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Top 5 Women’s Ankle Boots

Your autumn and winter wardrobe won’t be complete without a pair or two of women ankle boots and there are some great options to choose from this season.

Whether you prefer the grungy urban hiking boot style, or something sleeker and more sophisticated, ankle boots are a flexible footwear option that can be worn with many different outfits.

Go neutral in black or brown or opt for a pop of colour with this season’s hues of red, green, or mustard. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with a good pair of boots in a timeless style you’ll return to year after year.

 

1. Marco Tozzi Low Chunky Heel Chelsea Boot

The Chelsea boot is a style that never goes out of fashion and is simple but stylish enough to wear casually or dressed up for the evening. These black Marco Tozzi boots look great with skinny jeans or a mini skirt and solid coloured tights or leggings. These boots have a low heel so they’re comfy enough to wear all day and the elasticated sides give them a snug fit.

 

2. Rieker Tex Fur Winter Boots

These gorgeous brown leather boots are fur-lined to keep your feet warm on even the coldest days this winter. They look great paired with jeans or dark trousers, and with skirts. The top of the boot can be worn up or folded down to show the fur for a different look. A great versatile boot to see you through until spring.

 

3. Mustang Crochet Ankle Boots in Red

Red is one of the must-have colours this autumn and winter and these feminine but sassy lace-up ankle boots are great for brightening up outfits in darker shades. A pretty crochet lace panel on the side of the boot adds a bohemian feel and they look great with jeans or a long full skirt for 90’s style grunge chic.

 

4. Earth Spirit Denver Lace Up Ankle Boots

These grey lace up suede boots are a great addition to any casual wardrobe this winter and have a comfortable flat sole for all day wear. Wool detailing at the back and a side zip add a touch of quirkiness. Great to wear with jeans and chunky jumpers this season whether you’re walking in the countryside or pounding the pavements on a mission to get your Christmas shopping done.

 

5. Adesso Suede Fur Lined Ankle Boots

These gorgeous suede ankle boots are available in grey, green, or black, to go with all your outfits this winter. The streamlined shape makes them versatile and stylish to wear with jeans, trousers, or skirts and tights. A side zip makes them easy to put on and take off, as well as adding visual interest to the shoe. The contrasting brown sole has a low heel for extra comfort and the fur lining will keep your feet warm on colder days.

 

Prices range from £30 to £175, depending on style, and the boots are available from mr-shoes.co.uk

 

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10 Amazing Weekend Breaks from London

As Samuel Johnson famously said: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” That may be true enough, but sometimes you just want to escape the city for some fresh air and a change of scenery. These weekend breaks from London certainly offer that, and a lot more too.

Think of heading to the beach, the countryside, or perhaps another city? There are plenty of great locations within just a few hours’ travel that make for the perfect weekend trip away.

1. The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds chocolate box villages are the image that immediately springs to mind when you think of the English countryside. This area makes a great rural retreat for anyone wanting to escape London for the weekend.

Some of the prettiest villages in the area include Burford, Bourton on Water, and the Slaughters – the walk between Upper and Lower Slaughter along the banks of the River Eye is a must-do.

The area is rich in archaeological sites and historical buildings. There are also some beautiful parks and gardens. There are also plenty of traditional English pubs to retreat to if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Get there: 2 hours by car, or 1 hour 30 minutes by train from Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh

2. Cornwall

Scones with clotted cream and jam, Cornish fudge, pasties, and seafood – Cornwall is a foodie paradise. It also offers some of the best coastal views, sandy beaches, and surf breaks in the UK.

Cornwall is at its best in the summer months but it can also get very busy. Try a weekend break in the shoulder season during June or September. The weather is still good at this time, but it’s a lot quieter and accommodation is cheaper.

Some must-dos in the area include Padstow for fish and chips, Lanhydrock stately home, the coast-to-coast bike trail, and the Eden Project

Get there: 4 hours 40 minutes by car, or 4 hours 30 minutes by train from Paddington Station.

3. Brighton

For a classic British seaside trip, you can’t go wrong with Brighton. Deckchairs on the beach, fish and chips, and a stroll along the pier – what more can you want?

