Last Sunday Michael and I headed off for a night in London. It was a spontaneous little trip but we had the loveliest time. I usually over plan every trip and have itineraries for each day so it was so nice to just wander around with no set agenda!
First up, Breakfast! We were staying right beside the famous Breakfast Club but the queues were insane and we were pretty ravenous! We settled on Bill’s and glad we did, it was delicious. The Sunday breakfast scene was in full force and Bills was also packed but we got sitting at a sharing table. Michael had the Bill’s Breakfast and I settled on the Cumberland Sausage in a sesame seed bun. With a yummy breakfast and plenty of warm tea in our tummies, we headed off to Liberty London.
When we arrived there was a bit of a crowd so we went in to investigate! There were carolers singing, champagne, mini festive food treats as well as Christmas pudding tastings and mini-workshops on the different floors to kick off the festive season. It was such a lovely way to spend a morning in London! I can never resist the haberdashery section so I picked up some gorgeous Liberty Tana Lawn fabric and gorgeous ribbons for some festive projects I’m working on. We then headed up to the Christmas shop to have a peep. I wanted to have a look at what was on offer for a Christmas post I’m working on but ended up buying some pretty little Christmas decorations and vintage-style Christmas cards and wrapping bits. I blame shopping with champagne in hand!
After Liberty, I persuaded Michael to come to Peggy Porchen’s Cake Parlour, a spot I have wanted to visit for the longest time. I bargained with him as he wanted to watch a football match later 🙂 Bargaining is the key to happy marriage folks! We jumped on the tube to Victoria Station and made the short walk over. Two things struck me as I spotted the pretty pink cafe in the distance on the quaint Elizabeth Street. Firstly, it looked gorgeous all pink and dressed for Christmas and secondly, the queue was massive! The parlour is pretty tiny with only a few seats inside and additional tables and chairs outside. Most people were queuing to sit inside but we didn’t have to wait too long as we didn’t mind sitting outside as they had cosy blankets to wrap up in!
Just look at those little pastel windows! SO PRETTY!
Cupcakes, cakes and other sweet treats, everything on the menu sounded so, so good. Peggy Porchen’s cupcakes have been voted “Best cupcakes in the world” by Vanity Fair so knew we had to try those. After considering trying everything I eventually settled on a gingerbread cupcake (it didn’t disappoint!) with the most darling details featuring a little gingerbread man! Michael had the chocolate salted caramel cupcake and we both shared a slice of the rose, lemon and raspberry cake as it just looked too good to not try. Everything was delicious including the floral tea which I had and the hot chocolate Michael chose. Everything was just so pretty, total Instagram heaven!
That evening we ate at Ping Pong a dim sum restaurant, one of my favourite food spots in London before heading off for zzz’s at our hotel. We stayed at Mimi’s in Soho, a boutique hotel with small but cosy rooms. The hotel is pretty central and is a great wee base if planning to head to London for a weekend.
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