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We loved Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham


Looking for delicious South Indian vegetarian food in east London? We loved Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham branch made us eat way too much than we could. Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham serves one of the best South Indian food in the Eastern part of London. London city has so much of world culture, it fascinates the tourists as well as the locals alike. Saravanaa Bhavan London restaurants hailing from the South of India are no different. The Indian community have a stronghold in the United Kingdom. Bringing a variety of Indian food and influences.

About Saravanaa Bhavan

Saravanaa Bhavan is a well-known South Indian restaurant chain that originated in Chennai, India. It has gained popularity for its authentic South Indian cuisine and has branches in various cities around the world. East Ham branch when I went there, I had a pretty good experience. I have been there with my family and friends many times. Knowing my father lives in East Ham.

Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham
Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham

What is Saravanaa Bhavan Food Famous For?

Saravanaa Bhavan food is famous for its unique flavours, use of spices, and diverse range of dishes. It is characterised by a mix of traditional ingredients, cooking techniques, and regional specialities. Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham branch has kept all those features and ingredients that make South Indian food famous including:

  1. Rice and Rice-based Dishes: Rice is a staple in South Indian cuisine, and many meals are centred around it. Popular dishes served by  Saravanaa Bhavan include dosa (a fermented rice and lentil crepe), idli (steamed rice and lentil cakes), and uttapam (a savoury pancake with toppings).
  2. Coconut: Coconut is widely used in South Indian cooking, either in grated form, as coconut milk or as coconut oil. It adds a rich, distinct flavour to many dishes. You will be served Coconut chutney almost with every South Indian dish you order here.
  3. Sambar and Rasam: These are staple South Indian soups or stews that are often served with rice. Sambar is a lentil-based stew with vegetables, while Rasam is a tangy, spiced broth typically consumed as a soup. You’ve got to try the Rasam at Saravanaa Bhavan.
  4. Chutneys and Pickles: Saravanaa Bhavan serves features a variety of chutneys made from coconut, tamarind, mint, and other ingredients. These chutneys are served as condiments alongside the main dishes. Pickles, often made from mangoes or lime, provide an intense burst of flavour. Even if you order papadam, you will get a variety of chutneys.
  5. Spices and Seasoning: South Indian dishes are known for their generous use of spices like mustard seeds, curry leaves, dried red chillies, and asafoetida. These spices contribute to the distinctive flavours of the cuisine.
  6. Tamarind: Tamarind is a common souring agent used in many South Indian dishes, providing a unique tangy taste. Sambhar has a generous amount of tamarind, you will have it with all South Indian dishes in Saravanaa Bhavan.
  7. Sweets and Desserts: The sweets offered on the menu and even on the counter are made from ingredients like jaggery, coconut, and lentils. Popular sweets include payasam (a type of pudding), Mysore Pak (a gram flour fudge), and various types of halwa.

Where is Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham Located?

Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham branch is in the heart of East Ham in East London. You can take the District Line from London City Centre and reach there. It’s a 5 minutes walk from the East Ham station to the Restaurant. You have the option of Dine in, takeaway and no contact food delivery.

Our Top favourites you should try at Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham Branch

Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham branch typically offers a wide range of South Indian dishes as well as North Indian dishes. For me, they are famous for South Indian food like Dosas, Idlis, Sambhar Vadas, various rice-based dishes, curries, chutneys, and sweets. They often maintain the traditional flavours and preparation methods of South Indian cuisine. The chain is especially renowned for its vegetarian offerings, as many South Indian dishes are naturally vegetarian or vegan due to the culinary traditions of the region.

I am from north India, And I love South Indian food, due to its usage of rice, coconut, and pulses.

Starters at Saravanaa Bhavan

Appalam Papadam with Rasam

For starters, you can order Appalam Papadam with Rasam. The Appalam Papadam is thin crispy wafer-like crisp which is made of black gram bean flour. It’s light and crisp you can enjoy it with chutney or with hot rasam while you wait for your main course to come.


appalam papadam with chutneys spiced onion
Appalam Papadam with chutneys spiced onion

Gobi 65 and Paneer 65

Another delicious starters you should give a try are the Gobi 65 or Paneer 65. Pretty uniqie names given to these two snacks. Depending on the number of foodies with you, you can order both or have either of them:).  Gobi 65 is a Deep fried cauliflower, florets coated with Indian spices, served with ketchup, fermented and mildly spiced onions with a slice of lemon. The bite is crunchy, and little oily but the spices used are lip smacking. Lemon squeezed on top of the snack goes very well.

