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London’s first cereal bar has just opened its doors in East London’s trendy Shoreditch neighborhood. The Brick Lane-based Cereal Killer Café offers more than 100 different globally sourced cereal brands, 20 toppings like rainbow sprinkles and banana slices, and 30 varieties of milk for nostalgic, sweet-toothed patrons. This “cereal bar” offers small bowls of cereal for £2.50 ($4), medium bowls for £3 ($4.75), and large bowls for £3.50 ($5.50) — all available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Gary Keery, the café’s co-owner (along with his brother, Alan), explained, “We thought, ‘Well, why isn't there anywhere that you can just go and sit down and have a bowl of cereal?’”
Surprisingly, the café’s novelty continues. Also available are “cereal cocktails”, non-alcoholic mixtures of different cereals, milks, and toppings. Their “Double Rainbow” cocktail, for instance, combines Trix, Fruity Pebbles, and strawberry milk, topped with freeze-dried marshmallows.
Destined to be a hipster hit, diners will be surrounded by an all-vintage atmosphere: think old-school memorabilia and magazines, cereal-box toys, old cartoons playing on their TVs, and a soundtrack from the 1980s and 1990s. “We want people to come in and think, ‘God, do you remember this?’ and just feel like a kid again,” Keery said.
It’s yet to be determined whether this London venture will be a force or a short-lived fad, but the chance to feed your sugar-starved inner child has never been quite this exciting, or literal.
Spoons at the ready: London’s first cereal cafe is opening in December
Remember when we told you that twin brothers Gary and Alan Keery were attempting to crowdfund £60,000 to open a cereal cafe in London?
Well my friends, that day has come.
Yes, the Cereal Killer Café (still a grrrreat name) is due to open on Brick Lane in Shoreditch, East London, on Decemeber 10th – just in time to soothe those Christmas party hangovers of doom.
Visitors to the cafe will be able to choose from around 100 cereals, which Gary and Alan have sourced from all over the world.
Gary told us: ‘The most obscure cereal we have is probably the Oreo O’s cereal from South Korea. It was discontinued everywhere else in the world in 2003, but it’s still available there and we have some.’
And that’s not all. You’ll be able to customise your bowl with 13 different types of milk (we can’t even name 13 different types of milk) and 20 toppings.
Alongside the international cereal extravaganza, the cafe will also serve other breakfast favourites including 18 flavours of Pop-Tarts (yes! Just yes!), toast and coffee from Allpress on nearby Redchurch Street.
So, what do the boys who love cereal so much they’re opening a whole cafe dedicated to it like in their bowls? Gary confessed: ‘my personal favourite are the peanut butter flavoured cereals from America!’
Angry protesters target hipster London cereal cafe
LONDON -- One of London's fastest-changing neighborhoods is echoing to the snap, crackle and pop of conflict.
An East End cafe that serves 120 varieties of breakfast cereal -- along with 30 kinds of milk -- has become a surprising flashpoint for protest in a city increasingly polarized between rich and poor.
The Cereal Killer Cafe has drawn both derision and big crowds since it opened nine months ago, offering a cornucopia of flakes, pops and puffs from about 3 pounds ($4.50) a bowl. On the weekend, it attracted the ire of anti-gentrification protesters, who surrounded the business with flaming torches and scrawled "scum" on its windows as customers sheltered in the basement.
"It is a bit weird," said Gary Keery, who runs the cafe with his brother, Alan. "I don't see us as hateful people - but a lot of people seem to."
Fashionably bearded 33-year-old twins from Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Keery brothers are among the latest wave of migrants to this diverse part of east London. Over the decades European Jews, Bangladeshi Muslims and hipsters from around the world have brought bagel shops and curry restaurants, espresso bars and independent fashion boutiques to Brick Lane and nearby Shoreditch.
It's that diversity that made the Keery brothers choose the area for their breakfast business.
"There's a lot of creative things happening," said Gary Keery. "A cat cafe just opened up around the corner. We just knew that if it was going to work, it would work in Brick Lane."
That hunch was correct, judging by the crowds of students, tourists and families lining up for a bowl of milk-soaked comfort food in the quirky cafe, where shelves are lined with brightly colored cereal boxes and a portrait of Hannibal Lecter made from Cheerios hangs on one wall.
"It takes people back to their childhood, when cereal was fun," Gary Keery said.
But not everyone is a fan. On Saturday, anti-poverty protesters targeted the cafe as a symbol of all that's wrong with London's development. Footage filmed from inside showed a group, some in pig masks and carrying torches, shouting outside as staff told customers to go downstairs.
Police say one officer was injured by a flying bottle during the protest, organized by militant anarchist group Class War.
Tony Travers, an expert on Britain's capital city at the London School of Economics, says the cereal storm is "a war by proxy about something much, much bigger": the squeeze on space in a booming city whose population, already 8.6 million, is growing by 120,000 people a year.
Developers are building just 20,000 to 25,000 new homes each year, so rents and property prices climb ever higher.
In the East End, a long-established working-class population has been joined - and sometimes displaced - by thousands of affluent young professionals in renovated buildings and shiny new developments. The result is an area where organic food shops sit alongside everything-for-a-pound stores. One-bedroom apartments sell for 500,000 pounds ($750,000) and up, but almost half of children in the local borough, Tower Hamlets, live in poverty.
