London's Most Instagrammed Foods 2016

By Megan Hills

#LondonFood - check out what you were eating and 'gramming last year! How many of London's most instagrammed foods 2016 have you tried?

As the old adage goes, when you're dining with an Instagram obsessive then their camera eats first. London is full of food fanatics who instagrammed foods every chance they had in 2016 and it wasn't a surprise that certain dishes made repeat appearances on our feeds. Find out what the most photogenic dishes were last year below.

blooming #hotchocolate #dominiqueansel

A video posted by Max Wittawat (@maxwittawat) on Dec 6, 2016 at 4:15am PST

Dominique Ansel's Blooming Hot Chocolate How do you improve one of London's most decadent hot chocolates? With a bit of a spectacle, of course. Located at Dominique Ansel Bakery, each piping hot cup is topped off with a perfect marshmallow bud coated in white chocolate which blooms as it melts. The bakery's milk and cookies shots and cronuts are also fellow culinary celebrities - and it all tastes delicious to boot.

Beigel Bake's Salted Beef Bagel After Action Bronson hailed Beigel Bake's seemingly nondescript salted beef bagels absolutely delicious (in much more colourful language), it's become a must visit for any culinary tourist. Despite the incredibly confusing presence of a competitor bagel store next door, the popularity of these savoury treats and mouthwatering thick slices of cured beef have made them a recurring sight on Instagram.

Padella's Cacio e Pepe Although this dish may not look like much, Borough Market neighbour Padella has been winning over hearts with their Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper) pasta. Their thick, freshly made pasta combined with a creamy yet fiery sauce is one of their signature dishes and it helps that it's priced under £10. Sometimes the simpler things in life are the most rewarding.

Without fail #brunch is my favourite meal of the day #BargeHouse #Haggerston @thebargehouse 🐷🐣

A photo posted by Adam Mosley (@adammosley_) on Nov 22, 2015 at 1:51am PST

Barge House Breakfast in Bread Everybody loves a bread bowl, but Barge House takes presentation to the next level with their Breakfast in Bread dishes. Featuring a hollowed out sourdough loaf stuffed with bacon, sausage, tomatoes, leeks, mushrooms, spinach and finished with cheese and a ready-to-trickle egg, variations include their smoked salmon and chorizo offerings. Brunch, anybody?

Behold, the Crone (ice cream in a doughnut cone) 😋 #dumdumdoughnuts

A photo posted by 🍦📷🎈 (@naazia_) on Oct 14, 2016 at 11:23am PDT

Dum Dum Donutterie The doughnuts at Dum Dum Donutterie were made to be photographed with bold icing colours, powdered sugar and quirky details abounding. They're masters of the croissant doughnut hybrid and their new croissant ice cream cones - understandably named 'crones' - have been sweeping social media left and right.

Braised Pork Bao Seen the lines curling around Bao in Soho? They're all waiting for a chance to dive into Bao, a Taiwanese restaurant that serves up piping hot buns. The photographic standout is without a doubt the braised pork bao with juicy strips of pork sandwiched in a light bun, dusted with peanut powder. With new branches in Fitzrovia and Netil Market open, it's worth braving the queue if you're patient.

Gunpowder's Spicy Venison and Vermicelli Doughnut Another doughnut on the list, but this one's got a savoury twist. Indian restaurant Gunpowder has created this spiky little fellow, which consists of a tasty venison centre wrapped in a crunchy vermicelli. Served with a side of spicy tomato sauce for dipping, it's a dish with a lot of kick and a favourite amongst the London culinary crowd.

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London Neighbourhoods: Things to do in Notting Hill

You've seen the film, now it's time to live it with these things to do in Notting Hill While you might not spot Julia Roberts out and about in this neighbourhood, what you will find are a number of fun restaurants and unexpected adventure material. With places like one of London's best restaurants alongside buzzing weekend markets, you'll want to time your visit here for the summer when it comes alive with the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival. Read on for more. Late night tasting menu around the corner #theLedbury #NottingHill #Top50Restaurants A post shared by Edward B (@chaaaaad10) on Jun 2, 2017 at 3:32pm PDT What to eat The Ledbury The Ledbury is not just one of the best restaurants in Notting Hill, it is also one of the best eateries in the world, boasting two Michelin stars and a number of other accolades. With over a decade in the business, it remains high in demand with Australian chef Brett Graham serving up a bold and eclectic menu. There are also a selection of great cafe's in Notting Hill area that offer ideal breakfast and brunch options. What to do Notting Hill Carnival It's impossible to talk about Notting Hill without mentioning the massive Caribbean carnival that takes place there every year, which happens to be the biggest in Europe. Held over the last weekend in August, the neighbourhood is transformed into a vision of colour with a parade full of live music, performers and vibrant characters as well as street food stalls and impromptu dancing. Come prepared to party. Portobello Road Market On weekends, Notting Hill buzzes with the action going on at Portobello Road Market. You never quite know what you're going to get at this busy market, with stalls selling everything from thrift clothes, antiques, fresh produce and more. Popular with both locals and tourists alike, it's full of character with the sounds of sellers shouting their wares and people streaming back and forth. Love street markets? Check out our guide to the best Markets in London! QUEENS - Skate Dine Bowl This is the only place in London that has a functioning ice rink, bowling alley and retro games arcade. This super fun venue is perfect for birthday parties, dates or group hangouts and it's all pretty affordably priced. Once you've finished hitting the ice or smashing some pins, head to the games arcade for a touch of nostalgia (think Mario Kart, Street Fighter II and Tron!) then refuel at the world-famous MEATliquor, QUEENS' newest exclusive food partner! Museum of Brands and Advertising Take a step into Britain's past at the Museum of Brands and Advertising, where you'll be able to see posters, magazines and products from hundreds of different lifestyle companies. With an exhibit of over 12,000 items, head into the museum's Time Tunnel for a comprehensive timeline starting from the Victorian era onwards. Take some creative inspiration home with a souvenir from their little shop and recharge with a coffee at the museum cafe. Make sure to get your hands on a London Pass® to make the most out of exploring the city. You'll have access to dozens of top attractions and make great savings on admision with the pass than the normal ticket price.
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Royal Albert Hall Facts You Need to Know

