Posted on | October 9, 2012
Cupcakes have experienced a renaissance in recent years, as a delicate and artistic treat. If you are too time-pushed to make your own, then there are plenty of delicious and beautiful boutique bakers who can make them for you. In London, there is a growing competition between cupcake makers, and some of the best cupcake makers in the world can be found in London. Knowing where to look can mean you find a world-class cupcake right on your doorstep.
The Hummingbird Bakery on the Portobello Road offers New York-style cupcakes at inexpensive prices. Walking into the bakery, the first thing you will notice is the range of colours available, and in particular, the amount of icing (or frosting) that goes onto each cupcake. If you have special dietary requirements, then this is the place for you, as they offer a range of gluten free cupcakes, and can make others on request.
Bea’s of Bloomsbury is one of the best-established cupcake emporia in the city. Although their success has led to them expanding to new areas, the Bloomsbury café is their original, and some may say best. The real specialty at Bea’s is the afternoon tea, particularly in the summer, where outdoor seating means you can enjoy a cup of tea, a cupcake and watch the world go by. Such is the popularity of the place that you may have to book in advance, although it’s well worth spending an hour here mid-afternoon.
If you are in the centre of London, then head to the Primrose Bakery in Covent Garden. This is a traditional tea room in the centre of the city, which specializes in chocolate products, particularly the chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. Given the central location, and the bustling Covent Garden outside, this can feel like a haven in the centre of the city, and is one of those places that seems to be full of friends meeting up and sharing gossip.
Planning a trip to London can be expensive, although it gets a lot cheaper if you do your research. There are a number of easy to find hotel deals in the city that will leave you more money to spend on afternoon tea. In addition, if you are planning on treating yourself to some confectionary, then booking ahead is advised, particularly in some of the more famous locations. A full afternoon tea is a typically and traditionally English activity, and no trip to London would be complete without doing it, even if you give it a more modern twist.