London has had an influx of beautiful cafes popping up, with not only amazing cakes but decor to win the hearts of your Instagram followers. I’ve compiled some of the very best, so grab a friend and go ahead and have a lovely afternoon, filled with cake of course.
Saint Aymes is your perfect choice for a girlie catch-up, inside it is pink, with flower walls and just so pretty. From the outside you can’t miss it as it has wisteria hanging across the front. They don’t take reservations, only walk-ins so get here early and enjoy the chocolate treats, try one of their signature 24ct handmade gold chocolates or go for cupcakes and macarons. Drinks are an even grander affair with unicorn lattes, a blue or pink flavoured latte with 24ct gold or try the pink hot chocolate topped with gold and yummy Oreo pieces, it tastes amazing.
Saddlery Cafe at Osprey
For a secret spot, the Saddlery Cafe is located within the Osprey store on Regent Street St James. You will find it downstairs in the refurbished bank vaults, the building itself used to be a bank and so the cafe sits within the vaults. The food is simple, scones and cakes, tea and coffee and some lunchtime treats. All of which are gluten and wheat free. It’s the perfect spot to escape the hustle of busy Regent Street and admire the stores decor and homeware downstairs.
You might recognise Elan Cafe from Instagram, because it’s pretty pink interior and flower wall is everywhere. If there was ever a cafe designed for Instagram it is Elan. They have two branches in London, Park Lane and Brompton Road, serving up food, drinks and of course cake. Look out for the bright coloured croissants and the popcorn tarts, plus for drinks they have a great selection of iced teas and fruit smoothies.
Peggy Porschen is located in Belgravia and can’t be missed from its pastel pink exterior. It is listed as one of the top places to Instagram in London and it’s easy to see why. Pop in for a cupcake, a slice of layer cake or a cookie and a cup of tea or glass of champagne. The shop is always decorated in gorgeous flowers on the inside and outside, so you can’t resist a picture or two.
Bonne Bouche doesn’t have the pretty Instagramable interior, but it has the best food. They have a few dotted around London but the cafe located in Marylebone is my favourite, it has so many cakes and pastries to choose from, as well as sandwiches and lunch treats. I love to get a sandwich here and then walk up to Regents Park to sit and have lunch. You can also sit in at the cafe attached to the bakery, they have the best club sandwiches, just be ready to eat a sandwich the size of your head! A great hidden gem in Marylebone.
Dominique Ansel became famous in the States for his cronut invention and he now has his own branch in London in Victoria. Just down the road from Peggy Porschen is the bakery which serves up sweet treats like cakes and pastries to sandwiches and savoury items, as well as afternoon tea. One of my favourites is the chocolate chunk cookie, it’s just delicious and reminds me of the ones I had in New York, plus you can not go without trying the famous cronut. There is an eat-in area and also a terrace at the back which is nice to chill out in.
Thomas’s Cafe At Burberry
Thomas’s is one of my favourite cafes to visit in Central London, it is attached to the Burberry store on Regent Street and you will find the entrance on Vigo Street just around the corner. On the ground floor it’s pretty casual and you can enjoy lunch, cakes and afternoon tea here without a reservation. I recommend the scones, served warm with clotted cream and jam.
Upstairs you can reserve a table for lunch or dinner, my favourite is the toasted ham and cheese on sourdough, but on the menu is everything from lobster to buttermilk pancakes. It’s open daily and you can view the menu or make a reservation here.