Some prosecco at Harrods then afternoon tea at the Capital Hotel

Capital Hotel afternoon tea

Capital Hotel afternoon tea

Friend R and I recently took me for a “totes-amaze” afternoon to celebrate our 26th anniversary (you may recall we did this last year by gorging ourselves in Paris’ patisseries~).

We began with a spot of prosecco at Harrods

Darn right I am!

Darn right I am!

Then moved on to the Capital Hotel which I had been invited to review. Below is an amended version of what I wrote for the High Tea Society.

Based a 30 second walk from where we had just been quaffing bubbles, the Capital and its traditional English afternoon tea was a perfect way to off-set an afternoon exploring the famous department store next door.

The afternoon tea began with a glass of Champagne Jacquart Brut, which lead on to a cake stand containing sandwiches, cute little pastries and an excellent selection of Jing teas.

R's lovely rosebud tea

R’s lovely rosebud tea

The tea selection was really unique. R chose black rosebud tea which was actually a black and white tea hybrid and very very pretty, and I went for a classic green tea which made me feel virtuous despite my little excursion to Harrods and the afternoon tea spread right in front of me.

The sandwiches included smoked salmon and cream cheese, smoked mackerel and cucumber on a mini roll, egg mayonnaise, and salt beef with mustard. We liked the traditional angle to the savouries and this echoed throughout the afternoon tea.

Another shot of the afternoon tea

Another shot of the afternoon tea

Before moving on to the English pastries, our scones arrived, fresh from the oven, almost perfectly formed with the right balance of buttery and fluffy. These were served with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam.

These scones were DIVINE.

These scones were DIVINE.

Following our fantastic scones we knew the sweet selection would be good. We were served a teeny tiny but delightfully crispy Eccles cake, clementine jelly and dark chocolate mousse, lemon tart with figs, spiced ginger cake with butterscotch and set vanilla cream with red currants and mint.

The quality of the food was very good. We were delighted with the petite size of the sweets making us feel indulgent but not guilty, however, the highlights for us were the mackerel buns, warm scones, and, randomly, the Eccles cakes which their crispy pastry outer delicious mixed fruit inner…

Lovely sweets

Lovely sweets

The very nice fig & lemon tart

The very nice fig & lemon tart

All in all, a very good traditional afternoon tea in the heart of Knightsbridge with exceptional service and a beautiful interior. With prices starting at £29.50 and already awarded the Tea Guild Award of Excellence in 2012 and 2013, this is one to recommend. I think I’d take my mum as she’s rather partial to the odd Eccles cake…

Disclosure: We were guests of the Capital Hotel but I’m always honest about my opinion of somewhere and the prosecco beforehand by no means influenced this review… 

The Capital Hotel can be found at 22-24 Basil Street, London SW13 1AT. The nearest tube stop is Knightsbridge.

Cute bathroom fittings

Cute bathroom fittings

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Gentleman loves cake (and I) visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

Gentleman loves cake is owed more than I can afford to give him after covering for me so well this time last year, so I saw it fit that he gets repaid in what he fancies – turns out he wanted to write up our visit to Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, otherwise known as “that cat cafe in Shoreditch”. So this week, I hand over my blog to Ed – who is lovely and an eligible bachelor ladies, hint hint! I also recommend checking out his blog

Entrance

Ceramic cats

When I heard I was going to London’s new cat cafe with Lady Loves Cake, the first thing I did was phone my mum and cancel Mother’s Day. While I wish this was a lie, it’s actually entirely true.

For almost two years, from a suitable Twitter distance, I have been watching Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium gradually become a reality. From a germ of an idea the project quickly crowdsourced more than £100,000. A good start. But then there were the difficulties, not least trying to find a suitable location and untangling lots of red tape. Once this was negotiated, they then got onto the process of auditioning and hiring cast of kitties (and a handful of humans) to help the place tick over nicely.

I thought I saw a puddy cat...

Birdie cat

Throughout the whole process, Lady Dinah – aka Lauren Pears – stoically kept up the social media presence and never ceased in ramping the anticipation ahead of the big opening, which finally came in February.

