This morning, wrapped up in our scarfs & hats, we ventured to snowy London, en famille for a day of suit buying, Macaron eating, dim sum ordering and celeb spotting.
We started with a coffee and slice of cake at Peter Jones (very civilized), before heading down to Jermyn Street to browse suits for my brother. But of course anyone who knows this end of London, knows that the teeny tiny gold cave that is Ladurée likes to flash their wares at the passers by. I couldn’t care less if Macarons are the ‘in‘ thing to eat or not, I adore them and I wasn’t leaving Burlington Arcade without a little box of these almondy delights.
I adore their packaging!
I went for a box of 6 comprising of liquorice, coconut, coffee, salted caramel, chestnut and the ‘Marie Antoinette’.
Once they’d dragged me away from the Art Deco diamond rings of Burlington Arcade it was of course time for the obligatory stop off at Geo.F.Trumper. Here my brother & Dad stocked up on their gentlemen’s toiletries, before we headed to TM Lewin for a suit. Surprisingly enough the suit was found in record time and we decided to head towards Soho for some lunch.
As we left Jermyn Street, we walked past Fortnum & Mason, and it was then that I remembered they are currently holding a pop up bakery entitled ‘British Bakery‘. The idea is every two weeks a new baker comes along and holds demonstrations and provides yummy things for the pop up bakery cafe. As I follow him on twitter, I remembered that this is the last weekend that Edd Kimber (@TheBoyWhoBakes) was holding his own as the pop up bakery baker.
Being a big fan of Edd’s, I dragged my family up to the first floor so I could catch a glimpse of the Great British Bake Off winner. As I already have Edd’s books I was a little annoyed at myself that I’d forgotten about the British Bakery and therefore forgotten to bring the books for an autograph, so I figured I’d at least get a photo!
Edd was so lovely. My brother and I chatted to him for about 10 minutes whilst he melted chocolate & butter and stired the most amazing smelling salted caramel for his salted caramel brownies. We had a good ol’ chin wag about all things baking and then realising we were distracting him from his orders, got my photo and left him to it. Edd finishes at the British Bakery this weekend so if you’re free tomorrow pop down to see him before he’s off.
We decided dim sum was in order, so we headed to China Town.
We ordered prawn wontons, crispy fried squid, squid cakes, BBQ pork buns, sweet & sour pork wontons, pork & prawn balls, BBQ pork pastries and half a crispy duck. And it was all delicious.
Mum wanted to stock up on some Chinese supermarket ingredients so we pottered around the aisles, filling our basket with noodles, soy sauce, rice vinager and other goodies. After popping into a shop on the way to the bus stop, where we bumped into Stephen Fry, we hopped on the bus (to escape the cold) and headed back to my brother’s house to curl up with cups of tea and a Macaron each. The perfect end to a very lovely day.