Turkish Coffee in London!

Despite being a coffee-holic I never tried going out and searching for Turkish coffee in London. I guess I am too overwhelmed with all the coffee shops opening nearby and too engrossed in my lattes, cappuccinos and flat whites. However, I was recently visiting a client of mine, Lokum Istanbul and discovering their latest ranges of delicious Turkish delights and cigarella baklawa (which is exclusive to them so you must must try!)

It is then that I discovered that Lokum Istanbul offer original Turkish coffee to their clients which is beautiful and nothing can beat having it in a boutique designed by Anouska Hempel and filled with Turkish treasures.

Aubrey at The Doyle, A hidden gem of Kensington

I discovered the Kensington Hotel, part of the Doyle Collection, a couple of months back. What I loved about the hotel was its hidden location in South Kensington and beautiful breathtaking interiors which make you want to sit there for hours and relax.

I had the Afternoon Tea one working afternoon when I wasn’t booked in for too many meetings and had the opportunity to finish my work in a lovely surrounding. The service is impeccable and the scones which are unusually served with lemon curd (yum!) were out of the world. I started with an English breakfast tea followed by a latte at the end – the texture of which was perfect and with the right level of espresso.

The desserts were delicious and unique. I tried the lemon tart and chocolate mousse cake – both of which were fresh and a great compliment to the menu. I have to admit in boutique hotels, The Kensington Hotel, a composition of lovely ambience, great service and excellent quality of food including the sandwiches is a hidden gem of London which I would highly encourage to Afternoon Tea enthusiasts to try.

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!


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!