Back to Mother’s Day. You’ll all be pleased to hear I skilfully managed to re-schedule this long-standing Christian festival, so I was free to drink coffee, eat cake and play kitty to my heart’s content.

Cats

Prison Break cats

The cafe, neatly tucked into a row of shops at the Shoreditchy end of the Bethnal Green Road would be unassuming, except for the small crowd huddled around the large window, staring in at the inhabitants. On the pavement outside a small and particularly yappy d*g seemed to be showing his contempt for the whole concept.

Looking into cat paradise

Window cats

Getting to the cats is a three-stage process – first into the kitchen/counter/shop area and a short wait; then into the hand-washing, rule-telling anti-chamber and a little more waiting. And then the golden ticket moment arrives – the door to the cats is thrown open – a real Charlie Bucket moment.

Welcome party

Welcome cat

And there they all are – a dozen cats, ready for stroking, photographing and general mollycoddling. The recruitment policy seems to have been very broad too, with a good mix of black, white, ginger and patchwork faces all on the payroll.

It don't matter if you're black or white...

It don’t matter if you’re black or white cat

The cafe itself, set over the ground floor and larger basement, is clearly designed as a functional space; this is, after all, a home and not just a cafe. A collection of tables, chairs and sofas of various shapes and sizes are dotted around in a charmingly hotchpotch fashion, but there’s no escaping the fact that everything here is laid-out for the benefit of the cats – it is bright, white and wipe-clean – oh and each table comes with its own bottle of hand sanitiser.

The service was a little first-thing-on-a-Sunday-morning (from both humans and cats), but when it arrived the coffee was strong and tasty and the chocolate and Guinness cake was dense, rich and generous in portion. (The presence of a drop of the black stuff also meant it acted as a perfect hair-of-the-d*g to counter the excesses of the previous night). Lady seemed impressed with her strange popcorn green tea and red velvet cake – also an unscrimping and wedge-like slice.

CAKE

This is not a cat but it is cake, and cake is good.

The menu seemed a little thin, with a couple of items crossed out, and I was intrigued by the idea of a vegan sausage roll! But honestly, who’s actually going to the cat cafe for the food and drink?

CAT

Wookie cat

CAT (love this guy's bow tie)

Bow tie cat

CATS

Party cats

CATS

Window cats

So would I go back to Lady Dinah’s? Well, yes. But will I? Who knows. The hyped build-up and column inches gained at opening means it is likely to be popular and busy for a number of months to come. I think once this initial buzz dies down, it will be interesting to see if the concept can continue.

The cat is out of the bag…let’s see what happens next.

(Apologies for the asterisks – I didn’t want to swear)

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium can be found at 152-154 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London, E26DG. Nearest tube stop is Shoreditch High Street Overground Station.  We paid £8 each for two pots of tea, two Americanos and two slices of cake. That was on top of a £5 entry fee. Thank you again Gentleman loves cake, you can write on here any time and are an excellent tea date. 

Siesta cat

Siesta cat

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Travel link-up: Your best meal while travelling

Changzhou

Changzhou

This is a total departure from my usual posts but in the spirit of keeping this blog as a hobby and writing for the sheer enjoyment of it, I have decided to join in with Emma, Kelly and Rebecca’s monthly travel link-up. I hope that’s all-right with you! This month is all about the best meal you’ve had while travelling.

As most of you are aware, this stint of being an expat (I have been on and off since I was six-months old) began more than ten years ago in a little town of four-million people called Changzhou. What was back then a two-hour train ride from Shanghai apparently only takes 20 minutes now, but for a 23 year old who had just finished five years at university, it was a world-away from everything I knew about life.

Me, circa April 2004 and post living above a pizza shop during uni...

Me, circa April 2004 and post living above a pizza shop during uni…

The culture shock was more intense than I could ever have imagined. It was industrial and it was smoggy. It was freezing cold and there was very little heating. People cleared their throats on the street, a habit that still irritates me today walking around London, but this was everywhere and every single morning. No one apart from the other expat teachers spoke much English, I had to learn Mandarin VERY quickly as well as learn to ride a bike in a much more alert way so I could keep my wits about me on those massive roads. To say I wanted to go home a lot in my first few months would have been an under-statement.  I was a chubby freckly strawberry blonde fish out of water, desperate to understand these new sights, smells and tastes but one that would have jumped on a plane home if the offer of a well-paid job along with the plane ticket appeared. But I got over that and within a few months was completely in my element, crazy taxi-rides and constant shouts of HELLO embraced rather than grimaced at.

