Hello! And welcome to my blogย ๐Ÿ‘‹

My name is Leyla and Iโ€™m a lover of far-off lands and all things gustatory, living in South West London.

I created this little corner of the internet back in October 2012 (gosh, that feels a long time ago) – it was always intended to be a personal anthology charting the places I visit, the cultures I experience, the food I eat, and the impressions they make upon me. I hope I’ve managed to stay true to that.

I was brought up surrounded by exceptional cooking from my Mauritian mother and Turkish-Cypriot father; appreciating the huge range of flavours available in the culinary world is something I actively seek out and happily partake in on a daily basis. And so, naturally, I spent the best part of 2015 on one big 8 month-long trip, eating my way around the world.

I studied Astrophysics at university and worked in a software company for several years – neither of which automatically marry themselves with the love of travel and food. But I was always planning the next flight and dreaming of the next tasty morsel.

I now spend most of my time either eating, travelling, or creating content about the two. I absolutely love this weird and wonderful path life ended up taking me down. As it stands right now, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

People are kind enough to say nice things about me (I’m always so chuffed and honoured ๐Ÿค—), and for those who are interested, here’s some of the stuff I’ve written for other sites and publications.

There’s also the passion project that isย londoncheapeats.com, which I founded back in January 2016 – do check out the great work the team have been up to.

In 2018 I got to co-create Lonely Planet’s much anticipated book: The Ultimate Eatlist,ย The Worldโ€™s Top 500 Food Experiences. And in 2019 I was a judge for BBC Food & Farming Awards 2019 and a judge on Channel 4โ€™s brand new TV series โ€œBeat The Chefโ€.

In 2019 I guest presented an episode of BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Food Programme’: all about the journey of Mauritian cuisine. And then joined ‘The Food Programme’ as part of their four-person core presenting team.

This blog chronicles my thoughts, experiences and endeavours along my global journey of discovery. I’m still finding my way, and probably always will be. All words and photography are my own and I hope you enjoy them.

Leyla X

P.S. If you’re a regularly reader, or one of those awesome people that always writes a comment under my Instagram posts – I’d like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU. And if anyone else would like to say hi,ย I would love to hear from you. Feel free to drop me an email, or give me a wave over on Instagram, Twitter,ย Facebook or YouTube.

P.P.S. If you’re a business or brand interested in working with me, head on over here.


  1. May 17, 2017 / 17:51

    Great Work Leyla. My first memories of falling in love for delicious noodles post. thanks for sharing this post with us.

  2. June 27, 2016 / 10:26

    I am just reading your blog with my wife Mel. We love your website! Your writing is so expressive and the photos are great. We have been to the Grain Store and love it as much as you do

    • June 29, 2016 / 08:24

      Thank you so much for saying so Priya, that's always lovely to hear ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. March 7, 2016 / 07:30

    Hi Leyla
    i am regular reader of your blog and really love to read you blog.


    • March 8, 2016 / 16:19

      That's very kind, thank you!

  4. July 14, 2015 / 19:04

    Great Work Leyla. My first memories of falling in love for food has been my mother cooking delicious noodles for me. Nice to connect to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • July 31, 2015 / 00:53

      A lovely memory. Thank you for stopping by!

  5. April 21, 2015 / 22:10

    Hey Leyla, I always love to visit and check if a restaurant has had one of your trusty reviews before visiting. Your brilliant blog name 'the cutlerychronicles' has stuck with me since the first time I saw it!

    • April 22, 2015 / 11:55

      That's a lovely thing to say, thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Ruthie
    October 24, 2014 / 13:22

    I love reading your blog, Leyla. It's truly beautiful.
    I completely relate to your wise words on excellent food and hospitality, and spend much of my time dreaming of the next wonderful meal or dessert.
    Wishing you a lovely week, kindred spirit.

    • December 17, 2014 / 17:51

      Hello Ruthie, thanks so much for your kind words ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Anonymous
    October 17, 2014 / 17:48

    Sorry Leyla – must spell your name right!!! and it is the Ashley from Experian by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Anonymous
    October 17, 2014 / 17:47

    Hi Layla – I am just reading your blog with my wife Mel. We love your website! Your writing is so expressive and the photos are great. We have been to the Grain Store and love it as much as you do. I am so pleased that you are doing so well and we must meet up soon. Ashley

    • October 24, 2014 / 14:15

      Hi Ashley! I've just seen this. Thanks so much – always great to hear people actually read my words. I hope you're well! x

  9. February 18, 2013 / 14:13

    Love it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    What inspired you to create the blog Leylabell? What motivates you to continue?

    Always a close friend no matter how distant..


    • February 18, 2013 / 14:46

      Thanks Micky! ๐Ÿ™‚ I talk about and enjoy food so much I thought it was about time I started something like this. It's also a good place to record my recipes for my own reference, and remember what I thought about certain restaurants. I don't quite get to post as often as I like, but hopefully it's an interesting read when I do. I'm glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