Cupcakes have become very hot over the last few years. Everyone loves these petit little cakes and Londoners are no exception. If you are in London and want to have a cupcake and a cup of tea where can you go? Here are a few suggestions for some of the best.
Beas of Bloomsbury
Bea’s of Bloomsbury is one of the hottest bakeries in London. Bea formerly worked as a pastry chef at Nobu London before striking out on her own in 2008. Given the fact that a second location is scheduled to open in the fall of 2010 it has been a successful adventure. Diners and cupcake lovers certainly agree that this was a very good idea.
You can find American favorites like Red Velvet but this is not just about traditional flavors, there are a variety of equally luscious flavors on offer every day. In the summer it is strawberry and there is always chocolate. They also offer vegan and gluten free cupcakes. Beyond just cupcakes they offer afternoon tea, tasty lunch and cakes and other pastries to tempt your palette.
If you are in London and craving a real American cupcake, the three Hummingbird locations can provide just that. They offer carrot cake, red velvet and black bottom cupcakes among others. They do have seats and tables where you can enjoy your treasure with a cup of coffee or you can just take them home to enjoy. They offer regular sized cups cakes as well as a smaller version called miniature delights. They also offer other American desserts such as key lime and pecan pie.
Peyton and Byrne is a very quintessentially British bakery and while you will find all the British specialties that you would expect at all the shops, cafes and restaurants you will also find cupcakes. You can find them at major museums around London and this is the high end of cupcakes in London. Try them at the National Gallery or the Wallace Collection among others.
Primrose Bakery has two locations in London on in Covent Garden and one in Primrose Hill. They sell a wide variety of flavors in two different sizes. Well really three because you can special order a large cupcake that feeds ten. Their flavors run the gamut from the simple vanilla and chocolate to the sublime Earl Gray and Malted Marshmallow. They have some unique combinations as well with cookies and cream and coffee and walnut among the favorites. They have garnered a celebrity following and are featured at Selfridges Food Court, Fortnum and Mason’s and Liberty’s.
When you are in London and are craving a great cupcake, these are just a few of the places where you can find some of the best that the city has to offer.