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London food guide: 8 things you need to try in London (part 3)

Sticky toffee pudding

Now let’s come back to desserts with one loaded with calories: Sticky toffee pudding – one modern British classic that was developed in the 1970s by Robert Lee and Francis Coulson, at the Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel. This dish consists of very moist sponge cake, finely chopped dates, and covered in a toffee sauce. Sometimes it is suggested to serve the sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream or vanilla custard. As its name suggests, this delicious treat sticks to your mouth and teeth, so remember to wash your teeth carefully after enjoying this dessert.


Traditionally consumed in London’s East End, cockles are a type of small clams. They are available and easy to find in markets, grocery stores, and also ready-made on takeaway restaurants. For decades, they have been a staple food and definitely a must-try in London. Cockles are worth a try thanks to their advantage of being affordable and authentic at the same time.

Afternoon tea

The afternoon tea, served between 3:30 PM and 5 PM, is one of the most famous British traditions. It is a custom that originated among the wealthy classes in England in the 1840s. The habit of having a light meal accompanied with tea in the afternoon has been spread throughout the world. Foods served with the afternoon tea may be bread and butter, cucumber sandwiches, egg and cress sandwiches, cakes, scones, or pastries. Finger sandwiches are more favored in general, with the bread crust removed. Nowadays, afternoon teas are usually served as a treat in hotels or at special occasions. For more festive occasions, a glass of champagne can be added to the afternoon tea.

We are sure that if you visit London, you will highly appreciate British cuisine for its simple and nourishing food that will give you the energy you need for a long walk on the banks of The Thames.

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