Covent Garden Specialty
Primrose Bakery (Closed)
42 Tavistock St., Covent Garden
The original Primrose Bakery was born over a decade ago (there are multiple locations), mainly because the owners wanted to make cupcakes, which were already killing it overseas, available in London. Over the years, The assortment has expanded to include classic chocolate cake (it's the moistest, richest, most perfect thing ever) and a menu of made-to-order layer cakes, which can be decorated any way you like.
8 Earlham St., Covent Garden
It's no surprise that the biggest hits at this Swedish import are the cinnamon, cardamom, and saffron buns, though their breads and smorgas-like filled baguettes are pretty off the charts too. While this is their first venture into Central London, there's also a shop in Hoxton that has a tiny bit more space for customers to stop and enjoy the coffee and baked treats. We love this particular shop for its convenience.
2 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden
It can be surprisingly hard to find a healthy breakfast or lunch to go in London, which is why places like 26 Grains are a godsend. The concept is pretty simple—choose a grain (of which there are twenty-six, duh), a few spices, and a couple of toppings, and you are good to go. Plus, you sit for a meal at the communal table, which is a lovely experience, complete with beautiful, handmade ceramic dishes. At breakfast, you'll find porridge and bircher muesli and at lunch, it's more like quinoa, rice, and the like. Don't miss the turmeric almond milk latte.
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