Market in Changzhou

Market in Changzhou

What helped was the most incredible little restaurant I have ever been in and will ever go in. My flatmate (HI NP!) and I gave up on bothering to cook and ate there pretty much every night for an entire year. I never got sick of it and absolutely adored the family that ran it. They were fun, taught me more Mandarin than any teacher would have (with the little old lady putting her thumb up every time I visited and yelled out PENG-YO which means friend), and cooked the best Chinese food on the planet. We called the restaurant Magaleise, after some French expat who found it many years before our time there. Who knows what happened to her and sadly no one will ever know what happened to that family as the restaurant closed not long after we left and there now stands a high-rise block of apartments in its place.

Picking up peanuts with chopsticks

Picking up peanuts with chopsticks

Unfortunately this is the only picture I have of the food there... empty plates.

Unfortunately this is the only picture I have of the food there… empty plates. Sorry – this was in days long before Instagram, selfies and pictures of every meal~

Chef

Chef

Where do I even start with the food? Endless cups of jasmine tea were always to be had with the most perfect sweet and sour pork you could ever eat, aubergine and potato with green chillies, gun bao jeeding (I think that means Emperors Chicken), fried rice, egg and tomato, sizzling beef, greens with loads of garlic, hot sticky pineapple, along with all sorts of other good things would come out of this kitchen, never failing to make us food happy, always served with a smile and possibly a slight smirk at our lack of imagination, most of the time them saying our order before we we would.

Often it’s not the actual meal that makes a meal the best you’ve ever had, but the experience that goes with it. I’ve hinted before about the tandoori grilled snapper I ate in Goa once, and that was for the sheer taste of the food, but the owners of Magaleise made us feel like family, fed us better than anyone around us could, and created so many happy memories. I’ve not found food anywhere in the world that matches those meals. My Old Place near Liverpool Street is close to the flavours but their service is far from what these guys had. And to that I raise my chopsticks to the owners of Magaleise and the friends I ate around their tables with who are still in my life (among them, Mr Man). Gambei!

The owners - I have no idea what happened to these people, only I hope life brought them health, wealth and happiness.

The owners – I have no idea what happened to these people, only I hope life brought them health, wealth and happiness.

If you’re keen to find amazing Chinese food on a small budget in London, I really can’t recommend My Old Place enough. it is friggin delicious and can be found at 88-90 Middesex Street, London E1 7EZ. Nearest tube is Liverpool Street.

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The best Indian meal I’ve had in London + an uber ride home

The magnificent Gaylord

The magnificent Gaylord

Have you heard of Zomato? They’re huge in India and have dreams to become the ‘Google for food’ – I believe they’ll get there, their website is fantastic and covers every single restaurant in London, from your local cheap-eat delicious hole in the wall to luxury Michelin-starred Mayfair jaunts. I’ve been chatting to them for a while now and was delighted when I was invited to one of their infamous blogger evenings.

This particular evening was to be one of the most memorable dinners out I have ever had. I have never been that full on such phenomenal food. Usually when food is that good, it tends to come in pathetic portions leaving you wanting more of what you know you can’t have… thankfully this wasn’t the case at Gaylord, one of London’s oldest Indian establishments.

One of Gaylords' starters

One of Gaylords’ starters

On the night I was live tweeting and facebooking (like my page!) and for those who followed closely, you’ll already know that I was shocked when told at what I thought was time to get the coat on and head home, that we’d only just been served the starters. “Holy cr*p” I thought, “how on earth am I going to get through the rest of this?” The food was so good that I ate more than my fair share of these and I was already stuffed.

Lovely Goa

Lovely Goa

But somehow I did, and was barely able to stand the next day as I was so full. When food that good is put in front of you, you have to try every dish. It was worth it, the flavours were absolutely stunning. I’ve always said that my best Indian food experience was in Goa back in 2006, sitting in a beach hut perched on some rocks and eating the most exquisite snapper, caught fresh that afternoon, covered in spices and thrown right in the tandori, but then came out Gaylord’s chargrilled prawns and I was taken to another planet.

