This is a bit of a strange post for me, as I’m a girl who loves her savoury stuff (you know it’s true friendship when Lucy incorporates beef jerky as part of your birthday present). I guess that I like my sweet treats to be as inventive as my mains and thankfully there’s some great startups and established places playing around with traditional concepts. Fancy doughnuts filled with lemonade? They exist. Craving your eclairs with salted caramel? Join the club. To diversify my food posts a little, I thought I’d give a roundup of some of my favourite places for a non-meaty fix. There’s no need to worry about sugar-quitting and clean-eating around here!
You can’t go wrong with a bit of afternoon tea. The W London always adds an innovative spin on the traditional formula and it was the clear favourite when I had the enviable task of trying four different spreads in one day (see proof in my vlog from last month). You might be wondering how you translate a punk theme into cakes and sarnies but the ‘Anarch-Tea’ manages this in the tastiest way. The typical cake stands are replaced with vinyl records, the technicolour Battenburg slices are inspired by God Save The Queen and the scones are simply titled ‘The Jam.’ Even though things are usually pretty hectic in the vicinity, you can rely on the W for a chilled and non-stuffy experience. Be prepared to take home a doggy bag and make sure you try out the free photobooth.
You can get 15% off when you book directly with the hotel until September 30th, just quote ‘tea-athon’!
What was I doing before I discovered Biscuiteers? Definitely not dunking my Rich Teas, that’s for sure. I stopped being a biscuit obsessed person a good few years ago but I think I’ve realised where I was going wrong. Keep things simple and just add icing. I’ve done a few Biscuiteers icing events now and even though I haven’t quite mastered a perfect line, you really end up appreciating the skill that goes into making each of these creations. Each of their ranges gets designed in the same way a fashion collection would and the Flower Power box isn’t too dissimilar to my beloved Archive By Alexa dress. Depending on your budget, you can always buy individuals, boxes or even classes as a gift and each is still pretty impressive. Forget flowers, a tin of these are the way to my heart.
You’ve probably guessed that this post was just an excuse to post pictures of doughnuts. I pretty much stalked the Vicky’s Donuts feed for a good six months before I had the opportunity to try any (damn my connections to East London) but luckily I wasn’t disappointed when that joyous moment finally arrived. Vicky spotted a gap in the market when she realised that the beloved doughnuts she’d eat during family holidays in Canada hadn’t made it across the pond (learn more about her story on this ASOS podcast) and now she seems to be going from strength to strength. They’re everywhere! These treats are made using free range eggs and the best ingredients plus you can order personalised letters and shapes for special occasions. I’m probably in love with the branding almost as much as the doughnuts and I’m hoping that she opens up a permanent space soon.
Follow Vicky’s Donuts on Instagram to see where she’ll pop up next!
Just in case that wasn’t enough…
Some other special mentions need to go to Maitre Choux (it’s the closest thing to L’Eclair De Genie this side of the channel), Chin Chin Labs and Blu Top ice-cream. Sometimes the ice-cream sandwiches can be a bit sickly after a while so prepare yourself!