Sunday, 30 April 2017

Weekend in London featuring Sweetheart Cupcakes and Caffe Concerto

       The other weekend I went to London to see friends, as I usually only see my London friends when I'm working. Since I didn't have any work events this month, I decided to take a trip just for good food, good friends and good times.

On Friday I met my good friend Looi for tea and cake, as usual haha! We love to try new places so this time we tried Sweetheart Cupcakes in Covent Garden. Naturally everything is homemade, they sell cake by the slices (you can also order full cakes for special occasions), cupcakes, brownies, cookies, mini tarts, tea and preserves to name a few things. Mine and Looi's tastes are so similar it's scary, and we both ended up having Kinder Bueno cake and pink lemonade!

Sweetheart Cupcakes, Covent Garden
Source: Tripadvisor

Inside of Sweetheart Cupcakes, Covent Garden
Source: Tripadvisor

Cakes in Sweetheart Cupcakes, Covent Garden

Cakes in Sweetheart Cupcakes, Covent Garden

Tea and jam available to buy at Sweetheart Cupcakes, Covent Garden

Cake and lemonade in Sweetheart Cupcakes, Covent Garden

Unit 34, The Piazza
Covent Garden Market, (Lower Ground Floor)
London WC2E 8RE

Location: 5/5, in the heart of Covent Garden but can get busy during peak times and weekends.

Atmosphere: 4/5, relatively quiet and relaxed for a central London cafe and you can hear the performers such as opera singers and classical musicians which, depending on your personal preference, can add or detract from the atmosphere.
Decor: 5/5, it has a vintage shabby chic feel with grey stone floors, white brick walls and pastel vintage decorations throughout, including chair covers and tableware.
Service: 4/5, there are usually only 2-3 staff working at one time and though there weren't any other customers at the counter, it took us a little while to get served.
Price: 4/5, relatively reasonably priced for London cafes but the quality was definitely worth it.
Quality: 5/5, the sponge was so moist and fluffy and not overly sweet. The frosting was light, fluffy, complimented the sponge perfectly and wasn't gritty at all. The pink lemonade was sweet, crisp and refreshing. The cake is some of the best I've had in London so far.
Unique selling point: Tastefully decorated shabby chic cafe with very nice food and drink. Would definitely visit again!

Afterwards we had a mooch around shops and parted ways. I did a little more shopping, hung around Chinatown for a bit and then had dinner at La Porchetta Pollo Bar, a small Italian restaurant in Soho. My Japanese friend took me there once and said it's his favourite restaurant in London, and was included in a Japanese guidebook about London.

On Saturday my friend was holding a resin craft workshop at a participant's house, so I went there that day. There were around 10 participants and we all got to make our own UV resin charms and get to know each other if we didn't already! First of all we did a spot of scrapbooking, had lunch then got started on our charms. We then got to take them home to make into jewellery. It was a super fun workshop with friends and I love to add new crafts to my arsenal.

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My look for Saturday! Necklace and earrings made by myself for my brand 8th Sin!


After the workshop, I met a Japanese friend at King's Cross and we went for dinner. This was my friend's first time in the UK and our first time meeting; we met on a language exchange group a few months back. He wanted to eat wherever local Londoners eat, and although I'm not a local, I do like to travel like a local so I took him to a restaurant on my recommended London Pinterest board, Bistro1 in Soho.

Afterwards we still wanted to chat and have a drink so we went to the nearest open cafe around - Caffe Concerto on Regent Street. We both had a Concerto Hot Chocolate with whipped cream.

Caffe Concerto exterior
Source: Caffe Concerto

Caffe Concerto interior
Source: Caffe Concerto

Caffe Concerto hot chocolate
Caffe Concerto hot chocolate

Caffe Concerto (Regent Street branch)
79-81 Regent Street, Mayfair
London W1B 4EG

Location: 5/5, very central to Piccadilly Circus and Mayfair.
Atmosphere: 4/5, relatively quiet at 10pm at night.
Decor: 3/5, it's supposed to look fancy but you can kind of tell it's like fake-fancy as it's a chain.
Service: 4/5, we were served pretty quickly.
Price: 4/5, pricey for the quality that I personally felt.
Quality: 2/5, the hot chocolate was alright, nothing special and not actually that chocolatey. I make a better Options Belgian Hot Chocolate at home for fewer calories!
Unique selling point: At this point in time, it was the fact it was open late. I wouldn't visit Caffe Concerto again as it likes to look fancy and attract tourists but there's nothing past the look. I've heard from friends that their food items are bland as well.

Everyday Gothic makeup
Sunday's look

On Sunday I was craving Chinese food and went for lunch at a Chinese restaurant on Baker Street called Phoenix Palace.

Later on I made my way to Covent Garden and had a cup of tea in Whittard of Chelsea in the lower courtyard area. I had Petit Macaron tea which was sweet and delicious! Afterwards I met with my aunt who lives in London. We walked past the Freemason's Hall, which I found super interesting and would love to see more of.

Freemason's Hall, London

We sat and chatted in a park for a while, then walked around some more. Afterwards we went to a Japanese restaurant in Chinatown called Tokyo Diner. Afterwards we went to Candy Cafe in Chinatown for bubble tea - I have been to Candy Cafe before for bubble tea and dessert.

Everyday Gothic makeup
Monday's look

On Monday I fancied a pancake breakfast so I went to Jackson and Rye on Wardour Street. I had the bacon, maple syrup and blueberry pancakes and berry tea. It was sooooo good, the pancakes were the buttermilk variety, so soft and fluffy with icing sugar, blueberries and maple syrup. I kind of ate the bacon before the pancakes, but I did try it with the pancakes, as the Americans do. It was alright but I personally prefer the line between sweet and savoury. Bacon with maple syrup pancakes are nothing to write home about to me.

Bacon and maple syrup pancakes at Jackson and Rye, London

Afterwards I met with my Japanese friend Yuki again, and we went to The British Museum as he wanted to visit it and I haven't been in years. I suggested visiting on a Monday instead of the weekend as it would be less crowded. The British Museum was very interesting, I loved seeing the Rosetta Stone, the mummies and a vintage gold cash register from 1920s Tiffany & Co.

Vintage cash register at The British Museum

Roman era body jewellery at The British Museum
I also saw this interesting jewellery piece from...I wanna say the Roman era? Seems body harnesses have always been in style haha!

We stopped for tea and cake in the museum after making our way around it. Afterwards I went back to my hostel to pick up my luggage, then made my way to the coach station for the ride home.

I had a really nice time in London with my friends and got to try lots of nice places to sightsee and eat! I managed to tick off a lot of places on my London Pinterest board. If you're interested about the best and most unusual places in London, feel free to follow the board as I am always adding to it!

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