Travers said the cereal cafe is "an innocent casualty of a wider struggle for territory in the city."
Class War says it is delighted with the publicity it has received and plans more protests outside independent businesses.
"The fight against gentrification has basically been lost and it's speeding up all the time," Class War founder Ian Bone told The Guardian newspaper. "So our philosophy is to go back to areas which have already been gentrified and start taking the fight back to them."
The Keery brothers are undaunted. They recently opened a second branch in London's tourist-heavy Camden Town, and have a cereal cookbook coming out next month.
And the attack has brought new customers to the cafe.
"There are worse things in the world than people eating cereal," said Tess Hoey, from Sussex in southern England, who came to show her support.
She said those concerned about London's property crisis should "talk about Russian oligarchs - not boys from Belfast."
First published on October 1, 2015 / 10:47 AM
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London gets first Porridge Cafe: ɼomparatively with the Cereal Killer Cafe we offer more value and less novelty'
If your need for an obscure breakfast-in-a-bowl was not satisfied by the Cereal Killer Café then look no further - the latest in healthy breakfast alternatives has come in the form of London’s first Porridge Café.
Breakfast lovers will no longer have to struggle to find the porridge for their dietary needs as the restaurant offers a choice of eleven different grains on a rotating menu. With both sweet and savoury dishes on offer, and ingredients include apple, cinnamon, chorizo, chilli, and leek.
Café founders, Nik Williamson and Elly Harrington, who previously ran street food company Bow Street Kitchen, site the Nordic revival of porridge as reason for starting up the café. While on a flight out to Sweden Mr Williamson stopped at Copenhagen where he discovered his first porridge café.
“I fell in love with the place. There seem to be places making interesting and unique porridges all over Sweden and Denmark and I thought it would be ideal for over here.”
The Shoreditch café offers “healthy, interesting” porridge that hopes to widen people’s perspectives on how they look at porridge. The café founder added: “People criticise us for doing something specific but fish and chips have been around since the 1940’s and no one bats an eye. The grains are what give us real variety. Even calling the savoury option porridge is a stretch it is really a risotto dish. We’re hoping the product speaks for itself. We’re trying to steer away from gimmick and focus on making more and more porridge.”
17 of the Coolest Cereal Cafes from Around the World
There are few breakfast foods that have such universal memories for Americans than cereal.
For generations, kids have poured Cap’n Crunch before watching cartoons on a Saturday or reached for the Lucky Charms before heading off to school.
Many adults still enjoy the simplicity of this breakfast, which is filling and ready in minutes.
The popularity of cereal & cereal dispensers has caught the eye of entrepreneurs, from the Cereal Killer Cafe in London to KITH Treats in New York City.
Cereal bars, trucks and events have popped up all over America and the world. Check out our list of the top 17 cereal bars across the globe, and stop in to visit one next time you’re in the area.
Founded in 2003, Cereality boasts that it’s more than a cereal restaurant, but rather a way of life. Based in Houston with franchises across the country, pajama-clad Cereologists help guests assemble their creations, and then customers add the type and amount of milk they want for a perfect breakfast experience.
Mix N Munch
Jumping on the comfort feed trend, Mix N Munch opened in 2010 as the world’s first cereal bar and grilled cheese cafe. Located in South Pasadena, California, this is one of the more affordable brunch restaurants in the area. Start with a bowl of cereal for breakfast and then order a grilled cheese for lunch.
KITH Treats in New York City boasts 23 different kinds of cereals, 22 assorted toppings, and four milk options however, they’re just getting started when it comes to ordering combinations. They specialize in combining ice cream with cereal, turning this sweet breakfast into a fun dessert.
Papaccino’s has something for adults, kids, and kids at heart. There’s an area for kids to play in when you visit, creative latte options and a cereal bar for all ages. Based in Portland, Oregon, Papaccino’s is known to have a wide selection of coffees, teas, pastries, and cereals to choose from.
The first cereal bar in Oklahoma, the Bowl-N-Spoon offers cereal as well as paninis to guests. Spend your Saturday morning here with 30 different kinds of cereals, 20 different toppings and all morning cartoons reminiscent of your childhood. You can find them in Tulsa.
R U Cereal Food Truck
According to their website, breakfast met dessert and had a food truck lovechild called R U Cereal. You can find them in Denver, typically stocked with supplies from local businesses and offering vegan and gluten-free options to their customers. One thing’s for sure: Their brightly-painted truck is hard to miss, so you won’t have a hard time finding them around the city.
Cereal From a Van
If you see Irwin, a 1969 Dodge A108, rolling past, you can follow him for a good bowl of cereal. The founders of Cereal from a Van sell 50 different types of cereal and travel to art festivals, events, and celebrations across the country. So far, they’ve been to Portland, Santa Barbara, and Austin.
The Java Break
Find The Java Break in Lawrence, Kansas, open 24 hours and one of the most affordable cereal bars out there. Pick up to three kinds of cereals, choose a topping and some milk, and then you’re set for less than $4. They also offer other food and coffee for you to try.
While not technically a restaurant, Cereal Cinema is an event on the first Saturday of every month at The Athenaeum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). For $5, patrons can enjoy a classic movie and make a creation at the cereal bar, pairing two classic elements and creating great memories for families.
