Crumbs & Doilies is the brainchild of Cupcake Jemma, who rose to fame on Youtube with her fun and quirky creations. I’ve never been a huge fan of frosting but her miniature cupcakes are divine, as are her brownies and slices. I tend to opt for a brownie but sometimes add a mini jammy dodger cupcake to the mix. Naughty!
If Sydney is the city of icecream, London to me is the city of doughnuts and cake. If you have a sweet tooth there are plenty of options to get your sugar high fix to suit any weather or craving.
Want to take your sugar high to the next level? Try an afternoon tea at Cutter & Squidge. The creative team here transform the basement tea rooms with various themes, including Disney films, and tailor the decorations and entire menu around this theme.
You get copious amounts of food and drink, but must book ahead so that they can prepare for the right numbers.
If you don’t have time for an afternoon tea, the upstairs cafe serves slices of cake big enough for 2, but you won’t want to share!
I’ve followed Blondies since they first popped up serving cookies in a London tube station. They now have a few permanent homes including just off Carnaby Street.
These cookies are not for the faint hearted, they are huge, and can be accompanied with toppings, cookie dough, or their signature cereal milks. As someone who always kept all my milk to the end of my Coco Pops, I think the girls are on to a winner!
This place is really damn fun. The icecream, which includes vegan flavours, is made using liquid nitrogen and can be topped with a selection of sauces, chocolates, sweets or sandwiched between a cookie or a brownie.
Not icecream weather? Chin Chin creates the best hot chocolate in London, in my opinion, with torched marshmallow on top. Dreamy!
Ok I admit it. I love icecream. Admittedly I also love their branding. The concept here is simple, premium softserve available in sundaes and freakshakes and if you go for the ‘where’s my honey?’ sundae you can try and fool yourself it’s healthy as it includes granola.
This place is tiny so in peak times, be prepared to eat out, once you’ve snapped a cute picture next to their logo inside.
This small seller on Portobello road is absolutely worth a mention. Take away only it offers fun flavours as well as a range of Vegan doughnuts. They’re available to order via a number of apps including deliveroo and open til 9pm and you can arrange large deliveries for office parties etc.
If there’s a winner in the doughnut/donut competition in London, for me, Bread Ahead just clinches it. These stuffed doughnuts are decadent and dangerously moreish. The honeycomb tends to sell out fast so get in early.
Bread Ahead also offer a selection of classes, which by London standards are actually some of the cheapest baking/cookery classes I have seen- make sure you book well in advance.
Most people know French-born, New York-based baker Dominique Ansel as the creator of the cronut (the croissant/doughnut) but this bakery provides so much more. The cookie shots of milk, the flowering hot chocolate, the DKA, the macarons. For sweet treats Dominique Ansel provides.
If you absolutely need your cronut fix you can order ahead on their website for collection in store. I’m still not convinced by the savoury treats I’ve sampled- the egg sandwich was not my jam- but everything sweet I have absolutely loved.
The best thing about these freshly baked sourdough doughnuts is the range of flavours on offer. I’m a massive fan of Asian flavours especially yuzu and matcha and Crosstown often has variations in these flavours. There cinnamon scroll and doughnut hybrid is also fantastic. They also offer same day central London delivery for when you need a gift delivered to a friend in the centre of London asap.