Discovering London’s Villages: Belgravia












Wild at Heart Florist Belgravia

The villages of London are without a doubt, my favourite aspect of this amazing city. Each has its own personality, community, hubs and secret corners and a few days ago I headed over to one of the most beautiful (and expensive) residential areas of the world – Belgravia – to wander the streets and explore some of the most delicious foodie spots the area has tucked away under its wing.

Thomas Cubitt, born in 1788, is the name that many people today think of when in Belgravia as he was responsible for so much of the development. His name has really stood the test of time, with many mentions in Belgravia, including the famous pub – The Thomas Cubitt on Elizabeth Street. He also developed the east face of Buckingham Palace and personally funded and built nearly a kilometer of the Thames Embankment, along with many many other developments. Cubitt is thought of by many, as having done more to change the face of London than any other man — ever.


Belgravia London Poppy Loves

With that in mind, I couldn’t help but feel the history of my city beneath my feet as I turned each quiet corner and cobbled mews.

First stop for me was The Fine Cheese Company, where I joined a goats cheese masterclass in their private event room downstairs. I tasted several delicious goats cheeses and also learnt some top tips for keeping cheese fresh…


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This is their very own goat cheddar


Belgravia London Poppy Loves


Belgravia London Poppy Loves

They also developed their own ‘Motcomb Cheese’, created to mark the opening of their new shop in Motcomb Street


Created to mark the opening of our new shop in Motcomb Street


Belgravia London Poppy Loves

After being delicately hand-ladled, Perroche is rolled in freshly chopped herbs. As a result of this and the lack of preserving techniques, the cheese’s freshness, lightness and ‘lemony’, lactic notes really shine through!

Top tip: Don’t move your cheeses in and out of the fridge. Rather keep the cheeses on the cheese- board fresh as daisies by covering the entire board with a CLEAN, wet tea towel that has been rung out so that it is just damp.


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Solution to keeping your cheese fresh!


Belgravia London Poppy Loves

If you love cheese you absolutely must pay this place a visit – they are real experts and the cheese is all absolutely delicious.

Next stop was cronut legend Dominique Ansel Bakery on Elizabeth Street, where I tried a number of unbelievably delicious treats, accompanied by a smooth latte. I could try to explain how amazing everything was, but hopefully my pictures will speak for themselves…


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Dominique Ansel Bakery


Belgravia London Poppy Loves


Belgravia London Poppy Loves


Belgravia London Poppy Loves


Belgravia London Poppy Loves

DKA (which stands for “Dominique’s Kouign Amann”): Chef Dominique’s take on the traditional Breton pastry, and one of his signature pastries since his original NYC Bakery first opened. It’s similar to a caramelized croissant, with a crispy, caramelized crust on the outside and tender, flaky layers and a gooey center within. Their best-seller in NYC, Tokyo, and now in London as well!


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Mini Madeleines – fluffy bite-sized cakes with just a hint of lemon zest, piped and baked to order and served warm with a light dusting of powdered sugar.


Belgravia London Poppy Loves


Belgravia London Poppy Loves

Frozen S’mores – a Tahitian ice cream vanilla center covered in chocolate feulletine (chocolate wafer crisps) and wrapped in their signature all-honey marshmallow, then it’s torched to order and served on a smoked willow wood branch for smokey campfire goodness.


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These were AMAZING


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Paris-London – one of their exclusive-to-London creations (more than 30% of their menu is dedicated to London only items which aren’t available anywhere else). Inspired by the traditional French Paris-Brest, it’s a choux pastry filled with earl grey, lemon curd, and blackberries, and he’s dapperly dressed for London!


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I sat outside in the gorgeously bright terrace and indulged in sweet naughtiness and had a chance to chat to Dominique himself, who absolutely loves Belgravia and the strong community spirit. He said he had felt so welcomed into the neighbourhood, and I loved hearing that, especially as you’d be forgiven for thinking that this wealthy area could be quite tricky to penetrate as a newbie… But no. Apparently, it’s a total warm delight!


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Then it was up and onwards to another Belgravia neighbour – Peggy Porschen, also on Elizabeth Street and whom I also was lucky enough to meet. She too shared exactly the same sentiments about the community as Dominique Ansel. Hurrah!


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Peggy Porschen


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Belgravia London Poppy Loves


Belgravia London Poppy Loves

Spiced pumpkin cupcake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and a hand crafted sugar pumpkin on top


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Served with Peggy’s house blend afternoon tea


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Belgravia London Poppy Loves


Belgravia London Poppy Loves

Halloween is definitely on its way!


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The beautiful pink cafe is a total delight for all the senses. It smells so good I would have started chomping at the walls if I didn’t know any better. Which I do. Thank goodness. Owning a pink cake shop was a childhood dream for Peggy, and she spoke with such excitement and enthusiasm about her beautiful shop.

She sparkled when she chatted about all the beautiful pictures of her shop on Instagram, taken by all of you! So do keep on taking them – she loves seeing them!

My final stop of the day was to Daylesford Organic on Pimlico Road…


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More cheese ๐Ÿ˜‰


Belgravia London Poppy Loves


Belgravia London Poppy Loves


Belgravia London Poppy Loves


Belgravia London Poppy Loves

From Farm to fork, Daylesford Organic really is the bees knees when it comes to getting back to the roots of British food. Literally. I wandered around the farm shop, the cook shop and homewares and admire the bright open cafe upstairs as well – I’m a big fan of Daylesford and I was lucky enough to go and stay on the farm at the end of the Summer! That post will be up on my blog in a few days so keep your eyes peeled – it was extremely special.


Belgravia London Poppy Loves


Belgravia London Poppy Loves


Belgravia London Poppy Loves


Belgravia London Poppy Loves

Belgravia looks especially magical now, up to its knees in Autumn. So do pop over (with an empty stomach) and why not do some exploring yourself…

And do say hello from me.

This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic ๐Ÿ˜‰

3 Comments

  1. Peppermint Dolly

    Such a great post โ€“ loved it!!
    Rebecca
    xx
    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

  2. The Reader's Tales

    Iโ€™m a huge fan of Peggy Porschen layer cakes. Last year, we had a fabulous one for my birthday ๐Ÿ™‚
    Ohhhhhh I miss so much your gorgeous city ; )

  3. Angie Silver (@SilverSpoonLDN)

    Peggy Porschen made my wedding cake ๐Ÿ™‚

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