Cereal Killer Cafe
This was the first cereal cafe to arrive in the United Kingdom, and it continues to be a popular stop for tourists to London. They sell more than 100 different types of cereal from around the world, along with 30 varieties of milk and 20 different toppings. They also have a Cereal Killer Cafe cookbook with top recipes.
Black Milk Cereal
Cereal is just one aspect of Black Milk Cereal’s offering. They also have massive milkshakes, sundaes, s’mores and edible chocolate bowls. Guests can build their own or order one of their massive creative cocktails. They currently have three locations in Manchester, England.
Pop Cereal Cafe
Shortly after reaching England, the cereal cafe trend spread to the rest of Europe. Located in Lisbon, Portugal, the Pop Cereal Cafe opened with more than 100 cereal types and combinations. They’re located in one of the most lively neighborhoods of Lisbon, Bairro Alto, which has contributed to their success.
Bol and Bagel
Located in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Bol and Bagel is an upscale cereal bar. They also have a variety of cocktails, pastries, and sandwiches if you don’t feel like something sweet. This is a great date option and also a fun place to bring your kids.
Cereal Anytime opened in Melbourne, Australia, and was the first cereal cafe in the area. It’s also known for its stuffed waffles (feel free to add anything from chocolate bits to Fruity Pebbles), along with candy bars, Pop-Tarts and other whimsical foods. It’s a great stop if you want to connect with a few of your favorite childhood treats.
Are you looking for milkshakes that overflow from their glasses all over your plate? Do you want those milkshakes to have the satisfying crunch that comes with your favorite cereal? If so, try Cereal Killa in Auckland, New Zealand. This restaurant has massive milkshakes and other food to satisfy your cravings.
Cereal Killers DBN
Along with bowls of cereal, this cafe in South Africa proudly serves local coffee and creations from its bakers and chefs. Cereal Killers was the first cereal cafe in South Africa and has set the bar high. The cafe is family-owned and beloved by those in the neighborhood, making it a local hotspot along with a tourist destination.
The Cereal Lovers bar opened in Madrid, Spain, in 2016 and has quickly grown in popularity. They might have one of the largest selections in the world, with more than 150 cereal types, 60 toppings, and 25 beverages. They offer plenty of non-dairy options, so almost anyone can find something to eat at this cafe.
1. Go on a London Loo Tour
Russell Square Loo PC Flickr Gail Frederick
You can learn a lot about London by finding out about the history of its toilets or loos. It is quite unbelievable how many of London&rsquos Loos come with a story.
This London Loo tour also covers old Loo&rsquos with new uses. Several of the older underground public bathrooms have now been changed into coffee shops and bars. Indeed, the tour even ends in an old Loo which is now a bar.
&rArr One of my favourite websites for finding unusual things to do in London (including the London Loo Tour) is Funzing . Funzing offers a range of tours, classes, evening events and lots more all at very reasonable prices.
2. Make your own London Gin
Did you know that it was illegal to distill Gin in small amounts in London before 2008? In 1720 the distilling of Gin was made legal in London.
This was to offset the popularity of French brandy &ndash and the taxes being paid to France on this which was funding the French army. Well alas London went Gin mad.
Those who didn&rsquot become alcoholics often ended up with serious health problems as there were no regulations around making gin or what went into the gin. A new law was brought in prohibiting the distilling of gin in anything under an 1800 litre still.
Anyway, luckily the team from my favourite London gin brand, Sipsmiths , took up the cause and had this law repealed in 2008.
Top Tip: Sipsmiths run a fantastic tour and tasting evenings at their distillery in West London.
Without Sipsmiths The Distillery would not exist. The Distillery is a three-storey Gin temple on Portobello Road in Notting Hill.
Entrance on Portobello Road
The ground floor of The Distillery contains the wonderfully titled The Resting Room bar. This cozy bar has a wall of very comfortable red leather booths in which we very happily sat.
What a menu in the Resting Room. It is pages of delicious and exciting sounding beverages. How about some butter gin?
There are many unique twists on well-known spirits at The Distillery &ndash one thing I really liked about the menu was that they then suggest a cocktail which best suits that spirit flavour &ndash can be a bit much to have something like this neat.
I started with the Lemon Fizz &ndash lovely but possibly more for a summer day than a cold February night.
Next up was the Gin and Tonic. Wow wow wow. It is served with loads of ice and orange peel and peppercorns in a lovely big glass and tasted just amazing. I then had to have another one of these it was so good.
Upstairs is The Distillery&rsquos restaurant Gin Tonica. I learned that Spaniards are very big gin consumers &ndash who knew? Gin Tonica is a fabulous room &ndash buzzy and comfortable with an open kitchen and a small bar.
The ultimate Gin and Tonic
A couple of doors down from The Distillery is the Ginstitute . A three-hour session at the Ginstitute will educate you in all things gin. Once you have been filled in you will be invited into a blending room where you can sniff your way through a range of botanicals and choose your ideal mix.
These will then be used to make your own bespoke gin. In addition to leaving the Ginstitute with your personalised bottle of gin, gin cocktails are served throughout the session.
For a cost of £120 guests receive four gin-based cocktails, a bottle of personalised gin and a bottle of Portobello Road Gin &ndash fantastic value for money.