Gobi 65 deep-fried Cauliflower florets coated with Indian spices served with ketchup tomato chutney lemon
Gobi 65 deep-fried Cauliflower florets coated with Indian spices served with ketchup tomato chutney lemon

Paneer 65

Paneer 65 is yet another crispy starter served at Saravanaa Bhavan. Diced paneer marinated with Indian spicy and deep fried. Chaat masala sprinkled over it, with tomato chutney, mildly spiced onion rings with a lemon slice. It’s super delicious, crunchy. You will love it if you like Indian cottage cheese.

Paneer 65 dish diced-Indian cottage cheese fried with Indian spices
Paneer 65 dish diced-Indian cottage cheese fried with Indian spices

Main Course at Saravanaa Bhavan

For main course, you gave a variety of south Indian dishes to try. We tried Masala Dosa, Plain Dosa, Onion chilli tomato uthappam

Masala Dosa

Thin crispy rice and lentil crepe stuffed with potatoes and onions. The Dosa’s are served with Sambar, Coconut chutney, tomato chutney and garlic chutney. The potato stuffing is not hot at all, rather a mild taste cooked in Indian Ghee.

Masala Dosa thin crispy rice and lentil crepe stuffed with potatoes and onions
Masala Dosa thin crispy rice and lentil crepe stuffed with potatoes and onions

Onion chilli tomato Uthappam

This is a delicious and healthy South Indian dish. It’s like a savoury pancake with toppings of chilli, tomato, and onions. Served with Tomato garlic chutney, green coconut chutney and coconut chutney. All variety of Uthappams here are made in ghee which gives it a very unique fragrance and taste.

Onion Chilli Tomato Uthappam with Sambar and Chutneys
Onion Chilli Tomato Uthappam with Sambar and Chutneys



For desserts, we tried the Falooda ice cream dessert. It is a combination of silky vermicelli noodles, vanilla ice cream, slithery black basil seeds, mixed fruits, milk, and strawberry jelly. All of the sweetness is steeped in a colourful bath of rose syrup. You must try it, while there are many delicious Indian desserts you will get to try here, this is also at the top.

Falooda ice cream dessert
Falooda Ice Cream Dessert

If you’re in or around the East Ham area of London and looking for authentic South Indian food, visiting Saravanaa Bhavan could provide you with a taste of traditional South Indian flavours and dishes. Keep in mind that the specific menu and offerings might vary from one location to another. As mentioned earlier they also have North Indian food in the menu, you may go for the north Indian food as well. Being a North Indian myself I love it. Saravanaa Bhavan is known for its South Indian food, its Dosas, Idli’s, Sambar, and Filter Coffee 🙂 Bon appetit.

Recently we covered a review of Lahore One restaurant serving best Pindi Chole channa in east London. You may also want to have a read on this article.

Lahore One Serves the best Pindi Chole Channa in Town


It may sound hard to believe. But Lahore One Serves the best Pindi Chole Channa in Town. If you are a food lover you are up for a treat. You have to check this place out for its scrumptious Pindi Chole Channa a chickpea dish made with Indian/Pakistani herbs and spices.

Are you a foodie? Trust me when it comes to good food, London has so many good places to visit. And if you like Asian food, especially Indian and Pakistani. Your taste buds only going to savour the delicacies London City has to offer.

London Food Scene

London has a fabulous mix of cultures. And the London Food scene is a must-try for tourists as well as locals alike. You name from roasts, pizzas, pasta, dumplings, curries, Paella, noodles etc. London has it all. While there are more than 350 plus Michelin-star restaurants in London. You have a wide variety of food choices to savour. If you are really looking for the best of the best Michelin-star restaurants will have you covered while you are in London be it breakfast, lunch, tea time or dinner. London has more than 30 Indian cuisine Michelin star restaurants. As we are on the topic of talking Indian/Pakistani cuisine in London Lahore one may not be that posh, or will have the greatest of the services. But what makes Lahore one at a commercial road stand out is the quality of the food and the famous Pindi Chole Channa.

Pindi Chole Channa and Lamb Kebabs
Pindi Chole Channa and Lamb Kebabs

Lahore One Restaurant

I have been to Lahore One Restaurant many times when I lived in London and whenever I visited London. Lahore One serves the best Pindi Chloe Channa and Methi Chicken in town without a shadow of a doubt. The dishes prepared by them have been unchanged ever since they started operating in London 37 years ago.

Lahore One is always the place I would surely go for lunch at least once when I am in London. The restaurant itself is not very big and not very fancy. All it offers is genuine good food. Not all dishes served are groundbreaking either. Sometimes the service may also be average. But all you have to consider is that the food made and served here is made with love and some dishes are really worth more than what they ask for. Pindi Chole channa can really give Michelin-star Indian hotels there a run for their money. The best part is that the food prepared in Lahore One is not made with tonnes of spices it’s generous and made with a delicate combination of selected rich herbs and spices.

