London’s Best Locations For Cake And Catch Up

If Brits are synonymous with one thing, it’s afternoon tea. A much-loved tradition since 1840, you just need to google ‘cake shops near me’ to see quite how popular the trend is. 

The soothing qualities of a good cuppa and a slice of something sugary is one of life’s greatest pleasures. As such, there’s hundreds of bakeries across the capital dedicated to the fine art of cake and gossip! 

So, whether you’re looking for where to go on a first date, or in need of a good chin-wag with friends, we’ve selected six of the best bakeries, cafes and culinary institutions in the capital. From the world-famous Hummingbird Bakery London to Lola’s Cupcakes get ready, this makes for hungry reading…..

Cakes and Bubbles, Piccadilly


Housed inside the ever-impressive Hotel Café Royal, Cakes & Bubbles is the brainchild of Albert Adria (the world’s best pastry chef) and his mission to create a dessert heaven in the centre of London

If you have expensive taste or want to impress someone special, make this your go-to. Don’t however expect to catch up on much, the menu which includes ‘El Bulli’ cake and ‘frozen coconut and chocolate flower’ sweets, is simply irresistible! 

The Hummingbird Bakery, Notting Hill

The Hummingbird Bakery London is not in one but several locations. However, the original (and best) is it’s Notting Hill branch. Here girlfriends catch up on gossip, all the while drowning in the pleasure of its cupcake selection. Do as the locals and opt for the Red Velvet, it’s signature cupcake – best served with a pot of tea and good company.


Sketch, Mayfair

When it’s on the company card, take your colleague or client to Sketch for an afternoon of indulgence. Offering a stunning backdrop, Sketch afternoon tea is somewhat of an institution, with everything from petit-four to tasting menus available. It must be tried at least once.


Doughnut time, Notting Hill

If you’re wondering where to go on a first date, you’re guaranteed good times at Doughnut Time. Identified by the hordes of people queuing outside, it’s a fun way to get to know someone, least of all their sense of humour.

From the chocolatey deliciousness of ‘Philled Collins’ to the Vegan splendour of ‘David Hassle-Biscoff’ every mouthful is an ice-breaker and sure to squirt some fun into your date!


Kova Pattiserie, Soho

Japanese desserts are very in vogue right now. If you’re looking to impress someone you met on a dating app, or in need of a catch up with your favourite foodie friend, add Kova to your cake-bucket list.

Behold the Japanese Souffle Cheesecake, an ‘instantly Instagramable’ delight, or perhaps perk up your afternoon with a matcha cake crepe. Whatever you chose, you won’t be disappointed!


Lola’s Cupcakes, Selfridges

We couldn’t write this feature without a nod to Lola’s Cupcakes. Dotted all over the capital, you can even buy a cheeky cupcake from secret lockers, underground stations and high-end shopping malls. However, for a proper sit-down treat, the foodhall at Selfridges should not be missed. The unicorn vanilla cupcake is a bestseller with little ones, making it the perfect place for that long-overdue ‘mum date’ you’ve been meaning to organise.


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