GinTonica Dining Room
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3. Go back in time to the 18th Century
One of my favourite tourist attractions in London is the fantastic Dennis Sever&rsquos House . Dennis Sever&rsquos house is a living and breathing museum.
It is made up of ten different rooms which are decorated in intricate detail. What makes this London museum so unique is that it has been designed for all of your senses.
Dennis Sever&rsquos House PC Flickr Matt Brown
As you enter each room it feels like the people who lived in that room have just left. Dennis Sever&rsquos house uses smells to bring to life what it would have been like in the 18th century.
Sound is also used very well with noises from tramcars and background noises within the house all add together to a feeling of complete immersion.
Inside Dennis Sever&rsquos House PC Flickr Mick
A typical visit to Dennis Sever&rsquos house lasts about 45 minutes. Opening hours are a little random so do check their website.
The house also hosts lots of special evenings that are often themed throughout the year. Usually, this involves the addition of champagne and/or mince pies.
4. Attend a Mad Hatter&rsquos Tea Party
London is famous for its fantastic afternoon teas. There are so many to choose from these days that it can be a bit overwhelming.
If you want to experience afternoon tea but are looking for something different then the Mad Hatter&rsquos Tea Party is for you.
The sweet section
The Mad Hatter&rsquos Tea Party is held at the super stylish Sanderson hotel in Soho. Afternoon tea is served in their lovely covered outdoor area (with heaters etc in the winter).
As per the other activities in this blog post, this is an immersive afternoon tea. Your afternoon tea menu comes inside a vintage book. All of the crockery has been themed to Alice in Wonderland.
The Savoury selection
A mix of tea recipes based on Alice in Wonderland are on offer like the White Rabbit. Afternoon tea consists of a delicious range of interesting savoury items and the real wow &ndash the sweet items.
From fudge caterpillars to pocket watch themed macarons this is a true feast for the eyes as well as your taste buds.
&rArr I enjoyed the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea so much that I wrote an entire blog post about it! Check it out here.
5. Travel under London with Mail Rail
It turns out that London traffic was just as bad over 100 years ago as it is today. Royal Mail was struggling to get mail across the city with both congested streets and fog. A recommendation was made to build an electric railway with driverless trains.
The railway opened in 1927. Although it was designed for mail rather than people the stations actually resembled tube stations as did the sounds.
The rail tracks in the London Postal Museum
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Mail continued to be delivered through the railway until 2003 when the system was suspended. The former engineering depot of Mail Rail was re-opened as Ride Mail Rail in 2017.
The highlight of any visit is crawling into one of these miniature trains and experiencing the same journey that the mail would have underneath London. Not one for the claustrophobic.
Inside the very small former postal train!
There is a museum with interactive exhibits to help re-create the time when this was a bustling railway system and all of the stories of those who created and ran mail rail. There is also the opportunity to dress up in some of the old rail mail workers&rsquo gear. [separator type=&rdquothick&rdquo]
The Postal Museum even has dress up!
6. Do your own Breaking Bad
I do like quirky bars in London. So when I heard about a cocktail bar based on Breaking Bad and liquid nitrogen cocktails I was in.
I must admit I wasn&rsquot the biggest Breaking Bad fan but I had watched enough episodes that I got the gist of the storyline. And I had always wanted to be involved with liquid nitrogen cocktails in some way.
So I headed to ABQ London to experience its Immersive Molecular Cocktail Bar. Embarrassingly we did have a challenging time finding ABQ London &ndash due to the fact we totally missed that it was in a bus/Winnebago as per the meth lab in the show.
We walked past it and had to ask &ndash and then realised we were right in front of it and so much less hip than we might have thought. There is a food truck at the ABQ location serving Italian food so you can grab something there but there is no food on the bus.
Our ABQ London host came out to greet us in Breaking Bad character &ndash lots of high fives, drug references etc. We got into the bus and had yellow boiler suits waiting for all of us.
They are not the easiest things to get on and the fabric is far from breathable but it is essential to put them on for the total experience. You can also then get shots taken with various masks etc.
Rocking the yellow boiler suit!
There is a glowing mural of Walter at the end of the bus which is well worth a photo.
Walter watches on&hellip&hellip
Once inside things kicked off with a welcoming drink. This is a mojito type concoction which is served in a beaker &ndash such a good idea.
It also comes with a plastic syringe with some blue liquid inside &ndash up to you how much you put into your beaker. I injected the whole thing and was still standing so feel free to do the same thing.
The welcome drink
We were then asked to choose 2 cocktails from 12 on the ABQ London spring/summer cocktail menu. All had fabulous names such as the Walter JR Breakfast, La Tortuga etc.
You get involved in the making of the cocktails that you order. The waiter brings you several ingredients and you then use a type of nitrogen cavitation or dry ice to finish the cocktail off.
My first choice was La Tortuga which was mezcal, agave, lime and pineapple. I then infused the drink with sage and jalapeno chilli.
This was done using the type of container that you normally see whipped cream in. I put the ingredients in and did some shaking and out came my infusion which I put on the top of my drink.
Nitrogen ready to go!
Next up I wanted something with dry ice as this had been demonstrated earlier and was the most dramatic option. I ordered the CRT Fix which was Gin, elderflower, lime, cucumber and mint.
In a beaker, I mixed up the thyme and rosemary with the dry ice and then used a liquid tube to put the outputs of the dry ice on the top of the drink. This was definitely the most photogenic option.
