Sunday, 29 January 2017

Cereal killer Cafe (London): Review

I bloody love breakfast. And I bloody love cereal. So what do you do when you've got less than 48 hours in London? You travel as far as you can to get the best damn bowl of cereal money can buy, obviously.

Located in the quirky/hipster/unconventional borough of London that is Shoreditch, you can find The Cereal Killer Cafe, the worlds first international cereal cafe. With over 100 types of cereal on sale on sale - trust me, you're not stuck for choice - and with endless toppings to add to your cereal, and 30 different varieties of milk, there is literally something for everyone here - be that for what I couldn't really class as a healthy breakfast, or a late afternoon snack.

Walking into the cereal speakeasy, which dons an impressive selection of limited editions to some of the nations most-loved cereals, nostalgia kicked in. Gone are the days of finding a free spoon in your rice krispies or the numerous collector Tony the tiger figurines. Kids these days don't get to experience these defying moments of beating your sister to finding the toy - even thought this usually just consisted of me raking through the unopened box until I found it. That my friends, is one the benefits of being an early riser.

Turning to the wall of cereal, I was genuinely amazed at how many types of cereals there are, I wanted them all.
With an abundance of choice, it seemed an impossible task to decide on which cereal to pick, never mind which toppings you'd like. Eventually, after buying some time joining the long queue, I settled on chocolate hazelnut Krave topped with party rings, freeze dried marshmallows and crispy M&M's - all part of a stable diet and of course, a healthy breakfast. Oh, and white chocolate milk to accompany too...yum!

My boyfriend (the sort to copy a winning combination) also opted for the hazelnut Krave and added Oreo biscuits, party rings, and crispy M&M's too, topped off with banana milk.

Venturing downstairs, I was intrigued to see what childhood memories I could captivate in this underground cereal fantasy. The stairs were narrow, leading to a treasure trove of cereal memorabilia. Flashback to my bedroom circa 1995 being surrounded by lost but never forgotten brands, I was embracing my inner 90's kid, and my god I was in my element. Come to think of it my 101 Dalmatians wallpaper didn't seem to make an appearance, although I was kind of glad about that...
Spying a seat - or should I say an empty bed for that matter - we settled down and let loose on the milk. I tucked into my medium bowl of cereal, savouring every sweet, sweet mouthful. My other half delved into his large bowl, only coming up for air when he needed to add more milk. 

For a minute, you could almost forget that you're sitting in a cafe, on a randoms bed, chowing down on a bowl full of sugar - there was nothing healthy about this breakfast, but when you're holiday it's all about indulging - that's what everyone says, right?

It is a little strange to think I'd basically shared a bed with so many other strangers who had experienced the very same feeling of euphoria on, however, when there's a life size poster of  one of your hero gladiators, Jet, staring you in the face, you kind of just get caught up in the moment.

The interiors took me straight back to my childhood. A Spice Girl wannabe, I reminisced over all of the toys you used to get in your cereal for free (ah those were the days) and loved seeing all of the old branding for many household names. Never did I think cereal could be so fascinating...


Being the standard tourists we are, it was a definite must-visit for breakfast from me. I love quirky eateries like this, and although it wasn't the healthiest, most nutritious breakfast we've ever had, we were going for the experience, for the thrill of picking out your own cereal and topping it with as much sugar you could get your hands on. 

Yeah ok it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I wasn't going to miss out on the opportunity to visit. Life is all about making memories and experiencing new things, as well as eating pretty delicious cereal too.

From American cereals, to outrageous pop tart flavours, to a stacked hot chocolate which is bound to leaving you full for days, to cereal cocktails, these guys know how to put the fun back into cereal, and give us a real taste of nostalgia when we need it most.

I'll definitely be back for a bowl.

The funniest part about this post? Guess who just finished a bowl of cereal...

  For Now...

Just Julia
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