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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Independent coffee shop, named after a spice with aphrodisiac powers, is a real hidden gem in West London. Situated on Englands Lane close to Belsize park, this place is highly loved by locals thanks to a high quality food and friendly service. Cinnamon offers its visitors a great variety of healthy and delicious options for breakfast, weekend brunch or a quick coffee fix.
Family owned café serves Monmouth coffee and desserts prepared with organic ingredients (treat yourself for a gluten-free brownie or toasted banana loaf!). Besides traditional poached eggs on a sourdough toast and porridge, you can find very unique Persian-inspired dishes such as Persian frittata Kuku Sabzi or Grilled Aubergine with lamb and yogurt sauce. Freshly squeezed juices are made by demand, and with a little imagination you can also create an original juice mix by yourself.
Whether you are going for a business meeting, romantic breakfast, or a casual cup of flat white with a friend, Cinnamon with its minimalist design, wooden floors and tables, as well as cute ceramic dinnerware and vintage bottle-glasses, will satisfy your needs (Needless to say that this place is instagram-friendly).
£15 (2 people)
2a England’s Lane, Belsize Park NW3 4TG
020 7483 2622
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