How good is the dry ice.
And I should add at this point that the drinks also tasted fantastic.
Almost cappucino like
The staff gives excellent instructions when they bring you the ingredients for each drink and your host stays in character through the evening.
Once you have had your three drinks (these are covered in your entry fee) you can then move on to a more &ldquonormal&rdquo cocktail menu or try some of the others on the list.
7. Use a real-life Enigma machine to get your drinks
I am a bit of a World War 2 geek. I will go and see anything related to WW2 &ndash from museums to memorials to movies. So when I heard that there was a new WW2 themed bar opening in London that was based on the famous Bletchley Park I was online immediately securing a booking.
And I am delighted to say that The Bletchley London did not disappoint. The Bletchley London is all about full immersion into WW2. This begins on their website where you must crack a code to even make a booking.
You are then sent an essential communique to confirm your booking. The entire concept of The Bletchley Bar is based on codes and cracking codes &ndash as per Bletchley Park. You then have to crack codes once you arrive to order your drinks.
The Cocktail List and test tubes
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Walking into the Bletchley Bar is like heading back in time. This is added to when you are given a WW2 style jacket to wear on arrival. The team behind The Bletchley has done a fantastic job creating a bunker/code cracking room style theme with blackboards and equations and enigma machine mockups for code-cracking.
All of the staff at The Bletchley Bar are immersed in the experience from the concierge to the bartenders. They use WW2 style language and are always in character speaking as if the war is ongoing upstairs.
Communicating the Codes
You receive a two-hour booking at The Bletchley. On arrival, in addition to your jacket, you are given menus with clues and 3 &ldquocodes&rdquo to crack.
The keys to cracking the codes are in some of the diagrams on the walls or by using the Enigma machines. I don&rsquot want to give too much away as it is so much part of the fun &ndash that and these guys are serious and could track me down.
Code cracking test tubes
The cocktails were delicious. One of the ways to crack one code is by sniffing test tubes which leads to your drinks. The outcome of the code-cracking leads to certain cocktails but you can choose your own if you prefer.
Your enigma machine
The Bletchley London is in Chelsea and is tucked away behind a pub in the Worlds End area. There is one door and you head down a set of stairs to arrive at the bunker style bar.
It is 36 pounds per person paid when you book and this covers the entire experience and three cocktails. [separator type=&rdquothick&rdquo]
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Loving those buttons!
Top Tip for WW2 Geeks
I would highly recommend a day trip to Bletchley Park . It is about an hour or so on the train from Euston station. Definitely, do the tour.
And don&rsquot miss the Churchill War Rooms &ndash my number one favourite London tourism experience. These are the rooms from where Churchill ran the war and they have been kept completely intact.
And last but not least see if you can attend a Blitz Party. These fantastic events are held every couple of months and will have you travelling back in time with cocktails and dancing.
Everyone dresses up and if your female pop into the hairdressers and get some victory rolls to really get in the mood. [separator type=&rdquothick&rdquo]
8. Create Street Art
London has a thriving street art scene &ndash particularly in the East of the city. Whilst many have heard of Banksy, alas few of his pieces are still up and available to be viewed. Instead, new artists and techniques come and go with great frequency.
This is why the best way to check out London street art is through a guided tour. Personally, I don&rsquot know a lot about art but I do like to see it and photograph it. I really enjoyed hearing from the guide why certain techniques had been brought in and the stories behind the art.
Street art in East London
Best of all there are now options available to create your own street art. Alternative London combines a street art tour of the area around Brick Lane with time in their studio. Here you can make your own stencils and then use their spray paints to make your own street art in their garden area.
Brick Lane street art
Or forget the tour and just head straight to the quirky Nomadic Community Gardens to experience a graffiti and street art workshop with an actual local street artist.
You&rsquoll get an introduction to the main tools of the street artist (spray paint, stencils) plus have a lesson in basic art theory before you get going on your own creation.
9. Take a Rubbish Tour
Dotmaker Tours is a fantastic local tour company that run some genuinely inventive and unusual tours in London. My favourite is their Rubbish Trip. This fantastic and unique tour basically tells the history of how rubbish gets taken care of in London and uses it as a theme to show visitors lesser-known parts of London.
Sheep as seen against Canary Wharf on the Rubbish Tour PC Dotmaker Tours
The 2-mile tour covers the seldom visited Isle of Dogs in East London as well the more well known and very lovely Greenwich. The walk was devised by the founder of Dotmaker Tours, Rosie Oliver, a former environmental lawyer.
I have lived in London for a long time and I found out many new and interesting things about my favourite city.
Pig on the London Rubbish Tour
10. Learn how to Flirt
Here is a tour with a difference. The amazing Jean Smith is a flirtologist. She has a master&rsquos degree in anthropology that was obtained via a multi-city study of how women and men flirt.
She has taken her extensive knowledge in this area and turned it into a brilliant fearless flirting tour to help all the rest of us that are rather terrified when it comes to how to express interest in someone who we find attractive.
Fearless Flirting in Action
What makes this tour so fantastic is Jean. She is incredibly warm and funny and has a knack of saying out loud exactly the doubt or blocker heading into your mind the moment you think it.
