Tired of eating the same typical halal food almost 10 years ago, Layla Hassanali made it her mission to find restaurants around London that both catered for halal and offered something a little different. Numerous phone calls later, not to mention the handwritten letters (yes, back then when it was a thing!), countless emails and even walking in and finding out the halal status of each and every restaurant, Halal Girl About Town (HGAT) was born!

What started as a “blog” back in 2012 to journal all of the exciting new food and travel finds, HGAT has now evolved to become the UK’s biggest halal food and travel platform dedicated to discovering the best halal restaurants in the country, muslim-friendly travel destinations and more.

Our aim is to help Muslims around the country, and someday, the World (why not?!), to experience good halal food that they haven’t tried before – whether that is Taiwanese Fried Chicken, West African egusi or Fillipino Ramen – and to travel to destinations they wouldn’t have thought of travelling to before.

From finding the most hidden halal gems to discovering Costa Rica’s halal food scene, it has certainly been a wild ride for us over here at HGAT and we would love you to join us in the adventure!

If you are interested in writing a piece for HGAT, please do check out our Write For Us page.

If you are interested in advertising with us or being featured on the website, please do send over an email to hello [@] halalgirlabouttown.com and we can send you over our media deck.

And we wouldn’t be tooting our own horns if we didn’t show you what we’ve been featured in over the years:


‘The best Halal food blogger in the country’

A real pleasure meeting HGAT many moons ago and we developed a true friendship over the yrs, we share the same ethos is pushing halal cuisine to new levels through top end cookery & awareness

Armi Ahmed, Owner of Cona Restaurant

Working with halal girl has been incredibly beneficial to our businesses. Being a pioneer and early promoter of the halal food movement HGAT has managed to create a following that’s not only engaging but responsive. Resulting in increased brand awareness and ultimately better sales. She’s a leader in her industry. So where she goes other content creators follow.

Omar Shah, Owner of Maginhawa Group

“We have had the privilege of working with Halal Girl on several projects over the years and we found her extremely talented, focus, professional with a particular ability to keep her content fresh and current. In other words, a truly fantastic experience!

Encina Barragan, Owner of The Ojos Foods

Very enterprising lady with deep knowledge on local and international cuisine. Hey guys, when HGAT give a good review trust me you can follow. You will never be disappointed.