London Eats: Chicken Shop in Holborn

This restaurant gets straight to the point. They’re a chicken shop. They sell chicken and four sides. It’s amazing.  Anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by having too many choices in their life will love this restaurant. Your options … Continue reading

London | The Chiltern Firehouse

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“It’s Friday, I’m in love!” Happy Friday, everyone! I’m writing to you from our cozy kitchen in England, after spending a few excitement-filled days in London. I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people, whom you’ll see more of on … Continue reading

Postcards from London | Part 1

I love London. The way I feel about this city makes me feel like I’m cheating on Paris. I just can’t help it. The energy of this city is unlike any other. You’ve got the cosmopolitan buzz of a capital, … Continue reading

London’s Bounce, the Home of Ping Pong

This place is awesome.

On our last trip to London, we spent a wonderful evening at the ping pong bar Bounce. The Englishman (aka tennis table extraordinaire) read great reviews about it, and it’s true: Bounce is fantastic.

The principle in itself is genius: ping pong + a bar + a restaurant. This is a recipe for a fabulous evening all around. When we went, there was a 30th birthday being celebrated. What a perfect place to host it! You can have a pint with your friends, play some table tennis, and then once everyone has worked up an appetite, head over to the tables for a delicious meal.

Founded by entrepreneurs Adam Breeden and Dov Penzik, this concept has been very successful. Here’s how it works: you can make a reservation for groups of 6+; otherwise, just walk in and write your name on the list. Any of the 16 tables can be reserved for half hour slots at £10 during off peak hours or £13 during peak times. You may even get lucky and have a chance to play on the Olympic 2012 Table and World Championship Table (see below).

For those that are waiting or just enjoying the ambiance, you can get a pint or a cocktail from the bar. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. We had such a fun night out there, so I highly recommend Bounce to Londoners and London-goers alike.

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Make sure to check out Bounce next time you’re in London.

Bounce London
121 Holborn
London
EC1N 2TD

London Bubbleology!

One more week until I turn a quarter century old!

I’ll be celebrating the big day across the Channel, so to go along with my growing excitement, I’ll be writing some England-centered blog posts this week! Today’s post is about a fabulous boba “lab,” Bubbleology, that the handsome Englishman and I stumbled upon while walking from the tube station to the amazing Portobello Road Market.

Notting Hill is one of my favorite London boroughs that I’ve explored. It’s a shabby-chic neighborhood – well, it’s heavier on the chic but with quite a bit of character! Bubbleology fits right in. It’s fun, bright, and quirky. It’s hard to say no to boba, so we enjoyed an apple green tea there before heading off to the market.

Here’s the scoop on how Bubbleology came to be: Founder “Professor A” discovered boba tea during his stay in NYC and completely fell in love with it.  Upon his return to London, he realized that the English capital was lacking boba. He went off to Taiwan to do further research on the subject, found an Australian business partner, and the first Bubbleology cafe, or lab, opened April 2011 in London’s Soho. Today, there are four locations throughout the city.

FYI: Boba = chewy tapioca balls. This Taiwanese invention of the 80s has turned into a worldwide sensation, as you can see, but the principle is quite simple. You put little tapioca balls in with different flavored fruit or “milk” teas, add a big straw so you can slurp up the boba balls, and voilà, your boba, or bubble, tea is ready.  It’s delicious and addictive! 

Bubbleology London Notting Hill Boba tea singapore

Bubbleology London Notting Hill Boba tea singapore

Bubbleology London Notting Hill Boba tea singapore

Bubbleology London Notting Hill Boba tea singapore

Bubbleology London Notting Hill Boba tea singapore bubbleologist

Bubbleology London Notting Hill Boba tea singapore

Bubbleology London Notting Hill Boba tea singapore

Bubbleology London Notting Hill Boba tea singapore

The view we enjoyed while sipping our Boba Tea

Bubbleology London Notting Hill Boba tea singapore

Bubbleology London Notting Hill Boba tea singapore

45 Pembridge Rd
Notting Hill
London
W11 3HG