You’re going to love discovering this part of London!
Some of these places are better known than others. If you follow London-based Instagrammers, you may have already seen a few.
They’re all beloved by locals and visitors alike, and if you get a chance to go to some of them, you should take it.
1. Peggy Porschen
Belgravia’s Peggy Porschen likely has the most photographed facade in London. This pink pastry palace is known for its seasonal floral displays, which range from Valentine’s hearts to Christmas trees.
But whatever the season, Peggy Porschen is pretty inside and out. Add to that delicious cakes and cupcakes, and this place is a winner. Just make sure to arrive early to avoid a long wait.
2. Saint Aymes
Another cafe with a pretty facade is Saint Aymes in Connaught Village. Its windows are bordered by wisteria and other seasonal blooms, bringing a sense of spring to every season.
Inside, a rosy cocoa heaven awaits. 23-carat gold hot chocolate is one of their signature specials, and they even have a colorful unicorn latte.
Biscuiteers in Notting Hill might just be the cutest cafe in London. With a black-and-white facade that feels like it’s straight out of an old fashioned newspaper, this place catches my eye every time I’m in the area.
But what draws me in are the cookies (or biscuits, if you’re British). These iced beauties come in all shapes and colors, and are decorated in meticulous detail. They’re almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
4. Aubaine Selfridges
Like Saint Aymes, Aubaine Selfridges has embraced London’s love of wisteria. This cafe in the Oxford Street department store suspends strands of purple blossoms from the ceiling.
The result is enchanting; I wouldn’t be surprised to see fairies appear and start serving coffee. This is truly one of the best pretty cafes in London.
I’ll never forget the first time I walked into Mayfair’s Sketch. I was overwhelmed by the colors, the designs, and the fact that I felt like I was being transported into one world after another. Each room has its own signature style, and they all impress.
The one that best fits the theme of pretty cafes in London is The Gallery, which is decorated in pink and does a great afternoon tea. But my favorite is The Glade, a woodland wonderland done in greens and blues.
6. Treves and Hyde
But back to pink. Treves and Hyde in Whitechapel is known for its pink spiral staircase and bright interior.
The ground floor cafe is the perfect place to catch up with a friend over a cup of tea, and every time I’m in this place I revel in the pastel hues. If London has a stairway to heaven, this is it.
7. L’ETO London
Back in Belgravia, L’ETO London is down the street from Peggy Porschen and has challenged its neighbor for the area’s floral display crown.
With flowers around the entrance and covering the outdoor terrace, this gem is one of the prettiest cafes in London.
8. EL&N London
EL&N London is a riot of pink. With multiple locations in Knightsbridge, Mayfair, and other London neighborhoods, these pretty cafes in London are a sweet Instagram dream.
Think pink merry-go-round horses, cute candy heart walls, and flowers galore and you’ll start to get the idea. And that’s to say nothing of the cakes, which are as delicious as they are pink.
9. Grounds & Grapes
Down south in Honor Oak Park, Grounds & Grapes has a floral facade that won’t quit.
This cafe by day, bar by night is a great place to go if you want to explore more of south London’s cafes. With coffees in the morning and cocktails in the evening, it has you covered all day.
The top half of Elizabeth Tower which houses Big Ben is slowly being revealed, and the scaffolding is slowly being taken down over the coming weeks! The lower half of the tower will stay covered as the renovations continue and are supposed to be finalised in 2021. But at least very soon, we will finally be able to lay our eyes on on this icon once more! It’s been a challenging project, and they’ve encountered many challenges such as discovering huge amounts of asbestos which has to be carefully and safely removed. But it will be worth the wait. Believe me. So keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks!
I don’t normally post about other social media influencers but this one is so amazing, I had to share!
So, we’re all missing London a lot right now. It’s going to be a LONG time until those of us outside the UK are going to be able to go to London. Well into 2021 at least (we’re hoping to go October 2021 at this point).
But we can go there virtually right now thanks to an incredible YouTube channel I discovered. Watched Walker is a chap who lives in London and has a steady camera setup that allows him to film walks around London. And that’s what he does. He uploads several a week.
Want to walk around the West End in the rain?
Want to walk around Highgate in the high summer?
Want to enjoy London’s parks?
You can, virtually and in 4k resolution. There’s no commentary, no music, just the sights and sounds of London as the creator goes on his walks. The video is steady using the rig he uses for filming (though it can bounce a bit).
I’ve watched several of these. They’re amazing. Relaxing to watch. I like to turn them on in the background while I work on my laptop. Bonus if you have an extra-large TV, it’s like looking through a window to what London is right at this very moment.
highly recommend subscribing to his channel and giving it a go!
The Grade II listed Georgian property is spread over 7 floors and is in the heart of Westminster.
The former home of music icon Sting has come onto the market, offering us a glimpse at the Grade II listed Georgian townhouse’s grand interiors.
The townhouse sits on Old Queen Street, SW1, and has a smart brick façade with a Doric portico porch. Past residents including politicians, apothecaries and affluent families. The Westminster townhouse is for sale with Beauchamp Estates for a cool £12.95 million.
Sting, whose song “Every Breath You Take” is the most played song in radio history, rented this property with his wife for just over 2 years.
The elegant Grade II home — which was originally built in 1775 and holds records of a mansion on site since the 1690s — spreads across seven floors, accessed by both a sweeping staircase and a lift.
The grand home encompasses grand drawing and reception rooms, a contemporary kitchen, a more traditional looking dining room, a home office, two roof terraces, a private garden, and a stunning master suite.
Original Georgian detailing has been preserved, and the home features lots of interesting and characterful touches, from arched doorways, half levels and internal balconies to smaller detailing like the intricate cornicing.
It’s easy to see why Sting and his wife Trudie Styler chose to rent this mansion for the two and half years while their nearby property on Queen Anne’s Gate was being renovated.
Aside from the ideal location (it’s a two minute walk to their Queen Anne’s Gate property), the vast 5,901 sq. ft. townhouse features stunning period details, including several marble fireplaces and intricate cornicing, with high ceilings and plenty of natural light from the Georgian sash windows.
Downstairs is a relatively contemporary kitchen at lower ground level, with an informal dining area that opens onto the private rear garden with gate access to Birdcage Walk and St James’s Park behind.
The kitchen features a kitchen island with built-in wine fridges (we’d loved to have been a fly on the wall when Sting entertained guests here), as well as other integrated appliances.
The large formal dining room is upstairs on the first floor, with a ten-seater dining table and grand marble fireplace, with doors leading onto a private terrace.
Next door to it is a reception room overlooking the quiet street, while the traditional drawing room is on the ground floor, with three large sash windows overlooking St James’s Park and a historic green marble fireplace.
There’s a separate study for home-working, featuring a striking blue colour scheme.
But the piece de resistance is surely the master suite, with a spacious bedroom overlooking the park, with window seats, a Juliet balcony (with views of the Big Ben), wall panelling, parquet flooring and two reading nooks.
The en suite bathroom is finished in a delicate wallpaper with panelling and a grand freestanding bathtub.
Aside from this stunning master suite, there are also four guest bedrooms, two of which have an ensuite, plus a play room and a roof terrace.
And while the townhouse might be smack bang in the middle of the city centre, it has its own secluded private rear garden with direct access to Birdcage Walk and St James’s Park.
Gary Hersham, Founding Director of Beauchamp Estates, tells us: ‘Old Queen Street is a beautiful Georgian townhouse with elegant living space and great acoustics, the perfect home for any music mogul or performer looking for exceptional entertaining space.’
Old Queen Street is for sale exclusively through Beauchamp Estates for £12,950,000.