Lahore One Restaurant commercial Road London
Lahore One Restaurant Commercial Road London

Lahore One Restaurant Menu

The menu of Lahore One restaurant is pretty generous and focuses on Charcoal Tandoor dishes. They have various other good dishes as well like seek kebabs, lamb tikka, karahi chicken, karahi gosht to name some of the mouth-watering dishes they make. They have delicious Indian kheer as well which is made of rice and milk.

To check the detailed Lahore One restaurant menu you check it here.

What makes Pindi Chole Channa so tasty?

The pindi Chole or Channa are made every day at Lahore one restaurant. Pindi Chole or Channa are made of Chickpeas cooked with Indian herbs and spices. And garnished with fresh ginger and coriander leaves. The Channa is cooked so well that when you bite on them they simply melt in your mouth. You must try them with Roti (Indian bread) or with Garlic Naan.

You can also have the pindi chole channa with chicken tikka or lamb tikka roll. Simply add delicious flavour to the rolls. Wanted to highlight that Pindi Chole channa is not for people who are cautious about ghee and butter. Because the Pindi Chole channa are almost fried in desi ghee butter to give that intense delicious flavour.

I would suggest you order Pindi Chole Channa with Roti/Garlic Naan and Methi Chicken Karahai. For starters, you can have lip-smacking lamb kebabs too. The combination of Pindi chole channa with mint raitha they serve with onion and lettuce salad is heavenly.

pindi chole channa lahore one london
Pindi Chole Channa Lahore One London
pindi chole channa chicken karahai pilau rice karahai gosht
Pindi Chole Channa, Chicken Karahai, Pilau Rice, Karahai Gosht

Lahore One Restaurant Location

Lahore One restaurant is located on the east side of London at Commerical Road. They have been in business for more than 37 years and going strong. Following are the google map location and address details for you to contact and book your table.

Address: 218 Commercial Rd, London E1 2JT, United Kingdom


Phone number: +44 20 7791 0112

lahore one restaurant london
Lahore One Restaurant London

Final Words on the Lahore One Commerical Road

The place has been serving traditional Indian Pakistani food for decades. The food is good value for money and the people are warm and decent service. All in all, if you are around in East London, we suggest going to Lahore One for a quick bite and enjoying a delicious lunch of Pindi Chole Channa.

Restaurants in London you should visit

While we have shared our love for the Lahore Restaurant, there are many top-notch restaurants you would want to see before you leave this beautiful multi-cultured city. From Japanese to American, all types of delicious food and wines are available in this diverse city. There is a concentration of restaurants in some places, like Brick Lane for Asian basically Bengali cuisine, Covent Garden for British, Italian, and Thai food, Marble Arch, and Shaftsbury Avenue to name a few. Belgravia is also a famous place for British food.

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Restaurants in London you should visit
Restaurants in London you should visit

Jack The Ripper Walking Tour

Jack the Ripper was an English serial killer. Between August and November 1888, he murdered at least five women—all prostitutes—in or near the Whitechapel district of London’s East End. Jack the Ripper was never identified or arrested. Today the murder sites are the locus of a macabre tourist industry in London. Follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper and his unfortunate victims on a walking tour of London’s East End. Visit the sites of his murders and learn about the mysteries and rumours surrounding the unsolved serial crimes.

Jack The Ripper Walking Tour Description

Take a spine-chilling walking tour of London’s historic Whitechapel district, and follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper’s terrifying killing spree of the autumn of 1888. The tour explores how a series of terrible murders gripped the East End of London. Explore the historical background of the Whitechapel murders. Examine how public perception of these gruesome but gripping crimes has been shaped, and compare it to the reality of 1888 as you go to the sites menaced by Jack the Ripper. Play detective as you’re given a profile of some of the most likely suspects. Get out your magnifying glass and try to figure out whodunnit!

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Tour Highlights:

  • Marvel as the streets of Victorian London is brought to life
  • Learn the facts and conspiracies surrounding the identity of Jack of the Ripper
  • Be terrified by tales of the hideous crimes of Jack the Ripper from your expert guide

About the tour

  • Free cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
  • Duration options: 2 hours Check availability to see starting times.
  • Live tour guide: English, German

Important information

What to bring:

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

What’s Not allowed:

  • Unaccompanied minors

What’s Included:

  • Live tour guide

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Meeting Point:

  • Meet your guide inside the west entrance of Altab Ali Park (Whitechapel Road). It’s opposite the entrance to Aldgate East Tube Station and the Whitechapel Gallery. • Look for a guide wearing GetYourGuide attire and holding a red GetYourGuide flag
  • Following is the Google Map view of the meeting point

Don’t miss out on this chilling and intriguing walking tour of East London. To check our more tours in London click here.