A perfect prawn

A perfect prawn

A few of the mains

A few of the mains

Gaylord's world-famous butter chicken

Gaylord’s world-famous butter chicken

This was hands down the best Indian food I have ever had in London. The restaurant is classy – you’re seated among Indian diplomats and high flyers from all over the place. The service is outstanding, these people really know their menu and they’re lovely. The menu, full of fresh ingredients, flavours that seem to sparkle right out of the curries and street food tributes in front of you, the highlights for me being their exceptional butter chicken, said prawn from above and the gulab jaman that gets set on fire in front of your eyes.

My dessert is on fire!

My dessert is on fire!

Thankfully, Zomato had partnered with Uber to send me home. Uber is a cab service in the form of an app that is quite big in the USA – you can choose from three different types of cab, their basic (which is still quite nice), exec or lux, and the prices go up or down depending on current availability and in real time, so if you’re prepared to wait a while, you could get a bargain ride home. As well as being able to follow their journey to you (so you know when to put your coat on), you can also rate the driver (and they rate you as a customer) therefore giving you peace of mind that you’ll avoid any dodgy ones. I have a refer a friend voucher which will give you £10 credit if you follow this link.

For blog purposes, my pick-up location is the Ritz, but they have cabs everywhere - great huh?

For blog purposes, my pick-up location is the Ritz, but they have cabs everywhere – great huh?

What a great little evening that was. The food transported me back to the sights and sounds of India, it was awesome as always to meet other London bloggers, and I got a great little cab ride home. Thank you Zomato, you, Gaylord and Uber have certainly won me over…

Gaylord can be found at 79-81 Mortimer Street, London W1W 7SJ. The nearest tube is Oxford Circus. As the post suggests, I was a guest of Zomato

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The delightful BB Bakery and Rodney the afternoon tea bus~

The unapologetically girly BB Bakery

The unapologetically girly BB Bakery

This post was originally meant to be about a lovely and very girly cake date. However, one thing led to another and I have now added on a whole other half. Intrigued? I thought so. Here’s the original post:

“Right readers, I think I have found the London cafe that knows my friends and I down to a tee – it’s called BB Bakery and it is FABULOUS. The cakes are perfection, the staff are friendly and the decor is very cute. R discovered it when looking for tea after a trip up the London Eye and raved about how much I needed to visit it.

So we met for tea and cake, BLC in tow, one very wet February morning. Unfortunately they closed the County Hall branch a week after our visit due to refurbishment of that building, but I’m pretty certain the sheer quality of the food will have us becoming regulars at their Covent Garden branch.

Look at those cakes!!!

Look at those cakes!!!

Don't you just want to dive into that lemon meringue?

Don’t you just want to dive into that lemon meringue?

I love it when places that generally do sweets have outstanding sandwiches.

I love it when places that generally do sweets have outstanding sandwiches.

Check out their website – it’s so quirky and girly!

I won’t be taking Mr Man there – it’s way too ladylike for him, this one is definitely for the girls who will adore it. Even better than the unapologetically pastel interiors are the cakes. Oh-my-goodness, these were stunning and we both had our cake-happy faces on.

Our little selection of greatness

Our little selection of greatness

We shared a lovely pot of Darjeeling tea, a generous and delicious brie & tomato baguette, a phenomenal Victoria sponge and a perfect ‘summer in Paris’ tart. We couldn’t get enough. We both said “oh my god” an awful lot while trying desperately to take our time on the cakes. The Victoria sponge was quite possibly the best I’ve had anywhere – they had the flavour spot on.

Brie & tomato baguette

Brie & tomato baguette

'Summer in Paris'

‘Summer in Paris’

THAT Victoria sponge

THAT Victoria sponge

If you’re in the Covent Garden area I’d suggest you get a move on down there to get a slice of cake. When I looked on their website to find out more about BB, I discovered that they’re launching an afternoon tea bus – care to join me for a ride? I’ve always fancied afternoon tea on a bus tour of my favourite city.”

