When in London, sometimes what you really want is a traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches, little cakes and a nice hot cuppa. But we can’t all afford to go to the Ritz for lunch! If you’ve got a sweet tooth and are looking for something filling and sugary to hit the spot, check out some of these places. Located across London, you should hopefully be able to get to one of these places in a short tube or bus ride.
1. Ben’s Cookies. Is what it says on the tin – sells a massive variety of cookies, often warm and fresh out of the oven, which makes them extra delicious. You can find 8 branches in London, including one in Covent Garden, two in Kensington, and two on Oxford Street. You can also find them in the rest of the South – including the original one in Oxford, a branch in Brighton, and two in the West Country!
2. Brownie Box. This bakery specialised in you guessed it – chocolate brownies. The family that runs it is South African, and the bakery is located in Kensington. There seems to be a pattern emerging here – if you want tasty treats, head over to Kensington!
3. Primrose Bakery. Here is another chain, with a few branches across London. There’s one in Camden, and one in Soho, close to the banks of the Thames. And surprise surprise, there’s going to be a new branch opening in Kensington soon. The Primrose bakery has a selection of amazing cupcakes, and their recipe book is an old faithful in my personal collection.
4. Hummingbird Bakery. Probably the best known chain in London, Hummingbird sells a variety of cakes, biscuits, goodies and cheesecakes. There are branches in Dubai, it’s been so successful! Happily, you can find lots of bakeries in London’s city centre, and a branch has also opened in Richmond, on the outskirts of London.
5. Cake Boy. This modern bakery is run by famous French chef Eric Lanlard, and also has a couple of fantastic cookbooks based on the goodies that are sold in store. Located on the South Bank, it’s within walking distance of Clapham Junction, or “Britain’s Busiest railway station”.
6. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium – I’ve written a review of this place on Kings before, so have a look at that if you want more details. The cakes at this place might not be made by first rate celebrities, but this place is unique – you can enjoy a hot meal or your treats in the company of some delightful, beautiful cats. You can walk to it from Liverpool Street.
7. La Patisserie des Reves has two branches, which is a good job because it literally translates as the “Bakery of Dreams”. One of them is close to the British Museum, so if you’re in need of a sugar boost after all that history, you know where to go. The other is in… wait for it… Kensington.
8. Lola’s Cupcakes. Another shop with a huge variety of cupcakes, this place has branches nationwide. In London, there’s one in Covent Garden, one in Selfridge’s, and lots of underground and train station branches, including Victoria and Waterloo. There’s also one in Kensington.
9. Ms. Cupcake. Not another cupcake shop! Well yes, because this one is 100% Vegan. You can buy cupcakes, brownies, cookies… you name it! Just because it’s vegan it doesn’t mean it’s not filling, unhealthy and totally delicious – trust me, I’ve had one of their cookie sandwiches, and put myself into a happy sugar coma afterwards. It’s a bit further out, in Brixton, but it’s close to the tube stop so if you’re really desperate for vegan cupcakes it shouldn’t take you too long to get there.
10. Last but not least, Peggy Porschen Parlour. I’ve also got this recipe book at home, and the cakes that come from this bakery look and taste spectacular. In the upmarket district of Belgravia, it’s the perfect choice for a truly scrumptious afternoon tea.
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