Trend Report: The rise of Instagrammable cafes

It seems like every other week there’s a new cafe or cake shop opening in London that gets everyone excited to visit. I love finding new places to try and there is a real trend at the moment for these Instagrammable hot spots.

Pretty Interior desings

The interior design of these places is what grabs the attention of visitors from friends, mums and daughters to influencers and bloggers, all looking to get that perfect Instagram shot whilst indulging in gorgeous treats. The interior design of these places are getting more and more extravagant too. It’s not just neon signs and flower walls anymore – its moved onto walls covered in love hearts, flower swings and even flying unicorns!

For today’s blog post, I’ve put together a list of some of the most Instagrammabe cafes in London that I love at the moment for you to try out.

Plan your visit before you go

The most important thing to remember before you go to one of these places is to plan your visit. I would aim to go on a week day when it’s a bit quieter rather than at the weekend. They are not always the largest of venues and they can tend to get a bit mobbed, especially on a Saturday. I would advise to go quite early too. Nine times out of ten, you cannot book a table so if you go during lunchtime hours you will have to wait and queue and there’s nothing fun about that.

1. Peggy Porschen Cakes

Peggy Porschen is one of the original famous cake shops in London, as well as being the most recognisable on Instagram. She certainly draws in a crowd! The pretty pink store is always decorated with flowers around the doorway and they change the displays throughout the year. For example Halloween last year they had a pink crystal flower skull, and for Valentines day they had a huge floral heart display.

The cakes are really good and its the perfect place to sit outside on their cute pink tables and watch the world go by. Due to how popular this place is, there is a time restriction on your stay but it’s definitely one of my favourite places to visit. They have also just opened a brand new store in Kings Road which I’m excited to try out soon. You can read about when I first visited the original store in a previous blog post HERE

2. Elan Cafe

Elan Cafe is one of the more recent places to rise to Insta fame and they are expanding at a rapid rate! There are now several branches to try and they are the most boujee cafes in London. Each branch is decorated differently so you will want to try them all. They all have a pretty pink theme throughout and are covered in stunning florals and fun displays such as the love heart wall and hanging unicorns. These cafes are literally every girls dream venue. They offer a lovely selection of lunches and pastries too. You can see the photos of my recent visit in a previous blog post here.

3. Knot Churros

If you have a sweet tooth then you will absolutely love this place. Choose from one of their signature churros with cinnamon, or one that’s dipped with Belgian or white chocolate. Or if you are really feeling extra, you can go all out and have a churro served with ice cream, topped with candy floss. I had to try this option of course!

It’s quite a small venue with cute booths and the tables have decorations on them as well as the beautiful swing which is decorated with hanging flowers in a sort of jungle chic setting.

4. Maitre Choux

From leopard print, to rainbow striped, to covered in sparkly gems, Maitre Choux pastries have it all. I love the pretty designs and when you see their decorated choux pastry fingers all lined up in the counter looking beautiful, you will just fall in love with them! I didn’t realise that these fingers actually have a chilled cream centre and I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t actually like the taste of them which is such a shame. But, they do have other styles that are non-cream filled options if that’s not your thing either. However, I love the Kensington store and it’s definitely worth a visit!

Saint Aymes

This place is on my to-do list of Instgrammable cafe places that I need to visit. It always looks so beautiful and the window is of course, always dressed to impress with gorgeous flowers. They are well known for their pretty pastel coloured unicorn lattes and 24 ct gold milkshakes. Watch out for future Instagram posts as I cannot wait to try this place out!

What’s your favourite Insta worthy cafe or restaurant at the moment? 

Have you tried any of the places in today’s blog post? Let me know your thoughts if you have!

Sophia Webster SS19 collection preview party

Last week I attended a really exciting event that I cannot wait to share with you all! Sophia Webster transformed their Chelsea store to showcase their newly upcoming SS19 collection and I went along to view it.

About Sophia Webster..

Sophia Webster is by far one of my favourite luxury shoe designers. Her collections are always so much fun, girlie and are always different to anything else you will find in the stores. Her shoes are bold, make a statement and really stand out from the crowd which I love! You will instantly recognise her signature styles such as the butterfly range and the sparkly candy heels. The brand has branched out over the last 6 years and now offer handbags, children’s footwear and bridal options in their collection. They also collaborated with sports brand Puma with a fabulous sneaker range in that classic Sophia Webster style.

A shoe addicts dream store..

