London Design Festival: Food Crawl

2 days in London. 45,000 steps. 3 foodie experiences.

I took a trip down to the capital for London Design Festival and whilst my friend and I explored the design delights that the city had to offer, we also decided to seek out some cool restaurants and go on a bit of a food crawl at the same time!

I'm a big foodie and I love trying new cuisine whilst on my travels, however, when on a city break in the past, my choice of restaurant always ends up being influenced by convenience. We decided to prioritize the food this time round and here are the top 3 places to eat that we scoped out with nice interior design!

The Riding House Cafe

Location: 43-51 Great Tichfield Street. Nearest Tube Stop: Oxford Circus

For our first pit stop we decided to get brunch in a lovely brasserie with a relaxed, informal atmosphere and really interesting interior design. I loved the juxtaposition of old and new with an eclectic mix of found objects contrasted against fancy bespoke furniture.

I'm a big fan of industrial looking interiors and this one has a nice balance of industrial features but with a homely and cosy feel. The mix of exposed brick, reclaimed furniture and rustic herringbone flooring were contrasted nicely with pops of turquoise blue and rich colour velvet seating, making this a gorgeous environment to eat brunch!

Photo Credit: Box 9 Design



My friend opted for the Full English Breakfast and I decided to try out the Kassler Ham Benedict Muffin whilst scouring through the London Design Festival programme. Our food was so tasty! One thing I'd note is that the bacon in my friends brekkie was cooked to perfection (of course I had a taste); I'm so fussy about bacon and I prefer it being really crispy and well done and this was cooked exactly how I like it!


Location: 22 Kingly St, Carnaby, London. Nearest Tube Stop: Oxford Circus

For our evening meal we opted to try out Dishoom; a bustling, modern-day Bombay cafe which has been recommended to me multiple times whilst visiting London. I've tried to eat here several times before but then decided to go elsewhere because of the wait (you can't book a table here and because it's so popular there is always a long queue, unless you turn up as soon as it opens!). Despite the super long queue to get a table, we decided to suck it up this time and wait. I'm so glad we did because it exceeded my expectations.

This intimate and softly lit restaurant aims to tell the story of the Irani Cafés and of 20th century Bombay through the design of the interior. With moody lighting and Art Deco style features, this restaurant has a cosy and luxurious vibe. The Art Deco period seems to be the inspiration for many interiors at the moment and I saw lots of Art Deco style furniture at London Design festival this year. Even my latest show home design had influences from this period also!

Photo Credit:
Photo Credit: Dishoom Carnaby (Front room)

Food-wise we opted for a couple of the small plates to nibble on whilst waiting patiently for our table to be ready. We chose the Okra fries and Prawn Koliwada and these tasty dishes whet our appetite nicely! I couldn't believe how busy this place was for a Wednesday evening; It was so much busier than a Friday night in Liverpool.

We decided to order a few things to share which consisted of The House Black Dahl (A signature dish they are famous for), a portion of steamed basmati rice, Roomali Roti (a light alternative to a Naan bread) and from the grill menu we chose the Murgh Malai and Spicy Lamp Chops. For dessert we both chose the Mango Kulfi on a stick; a creamy home-made lolly ice.

 Bathroom Flooring Tiles

All of the food was beautiful but my favourite dishes were the creamy House Black Dahl and The Murgh Malai which were Chicken thighs that melted in your mouth, bursting with aromatic flavour! I loved the whole experience eating here and would highly recommend a visit if you fancy an indian and you're willing to stick out the wait.

Balls and Company

Location: 68 Greek Street London. Nearest Tube Stop: Leicester Square

This restaurant is so cute and reminds me of the small independent restaurants on Bold Street in Liverpool. The concept focuses on quality and simplicity with meat balls made from best sourced meat and the freshest greens from the countryside. I loved the decor which included a triangle shape throughout the whole design; from the 3d form of the ceiling, to the minimalist pattern on the wall and the copper leaf on the bathroom tiles. The seating benches that surrounded the walls of the entire restaurant doubled up as storage and was a clever use of space within a smaller setting.


Balls and Company Interior 
Bathroom Tiles


The menu gives you the option to mix and match your meat balls with a choice of three sauces. We tested out the Pork Balls with Pesto Sauce, the short rib balls with Romesco sauce and for the 'company' we chose spaghetti and glazed carrots. I loved the concept and the meatballs were amazing, especially the short rib ones as the tender meat just fell apart in your mouth. If you want to try this restaurant I'd either get there as soon as it opens like we did, or you would have to book in advance.

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Natalie xxx



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