Visit London Blog » hummingbird bakery Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:06:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Five of London’s Best Cake Shops and Patisseries Tue, 22 Oct 2013 08:00:26 +0000 The nation has gone barmy for cake thanks to The Great British Bake Off, which will see its champion baker crowned tonight in the series final. In homage to magnificent cakes across the capital, we’ve rounded up five of the best London cake shops. So loosen your belt and get stuck in.

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1. Konditor & Cook: Famed for its scrumptious chocolate vanilla Curly Whirly cake, highly decorated cupcakes and well-stocked brownie bar, this luxury cake shop chain has six London stores: in Borough MarketCurzon Soho, Chancery LaneWaterloo, the Southbank and The Gherkin.

2. Candy Cakes: For tasty cakes that ooze fun and flair, pay a visit to Candy Cakes. Expect colourful cakes with novelty designs that go down a storm with kids and adults alike. With five stores in central London, its flagship store in Covent Garden has been hyped as a “colourful candyland full of sugary surprises”.

3. Bea’s of Bloomsbury: With four cafes across Central London, Bea’s has won numerous accolades for its outstanding cakes and delicious afternoon teas, which include mountains of scones with clotted cream and jam, cupcakes and a glut of mini treats including brownies, meringues and fruity marshmallows.

4. The Hummingbird Bakery: This American-style bakery sells a whopping 22,000 cupcakes a week across its five London stores. Other tasty treats on offer include whoopie pies, layer cakes, brownies, pies, cheesecakes, muffins and more.

5. Maison Bertaux: With its vintage awnings and retro vibe, this time-warp cafe is London’s oldest French pâtisserie. Established in 1871, the tea parlour’s seriously moreish fruit tarts, creamy eclairs, pies and marzipan figs are all baked maison bertaux 250on the premises. Find out more about the beautiful bakery by watching Maison Bertaux’s Michelle Wade sharing her personal London Story. Watch the video for a chance to win a dream trip to London for two. Find out more here.


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Worm Cakes and Ant Cocktails: Halloween Food and Drink in London 2011 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 10:28:31 +0000

If you’re feeling brave this Halloween, there’s plenty of ghoulish food and drink to try in London.

At Artesian bar, you can enjoy a scary Vieux Carre cocktail, containing cognac, rye whiskey, vermouth, bitters and herbal liqueur, plus two special ingredients: Columbian giant ants and mopani worms!

Or perhaps you’d prefer The Living Room’s spine-tingling Zombie, Corpse Reviver or Blood & Sand cocktails? (These cocktails are a little tamer: despite the names there are no creepy ingredients.)

Over at Gelupo in Soho, you can enjoy a Sanguinaccio gelato, made from chocolate, pigs’ blood and Marsala. Or head to Harrods for some more traditional treats: chocolates in the shape of witches, ghosts, pumpkins, skulls and eyeballs.

Even cupcakes are going spooky this Halloween. There’s a devilishly delicious selection available at The Hummingbird Bakery, topped with spiders’ webs, monsters, ghosts and pumpkins.

AAGGHH! It’s Alive! comes to Fortnum & Mason’s Demonstration Kitchen on 27 October. You can find out how to make scary Halloween dishes, from finger pies to worm cakes, perfect for Halloween parties.

Or pop into Carluccio’s for some terrifyingly good gifts for trick-or-treaters, including pumpkin lollies, ghost and pumpkin biscuits, ghost meringues, bat biscuits, Halloween jellies and chocolate pumpkins.

Happy Halloween!

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Sex and The City 2: Cocktails, Cupcakes and Parties in London Fri, 21 May 2010 12:00:08 +0000 The wait is almost over for the second Sex and the City movie, which opens this coming Thursday.

The powers that be aren’t giving away much about the plot, but there are a few things we can be sure of seeing – clothes, shoes, more clothes, cocktails, and of course, our four favourite Manhattanites!

And despite five long days of waiting ahead of us, there’s still plenty of SATC-inspired fun to be had in London in the meantime:

SATC Hits the Square Mile: Pop on your Manolos and had to City-bar Anise on Monday for a free fashion and beauty event. Pamper yourself with a range of treatments including free makeovers from Benefit Cosmetics, free mini manicures from Wah Nails, and £5 massages from Cucumba. There’ll also be fab product discounts, cocktails and canapés courtesy of the Cinnamon Kitchen. To register, send your name (and a friend’s) to

Sex and the City Monday at Prism: Can’t remember what happened in the last film? Head to Prism on Monday for a screening of the first Sex and the City movie. A £15 ticket also gets you a SATC-inspired cocktail and snacks. For tickets call +44 (0)20 7256 3876 or email

Sex and the City Par-Tea: After shopping like Carrie, refresh yourself with this Sex and the City afternoon tea. The tea includes sweet and savoury treats NYC-style and a selection of cocktails to choose from, including of course, Manhattans. Available from 28 May 2010 at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill

The Hummingbird Bakery: Just as the girls love The Magnolia Bakery in New York, we can’t get enough of  The Hummingbird Bakery‘s scrumptious cupcakes here in London. Yes, you have to queue, but they’re worth waiting for!

The Village at Westfield: Sex and the City is all about love and labels! Let Prada, Dior, Jimmy Choo and Gucci take care of the latter at the West London shopping destination.

Sex and the City 2 opens 27 May. London cinema times

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