There are 2 Sophia Webster boutiques in London. One in Mount Street and the other in Chelsea’s Sloane Avenue which is where I went to for the launch party. Both are absolutely beautiful and such a treat to shop in. I highly recommend visiting them if you are ever in London. As I walked into the store, I was surrounded by glossy white illuminated shelving, a pretty blush pink carpet, pink marble effect walls, velvet seating and of course a fabulous neon pink sign in the shape of a butterfly. For the event there was a little bar area where I sipped prosecco and had a little lemon macaron. So chic!

Towards the back of the store was another little seating area with a gorgeous flamingo chandelier hanging above. This was the start of a carpeted stairway which led down to the lower level. On the night, there were nail bars where you could have a complimentary manicure too! There was also more elegant seating downstairs with glass coffee table lined with fashion books as well as gold glass cabinets displaying more gorgeous heels.

I especially love the stiletto heel hangers on the walls which held some of their gorgeous clutch bags and leather accessories. This is such a fab idea.

The new SS19 collection..

The best part of the evening though, of course, was viewing the shoes. Rows and rows of stunning heels, boots and flats in an array of colours and textures. I love the attention to detail of every piece and how creative they all are. I am a huge fan of the butterfly range and this will continue into the new season but with brand new updated designs. Some of the butterflies were stitched with colourful threads and looked amazing.

Another gorgeous range featured Perspex straps that were decorated with chunky circular gems which I think is one of my favourite styles from the new collection. There were also styles which had pretty flat tied bows. These were on a sock boot, a stiletto and a pointed toe mule style.

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There is a really fun, 70s inspired range which has rainbow coloured panels straps which will be great on a night out and for party season!

I also adore the crystal heel range. This has carried over from previous seasons but has been updated for SS19 with new colour options. The heel on this new design has an ombre effect with the shades of the crystals that cover it and it’s such a stunning look!

There were some amazing boots in the range as well as heels. I particularly liked a pair of black suede ankle boots which have a block heel, covered with silver and white chunky crystals and stones. The sparkle on these is incredible!

I had such a lovely evening meeting other shoe obsessed ladies such as myself and I could have walked out of the store with one of every design as I literally love them all. Sophia Webster has done it again! A fabulous collection and I cannot wait for these new styles to hit the stores.

View the Sophia Webster collection on their website HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

Elan Café: An afternoon at one of London’s most beautiful coffee destinations

If you have an account on Instagram and you haven’t heard of Elan café then where have you been?! I have wanted to visit Elan for quite a while and finally got round to it last week. It almost feels strange to call this a café as that word makes me think of greasy spoons selling ‘all you can eat’ fry up breakfasts and this couldn’t be anything further from that!

Elan is known for their stunning interiors and their success continues to grow. There is now a store in Knightsbridge, Park Lane, and a brand new location just off of Oxford Street. They are also in the process of opening as a concession in Selfridges.

The Food

Elan serves breakfasts, brunches, lunches, cakes and coffees in a beautiful pink and floral paradise. The breakfasts consist of colourful and elegant dishes such as chia porridge with almond milk, gorgeous waffles decorated with flowers and with blueberries as well as bright fruit bowls that look almost too pretty to eat!

For savoury day time options you can choose from delights such as flat breads with grilled peppers and chicken, avocado topped sourdough bread and lamb or feta Shashouka.

The cakes

The cakes are what I was most excited about though and there was a gorgeous selection as expected. The brightly coloured croissants looked amazing and really stood out on the counter. I finally decided on a pretty little cake called Pearl and Groove in the salted caramel option. It had a little piece of popcorn on the top and a rice paper disc with it’s name on which was a cute touch. All of the cakes are decorated beautifully and it was a difficult decision to make!

To go with this I ordered a Flora tea called Lily Fairy which came in a rose gold cafetiere and the flower bud sat inside. The waitress explained that once you have lowered the press, you need to wait for a few minutes so the flower bud can open and give out the flavour. I’m not sure I did it right though as it didn’t taste of anything other than hot water which was a bit disappointing. There wasn’t a fragrance to it either which I was hoping for. I wouldn’t recommend ordering this type of tea – the fruit tea option would have been much nicer.

image: Elan

Interior and ambience

This was the other main reason that I really wanted to visit an Elan café as you cannot deny how stunning they are! From pretty blush pink seating, to marble tables, Instagrammable flower walls and huge displays of blooms. They have it all and you are surrounded by such a gorgeous environment. As it was Halloween recently, they had a beautiful wreath outside which was decorated with skull heads and pink flowers. Inside there were also pumpkins with a girlie twist and cute slogans dotted about.

Final thoughts

Elan was every bit as beautiful as I had hoped and I really enjoyed visiting. It is not the cheapest of places but it was worth going for the overall experience. The cakes were delicious, I was just a bit disappointed with the hot water (tea) that I had but don’t let that put you off going as it really is a fabulous place to go to!

