It’s time to dust off your cake tin, polish your rolling pin and dig out your pinny, because it’s that time of year again; it’s the Great British Bake Off! You’ll probably be talking about cakes from now until Christmas, so what better excuse than to incorporate this as you roam the city dating? If you’re fed up of dates at noisy bars or overpriced restaurants, then a niche bakery with some delicious quality baked goods,served up with a good coffee, could be the perfect solution.
We’ve put together our favourite London-based bakeries to take your date. Whether it’s a first or 6th date, a luxury cupcake and a fresh coffee will be enough to warm both of your hearts.
Hummingbird Bakery (Soho, Kensington, Notting Hill, Spitalfields, Islington & Richmond)
Now a London stalwart, the Hummingbird Bakery is known for its top-notch cupcakes and next-level flavour combinations. With six branches around London, there’s bound to be one that suits you both without trekking out too far. Plus, if you ever needed an excuse to treat your date to cake for breakfast then look no further than the American Brunch Cupcake; a pancake inspired sponge with smoked bacon and maple syrup and cream cheese frosting.
Beigel Beigel (Brick Lane)
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Not strictly cake, but a much-coveted hotspot by the time it comes to bread week. This traditional Jewish Bakery is renowned for their fresh bagel and hot salt beef combo, and you’ll often find yourself queuing out of the door. Slap bang in the middle of Brick Lane, there’s opportunity for a walk through east London with your date afterwards. Or, make the most of it’s late night opening and stop by after a late-night drink in Brick Lane.
Nordic Bakery (Covent Garden, Soho, Marylebone)
There are 2 words that are guaranteed to turn a good date into a great date. Cinnamon. Bun. As well as a whole host of Nordic treats (herring, anyone?) this little gem specialises in the perfect, multi layered, golden glazed Cinnamon Bun. It’s very stylish Nordic interior makes this the ideal cosy spot for a Sunday afternoon date on a rainy day.
Dum Dum Donutterie (Shoreditch, Croydon & Brixton)
When Donut week rolls round, let your craving roll you all the way to Dum Dum Donutterie. This artisan donut shop will offer every variety of Donut you can think off, as well as the elusive Cronut (Croissant-Donut) if you’re looking for something different to impress your date. They’re only open until they sell out though, so get down early to avoid any awkward donut disappointment.
Crumbs and Doilies (Soho)
With a central shop in Kingly Court, Soho, this is the perfect stop for a luxury cupcake with your date. With 40 different flavours to choose from, this could be the perfect opportunity to find out more about their personality. Does the spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate flavour mean they’ve got a fiery temperament? Or maybe the Honey Rosemary means they’re not all sweetness?
Channel your inner Paul Hollywood
If you’re comfortable enough with your date to invite them over, why not host a DIY bake-athon in your own kitchen? You don’t have to be a pro to pull it off, as ultimately this is about making time for each other. Find out their favourite cake and stock up on ingredients for the ultimate in laid back fun. Even a soggy bottom isn’t enough to dampen on a great date.