Coffee at The Delauney

London Fashion Week is the only time of the year I will be up at 7 on a Saturday to get ready for a DAKS 9 am catwalk at Somerset House. This year I happened to end up twice at Delauney afterwards for a breakfast and an awakening coffee!

I have to admit, the location and buzzing nature of the place wakes you up! Moreover the breakfast is delicious (the pastries)! The Lattes are delish – velvety, creamy and the right mix of espresso and milk.

It’s a great location to unwind and relax with friends or end up at for a morning meeting. The service could be better (by that I mean they could be a bit more alert something that I have noticed Colbert does very well!)

Would highly recommend to those in Covent Garden! If in Sloane Square, go try Colbert – nothing beats being in the heart of Belgravia!

Latte at The Connaught

We ended up at a meeting at The Connaught yesterday and decided to sit in the main Afternoon Tea area. I have to admit, I haven’t seen a place this elegant, relaxing and mesmerising in a long time. The service is impeccable and the staff is very cordial.

I decided to have a latte – surprisingly for a hotel it was very velvety, smooth and the right amount of espresso which allowed me to enjoy it without having to add sugar. The presentation was great, served with bite sized shortbreads and chocolate cookies, it’s a great place for meetings and for relaxing when you feel you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of London. The view facing Mount Street and the fountain is breathtaking, making you feel as a part of a Hollywood movie!

I would highly recommend if you are looking for a formal place for a meeting or if you just feel like going somewhere fancy for a drink!

A Greek Coffee Place in Mayfair!

So I was randomly strolling down Piccadilly when I came across this gorgeous newly opened Greek Coffee House that serves delicious coffees and an amazing range of nuts and honeys and Greek cookies. What else could one ask for?

I have lived in Athens for 3 years and believe it or not, this place made me feel like I had walked back to a typical Greek bakery with a modern twist – the staff was amazingly friendly and the family atmosphere made me feel back at home.

If you are shopping around in London and looking for a place to relax in Carpo London is the place to go. The Capuccino was delicious – the right amount of espresso – and the taste was not to overpowering, I enjoyed it without having to add any sugar!

16 Piccadilly
W1J ODE
http://www.carpolondon.co.uk

Aux Merveilleux de Fred – The new alternative for cupcakes!

Some things are meant to be. Myself and Ashma were about to cross the road and head towards Byron when I turned around right in time and had a peek of Aux Merveilleux – the most genius idea and gorgeous French patisserie I have come across in London.

The concept of meringues with whipped cream is simple but the presentation and flavours makes it very chic and appealing for those who are thinking of moving away from cupcakes and frozen yogurt. My bet is that this will be the next talk in town and hang out spot for all the fashionistas and bloggers as it fits the bill for being a fashionable and yet fun place.

The staff were delighted we had come in exploring and even offered us a tasting of their selection of coffees which was absolutely what we needed on a miserable rainy day. The Hazelnut Meringue I had was bliss, the right amount of cream and crispiness and perfectly complimented the espresso we had.

I highly recommend this to those with a sweet tooth but a key interest in discovering new places in London. I wish my office was close to here, I would be picking up a meringue every morning with some espresso to kick start a crispy winter’s day!

http://www.auxmerveilleux.com/Un-Merveilleux-made-in-London

L’Eto Caffe in Shepherd Market!

So I have been to L’Eto a couple of times but usually to the ones in Soho or South Kensington. This was my first visit to the one in Mayfair and I have to say their choice of location is ideal. I have often thought of escaping and hiding away in some cafe and getting on with my work, and this is that hidden gem.

The cakes display gives it a feel of a grandmother’s house but don’t get me wrong, I mean to say a very chic grandmother’s kitchen.

You walk in to a cosy seating area on your left hand side and a great modern wooden ceiling with gold painted walls surrounding you.

The team is absolutely lovely and Manager, Mark has been with the company from the beginning and highly knowledgeable about the coffee.

The coffee was presented beautifully, with caramel printed latte art and a layer of froth followed by a layer of espresso and another layer of milk. The tinge of ginger in the latte was just about right followed by the flavour of honey, milk and not an overpowering espresso. I have never had this combination before and will definitely recommend it to those who are bored of regular lattes. My latte was accompanied by a delicious Almond Crossaint. I cannot recall having had one as rich and crispy before – another high recommendation. Croissants are my 2nd weakness so if you fall in to the same category you must try them out!

My friend thoroughly enjoyed her Flat White which looked equally tempting so I will be going back for that!

http://letocaffe.co.uk/

Some Kebabs and Naans in the heart of Parsons Green

I’ve found it very hard adjusting to life back in London after a trip back to Islamabad. My mom makes me delicious food, usually starting the day off with a paratha and then pulao for lunch and usually we’d go out for the evening to some restaurant which again has it’s dishes tuned in with the Pakistani taste buds.

Luckily only a few doors away is Nayaab, a home away from home! An authentic Punjabi restaurant that serves absolutely everything you could think of, whether you are craving biryani, kebabs, parathas (The Tandoori ones!), prawns, samosas, paneer, cheese naans, butter chicken and the list goes on and on!
The food is authentic and I can guarantee that! Above all, it is served in a highly classy way which makes the experience even more divine.

Above all, the team is lovely – They ensure you’re taken care of and are at hand to help you choose something that you would enjoy the most whether it is a barbecue dish or curry!

The masala chai is awesome – if you prefer the thicker version with a more milky base just ask for it!

http://www.nayaabrestaurant.com/

Some Baker and Spice near Ebury Street

It had been a while since I had visited the Floris Boutique on Ebury Street (a unique gem of London) and we Β decided to go for a coffee to Baker and Spice. The first time I had visited was last Spring and Belgravia/Elizabeth Street give off quite a different and nostalgic feel during that time of year!

Well today was a great experience, the place felt cosy and we decided to sit inside an face the lovely boutiques across the street which include Philip Treacy, Mungo and Maud and Tom Tom Cigars! The location is absolutely stunning. Very serene and private. You feel as if tucked away in a village!

Baker and Spice are known for their coffees and hot chocolates! The latte I had today was what I needed to wake me up along with a crisp croissant. I pay high attention to the cups in which the coffees are served as that makes the experience more enjoyable (not to mention the size). The large white cups were perfect for me and just make the experience of sipping coffee on a crispy morning more soothing!

What sets Baker and Spice apart is their wooden yet comfortable interiors – you can pop in at anytime of the day and manage to get a corner to yourself to work, catch up on emails or chat with friends.

The cakes are something I really do want to try next time!