From Nina Simone to One Direction, the Royal Albert Hall has withstood the test of time. It's persisted as one of London's most exciting performance venues, right up there with the best. This concert hall is an iconic building, a true gem in London's cultural crown. Designated a Grade I Historic Building, there's no surprise that the Royal Albert Hall is brimming with interesting facts and history. That alone is a fact. But there are many more to discover. Here are our favourite Royal Albert Hall facts! When was the Royal Albert Hall built? The first year In the Royal Albert Hall's first year, it put on just 36 shows. While it may seem hard to believe now, the venue opened its doors to the public in 1871. However, the growth of its events calendar has been phenomenal. These days, it hosts roughly 400 events a year. That's over ten times the shows. Well done, Albert. Quite the jump. Where is the Royal Albert Hall? If you're new to London and wondering where the Royal Albert Hall is, you can find it in South Kensington, right next to Hyde Park. Perfect for a little greenery before or after your visit and close to plenty of iconic London museums, like the Design Museum and the V&A. How old is it? As one of London's oldest and most revered performance spaces, the Royal Albert Hall has been a key fixture of British entertainment. In 2021, it celebrated its 150th birthday. The celebrations involved a massive project called The Great Excavation. In a nutshell, a huge renovation project got underway. However, unlike the ever-rising London skyline, Albert will benefit from a gargantuan basement. What is the Royal Albert Hall's record-breaking feature? The gigantic glass dome that covers Royal Albert Hall spans over 20,000 square feet. It was designed by the team that conceived the glass roof of St Pancras station. However, the Royal Albert Hall was much more ambitious. The dome still stands as the largest unsupported glass dome in the world. They first built a test dome in Ardwick before constructing it in London. During WW1 and WW2, the Royal Albert Hall was used as a landmark for war pilots. Since Albert has such an eye-catching roof, enemy pilots used it to reorient themselves while bombing the capital. The roof was painted black during the war, but it remained standing, resilient as ever. The story behind the roof mosaic If you look up at the top of the Royal Albert Hall, a large white mosaic of scientists and artists lines the hall roof. Major-General Scott, its architect, originally intended for it to be a sculptural mosaic but had to settle for a flat version due to budget constraints. There's also a message written along the roof of the Royal Albert Hall You'll have to squint to see this one. At the top of the hall's mosaic is a narrow white band covered in text. It reads: This Hall was erected for the advancement of the Arts & Sciences and works of industry of all nations in fulfilment of the intention of Albert Prince Consort. The site was purchased with the proceeds of the Great Exhibition of the year MDCCCLI. The first stone of the Hall was laid by Her Majesty Queen Victoria on the twentieth day of May MDCCCLXVII and it was opened by Her Majesty the twenty-ninth of March in the year MDCCCLXXI. Thine O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine. The wise and their works are in the hand of God. Glory be to God on high and on Earth peace. How many seats are in the Royal Albert Hall? It might interest you to know that the Royal Albert Hall can seat over 5,200 people. So, if you're planning to catch a show or book a tour through The London Pass®, make sure to pick your favourite spot. Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps The grand staircase at the back of Royal Albert Hall originally had a very straightforward name. The South Steps. However, they were understandably subjected to brutal London weather and the wear and tear of thousands of feet. So, they were desperately in need of an upgrade and they finally got one in 2004. Then, in 2013, they were renamed 'the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps', and the late Queen attended the naming ceremony. The cost of preservation The striking Henry Willis organ at the Royal Albert Hall originally cost 8,000 pounds to construct. However, the restoration that took place between 2002-2004 to preserve its grandeur that took place between 2002-2004 cost over a million pounds. The 'mushrooms' solving the acoustic problem Ironically, due to the unusual domed ceiling, the Royal Albert Hall had bad acoustics. Back in the 1960s, 135 fibreglass acoustic diffusers were hung from the top to solve the issue. They're commonly referred to as 'mushrooms.' And that's our list of Royal Albert Hall facts. Hope you enjoyed them! Why not take a closer look and book a tour?  Experience everything London has to offer with The London Pass®  Planning your London trip? With The London Pass®, you can explore big-name landmarks, local hotspots and epic tours, all on one pass, all for one price. Not only that, but you'll enjoy savings of up to 50%, compared to buying individual attraction tickets.   ✈️ Buy The London Pass® ✈️   
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