A host of new cafés are serving everything from cookie dough cake and butterscotch pudding to Nutella doughnuts. The founder of Bea’s of Bloomsbury has launched Butterscotch Tea Room in Marylebone. Its ground-floor café serves turmeric and charcoal lattes alongside croissants, cinnamon buns and porridge from a Goldilocks porridge bar – you can choose from five bases and 60 toppings, including fig and bourbon compote and sea-salted caramel.Founder Bea Vo says: ‘Our take puts a modern spin on afternoon tea, from the recipes to the aesthetic – it’s anything but quintessential. I want people to come along to Butterscotch for a good time, whether to have a cocktail and cake or a full-blown affair with all the trimmings.’
56 James Street
One Shot Coffee in Camden serves Jewish apple cinnamon cake – reflecting its location close to the Jewish Museum. It also serves Snickers pie and cookie dough cake alongside classics such as red velvet cake, carrot cake and banana bread.
Alternatively, nip in to Attendant in Fitzrovia, which is housed in a former Victorian toilet that features original Doulton & Co porcelain urinals. As well as on-trend breakfasts, brunches and lunches, it serves banana bread with spiced honeycomb butter.
27a Foley Street
Look out, too, for the ca-razy Australian brand Doughnut Time near Chinatown, which serves doughnuts that could have been designed by an eight year old. Try varieties that come with mini Nutella jars or Kinder eggs, or order a maple bacon one.
96 Shaftesbury Avenue