Tag Archives: tea time

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


008: Become addicted to Ben’s Cookies

Feeling like a snack? Head toward Covent Garden and look out for Ben’s Cookies lovely logo – drawn by Quentin Blake – to indulge with huge cookies filled with melting chocolate chunks.

ben's cookies

Each time I go there I face the daunting task of having to choose between the triple chocolate chunk, the dark chocolate chunk (my favourite!), the white chocolate and macadamia nuts, or other tempting cookies filled with various mixes of chocolate, nuts or candied fruits (around £ 1,30 each)…

The brand has several shops and has even opened a new one in Oxford Circus,  to recover after an intense session of shopping….

Nearest tube station: Covent Garden