Laduree, Piccadilly

French patisseries are a common sight in London. Many of the top names now have establishments dotted around the capital like vanilla seeds in a creme patissiere. Laduree is one such luxury boutique just inside Burlington Arcade in plush Piccadilly.

Laduree, London

The window display here is enough to entice any owner of a sweet tooth through the door. Beautiful works of edible art are lined up with precision – these include Choux Buns, Macarons, Saint-Honore’s and Eclairs amongst others.  Laduree, London

Laduree won’t be winning any awards for retail space. This is a tiny galley-like set up where you line up against the cakes with the cash desk just by the door, during peak times this can get a little claustro.

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That said, since when was being so close to cakes a bad thing? The hardest part is making a choice. We visit fairly regularly when in London so we had very few cakes left that we hadn’t tried. This time around we settled on a two St Honore Gateaus – a crisp puff pastry base with almond praline cream, filled choux buns and crunchy caramel.

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We managed to successfully navigate our way to the cash desk leaving behind a depleted shelf of cakes. “I wanted that one!” moaned one voice, too late now lady – it’s mine!  For £13 these cakes are rather high end but the fancy bag and box do make up for it.

Laduree, London

Laduree, London

Walking through Burlington Arcade with the winter wonderland style decorations is truly special at this time of year. The festive feel had really hit the capital with Hyde Park Winter Wonderland also in full swing a few miles down the road.

Laduree, London

A different park was on our mind. The Berkeley Square Gardens. This is a tranquil spot in buzzing Mayfair between Piccadilly and Oxford Circus where you can sit on a bench, eat some food and just let your mind wander. The city almost goes on around you while you’re in your own bubble. It’s the perfect place to relax.

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Back to the subject of food, this was our opportunity to try the rather smart looking St Honore’s. It’s quite a feat to take a bite without covering either your lips or nose in cream, we were glad of the napkins provided. That crunch from the caramel and the rich praline cream though – a taste of heaven if ever there was one.

Laduree, London

The surprising outcome from eating these cakes is that somehow they aren’t actually that heavy. At first glance you would expect this cream filled French centrepiece to put your cholesterol levels at an all time high leaving you in desperate need of a sit down. Somehow, that clever bunch at Laduree have done the seemingly impossible.

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You do pay a premium for the products but this is not your average cake shop. This is high-end French patisserie at its finest. Sure you could seek out a more modest establishment but for a special treat Laduree really does deliver.

 

Opening Times: Monday-Friday 0800-2000

                         Saturday 0900-2000

                         Sunday 1100-1800

 

Website: www.laduree.co.uk

 

Nearest Tube Station: Green Park

 

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12 Comments

  1. January 2, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    I keep meaning to go to Laduree – I think you’ve just persuaded me to make it a bit more of a priority next time I go in to London!

    Natalie

    • Chris
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 10:52 pm

      You definitely have to go to Laduree, Natalie. Just make sure there are still cakes left when you do!

  2. January 2, 2019 / 6:24 pm

    The macarons! Something we can eat!!! Being gluten-free is a total drag when it comes to desserts! But we LOVE macarons!

    • Chris
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 10:53 pm

      Oh those macarons are amazing – even better for your GF!

    • Chris
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 9:43 pm

      Thank you Lola – we can’t get enough of it! I hope you get to visit here soon!

  3. January 3, 2019 / 7:12 pm

    Well there goes the New Year’s diet for me! Love the occasional trip there and it’s just so pretty!

    • Chris
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 9:44 pm

      Haha! It’s probably a good thing that we live a fair distance away from Laduree otherwise we would be there every other day – good luck with The New Year’s Diet! #willpower

  4. January 3, 2019 / 7:41 pm

    What a lovely treat and London is looking as beautiful as ever, even more so at Christmas! Great post happy new year!

    • Chris
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you Michelle! Happy New Year to you as well! London is so beautiful around Christmas time, so are the cakes!

  5. January 4, 2019 / 2:31 pm

    Though Laduree isnt cheap it is so beautiful, I defo need to revisit!

    • Chris
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 6:07 pm

      You definitely do! It’s well worth the investment!

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