Have you been to one of the Elan Cafes? Let me know which one you went to and what you ordered in the comments below!

 

 

A morning spent at The Biscuiteers boutique, Notting Hill

I first heard of the Biscuiteers company around 5 years ago after reading a magazine article about them. Since then, they have become hugely popular and their Notting Hill branch has been voted as one of London’s most Instagrammable places so I just had to go and visit the store for myself.

Based near to Portobello market, the boutique is in a pretty little street and as soon as you see the outside you just know you are in for a treat. This is not the sort of store that you get to see every day so I was so excited to have a look inside!

The perfect gift..

One of their mottos is ‘why send flowers when you can send biscuits?’ and I couldn’t agree more. They literally have a biscuit design covering all themes and occasions, from birthdays to weddings to sport events such as Wimbledon, fashion themes, animals – you name it, they have it all covered, and there’s something for everyone. Imagine receiving a beautiful box of luxury hand iced biscuits – it would be such a lovely gift to open (and to eat of course!)

The designs..

Walking around the store looking at all of the biscuits was so much fun and I felt like a big kid. Children and adults would definitely both get a lot of enjoyment looking at everything in this store and you cant help but get excited. I just love all of the colours and quirky little details and everywhere you turn leads you onto a new design that makes you smile.

Towards the back of the store is a small seating area so you can have a drink and a biscuit while you are there. We were lucky enough to get a table right outside the front of the store and I had a pot of tea and a little Dalmatian biscuit which was divine! The biscuits kind of have a slight chew to them with a sweet crunchy icing. Downstairs in the store they host icing workshops where you can learn how to ice your own biscuits which sounds so much fun, as well as a high tea experience.

A little treat for myself..

I had to treat myself to a box and chose a selection of 4 biscuits in the shape of some of my favourite ice lollys. I am obsessed with lollys all year round so I had to get these as I fell in love with them! The biscuits and gift sets are quite pricey but when you see the level of detail that has gone into making them and the quality of them, this really does justify the price. I think the most expensive tin that I saw was £50 but there were a lot of biscuits inside and it would make such a luxurious gift for a special occasion. I would keep the tin afterwards to store things in as even the boxes are gorgeous and I don’t think I could bear to throw it away.

I highly recommend paying them a visit as I had such a fun experience. They have 2 boutiques to choose from. The one I went to in Notting Hill and another one based in Battersea South London. Let me know in the comments if you have been before or if you do decide to go. I would love to hear your thoughts and of course to find out what you bought as you won’t be leaving there empty handed I promise you!

  

Tonight Josephine – the cocktail bar of the moment

Image: Tonight Josephine

Tonight Josephine is THE cocktail bar of the moment that’s got everyone in London talking and for all the right reasons. If you haven’t heard of this little gem, it’s a short distance from Waterloo station, which is particularly handy as you will definitely be indulging in more than one cocktail when you see how many fabulous choices are on the menu!

Boujee Decor

The décor is the first main feature that will grab your attention and it’s an Instagrammers absolute dream photo opportunity. From the iridescent walls, to the rose covered ceiling ‘lady garden’ area, to the toilets which have celebrity mug shots on the doors such as Paris Hilton and Justin Beiber. Whoever designed this bar was a real genius as I have never seen anything quite like it before and is such good fun.  As soon as you walk through the door you are greeted by large pink neon installations and a gorgeous sweet smell in the air. The bar seating area is the prettiest I have probably ever come across and is a girly heaven with a real 80s Miami Vice vibe.

image: Tonight Josephine

    

Cocktails galore!

Décor aside, the main reason you go to a cocktail bar usually is for the drinks themselves and you will not be disappointed in the selection here that’s for sure. There is also a slight French theme running throughout this bar. The staff have cute French slogans on their shirts and the reservation cards on the tables are decorated in sassy French phrases and quirky captions. Also, there is a fabulous cocktail called ‘No time for Napoleon’ which is topped with a French macaron which is a really nice touch.

One of my favourite cocktails though was the ‘Violet Femme’ which is a Bombay Sapphire gin, with violet liqueur, fresh lemon juice and Parma Violet sweets which I absolutely love!

Price wise you are looking at around £10 a drink but if you get there early enough they offer a 2 for the price of one happy hour every day of the week between 5-7pm.

Tonight Josephine is fabulously pink and feminine and I definitely recommend visiting – just make sure to get there fairly early. Not just for the great happy hour deals, but to be able to find a table area, as after around 8pm they start to get really busy. It is not the largest of bars but this is a great place for pre-drinks before heading off to a night out in London.

      

Let me know in the comments if you have been to Tonight Josephine before and what your favourite cocktail was.

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