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park & ArcelorMittal Orbit Tour


Enjoy views of London from ArcelorMittal Orbit, often known as Orbit Tower, the tallest sculpture in the United Kingdom. Located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the looping sculpture is the city’s lasting symbol from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. This admission ticket gets you access to the viewing galleries for panoramic photo ops of London.

Well if you missed the London 2012 Olympics and were not able to support your country’s team in the 2012 Olympics, you might as well visit the Olympic park from now on, because the British government has officially opened the Olympic park for the general public on 4th April 2014. Queen Elizabeth Park is one of the biggest parks opened in the city after a very long time. The Olympic Park was a place of high energy and vibe during the London 2012 Olympics.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

How to reach Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

As I am in London, I grabbed this opportunity to go and have at this marvel myself. I wanted to know what’s the fuzz about and whether it holds the reputation of the next big public park. As I have been living in East London, I will explain to you my journey to Elizabeth Olympic Park, what I saw and its key features. Travelling to the Olympic Park was not a big issue, I took the District line from East Ham towards Hammersmith and then changed at West Ham to catch the Jubilee Line towards Stanmore. You need to hop out of Stratford tube station. It is then a 10 mins walk to the Westfield Shopping Centre. The Queen Elizabeth Park is on the southeastern side of the Westfield Stratford shopping centre. To reach the park all you have to do from the Stratford tube station is to follow the arrows towards the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. You will be guided through the shopping centre.

Stratford Tube Station guide to the Olympic Park
Stratford Tube Station guide to the Olympic Park

Weekend Delight for Family time – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

This park is perfect for Sunday brunch and family hangouts. The park is indeed huge when you enter. On your left-hand side is the London Aquatics Centre and in front of you is the Podium. When you walk across the bridge on your left-hand side you will see this tall famous landmark building named Arcelor Mittal Orbit created by Anish Kapoor and designer Cecil Balmond. The orbit is also one of the tallest sculptures in the UK. The views get better and better ahead.

Knowing I came to the park for the first time, I wanted to go to the Arcelor Mittal Orbit. I looked around the Aquatic Centre and looked here and there and walked towards the orbit. Then I came across interactive water fountains, where I saw kids playing with water and getting drenched and enjoying. Though I must say it was very cold. Brave kids and their eagerness to play in the water made them forget it was a chilled day.

London Aquatics Centre
London Aquatics Centre

ArcelorMittal Orbit view

The view of the Arcelor Mittal Orbit was getting even better and better and gigantic with every step I was taking towards it. The area had nice wooden-finished seating and grippy turf to walk on. On the right-hand side of me, there was a nice restaurant named EastTwenty Bar and Kitchen and just opposite was the ticket counter for the entry to the Orbit. You will be surprised to know the price of an adult ticket to go to the top of the Arcelor Mittal Orbit. The admission price to go to the top of the Orbit was a staggering £ 12.50 per adult, children 3-16 years £ 7.50 and the family ticket for 2 adults, and 2 children was GBP 32. I was simply taken aback by the ticket price to have a look at the orbit. We went to Emirates Air Line London’s First Cable Car and paid £ 3.50 and the orbit admission fees are sky high as the orbit itself. The hard decision I made was not to go inside the orbit as I was running tight on budget. So, I walked around took some pictures and hung out there for another half an hour in the park. Below are the ticket prices for the Orbit Skyline views:

ArcelorMittal Orbit Skyline Views
ArcelorMittal Orbit Skyline Views
ArcelorMittal Orbit Skyline Views

ArcelorMittal Orbit Skyline views Tickets

Ticket Type Advance Booking Ticket Office
Adult (17 years) £ 11.50 £ 12.50
Child (3-16 years) £ 5.50 £ 7.50
Senior/Student* £ 8.50 £ 10.50
Family** £ 32 £ 34


The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit
The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Skyline Views and Ride the Slide Combo

Ticket Type Advance Booking Ticket Office
Adult (17 years) £ 16.50 £ 17.50
Child (8-16 years) £ 10.50 £ 12.50
Senior/Student* £ 13.50 £ 15.50
Family Ticket** £ 52 £ 54


The park was massive and a great place to relax when the sun was out. I hope the Orbit Admission cost comes down and then I will go explore it one day. For sure, families who are looking for a day out and tourists who are looking at some remarkable views of the city must go and enjoy the views. Make sure you go to the park on a sunny day. I went on a cloudy day and it does not do justice to the park’s beauty. A park is also a nice place for cyclists. If you are short on food supplies Westfield Shopping Centre is right behind you to grab the snacks and treats.

ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower and water Fountain
ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower and Water Fountain