Of course, there is actually a lot more on offer. Brighton has great nightlife, is a cultural and creative hub, and there’s shopping galore – The Lanes is Brighton’s historic shopping district with dozens of independent boutiques

Brighton is also famous for being one of the UK’s most LGBT-friendly and inclusive cities, and the annual Pride event is not to be missed.

Get there: 1 hour 45 minutes by car, or 1 hour by train from Victoria Station.

4. Oxford

Oxford’s dreaming spires have been attracting visitors to the city for thousands of years. But if you’re not interested in academics or architecture there’s still plenty to keep you occupied here for a weekend.

The city’s history covered market is a must-visit for the best the area has to offer in food, drink, and local crafts. There are also some great weekly farmers markets for the foodies.

As a cyclist-friendly city, hiring a bike is a great way to see the city, or you can try your hand at punting down the river. The botanic garden and arboretum in the city centre is Britain’s oldest and well worth a look too.

Get there: 1 hour 30 minutes by car, or 1 hour by train from Paddington Station.

5. The Peak District

If you’re craving some fresh air and open spaces, head north to the beautiful scenery of the Peak District.

The area offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, caving, rock climbing, and other outdoor pursuits. Keen cyclists must try out the Tissington Trail. For a more leisurely activity, explore the grounds and tearooms of the several stately homes such as Chatsworth House or Haddon Hall. You can also while away an afternoon browsing the antiques shops in picturesque villages such as Matlock or Ashbourne.

Get there: 3 hours by car, or 2 hours by train from St Pancras or Euston Station to Derby

6. York

Fast train connections make the medieval city of York a popular choice for a weekend break. There’s plenty to see and do, and it makes a nice change of pace from hectic London life.

York is full of history, and walking its streets can make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. The 14th century shambles is a must for history buffs as well as for shopping and exploring quaint cafes.

The city is particularly pretty at Christmas time when it becomes quite magical, lit up with fairy lights and with a festive traditional market running annually from mid November.

Get there: 4 hours by car, or 2 hours by train from King’s Cross.

7. The New Forest

If woodland walks and cute ponies sound like your idea of a great weekend, head to the New Forest. This ancient woodland provides a picturesque backdrop for a whole host of outdoor activities such as horse riding, hiking, cycling, and water sports.

There are plenty of rainy day activities on offer too including a tasting tour around Ringwood Brewery, the National Motor Museum, Hurst Castle, and plenty of spots to enjoy afternoon tea or explore the shops.

Get there: 1 hour 45 minutes by car, or 2 hours by train from Paddington Station to Lyndhurst.

8. Bath

There’s possibly no better place for a relaxing city break than Bath with its elegant Georgian architecture and thermal spas. The Thermae Bath Spa is the city’s most famous and has been around since roman times, fed by natural springs which contain over 42 minerals.

Once you’re suitably relaxed, Bath has several interesting archaeological sites to explore. This contrasts with a modern and buzzing city centre that offers shopping and dining opportunities for every taste.

Get there: 2 hours 30 minutes by car, or 1 hour 30 minutes by train from Paddington Station.

9. Dorset

Dorset and its stunning coastline lend themselves perfectly to long walks with a side of fossil spotting. There are also plenty of castles, forts, gardens, and stately homes to explore. Many of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five stories are set in areas around Dorset, so you can relive your childhood dreams of adventure in the real world.

Shopaholics can happily browse the fossil and local pottery shops for hours. If you fancy a tipple, there are some great breweries, micropubs, and vineyards.

Get there: 2 hours 30 minutes by car, or 3 hours by train from Waterloo Station.

10. North Norfolk

The calming waterways of North Norfolk make the perfect backdrop for a relaxing weekend break. The area is best in the spring when the weather is pleasant, but the summer tourists haven’t yet started to arrive.

There’s plenty to do including some gorgeous coastal walks on the beaches of Holkam and Brancaster Staithe. There are also some impressive stately homes in the area with extensive grounds such as Holkam Hall and Houghton Hall. If you’re visiting in the winter months, make sure to stop off at Blakeney Point to see the seal pups.

