If you fancy a bit of French/continental-style patisserie in London, there are a few places I would recommend. The first one is Patisserie Valerie. Established in 1926 you can tell this place has retained its old-fashion style, and used it to its advantage. The cakes and pastries here are delicious but a little bit sweeter in taste than your average French patisserie so do bear this in mind.
Paul is one of my favourite places to get cakes from. The Fraisier and the Framboisier are the two cakes I’d recommend for a sweet treat. Although you will also find amazing fruit tarts and “flans”, as well as the usual breakfast-type pastries, cooked in authentic French fashion.
Another little gem. I usually go to the one in Blackheath. Some very original creations and lots of attention to detail. If only the service could be as good as the cakes. It’s a bit of a shame, but I have rarely experienced good customer service at the Blackheath branch. But anyway the decor is lovely and charming, nice for a quick afternoon treat if you’re in the area, or dessert after dinner in one of Blackheath’s restaurants.
Whenever I’m in Knightsbridge or thereabouts, I always stop for a quick lunch at one of the area’s many Cafe Concerto’s. They make delicious looking cakes and the service is always very pleasant – usually Italian waiters who really go out of your way to make you fee at home, and who might come across as flirtatious at times…! Overall you will enjoy the experience here, as well as the food. Very generous lunch portions and of course dessert to die for.