Kiano’s London List
I have lived in London twice in my life, both as a student. First in 2012 when I studied for a semester abroad. My alma mater, Syracuse University has a London campus. This trip I knew London essentially the same as a tourist. When I returned in 2015 for two years while completing my master’s degree in publishing is when I became a Londoner. I had local London-native friends, lived in different neighborhoods, interned at a food magazine, and even ran a pop-up restaurant, Orange St where we served ‘Northern California Style Taco’ hey it was a selling point that kinda worked.
London’s food scene is everywhere! Each Central London neighborhood has a variety of daily street markets where people grab lunch for as little as £5. There is Exmouth Market, that’s my my former flat in Clerkenwell. I’ll never forget the first time I investigated all the vendors in the market before making a decision, as one should always do when visiting a new street food market. The last vendor in the market had the longest line. After walking past a line ‘queue’ of people who resembled a 90s Benetton ad, I saw that all these people from various cultural walks of life where waiting for a bowl of Ghanian food. Spinach and egusi, peanut stew, jollof rice, it was all there and they were all waiting for it. My head spun because I could only DREAM of the day I would see such a line for African food in Los Angeles. Point is, London has incredible food and the people in the city know it!