Get there: 2 hours by car, or 3 hours 45 minute by train from King’s Cross

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10 things you might not know about Prince Harry

Prince Harry turned 30 last year, but the wild prince shows little promise of settling down like his older brother and there’s no sign we’ll be treated to another royal wedding any time soon.

Fourth in line for the throne, Harry has proven to be something of a rebel since his teens, delighting the tabloid press and perhaps shocking some of the more traditional members of his family with his escapades.

Here are 10 things you might not know about England’s most talked about prince:

 

1. He spent a day in rehab when he was 16 – Prince Charles was so shocked at his confession of regular alcohol and cannabis consumption that he sent him to Phoenix House rehabilitation centre in 2002 to learn about the dangers of addiction.

 

2. In 2013 he trekked to the South Pole as part of an expedition to raise money for the charity, Walking With The Wounded. Despite the harsh conditions, he somehow managed to bring an ice-cream cake with him that he surprised his team mates with for dessert.

 

3. His nickname is “Spike” and this is how he’s known to many of his friends and even his bodyguards. He had a secret Facebook page for four years under the pseudonym “Spike Wells”, which was hastily deleted after photographs of the young prince cavorting naked in a Las Vegas hotel were leaked on the Internet.

 

4. Aged 19, he filmed a documentary about the plight of AIDS victims in Africa. The film was titled “The Forgotten Kingdom” and was broadcast on ITV in 2004.

 

5. Harry may have gone to one of the best public schools in the country (Eton College) but it didn’t seem to make much difference to his academic achievements – Harry graduated with just 2 A Levels, achieving a B in Art and a D in Geography. One of his former teachers claimed to have helped him pass his art exam and was fired as a result – she later won the unfair dismissal case.

 

6. Prince Harry took a gap year in Australia after finishing his A Levels. During this time he worked on a cattle ranch as a “jackaroo” in Queensland. He also visited Argentina and worked at an orphanage in Lesotho, Africa.

 

7. Harry was a big fan of the Spice Girls during their height of fame. He attended a concert in 1997 with his father and describes a day when the band visited Highgrove as being one of the best of his life.

 

8. His given name is actually Henry and his official title is “His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales”, but he has always been known as Harry.

 

9. During a trip to a small village in Chile in 2014, Harry repaired the television of a local resident, so she could watch the World Cup.

 

10. Harry is a huge fan of Britain’s Got Talent. He told judge Amanda Holden that he never missed an episode, recording each week’s show on Sky Plus.

 

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In Pictures: Victoria Beckham’s Best Magazine Covers

As Victoria Beckham covers March 2012’s issue of i-D magazine we take a look back at the fashionista’s best cover shots.

From Vogue to Numero, designer Victoria Beckham has done them all, racking up an impressive number of editorials throughout her long and varied career. Take a look at our favourites below.

i-D Magazine, 2004

Elle UK, 2005

In Style Germany, 2006

W Magazine, 2007

Vogue India, 2008

Elle US, 2009

Harper’s Bazaar UK, 2009

Vogue Russia, 2009

Elle UK, 2009

Vogue Turkey, 2010

Marie Claire US, 2010

Glamour US, 2010

Vogue UK, 2011

Numero Tokyo, 2012

Now just one question – which is your favourite?

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Top 10 Kate Moss Quotes on Fashion and Style

Kate Moss, born on 16th January 1974 in London, is one of the most successful models in the world, as the 2012 Forbes top-earning models list suggests – where the British beauty was ranked 2nd. Moss began her modelling journey through Storm model management in the 1990s and is well known for her role in size zero fashion, as well as her rebellious personal life. Despite her turbulent personal life, she continues to be the leading lady for some of the world’s biggest designers and brands.

Here are our favourite Kate Moss quotes.

 

1. “Yeah, I like clothes, but I hardly ever go shopping. Hardly ever!”

 

2. “Going to the gym wouldn’t be on my list of favourite things to do.”

 

3. “I have a dress-up chest at home. I love to create this fantasy kind of thing.”

 

4. “I really work. I like feeling that I’ve nailed it, and we’ve got the picture.”

 

5. “I’m not really a fashion designer. I just love clothes. I’ve never been to design school. I can’t sketch. I can’t cut patterns and things. I can shorten things. I can make a dress out of a scarf.”

 

6. “When you’re shooting you go to references in your mind. You think about how you should stand in these particular clothes, or how you should move. You think about the different characters you’re playing, really.”

 

7. “It sounds really corny but I think that if you’re beautiful inside it shows on the outside, for sure.”

 

8. “I am not a fashion freak!”

 

9. “I edit things down, and I’ve got a massive dressing room in the country, and so all the things I’m not going to wear but don’t want to get rid of go there. And all the stuff I want to get rid of goes to Oxfam.”

 

10. “I was never anorexic, so I was never that skinny. I was never bony-bony. But I remember thinking, I don’t want to be this skinny.”

 

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Top 10 David Beckham Fashion Moments

David Beckham used to be known for the occassional fashion faux pas with sarongs, braided hair and that infamous mohawk! But we’ve rounded up 10 of his more up-to-date, improved fashion moments, demonstrating his international style credentials.

10. November 2011: David does off-duty just as well as dressing for the red carpet. He wears some timeless, classic brown boots here.

9. April 2011: Sporting his signature beanie hat, Beckham works double denim – but he definitely gets away with it. A simple outfit, with well chosen accessories to complete the look.

8. May 2012: Seen lighting the Olympic Torch, David Beckham dresses up for the occasion as all eyes turn to the footballer. Once again, brilliant details accentuate the look – note the tie clip and watch.

7. January 2011: Well known for his collection of beanie hats, he teams this grey favourite with some statement chunky framed glasses.

6. June 2012: Seen here with daughter, Harper, at Disneyland last summer, the footballer shows he can still be stylish while being a hands-on dad – we love the rucksack and baseball cap.

5. February 2012: Fronting his own underwear campaign for H&M at the beginning of last year proved a success, with a new collection being launched this year. The range is kept simple and classic, much like his own style. But let’s face it, we just wanted an excuse to publish this photo again.

4. November 2011: Beckham teams one of his many slouchy beanies with some chunky-framed sunglasses, a plain white T-shirtand jeans. A classic understated look for spending time with his doting children.

3. February 2012: Seen arriving at NYFW almost a year ago in a classic grey suit and white shirt, coordinating and in-tone with adorable Harper! Beckham gets his accessories just right with a complimenting tie and pocket square.

2. July 2012: Beckham keeps it simple in a black jacket, with grey trousers – breaking away from the classic suit – while successfully coordinating his accessories.

1. September 2012: Back at NYFW in September, David opts for a brown colour palette. He keeps it classic and minimal as usual, and of course – with his most precious arm candy in tow!

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London Fashion Week SS14: 8 Shows Not To Miss

There is just over a month to go until London Fashion Week SS14 , and so naturally we are already getting a little over excited about the provisional schedule. The capital is famed and acclaimed for supporting and nourishing young talent and iconoclasts, and those are exactly the designers we are previewing for you here. See you at Somerset House!

London Fashion Week SS14: Day 1 – Friday 13th September 2013

J. JS Lee: Korean-born Lee, a master pattern cutter and graduate of Central Saint Martins’ prestigious MA programme, is part of Topshop’s NEWGEN lineup this season. Named one of the capital’s new minimalists by ELLE magazine, she describes her signature look as “chic […] modernist tailoring” for women who want to look “sharp in a uniquely feminine way.” We can’t wait to see what she has in store for Spring/Summer ’14.

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London Fashion Week SS14: Day 2 – Saturday 14th September 2013

Sister by Sibling: No brand does knitwear like design trio Sid Bryan, Joe Bates and Cozette McCreery, better known as Sister by Sibling. Their witty, elaborate and tactile creations represent London’s playful, rebellious and creative spirit perfectly. Last season’s London Fashion Week AW13 show was styled by industry supremo Katie Grand and opened by Cara Delevingne, so we’re expecting great things again for SS14.

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palmer//harding: Central Saint Martins graduates Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding caused quite the stir in the fashion industry when they launched their signature “quietly beautiful shirts” for both men and women in 2011. They describe fashion editors and journalists Caroline Issa, Carmen Borgonovo and Chioma Nnadi as their inspiration and ideal clients. We’re expecting a cool, intelligent presentation from the industry’s fresh and favourite duo.

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Ostwald Helgason: Modern silhouettes, texture and print – meet German and Icelandic design duo Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason. Stocked by Browns, we loved Spring’s printed cube bags and animal-print sweatshirts. Ostwald takes inspiration from fine art, Helgason from new technology, guaranteeing intriguing and beautiful collections each season.

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London Fashion Week SS14: Day 3 – Sunday 15th September 2013

1205: Like JS Lee, 1205 designer Paula Gerbase is one of London’s new minimalists, describing her modern tailored pieces as restrained, considered and thoughtful. Another member of Central Saint Martin’s esteemed alumni, Gerbase worked previously at Hardy Amies and Savile Row tailors Kilgour, hence her elegant emphasis on tailoring that blurs the masculine and feminine divide. Expect beautiful fabrics and flawless cuts.

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London Fashion Week SS14: Day 4 – Monday 16th September 2013 

Sophie Hulme and Sophia Webster: Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto, Erdem, Burberry Prorsum – fashion week’s 4th day is bound to go down as a manic but very stylish Monday. Despite the number big hitters dominating the schedule, editors and buyers are sure to make time to visit presentations from born-and-bred Londoners Sophie Hulme and Sophia Webster. Expect flawless leather totes with gold hardware from Hulme, designed from her Islington digs in the north of the capital. From Sophia, acclaimed protégé of Nicholas Kirkwood, look no further for fun, witty heels in paint-box brights.

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London Fashion Week SS14: Day 5 – Tuesday 17th September 2013

Simone Rocha: By this point editors are sure to be hiding blurry eyes behind sunglasses and drinking double-strength coffee, but the prospect of Simone Rocha’s 10am show is sure to excite. Rocha almost singlehandedly made pink look cool again for AW13, so we can’t wait to see what she has in store for London Fashion Week SS14. We’re hoping its more of her off-kilter girlishness and femininity.

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Thomas Tait: Yet another Central Saint Martins alumnus on London Fashion Week’s main schedule (and the youngest student ever to complete the school’s prestigious MA), Canadian designer Thomas Tait made an immediate and confident impression upon graduating in 2010. Structure and fluidity are his design watchwords and his collections have already been snapped up by Dover Street Market and Matches Fashion.

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Don’t forget: We’ll be tweeting, instagramming and streaming all the action live from London Fashion Week SS14 right here on LDNfashion.com

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London’s Best Car Boot Sales

Heading down to a car boor sale on a Sunday morning is a tradition as British as fish and chips. If the sound of rummaging about in the hopes of finding some treasures, alongside the mouldy paperbacks and broken ‘70s lamps, sounds like your cup of tea, check out our guide to the best London car boot sales:

 

Battersea Car Boot Sale

The Battersea Car Boot Sale prides itself on being “the original Sunday afternoon car boot sale in London” and attracts a discerning crowd with prices a little too high for more thrifty bargain hunters. It’s great for vintage fashion, second-hand designer garms and lots of other goodies. If you’re hoping for some great vintage finds but don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn to hunt them down, this is the boot sale for you.

Location: Battersea Park School, Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 5AP

Opening times & entrance fee:  12pm- 5pm on Sundays. Entry is £3 from 12pm, 50p after 1.30pm.

www.batterseaboot.com Tel: 07941 383 588

 

Holloway Car Boot Sale

This car boot sale in Islington is great for casual browsers and those strapped for cash thanks to its free entry. Students also get 20% discounts at some stalls and the boot sale is located conveniently close to City and Islington College and London Metropolitan University. Here you’ll find an interesting mixture of cheap clothes, vintage housewares and some other bits and pieces.

Location: A1 Holloway Road, London, N7 6LJ – opposite Odeon cinema

Opening times & entrance fee: 8am-4pm on Saturdays and 10am-2.30pm on Sundays. Free entry.

 

Wimbledon Car Boot Sale

Wimbledon car boot opens early and the best bargains are to be had with the early-bird entry. There are still plenty of deals for the rest of the day though, with a wide selection of jewellery, vintage crockery and quality clothing to be found amongst the more questionable things on offer. Many vintage shops and market stall holders shop here for their stock, which is then sold on at much higher prices elsewhere.

Location: Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane, London, SW17 0BL

Opening times & entrance fee:  10.30am-2pm on Wednesday, 6.30am-1pm on Saturday and 7am-1.30pm on Sunday. Early-bird entry for the first hour is £2 and 50p thereafter.

Tel: 07785 706 506

 

Stoke Newington Car Boot Sale

Stoke Newington has long been a popular area with the hipster set and this is reflected in the wares available at the weekend car boot sale held at Princess May Primary School. The selection of costume jewellery is particularly good and there are plenty of vintage and retro wares to suit all tastes. There’s also an area for indoor pitches, making this a good choice for a rainy day.

Location: Princess May Primary School, Barrett’s Grove, London, N16 8DF

Opening times & entrance fee:  9am-3pm on Saturdays and 9am-2pm on Sundays. £3 early-bird entry before 9am and 50p during normal opening hours.

www.thelondoncarbootco.co.uk

 

Hounslow West Car Boot Sale

Hounslow is not the best location for vintage fashion hunters but you’ll find a good selection of second-hand clothing, furniture, new housewares and general bric-a-brac. There’s also a popular butcher and green grocer on-site so you can stock up on fresh produce before heading home.

Location: Hounslow West Station Car Park, Bath Road, London, TW3 3DH

Opening times & entrance fee:  7.30-4pm on Saturdays and 7.30am-3pm on Sundays. Free entry.

Tel: 01895 639 912 www.bray-associates.co.uk

 

St Mary’s Car Boot Sale

The car boot at St Mary’s is run by the same team behind the Princess May car boot sale at Stoke Newington and you’ll find a similar vibe and selection of items here. It’s great for retro home wares and decorative pieces and there’s a nice selection of vintage fashion too. You can also checkout the nearby St Augustine’s car boot sale on Kilburn Park Road while you’re in the area.

Location: St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Quex Road, London, NW6 4PG

Opening times & entrance fee:  10am-3pm on Saturdays. £3 early-bird entry before 10am and 50p during normal opening hours.

www.thelondoncarbootco.co.uk

 

Capital Car Boot Sale

This indoor and outdoor car boot sale has a more high-end feel than many of the other local markets and is a great place to shop for antiques, designer accessories and good-quality vintage fashion. This is a well organised car boot sale, with good facilities and a warm and friendly atmosphere – a great way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Location: Pimlico Academy, Lupus St, London, SW1V 3AT

Opening times & entrance fee: 1pm-4pm every Sunday. £5 early-bird entry from 11am and £1 after 1pm.

www.capitalcarboot.com

 

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London’s Top 10 Cake Shops & Pâtisseries

It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it. We’ve tracked down and taste-tested some the capital’s most delectable sweet treats in the name of research and in order to bring you this definitive top 10 of London’s very best cake shops and pâtisseries. You can thank us later….

 

Maison Bertaux

Maison Bertaux is a cake-making institution to be found on Soho’s Greek Street. It can comfortably claim to be one of the oldest patisseries in the city, having first been established in 1871. Though you can purchase cream-filled cakes and pastries to take away, we recommend eating in and marveling at the eclectic décor that is a big part of the appeal.

Maison Bertaux, 28 Greek Street, London, W1D 5DQ

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Bea’s of Bloomsbury

Bea’s of Bloomsbury serves up delightful afternoon tea from its two locations in St Paul’s and Marylebone. Satisfying the capital’s sweet tooth since 2009, they offer signature, gluten-free and vegetarian afternoon teas, all priced at £30, as well as fluffy pancakes for brunch and cream teas.

Bea’s of Bloomsbury, 83 Watling Street, London, EC4M 9BX

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Belle Epoque Patisserie

Husband and wife duo Eric and Hulya Rousseau are the team behind traditional French bakers and pastry makers Belle Epoque Patisserie, tucked away in Stoke Newington and Islington, but also now resplendently housed in Selfridges. Open since 2002 and widely recognized as one of the most authentic cake shops of its kind in the capital, you will find quiches, traditional French bread and delicious light lunches alongside the array of sugary creations. Relax and enjoy the Parisian café surroundings and scrumptious coffee.