She combines flirting theory with flirting practice (and you will do the same) providing lots of ways to start a conversation with confidence. And the tour takes in some key sights around London. You don&rsquot need to be living in London to apply the benefits of this tour.
Aspiring flirters will try out their skills on the street as well as in a supermarket &ndash scenarios which take place all around the world. So why not experience more of London as well as developing an important life skill?
11. See 68,000 zoological specimens at the Grant Museum
OK so maybe you won&rsquot see all 68,000 specimens at the Grant Museum but it is always good to have a goal. The Grant Museum is one of those wonderfully quirky places that only exist in London and isn&rsquot featured in many guidebooks. The Grant Museum was established in 1827 as part of London&rsquos biggest (and fantastic!) University UCL.
Best insta shot in the Grant Museum
The Grant Museum includes everything from the world&rsquos rarest skeleton to dodo bones to what I am sure was the largest penis bone of any mammal. It feels like walking into something from a Harry Potter movie with shelves and books and tables and unusual items in glass all over the place yet organized.
Skeletons in the Grant Museum PC Flickr Neil Turner
And entry is free! The Grant Museum is open from 1300 &ndash 1700 Monday through Saturday.
12. Have lunch at the Cereal Killer Cafe
Yes, that is its name. And yes it does serve cereal. It was &ndash and maybe still is &ndash the world&rsquos first international cereal cafe. The Cereal Killer Cafe was opened in 2014 by cereal obsessed twin brothers.
In addition to, of course, ordering bowls of cereal, cereal is an ingredient in everything else served at the Cereal Killer Cafe. It is used as part of the batter for cereal fried chicken, cornflake burgers and my favourite, cereal Chillers.
The original Cereal Killer Cafe is on Brick Lane in East London.
13. Enjoy a Gourmet Meal on a Double Decker Bus
London is famous for its red double-decker buses. However, they are seldom associated with food &ndash let alone fine dining. Well, the team at Bustronome has changed all of that with its fantastic black double-decker buses that offer gourmet lunch, afternoon tea, and dinners.
The Bustronome Bar
All seating is on the top floor so as to maximize the views. I enjoyed an outstanding dinner on Bustronome whilst the bus drove throughout the middle of London and passed many key London sights.
The aesthetic is upmarket with wooden floors and clean lines &ndash and a fantastic plastic glass holder for your wine.
No spilled drinks here!
Dinner was a six-course tasting menu which was delicious. From a crab and artichoke gateau to seared tuna to strawberry and ginger pavlova, it was an outstanding meal with an ever-changing interesting view.
Champagne is served on arrival and then the staff is quite generous with their pouring on the red and white wine throughout the meal.
Boutique Hotels in Londons
Artist Residence is located in Pimlico which is fabulously central. It is in a gorgeous 5 store regency building and has a cute bar.
The Portobello Hotel is located in one of London&rsquos best known and cutest neighbourhoods Notting Hill. This is also the hotel where Kate Moss and Johnny Depp filled up the bath with champagne. The hotel is located on a quiet street but is a great location.
Chickens on the Rubbish Tour
The Great Northern Hotel is ridiculously close to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations which is incredibly convenient. The hotel dates back to 1854 but has had a major refurb so it feels fresh and modern.
The Hoxton hotel is in the heart of East London in Shoreditch and a perfect base for exploration. The rooms aren&rsquot huge but the location makes up for it &ndash as does the great value for London with rooms starting at £99 a night.
Getting to London and Getting Around:
Best Ways to get from the airport to London
London has several airports. It can be confusing and expensive to get from each of the airports into central London. And the last thing you need after a flight! It is much easier to organize tickets before you fly.
Heading into the London Postal Museum
Heathrow is the most common airport for international flights. The fastest way to get from Heathrow into Central London is the Heathrow Express.
This train only takes 15 minutes to get from Heathrow to Paddington Station and runs 4 times an hour. The Heathrow Express is much faster than a cab or any other option.
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The lowest cost way to get from Heathrow to central London is the tube. The tube is actually one of the fastest options as well &ndash and will get you the closest to your final destination.
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There is also a bus or coach option which drops passengers at Victoria Station. This is a cheap option but you will have to deal with London traffic! If you are taking this option during peak hour it could take up to 2 hours each way.
Gatwick Airport is south of London and can be quite the distance in a car. The Gatwick Express is the fastest option into London and runs directly from Gatwick to Victoria Station.
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If you don&rsquot need the express option there is a slightly slower-moving train that has several more options in terms of stops including Clapham Junction, Kings Cross St Pancras, and London Bridge.
The third option is the national express Gatwick airport coach transfer . This is the least expensive option but it can take some time with London traffic. There is one departure an hour and the average journey time is 90 minutes.
There are a number of Brit Rail passes available. The BritRail London Plus Pass is the best option if you are planning to base yourself in London and take a few day trips. The Britrail England pass covers all of England including getting to and from the airport.
If you are planning on travelling around the south-west of England then BritRail South West Pass is the best option. Finally, if you&rsquore planning on travelling around England and Scotland then the best option is to buy the BritRail GB Pass.
A London public toilet PC Flickr Tara Hunt
Tonight we were attacked with paint and fire by an angry mob of 200. Riot police are on the scene.
