Buttercup Cake Shop inside Westfield Mall is almost a good bakery. I got a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting, which would have been good if it wasn’t £3. I just find it disappointing to get a small cupcake that tastes pretty average, from a mall that sells some of the most famous brands in the world. Unless you are a tourist who loves Instagram-ing all your food and buying overpriced things, don’t go. The presentation was very nice, but couture cupcakes should also taste couture, especially if you sacrifice quantity. They do have gluten free options though and a great location.
£6 (2 people)
2 Stratford Place, London, E20 1EH
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I am not going to lie here; I used this review as an excuse to buy myself some Krispy Kreme doughnuts. But Halloween only comes once a year, so someone has to take one for the home team and make sure that their new flavors are on point. So you can all now rest assured, I did the dirty work for you. From top to bottom we have: Chocolate truffle, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Chocolate Dreamcake. The chocolate truffle was definitely my favorite; it was richer and creamier than the dreamcake. Lemon is not my favorite flavor (look at all the sacrifices I make for the greater good of London, by trying things I don’t like). Anyway it was actually the best lemon flavored product I have ever had. Part of the meringue stuck to the bag so it was actually much prettier too. The filling was just tart enough and just sweet enough, a perfect balance. I would still choose chocolate, but I do not regret branching out that one time.
I do have one qualm with this tiny shop on High Holborn though. They were definitely open, when I went at 20:15ish, I even asked, but all the chairs are stacked up and they were mopping the floors, cleaning the case, etc. This just seems like they don’t want customers, but the employees will get in trouble if they close early, so they get everything ready so they can bolt as soon as possible. That is not very professional in my book.
£4 (2 people)
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Liz Café on Shepherd’s Bush Green has a great interior and inviting display case. The presentation is perfect for their style of bakery and manages the space well. I bought their Millionaire’s Shortbread (£2.30) to takeaway. (Keep in mind that it was damaged slightly on the way home, so the pictures are a little misleading.) The short bread and caramel were divine; I couldn’t get enough of those. The dark chocolate ganache was stale though. I really did not want to find fault with this cute bakery and yummy shortbread, but the truth is that their product was old. I haven’t been back, but I am curious to see if this was just a fluke, wishful thinking I suppose.
£10 (2 people)
7 Goldhawk Road, London, W12 8QQ
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Dessertz at Shepherd’s Bush Green is a cute little dessert parlour, that I now have to talk myself out of going to, every time I pass it on my way to university. I ordered a single-scoop peanutella (peanut butter and Nutella) cone for £1.95. Delicious! I am a peanut butter addict, so I knew what I was ordering before I even looked at the other flavors. The only thing better than peanut butter is peanut butter and chocolate, even if it comes in the lesser form of Nutella. Dessertz has a great location right in Shepherd’s Bush Green, but it seems a little overlooked, so there is never a line! Not that I would know, because I don’t go weekly anymore. Even their sugar cones are tasty and a steal for the price. I guess I am saying this place has all the qualities I want in a restaurant: desserts, fast service, low prices, and located close to the tube.
£8 (2 people)
65-69 Shepherd’s Bush Green, London W12 8TX
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Fancy a cake and coffee whilst shopping? Aida has some beautiful clothes, expensive, but lovely to look at while you pretend you can afford it. After the pain has sunken in that you can’t actually afford the clothes, they have some tasty cakes to console you. I ordered a vanilla Chai Latte which was deliciously sweet and creamy, accompanied with a dark chocolate, pecan and caramel tart. The chocolate on the tart was much to hard, I could barely put my fork through, but once I did the taste was lovely. The dark, unsweetened chocolate compliments the very sweet caramel pecan base, which is crunchy but much softer than the chocolate. I wouldn’t recommend getting both the Chai Latte and the Tart however because they are both so heavy, felt as though I’d eaten a full meal!
£10 (2 people)
133 Shoreditch High Street E1 6JE
020 7739 2811
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From the playground hopscotch design greeting at the entrance to the futuristic bathrooms, when it comes to interior design, Sketch is a tough beat. The Gallery, designed by British Visual Artist, David Shrigley, is pretty in pink with a bold, comical twist. The Glade on the other hand is of an enchanted forest-type setting, whilst it is the Lecture Room & Library that has been prestigiously awarded Two Michelin Stars.
Breakfast is served in The Parlour, the first room on the right after the entrance. The colours are vibrant, like that of candy, with Louis XV seating and the crockery are simply the cutest down to the tiniest details! You have a little man daydreaming, butterflies at the bottom of a teacup and a milk jug in the form of a cow. As if it could not possibly get any more fairytale-esque, the lemon meringue tart comes with a sprinkle of glitter. Sweet pastries may compliment the ambience but eggs and smoked salmon are available too.
£24 (2 people)
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG