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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

miss b loves .....blue skies in London and a visit to Cake Boy.


We were blessed with amazing weather in London before Christmas. The clear blue skies and sunshine were quite unexpected as back home in the North it had been grey and wet for days (and we returned to grey, wet days too!)  

St Paul's Cathedral

As we were staying near Kensington Gardens, it was an opportunity to have a morning walk (and we needed the exercise, especially after a full English breakfast!)


The Italian Garden,
 Kensington Gardens

It really was more like a spring day .......and the pastel coloured houses in Notting Hill looked even prettier against the blue cloudless sky...




On dry days like these I would rather walk where possible rather than take the underground. There's so much to see and discover around every corner.... 


'Young Dancer' by Enzo Plazzotta 
opposite the Royal Opera House

I'm always fascinated by the human statues too in Covent Garden ....


Seven Dials, just five minutes from here is the perfect area for a stroll, shop and of course a coffee. 



There's even a Pierre Hermé should you be craving a few macarons!




I can recommend Monmouth Coffee Company although there always seems to be a queue!



Another favourite though is Timberyard. London really does have a great coffee culture now!






I had heard that Eric Lanlard had opened a cake boutique and café called Cake Boy in London and we were determined to find it. It's a little out of the way in Battersea Reach but well worth the journey. The cakes, as we expected, are divine...



 Our final choice ....after much deliberation...


Last year, during the Taste of Dubai  event we had the pleasure of meeting Jean-Christophe Novelli and Eric Lanlard. They took the time to pose for photos and chat in between their cookery demonstrations



Here is Eric Lanlard signing our new book ....



His café lounge is very bright and glamorous.....



There's a kitchen where his baking classes take place (with equally glamorous, colour coordinated Kitchen Aid mixers!) 


I couldn't resist taking a very special cupcake home ...



.....and surprisingly, it travelled very well and arrived home in one piece! 



Delicious chocolate....with a touch of sparkle and a miniature bar of chocolate on the side! 




I think I'll need to attend several of those classes to recreate anything vaguely like that spectacular cupcake! 


50 comments:

  1. Je crois que tu viens de faire ma balade idéale ! J'adore Londres ! Je suis allée au Monmouth Coffee et c'est vraie, son café est excellent ! Tu as eu la chance d'avoir eu un journée si ensoleillé ;)
    C'était lequel ton choix de gâteau? J'aura choisis le millefeuille avec les fruits rouges !!
    Quel chance de rencontre des chefs pâtissiers !
    Le dernière cupcake est génial ! x

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    1. On a partagé les deux gâteaux et ils étaient tous les deux délicieux!!

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  2. Hi Miss B! Next time, you go to London, you have to send me this delicious cupcake, oh my, looks so delicious! I want to go to Cake Boy now, it is definitely my kind of place! Love both your choices, I bet it must have been hard! Kensigton Gardens are gorgeous, you really found a lovely weather in London, I remember last month was like spring there. Many kisses dear xo

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  3. Gorgeous pictures! I hope to get to visit London someday :)

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  4. Just a very big smile On my face,dear Miss.B!
    Looks really sunshine around.... And SO colorful!:)
    And these very delish "Cake Boy".....
    Oh,I wish I can being there!

    My greetings to you:)

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  5. How wonderful that you enjoyed s spot of such lovely weather for your visit to London! Looks like your venture to Cake Boy was totally worth it. All the cakes pictured look divine!

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  6. What a treat to get your book signed. A nice day with a clear sky is never forgotten. Glad to see that you cherished the sights and your surroundings. Amazing! I can see myself spending much time in a place like Timberyard! <3

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  7. OK, caught my attention with the word "cake" in your title, kept it with the human statue - how on earth is he staying in the air?!

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    1. Amazing, isn't it? We stood there for quite a while as I was so curious about how he did that!

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  8. Hi Miss B, What a beautiful day with those gorgeous blue skies in London. You do have so much to see and walking around would be such a treat. Especially to walk off that wonderful cake. WOW how fabulous!! Your pics are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. I so enjoy your travels.
    Thank you also for stopping by and your kind comment.
    Have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend.
    Hugs

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  9. Very nice trip I love the mult color houses! Cake boy is a great name for a pastry shop! Everything looks wonderful Thanks for sharing !!
    Rosemary
    www.nycstylelittlecannoli.com

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  10. All your images are great
    but my attention is in those yummy cakes.
    I want those now ...:)

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  11. Mmm that cupcake is a perfection! Seems that your Christmas days were more like spring days, but you don't mind it, right? Those pink blue houses are so cute and they make a great combination with the blue skies! Beautiful pictures! I am always happy to find new cool places in town too!

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  12. Next time I'm in London I'll be referring to this post! Gosh, looks awesome. Beautiful streets and yummy-looking treats :)

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  13. Wow, these are wonderful places I wouldl like to visit next time I will be in London. Love to see the Cake Boy and try the coffees. Pierre Hermé at Notting Hill is definitely a place to go. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

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    1. I can definitely recommend a trip to Cake Boy. The Pierre Hermé featured here is at Seven Dials not far from Covent Garden. There is another branch in Belgravia too I think.

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  14. Oh, all these desserts! I would like to try them all. Your photos make me miss London so much...

    www.LUXESSED.com

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  15. Hello Miss B!!!
    I love the blu sky in London! And also cake boy! I love when you share the colorful pictures.
    Thanks for came to visiting me.

    Have a good week end!
    Luisa
    Personally selected products

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  16. Such lovely photos - it's hard to believe that it's January!

    Emma | Fluff and Fripperies

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  17. someone take me back to london! it's been 10 years and i miss it so!

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  18. can you believe i still haven't been to london?! i need to get there asap. i love the pastel buildings, the ballerina statue and of course those delicious looking desserts!

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  19. His creations Miss B are like works of ART! I'm glad your selection traveled well. It's so awesome when you've met the creator of such fabulousness! It gives it even more meaning. Notting Hill is so pretty! I've always loved the colorful homes. They truly make one smile. Love the sculptures.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. You are absolutely right, Kim. These creations are like works of art and they taste as good as they look which of course is very important!!

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  20. Miss B.,
    Ah, my favorite city. What good fortune to have such beautiful weather for your visit.
    Karen

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  21. Sun shiny lovely weather is sucha charm in the usually cold and grey London. Great to have a walk. ANd Oh... I didn;t go to Covent Gardens the last time I was there. The human statues amazes me too!

    Jo
    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

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  22. The pastel coloured buildings are so beautiful, it can brighten up a residence so drastically! I saw the 'human statue' at Covent Garden as well and was so curious at the time as to how that was done! Cake Boy is a new introduction for me, but gosh that looks tasty :)

    aglassofice.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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  23. It looks indeed like a spring day on the pictures! You have chosen really a perfect day for your London visit and again all pictures are much better than usual postcards <3 During I watched your post I remembered the time when I visited London ... as it is so long ago, namely nearly 20 years, I really should do it again :) Thanks for inspiring me and enjoy your weekend.
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  24. Looks like a perfect visit...the sweets look SO yummy!! xoxo

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  25. I do relish the fact that I'm only 80 minutes away from London, because despite this it really is a whole different world to Birmingham with its cafes and restaurants, architecture and imposing buildings. I'm always taking pictures of the pastel coloured bricks and mortar and like you say they blossom in the sunlight. Wow! a queue outside a coffee shop - I don't drink coffee so i'll never get it, but i have queued outside a juice shop before which was just stupid in my opinion. I'll have to look out for Cake Boy the next time I'm in London because i always use the trip as an excuse to have treat, or two.

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  26. What a gorgeous day in London-that sky is so blue! I enjoy walking the neighborhoods, just like you. There is so much local color to soak in. You always find the best spots and those decadent desserts are making my mouth water. Happy Sunday!
    xx

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  27. Oh my goodness, I would love to visit Cake Boy. All of the desserts look so so so good.

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  28. The pink and light blue houses facades are so lovely!
    Delicious pictures!!!

    Have a great start of the week :)
    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr

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  29. Still love those ice-cream colored homes in Notting Hill, we used to live around the corner from them and spotting them never got old

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  30. Love Cake Boy - went to a cookery class there with Eric in the summer and it was loads of fun!

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    1. That must have been a wonderful experience!

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  31. How lovely there's a Pierre Hermé in London! Good choice of mille-feuille... Yum!

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  32. I love London!
    Dear Miss B , thanks for your pictures and your coment in my blog.
    Have a very good week!

    Luisa
    Personally selected products

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  33. Wow !!! How I loved your walk and photos in this London trip !!! The light is amazing and all the places shown !!! Definitely the cake boutique is must-to-visit spot !!! And your cupcake looks so delicious and creative !!! Surely cooking like this is a kind of art !!! Very lucky to taste it !!! Many greetings from Greece !!! Wish you a wonderful day !!!

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  34. Merci pour cette très jolie balade gastronomico-londonienne :) j'ai un petit peu faim maintenant...

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  35. Thank you so much for your kind and interesting comments! Happy weekend for you <3 xx Rena

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  36. I would love to visit Notting Hill for those charming pastel apartments.

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  37. Such great photos! They make me miss London even more!

    Georgia www.lumublog.com

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  38. Thank you for sharing the news and wonderful destinations! And oh, those little cakes... so tempting! x

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  39. Thank you for all these comments! I know I have said this before, but as soon as I have published a post, I really look forward to reading what everyone has to say.

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  40. London is a fantastic city, and in sunny days it is really beautiful...I have been there several times and I agree: there is so much to discover around every corner!!
    Great sharp photos...

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  41. I went to Cake Boy solely because of the piece you wrote here. You're right, it is absolutely AMAZING! In a way I'm glad I don't live too close to it because I'd definitely be in there every day and that would be disastrous for my waistline, lol! x

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    1. Oh wow! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. I'm sure I would be a regular too if I lived nearby!

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