Ghana.

Photo Credit: Sweet Handz

8. Sweet Handz

If you find yourself hungry after wandering the streets of North London, Sweet Handz in Holloway is the perfect stop to taste the yummy flavours of Ghana. They serve up a range of traditional dishes, from rice and stews to sweet plantain and okra.

If you’re a spice lover, try the Shito. It’s a black chilli sauce that’s popular in Ghana and can be added to your meal for extra flavour and spice.

I would recommend trying the Bosua as a starter, which is a beef and lamb sausage, infused with herbs and spices, served with their own homemade sauce.

£ | Holloway | Sweet Handz Website

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9. Mosob

A family run authentic Eritrean restaurant, Mosob brings the flavours and culture of Eritrea to London.

For those ready to immerse themselves in the Eritrean culture, there are a range of sharing dishes on the menu. This isn’t your traditional London style sharing platters though, the food is placed in the centre of the table, reachable to everyone as you eat the food with your hands.

They have a great menu that caters to those who are vegetarian. If you choose to go, your visit to Mosob will end with the traditional coffee ceremony.

££ | West Kilburn | Mosob Website

Located in Kings Cross, this family run restaurant cooks everything on site with fresh ingredients. Ethiopian meals are all about community and togetherness and that’s the vibe you get at Addis.

Photo Credit: Addis

10. Addis

Located in Kings Cross, this family run restaurant cooks everything on site with fresh ingredients. Ethiopian meals are all about community and togetherness and that’s the vibe you get at Addis.

If you want to try an authentic Ethiopian staple meal, I would try the Ingera. The fermented flatbread is served with a range of stews which are placed on top of the bread. Ingera is eaten with your hands by tearing a piece of the bread and dipping it into one of the stews.

Whether you’re dining solo or in a group, Addis gives you quality food with a welcoming atmosphere.

£ | King’s Cross | Addis Website

You’ll never run out of food options in London, with many African restaurants now found on food delivery apps such as Deliveroo and UberEats, you can even get a taste of Africa delivered right to the door of your Airbnb or hotel. When travelling to London, I would definitely recommend you trying at least one African restaurant in London.

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