A Day of Adventure in London…and Cake

On Sunday I met up with my friend Kendall (you may remember her mentioned in my controversial post about the Sherlock Holmes Museum) outside Victoria Station.

Our mission: to find Dominique Ansel Bakery and buy their signature blooming hot chocolate. I needed it because I saw a video on Facebook from TimeOut London promoting it. Luckily, Kendall also likes hot chocolate and adventures.

The bakery is located at 17-21 Elizabeth St, next to Victoria Coach Station. From the outside it’s a simple, unassuming bakery with yellowing awnings and flower boxes in the windows. The inside is spacious and I was relieved there wasn’t a queue.

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Welcome to Dominique Ansel Bakery. The lovely entry and service counter.

Some people say the caliber of a place can be judged by how busy it is. Don’t let the lack of mobster queuing fool you because this place is amazing. There are two seating areas:  in the cafe and an enclosed garden. Even though there was not a queue, there were plenty of people inside, and tables were scarce.

We arrived with only the blooming hot chocolate in mind.

But then we saw the display case.

The desserts at this place are decadent works of art!

I chose the fig and marscarpone cream cake (seen above) and Kendall opted for the Poached Pear & Salted Pecan Caramel Tart. She joked that since we both picked fruit dessert it was actually healthy. I support that stance. It’s a wise conclusion.

With dessert in hand, it was time to snag a seat. Kendall, the seasoned Londoner she is,  saved the day placing herself near a couple preparing to leave. Once they vacated the table, we swooped in and made ourselves comfortable.

With our desserts adorning the table, we waited (im)patiently for our drinks.

While the desserts and drinks are a bit pricey (around £6 each for the cakes and £5.40 for the hot chocolate), it’s worth it. I’ve never tasted a more delicious dessert. And the hot chocolate tastes like a melted chocolate bar with milk.

I realise now that I should have turned my fig cake so you can actually see the lovely slices of figs. Sorry. I am still new to this. I’m just lucky I remembered to photograph everything before we devoured them.

The only disappointing part about the hot chocolate is they add the marshmallow flower for you. Kendall scarcely had time to tell me to ready my camera before it bloomed. Sadly, I missed the photo op..

So here is a cute photo of Kendall and me enjoying our drinks instead.

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Nothing beats the perfect hot chocolate paired with a great friendship 🙂

This bakery is a game changer. I can’t recommend it enough.

Leaving the bakery, we decided to head to the National Gallery via Buckingham Palace, St James Park, and Admiralty Arch.

Click on the photos to expand the gallery.

It was my first time at the National Gallery.  Van Gogh is one of my favourites. Plus, the week before I had the opportunity to see Loving Vincent at Wimbledon, which made me even more keen to see the art in person.

I’m a huge fan of the Impressionists. Kendall loves them too (great minds).

There is so much to see. We wandered the gallery, staying until they closed at 6 pm.

Kendall suggested we head to Covent Garden since it was close. We were still full from our lunch and dessert, so we just roamed around aimlessly. Soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying London. While exploring the area, we discovered some really awesome graffiti art.

I’m a huge fan of street art (currently, working on a whole post dedicated to the street art in Norwich, which will be up soon).

By the time 8 pm rolled around I was spent.

But I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend my Sunday!


I hope enjoyed reading about our adventure in London and that it’s given you some ideas for your visit. If you like these slice-of-life posts mixed with traveller tips, sign up below to get updates for new posts through e-mail.

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Until the next adventure,

Jenn

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