London Adventures - Chocolate Festivals & Gin Bars

There are few things better in life than chocolate.





When my friend Amy who blogs over at Expat Diaries, discovered there was a chocolate festival on in London I jumped at the chance without really knowing what a chocolate festival is.

I imagine heaven has something like this


After a handy mid-morning flight from Dublin, I met Amy and her boyfriend in Islington and we wandered up to the Business Design Centre.

Chocolate Festival in Islington

Where we discovered that rather a lot of people also like chocolate, the place was jammed!

Fellow Chocolate Lovers

We also discovered that there was a Wine & Cheese festival on at the same time... winning!

"A dessert without cheese is like a beautiful women with only one eye." - Jean Brillat-Savarin 

We spent ages wandering around each store wondering what to spend our calorie quota on.

Just adding to the gluttony

Before finally settling on some chocolate and peanut butter bombs and brownies, yummm!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bombs!

Aside from the vast amount of chocolate being sold, most impressive I thought were the sculptures made entirely out of the good stuff...



Not sure how someone managed to make a whole face without eating any of it ;)


On a massive sugar high we made our way back to Amy's place in Clapham. Yes Clapham, home to former rugby lads and yummy mummies galore, it even has wildlife... well it has foxes if they count.


Fun fact about Clapham from my Dad, the King of fun facts, is that in English common law 'a reasonable man' is defined as the man on the Clapham Junction Omnibus.

Bus full of reasonable men in Clapham

In the evening, once we had recovered from our sweetness over dose, we headed out to dinner at Franca Manca which is a great little place for no frills pizza.

One of these days I will post about vegetable juice I swear

If you are in the area there is also a great gin bar that I promised to write about. We didn't make it on this occasion but Amy had brought me on a previous visit and I loved it!


The Imperial Durbar, located right next to Tooting Bec station, is designed as a throwback to the British Raj.


During the day it is a coffee shop and at night out comes an impressive list of gin cocktails which is promptly ignored as you tell the bar tender what flavours you like and they make you up something special on the spot.

Delicious custom made cocktails


Who would have known the suburbs would be so much fun?

With Love from India / Clapham
Ash
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12 comments:

  1. I'm not really a massive chocolate fan but now I want all the chocolate! Haha!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. I am so jealous you don't like it, chocolate is my number one weakness!

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  2. Why didn't I hear about a chocolate festival in London !! Sounds like you had a fantastic day :)

    Alex x
    www.myfroley.com

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    1. I had no clue it was on either until my friend mentioned it! Apparently it happens twice a year though :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  3. Chocolate, wine and cheese! Winning combination as you say, Ash

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. It was definitely a great afternoon :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  4. I had to scroll through these photos quickly because everything just looked TOO good and I'm super hungry now. YUM.

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

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    1. Everything looked so good! I can't imagine working there for the three days.. I would probably put on a stone!

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  5. I had this planned but a friend went and slatted it. Why did I listen this looks like my perfect place I love chocolate and cheese Lucy x

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    1. Oh no that is such a shame! It was pretty crowded but I loved all the stands and the chocolate peanut butter bombs were incredible. At least it will be on again in a few months time :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  6. I've been to a chocolate festival in London a couple of years ago called Chocolate Unwrapped but I don't think it was nearly as big as this one. The chocolate and peanut butter combination is one of my favourites and I'd have absolutely LOVED to have tried those treats!! I bet at the end of it, you felt more than a bit stuffed! I remember saying I wouldn't eat for a week, then by dinner time I was hungry again :-D

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    1. I loved the chocolate and peanut butter combo! I actually did something terrible this week and bough Reese's breakfast cereal, probably the most unhealthy cereal in the world... shall have to hide it from myself and make myself eat porridge instead!

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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