London — Islington

Once you’ve seen the Big Ben and lurked about the alleyways around Buckingham Palace hoping for a glimpse of Wills and Kate there are all sorts of other fun parts of London to explore. Islington has a number of very good and moderately priced (by London standards) restaurants.  An excellent choice is the not new, but still buzzing Moro ( in Exmouth Market where you can sample brown crab on toast, crispy fried snails with fennel and perfect pork belly.  Perfect.
On a side note American restaurateurs please look at these photos. The key is moist belly topped by crispy crackling.  There’s pork belly on almost every menu in the states these days. But the crackling, it’s just never quite right. Always sort of gummy instead of that snappy porky goodness.
Once you’re done bemoaning the lamentable state of American crackling you can pop up to the pedestrian friendly thoroughfare that is Camden Passage (just a block from the Angel Tube Station).


Swing by Paul A. Young ( for interesting and delectable flavors of chocolate including rose, balsamic vinegar and goat cheese.


Pop into the Elk In the Woods ( for a refreshing watermelon martini and do some shopping at the so very British Suzy Harper (, the preppy Abercrombie-esq Jack Wills or any of the charming antique shops/vendors that line the alley.


Then move on up Upper Street for dinner at Isarn Thai ( or  Ottolenghi (  Isarn is owned by the sister of Alan Yau of Hakkasan fame. Not to be missed are the thom kha, crispy duck salad and roasted pork.  Ottolenghi only has cold food for lunch but at dinner the asparagus and pine nut or fig and mozzarella salads should be sampled if either is on the menu, along with any lamb dish, another decadent pork belly and some excellent grilled shell on shrimp.


If you have some extra time walk a few more blocks and check out the excellent vintage finds at Palette on Canonbury lane ( where you might run into Emma Watson and grab coffee and tiramisu at the always friendly Cantina Italia. If you’re still able to keep going have a nightcap at 25 Canonbury Lane before heading home.


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