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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Almond croissants, sugar-glazed pretzels, fruit tarts, the choices go on. Maison Bertaux, London’s oldest French patisserie has been around since 1871. That’s 143 years! They were even behind the bespoke masterpiece that was Lily Allen’s wedding cake. Cakes, pastries and the rest are all baked above the shop and tearoom. Decorated with pink bunting, fairy lights, child-like scribbles on the mirrors and an assortment of things on the piano, it is a charming little oddity in the midst of rowdy Soho pubs. Things may get a little busy in the evenings but at half past 9am on a weekday, the quaint patisserie was endearingly quiet save for the barely audible discussion about Wimbledon between two elderly men.
£9 (2 persons)
28 Greek Street, London W1D 5DQ
Not lacking in service and style, afternoon tea at The Ritz is complete with high ceilings, gleaming mirrors, intricate embellishments and skilled classical musicians, creating quite the spectacular ambience. After confirming our reservation with the man on an iPad (even the 108 year old hotel has gone tech), we were seated in the sunlight-tinted Palm Court. The finger sandwiches were classic, nothing extraordinarily fancy. The assortment of British afternoon tea pastries and cakes comprised of mille feuille, macaroon, chocolate cake, and white chocolate mousse coated passion fruit. These were pretty good, as were the sticky toffee cake and lemon drizzled cake that came round on the cake trolley. But the scones! The scones, to our delight, were not the least bit overrated. In fact, they might very well have been the best I have ever tasted. Freshly baked raisin and plain scones served with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve. Not too moist, not too dry, not too flaky, not too sweet. Light, compact and with an almost pillow-like texture, even Goldilocks should find it hard to disagree.
£100 (2 people)
150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR