Time for the second instalment of my London foodie guide and this time I’m taking a look at some of the best sweet eateries in town.
12 Kensington Arcade, Kensington High St, London W8 5SF
In my oh-so-humble opinion, Ben’s Cookies offers the best cookie selection in town. They have a huge variety of flavours, from the traditional choc chip to the intriguing peanut butter and chocolate (my favourite) and have achieved that perfect warm and gooey in the middle but crisp on the outside texture that I can only dream of replicating at home. In other words, if you haven’t tried one of these, do so immediately. And if you have? Try another, immediately.
Hummingbird Bakery is, without a doubt, one of my favourite places in London when it comes to seeking out something sweet. Their cupcakes are so ruddy tasty and have an amazing frosting to cake ratio. My personal favourites include the Black Bottom – chocolate and cheesecake – and the Red Velvet – chocolate and cream cheese frosting – but really anything you get is sure to be epic.
The Good Life Eatery
59 Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DH
For the more healthy-minded among you, The Good Life Eatery is where you want to be. As well as offering an immense range of main meals, including some of the tastiest salads you will ever try, and a whole host of juices and smoothies, the Good Life Eatery also does a pretty epic selection of sweet snacks, perfect for anyone trying to avoid chowing down on chocolate. The healthy peanut butter cups are one of the best things I’ve ever eaten and the little brownie bite thangs are unbelievably delicious. Definitely one to try if your health kicks keep being derailed by sweet toothed cravings.
Le Pain Quotidien
9 Young St, London W8 5EH
It’s only since working in Kensington that I’ve really discovered Le Pain Quotidien and holy moly was I missing out. With its superb selection of coffee – it comes in bowl-sized helpings! – and tasty cakes and pastries, it’s the ideal place to go when you want a relaxing catch-up over cake (the flourless brownie and the carrot cake are ace) and caffeine.
Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
Now that the weather has heated up slightly – who am I kidding, it’s pouring with rain right now! – it’s time to whip out one of my favourite warm weather treats, frozen yoghurt. In the past year, dozens of fro yo places have popped up all over London and there seem to be an endless number of options to try and test. But to my mind, none are quite as good as Pinkberry, which is the place I turn to whenever I’m in need of a fro yo fix. They have a delicious seasonal selection of yoghurt flavours, a range of toppings to tempt even the most discerning of snackers and, depending on what toppings you opt for, it’s actually pretty darn healthy. The only negative aspect? There’s currently only one in London. Fingers crossed there are plans for more sometime soon…