25: Have a cupcake


Dainty and trendy, cupcakes have quickly become a must for teatime. A combination of a fluffy sponge cake topped with buttercream or glacé icing, they also have the advantage of remaining a reasonably cheap treat – and can easily be found in London.

Hummingbird's Bakery's cupcake

In the heart of Covent Garden – facing Ben’s Cookies’ shop – Ella’s Bakehouse is a popular option. The cupcakes are as cute and delicate as the pink decor of the shop. But I found the thick buttercream frosting tasteless and a little too heavy.

Ella's Bakery

Ella's Bakehouse shop in Covent Garden

In comparison, the Hummingbird bakery’s cupcakes – even the chocolate ones –  were surprisingly light and tasty. Home of the American-style cupcakes, the three Hummingbird Bakery stores in London – located in South Kensington, Notting Hill and Soho – offer classic cupcakes that are always a treat.

The Hummingbird Bakery shop in Soho

The Hummingbird Bakery shop in Wardour Street

Ella’s Bakehouse

The Hummingbird Bakery

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