BB Bakery can be found at 6-7 Chandos Place, London WC2H 4HU, nearest tube is Embankment. We paid £11.50 each for coffee, tea, cake and a shared baguette. I’ve also noticed they do an amazing afternoon tea spread for £26 per person (must be booked in advance) and you can hire a room too – perfect for a hen-do or a baby shower. 

And now the added on part of the post: The Afternoon Tea Bus

After our visit to BB Bakery, I wrote to the owner to congratulate them on such a lovely cafe with very nice staff (I do that sometimes, I don’t think people do that enough when they get good service). I said I’d like to know more about their afternoon tea bus and would be grateful if they could send me any information about it. What I wasn’t expecting was an email from BB herself inviting me to come and meet her and Philippe in their Covent Garden branch so they could tell me in person more about the bus.

So I rocked up to their Covent Garden branch at 10am two Saturdays ago, sat down with a nice pot of Sencha and from them learned all about the history of their cafe, how they’ve managed such a great hybrid of British and French patisserie and Rodney, the Routemaster given a whole new lease of life as London’s afternoon tea bus.

Lovely pot of tea on a Saturday morning

Lovely pot of tea on a Saturday morning

Originally from France, via a stint in Madrid, former hotel and restaurant owners BB and Philippe moved to London four years ago to set up BB Bakery with the aim of creating classic, value for money, good food for customers who wanted tradition with a touch of eccentricity. They employed three French and two English pastry chefs to ensure their goods were made with the right expertise, while BB designed the quirky and very girly interior.

The result was a cafe in Covent Garden that is always full, and smiles on customers faces who come from all walks of life. They didn’t want BB to be trendy, just classic and somewhere that appeals to people of all ages. When I was in there I certainly agreed with the results.

Something that had always been on the back-burner however, was the idea of an afternoon tea bus that takes in the best of London’s sites while also enjoying a traditional afternoon tea on a London icon. It has taken a while to meticulously plan and implement it, but the newest member of the BB Bakery family, Rodney the Routemaster (Rodney being the name he was given when he first joined London’s Routemaster fleet many moons ago) will be hitting London’s streets in the next few weeks.

Afternoon tea bus interior  (image thanks to BB Bakery)

Afternoon tea bus interior (image thanks to BB Bakery)

If ever there was a London experience made for me, this is it. I LOVE the Routemasters and have been known to wait around at Tower Hill station for the Number 15 Routemaster to take me into town, or the Number 9 to take me from work to Hyde Park on a summer’s evening. To combine it with a tour of London’s icons (see map below) and afternoon tea made with cakes that I already know are amazing, I’m totally sold and will be taking a group of the girls later this summer.

Afternoon tea bus route (image thanks to BB Bakery)

Afternoon tea bus route (image thanks to BB Bakery)

Here are the details:

Rodney will depart from Northumberland Avenue (near Trafalgar Square, the same road that the Corinthia Hotel backs on to) twice a day – 15:00 and 17:30 Mon-Fri and 12:30, 15:00 and 17:30 Sat-Sun. He’ll take you around London’s sites for two hours and in that time you’ll see The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Harrods, Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Notting Hill, Marble Arch, Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square.

On Rodney, you’ll enjoy afternoon tea (you can ask for gluten free and vegetarian options when you book if need be) which will include sandwiches, mini quiche, scones, mini cupcakes, macarons and sweet pastries, along with a pot of tea of your choice.

If you’re worried that you’ll spill everything, don’t worry – they’ve already worked that out – everything will be fixed in place.

They’ve kept Rodney looking quite classic. The iconic red exterior will remain, and inside the seats are burgundy and white. Rodney’s waiters will be wearing bow ties, and his drivers already know his kind well, all being trained Routemaster drivers. 

I am very excited about this and wish I’d come up with the idea myself. Will you be taking afternoon tea with Rodney?

To join Rodney, you’ll pay £45 for afternoon tea (£35 for children aged 6-11) which I think is quite good considering that a normal tour bus without afternoon tea costs more than £25 and afternoon tea at BB costs £26. They also take group bookings and if you can guarantee more than 22 people will be in your group (up to 34 people) you can hire the whole bus. To find out more and to book see http://www.bbbakery.co.uk/our-bakeries/afternoon-tea-bus-tour/.