Staff and customers unharmed, although children were in the cafe, mob still around so stay away from shoreditch.08:39 PM - 26 Sep 2015
Whatever happened in Shoreditch tonight is making my life exceedingly difficult
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Strange as all this may seem, it’s not uncommon to “see people who look like gentrifying classes participating in protests against gentrification,” according to Japonica Brown-Saracino, a professor of sociology at Boston University who studies gentrification in U.S. cities.
“There are people who move into a neighborhood because they’re attracted to certain qualities of a place,” she said. “On moving, they recognize that they are part of transforming the things that they value about a place. And they end up working to forestall some of the transformation, protesting in the streets for affordable housing, trying to hold onto community centers or certain commercial institutions that they regard as linked to longtime populations.”
In the East London case, wrote Paul Cheshire, an emeritus professor of economic geography at the London School of Economics, via email, “the very early relatively poor but mainly educated/drop-out pioneer gentrifiers—typical of most processes of gentrification moving into areas of architectural interest in mainly inner city neighborhoods when those are still rundown and largely occupied by working class or refugee poor—are being replaced by richer and more market-oriented still mainly liberal professional and successfully university educated successor gentrifiers, who are a good bit richer and (commercially) fashion-conscious.” The “pioneer gentrifiers” were attracted not just to East London’s cheapness but also its edginess, which they believe the richer groups are eroding.
Variations on this trend, with or without pronounced economic and cultural differences between gentrifying groups, are actually the norm in gentrification debates, not just in England but in the United States. In fact, Brown-Saracino said, “In most of the instances [of vehement demonstration] I can point to [in the United States], it’s probably not the longtime residents who’ve been in the neighborhood for generations peopling these protests.”
Nor is this kind of semi-violent targeting unusual. Brown-Saracino pointed to protests against Google Buses in San Francisco as the “nearest example” of incidents like that of the Cereal Killer mob. Commercial institutions in particular, she said, tend to find themselves at the center of these debates, being more ready symbols than the latest in a string of residential moving vans, for instance: “a lot of neighborhood reputation and branding depends upon commercial institutions, and I think everyday actors sense that.”
But in London, there may be something at stake beyond a changing neighborhood.
“The way I’d read these protests is something slightly different than the issue of gentrification,” said Nancy Holman, an associate professor of urban planning at the London School of Economics. “It’s more to do, to be honest, with a very sick housing market.”
Holman said she’s seen the resentment firsthand. “Certainly I see at the university lots of people who graduate from the [master-of-science program] with a good job and prospects, living in a house with several other people living with them, and they’re doing that into their thirties. Really, what we’re seeing isn’t so much about gentrification but about feeling priced out—people who are in their twenties and thirties feeling that there’s not a lot of hope in their being a part of life in the capital despite the fact that they work and contribute.” (In fact, The Times of London identified one Cereal Killer demonstrator as a research fellow at the London School of Economics.)
Holman’s interpretation lends clarity to the parts of the anti-Cereal Killer activists’ Facebook manifesto that aren’t about “brioche buns.” Other paragraphs focus on “Russian oligarchs, Saudi sheiks, Israeli scumbag property developers, Texan oil-money twats and our own home-grown Eton toffs” messing with the housing market: “Soon this City will be an unrecognisable, bland, yuppie infested wasteland with no room for normal (and not so normal) people like us,” the event description reads. “Working class people are being forced out of our homes but we won’t go out without a fight.”
The problem, according to Holman, is that London has had a “chronic undersupply of housing” since the late 1970s, when the government got out of the housing game.
“The housing market, which is now driven by the private market, is incredibly sensitive to shocks. Even in boom times it doesn’t necessarily expand as much as you might think,” said Holman. That’s in part, she noted, because the government and smaller developers tend to produce housing most quickly. Large-scale builders frequently construct and release homes relatively slowly—a process that is typically more profitable. As obtaining “planning permission” has become more expensive, small homebuilders have been priced out.
Things have gotten so bad that “there’s a big problem with people living in sheds in people’s gardens,” Holman added.
As for those Texans, Israelis, Saudis, and Russians referred to in rather ugly terms in the group’s Facebook manifesto?
“We also have a problem with housing right now being seen as a safe asset class,” Holman said. “So you do have foreign investors who come in and invest in housing as an assert, which also drives up prices.”
Holman acknowledges that there’s a “planner” and a “developer” side to the debate over what’s wrong with London housing, and cops to being a planner. The opposing side, she noted, “would say that there’s an issue with land banking, with people not developing sites as quickly as they could. They would say it’s all about planners being slow, about having a green belt around London, about historic conservation regulations.” She thinks both sides are probably clinging too tightly to their creeds, and will have to “come together. Otherwise you just get people pulling tiny levers that don’t work.”
All of this isn’t to suggest that the Cereal Killer Cafe was an entirely arbitrary target of anger over the housing market. Cheshire, for instance, is skeptical of a pure housing-resentment model for the protest. “Although the seriously high cost of housing in London is fuel for this,” he wrote, “my—not perfectly informed—reading of this is that it had far more in common with the ‘Occupation’ movement of a year or two ago (i.e. considered quasi-anarchic, ‘Leveller-type’ and politically intended direct action) than with [a] popular outburst of resentment,” which might look more like England’s 2011 riots, triggered by the police shooting of a Tottenham man. In the Cereal Killer case, the demonstrators, or at least the organizers, appeared to have a specific political-cultural agenda.