Belle Epoque Patisserie, 37 Newington Green, London, N16 9PR

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Lily Vanilli

If you see people queuing on Columbia Road first thing on a Sunday, chances are they’re in line for some delicious baked goods from the Lily Vanilla cafe, open since 2010. Described by Evening Standard Magazine as “the Queen of baked goods”, Lily creates tarts, cookies and cakes as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate, with a seasonal menu and plenty of vegan and gluten-free choices on offer.

Sundays only from 8.30 – 6 – The Courtyard, Ezra Street, London E2 7RH

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Primrose Bakery

The founders of Primrose Bakery have been icing cupcakes since 2004, and can be found on Gloucester Avenue in Primrose Hill. This bakery’s USP is definitely the ingenious Cocktail Cupcakes, a menu which includes Gin & Tonic, Espresso Martini and Aperol Spritz treats. As well as selling delicious baked goods, you can also learn how to make your own with the selection of master classes on offer.

Primrose Bakery, 69 Gloucester Avenue, London, NW1 8LD

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The Little Bread Pedlar

Don’t be fooled by the name, The Little Bread Pedlar does far more than just sourdough (though the sourdough is world-beating). The pastries menu includes the most luxurious almond croissants you’re ever likely to eat, pain au chocolat, bakewell tarts, brownies, fruit danishes – hungry yet? You’ll find them at Spa Terminus near Bermondsey, and at a stall in Canopy Market, King’s Cross at the weekend.

Unit 4-6, Spa Business Park, Dockley Road, London, SE16 3FJ

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Crumbs and Doilies

Once voted purveyors of the “best birthday cake” by the Financial Times, bakery Crumbs and Doilies likes to think of itself as London’s “spiritual home of the cupcake”. The team now boasts a central location at 1 Kingly Court in Covent Garden selling their freshly baked goods, made only with the finest ingredients – you will find no additives or preservatives here. Bespoke cupcakes can be made to order for any occasion, whether it be a hen do to an office party.

Crumbs and Doilies, 1 Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW

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Violet Cakes

Californian Claire Ptak started selling sweet treats in 2005 on Broadway Market, and famously had the honour of making Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake in 2018. The buttercream icings on her cupcakes are folded with fruit purees that change with the seasons – expect Kentish strawberries and Dorset blueberries in summer, Fragola grapes from Italy in Autumn. If you need any more persuasion to visit, may we suggest a scroll through @violetcakeslondon on Instagram.

Violet Cakes, 47 Wilton Way, London, E8 3ED

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Hummingbird Bakery

The capital’s most recognizable cupcake chain, American-style bakers Hummingbird’s goods were once famously praised by Gwyneth Paltrow, who called their creations “legendary”. Four cookbooks and many locations later and the signature red velvet cupcakes are just as fresh and mouth-wateringly good as ever. We love the delightful cake box-bags that you’re given when you take away.

Hummingbird Bakery, 133 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2DY

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Ottolenghi

A peek in the window of Ottolenghi is enough to give you a sugar rush. From lemon and polenta cake to passionfruit meringue tart, half the pleasure of these sweet treats is in the irresistible presentation. Everything is freshly made and free from preservatives and colouring, and wherever possible made using goods sourced within Britain and Europe. You can find these delis in Islington, Notting Hill, Kensington and Belgravia.

Ottolenghi, 287 Upper Street, London N1 2TZ

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Sainsbury’s extends Gok Wan for Tu collaboration

Following the huge success of Gok Wan’s range for Tu at Sainsbury’s, the store has announced it is extending the collaboration for another year. The range has been the retailer’s most successful celebrity partnership ever, and we expect more of the same in the coming year. There will be five more collections, starting with an Autumn line which is now in stores, and a winter collection boasting party dresses a-plenty. James Brown, who is the head of clothing for Sainsbury’s said, “the collaboration with Gok Wan resonates perfectly with our customers and we are delighted to work with Gok for another year on five more collections.”