BB’s Afternoon Tea Bus will depart from 8 Northumberland Avenue, nearest tubes are Embankment and Charing Cross.

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Little pieces of London lately (all in one post)

Lovely London!

Lovely London!

Oft-times it’s the little things that really make London. This week’s post is a bit of a lazy one in that it’s all pictures, but I thought it would be nice to share some of the little things that I adore in this city.

Cake and catch-ups at Drink, Shop & Do

Cake and catch-ups at Drink, Shop & Do

King's Cross & St Pancras

King’s Cross & St Pancras

Buying a macaron (ok, it's usually three~) at Laduree

Buying a macaron (ok, it’s usually three~) at Laduree

Buying a lipstick at the Chanel pop-up in Covent Garden

Buying a lipstick at the Chanel pop-up in Covent Garden

Admiring random but impeccably groomed dogs

Admiring random but impeccably groomed dogs

Sitting down for dim sum with a view (Lotus at Crossharbour)

Sitting down for dim sum with a view (Lotus at Crossharbour)

Then filling one's belly for under a tenner (must always be shared with friends!)

Then filling one’s belly for under a tenner (must always be shared with friends!)

Visiting Selfridges

Visiting Selfridges

Scoffing a big hot roast beef at their salt beef counter (MUST include the giant gherkins~)

Scoffing a big hot roast beef at their salt beef counter (MUST include the giant gherkins~)

Remembering to buy Tim-Tams while at Selfridges... then dunking them in your tea later

Remembering to buy Tim-Tams while at Selfridges… then dunking them in your tea later (I may have secretly snuck these into Amanzi tea and eaten them with my delicious tea there… don’t tell them!)

Looking at cool installations on random streets

Looking at cool installations on random streets

The Air Forces memorial in Green Park

The Air Forces memorial in Green Park

Walks along the Serpentine in Hyde Park

Walks along the Serpentine in Hyde Park

The way swans KNOW they own the water...

The way swans KNOW they own the water…

Incredible French pastries from La Patisserie des Reves in Marylebone (just bring a fork with you if you want to take some for a picnic...)

Incredible French pastries from La Patisserie des Reves in Marylebone (just bring a fork with you if you want to take some for a picnic…)

Having this view on one's running route...

Having this view on one’s running route…

And this one when you step off the DLR.

And this one when you step off the DLR.

The view from New Zealand House

The view from New Zealand House

What are your favourite little things? And how do you take your hot salt beef? I like it with foccaccia, American mustard, a massive gherkin and a coke…

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London markets – I return to Maltby Street

The reliably good Maltby Street Market

The reliably good Maltby Street Market

It had been an absolute age since I’d visited Maltby Street Market, a place I was once a frequent visitor of, so when Gentleman loves cake suggested an impromptu catch-up we both leapt on the idea of paying ‘Borough for cool people’ another visit.

Oh god...

Oh god…

We met in front of St John’s Bakery where I broke my one treat a weekend rule and succumbed to the lure of their vanilla custard doughnuts. These doughnuts are the best in town and were well worth the boxing session the night before and the limping state that I met GLC in.

It was then onwards to the Craft Coffee cart who were serving coffee made with Notes beans. While I dived into a mochaccino, Ed couldn’t resist a long black which he said tasted treacly and had absolutely no need for sugar in it.

Craft coffee

Craft coffee

Pretty

Pretty

We were walking back through the market and somehow found ourselves drinking Little Bird Gin before 11am. This was the highlight of my day. His came warmed up in a medicine bottle while mine was a perfect gin and tonic, served in a perfect glass with a perfect slice of grapefruit in it. I was then way too tipsy (what can I say, Mr Man has called me a cheap date for years~) to make any more monetary decisions, so we parted ways after one last stop at St John’s to pick up Mr Man his mandatory request of sourdough.

A pre-11am G&T

A pre-11am G&T

I love that Maltby Street just gets better and better. Who’s with me for a pre-11am G&T soon?

Maltby Street Market can be found just East of Tower Bridge. Nearest tube is London Bridge. 

P.S. I’m featured on the Travelodge Blog this week! Check out the best of London’s sweet treats here.

Back to the bakery...

Back to the bakery…

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