Then, too, the Cereal Killer Cafe did seem to court controversy. Last December, when a reporter pressed Gary Keery, one of the twin brothers who own the eatery, about opening such a cheekily niche, high-end enterprise, Keery responded testily, and then posted an open letter: “You obviously don’t understand business if you think I don’t have to put a mark-up on what I sell. It may be the poorest borough in London, but let’s not forget Canary Wharf [one of the city’s financial centers] is also in the borough,” wrote Keery, before citing his own origins in “the most deprived areas in Belfast.” The letter also included the memorable line: “If you want someone to solve the poverty crises in London I don’t think I’m the man to do that as I am too busy trying to cure Ebola and get Kim Kardashian to keep her clothes on.”
The day after the attack on Cereal Killer Cafe, London Mayor Boris Johnson tweeted his support for the institution: “Small businesses like @CerealKillerUK are lifeblood of London’s thriving economy—any violent protest is unacceptable.” The tweet echoed Cereal Killer Cafe’s own Twitter response to the incident: “Unhappy with the state of the country? Why not attack a small business #smart.”
If it’s overly simplistic to say these protests were about retaliating against hipsters, it’s equally unhelpful to make Cereal Killer Cafe’s critics out to be anti-business, or London’s economy out to be flawless. Given that a Cereal Killer-style attack could soon be coming to a hipster establishment near you (pretty much regardless of where you’re reading this from, judging by the latest reports on global housing crunches and international urban gentrification), everyone’s got a stake in this fight.
London Cafe Dedicated to Cereal Will Close Permanently Due to the Pandemic
The two London cafes dedicated to retro cereal and committed like no other to the novelty, fluorescent aesthetic of mid 2010s hipsterism, will close as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Twin-brother owners Alan and Gary Keery wrote on Instagram that it was “A sad Cheerio” for the Shoreditch and Camden branches of Cereal Killer Cafe.
After 5.5 years we will be saying Cheerio to our Cafes, for now. After a long period of closure due to Coronavirus, and with the future of the hospitality industry looking very uncertain, we have made a decision that our Cafes on Brick Lane and Camden will not reopen their doors.
The first cafe, which would later be on the receiving end of protests against gentrification in East London, opened on Brick Lane in late 2014, four years after this was uploaded to YouTube. It was billed as the first cereal-only cafe in the country, selling rare and retro cereal varieties from America, Australia, France, South Africa, and South Korea, with a load of different milks and toppings like Oreos and marshmallow. There was more than a little 90s Richie Rich kid-dream about the whole enterprise, which the owners say served over one million bowls of cereal in its five and a half years of trading.
Hipster Cafe Attacked In London, 'Class War' Will 'Shut Down' Jack The Ripper Museum Next [Video]
A British political party calling itself Class War had a hipster cafe attacked simply because because the two owners of Cereal Killer Cafe saw fit to charge rich prices for a single bowl of cereal. Now, Class War has announced plans for a second so-called "F**k Parade," and they plan on shutting down the Jack The Ripper museum on Cable St, London due to its alleged "glorification of sexual violence."
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the Cereal Killer Cafe is seen as a symbol of gentrification, which is when the wealthy buy and renovate houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods like the East End in London. While property values do increase based upon such community improvements, gentrification is seen as part of class warfare since the process can displace low-income affordable housing.
"Our communities are being ripped apart - by Russian oligarchs, Saudi Sheiks, Israeli scumbag property developers, Texan oil-money twats and our own home-grown Eton toffs. Soon this City will be an unrecognizable, bland, yuppie infested wasteland with no room for normal (and not so normal) people like us," Class War said on their Facebook page.
Numbering around 200 people strong, the Class War supporters grabbed their banners and torches, put on pig masks, and marched toward their target. Gary Keery, who founded the Cereal Killer Cafe with his twin brother, Alan, described the attack on his business by the so-called "F**k Parade," which left customers, including children, "terrified for their lives."
A day later, Cereal Killer cafe was back up and running just like normal, but Class War managed to get their point across about inequality in London. The store generated controversy when it first opened because a simple bowl of cereal can cost as much as $6.68, and some questioned whether the low-income residents of East London could actually afford to buy breakfast at Cereal Killer Cafe.
Still, Keery says he does not understand why his small business was targeted by the anarchist political group, and he claimed the attack was simply "senseless violence."
"We've had some letters through the letterbox saying 'die hipsters' and stuff but nothing to this extreme," he said. "It just doesn't make sense."
"There is a class war waging and we are losing it. The rich are getting richer and the gilded elite who have ruled us since Norman times remain in power and dominate land ownership just as they did when they first robbed it," their website says. "We are [standing Class War candidates in order] to launch a furious and coordinated political offensive against the ruling class with the opportunity an election gives us to talk politics to our class. We in no way see the election as an alternative to direct action. By the brick and the ballot."
Their policies are short and to the point. They call for double the dole, pension, and all other benefits for workers. In addition, they want a 50 percent mansion tax on the rich, and they desire to abolish the British monarchy and all public schools.
But even some of Class War's followers questioned whether having the hipster cafe attacked was the best plan, with some claiming that banks or other big businesses should be targeted, not a small business like Cereal Killer Cafe. Critics on Facebook have been even harsher, calling for the anarchist political group to get out of the East End entirely.