As I was walking from Victoria Station and through the beautiful streets of London’s Belgravia, I could see the most beautiful pink boutique bakery from a mile away and I remember thinking how I couldn’t believe I had only just heard of this stunning teashop only a month or so ago after living in London for three years now.
Decorated in a gorgeous baby pink colour and flaunting the dreamiest set up outside and in, the Peggy Porschen parlour immediately stood in all its glory and was simply to die for, ticking all the boxes for the photogenic obsessed.
There are so many reasons to visit the boutique bakery but here are my top 5 reasons to visit Peggy’s Parlour this summer.
1. The Beautiful Aesthetic
This may be obvious from the images but it is extremely hard to ignore. It is as though the tea parlour was designed with bloggers in mind but in fact it simply celebrates beautiful craftsmanship. The delicate white, bistro tables perfectly positioned outside accentuate the muted pink building, oozing inspiration by a love of romance, fashion and femininity; giving visitors and passers by the opportunity to get that flawless snap. Similarly, the parlour inside boasts the same visual appeal with beautiful pastel pink sweets, baking books, cupcake stands and cupcake boxes all on display, a blossoming and breath-taking spectacle of roses, show-stopping marble tables that boast a timeless appeal and not to forget the beautiful arranged cupcakes on display which have been designed to perfection, so much that you almost don’t want to eat them.
2. The Delicious Cupcakes and Exclusive Blend of Teas
The company was established in 2003 headed by the founder and creative director Peggy Porschen. Creating award-winning cake designs, Peggy is passionate about making edible works of art for all sorts of special occasions but wanted to be able to share her flavours and designs with everyone on an every-day basis. This was a long time coming and 2010 finally saw the opening of the Peggy Porschen Parlour, which is now renowned for irresistibly pretty and elegant designs which are not only visually stunning but also taste delicious. I was amazed by the amount of flavours that were available; ranging from red velvet, salted caramel, strawberry champagne, banoffee, the list goes on and on. You know the cupcakes are good when the sweet chef has acquired an enviable client list of A-listers including Kate Moss, Elton John, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow. The strawberry champagne is my personal favourite, so much that I even went back to the parlour for another a couple of weeks later! Peggy also offers a selection of her own blend of teas, enthused by flavours found and created in her kitchen.
3. The Stunning Surroundings
Situated in the heart of London’s Belgravia, Peggy could not have chosen a more luxurious or fashionable location for the parlour. The West London district is noted for its multi-million dollar homes, celebrity residents and characterised by grand terraces or white stucco houses. Belgravia is a quiet district oozing extravagance, exclusivity, sophistication and style, a theme that Peggy Porschen’s parlour matches very well. I love visiting this area because it doesn’t feel like you are in London at all. With the enormous properties and extensive wide streets, its fascinating to think that you are only 10 minutes from Oxford street, the busiest street in the country. The entire ambience of the parlour and Belgravia contribute to creating the perfect picture, especially when the sun is setting, as the parlour is bathed in this gorgeous golden light creating the most amazing soft focus lighting.
4. Peggy Porschen’s Academy for Cake Lovers
Following Peggy’s major success of her best-selling baking books, she decided to open London’s first cookery school entirely dedicated to baking, sugar craft skills and contemporary cake design. There are master classes and diplomas that can be completed whilst learning about the basics of baking for beginners or decorating techniques for wedding and celebration cakes for experienced bakers alike. By visiting Peggy’s, you are supporting this amazing achievement of hers as well as the opportunity it gives to many other cake lovers out there.
5. The Blogger Welcoming Staff
As I have previously mentioned, I went back to Peggy’s a second time during the Chelsea Flower show and both times the staff were fab! The first time there was another blogger their trying to get that perfect picture but the staff were so accommodating and didn’t even bat an eyelid. It was obviously an everyday occurrence for them. They were more than willing to serve us even though they were about to close and they then even waited for us to finish taking photos and to eat our cupcakes before they kicked us out so they could put away the tables and chairs and go home. Ha! But still they smiled the whole time!
Have you been to Peggy Porschen’s Parlour when in the London area and what did you think of it? I’d love to know your favourite cupcake flavour!? Let me know in the comments below!