I’ve already blogged about our afternoon tea at Soho’s Secret Tea Room, but whilst in London also found time to drop into The Hummingbird Bakery in South Kensington. I use their recipe books a lot in my baking, cupcakes in particular, and have always felt that mine are nicer than ones I’ve bought! I can now confirm that this is not true of HB itself – they are as delicious as I hoped. After trying the Black Bottom cupcake, I intend to attempt their recipe myself!
Even the shortest trip to London can be end up being very expensive, so it’s always good to know that a couple of hours can be spent in some of the country’s best museums completely free! This goes for the city’s lovely parks too. This trip we paid a visit to the Victoria &Albert Museum, and even after spending a morning there hadn’t scratched the surface of their exhibits. We took in just a few of the collections that appealed…
- Fashion: a relatively small collection showing the evolution of fashion from the 17th century to the present day, featuring changing silhouettes and cultures.
- Gold and silver: An extensive collection of gold and silver artefacts that is just beautiful to look at.
- Snuff boxes and miniature portraits: I found these very interesting, both culturally/historically speaking, and also visually. Loved that magnifying glasses are provided so visitors can really appreciate the detail!
- Jewellery: A stunning collection telling the story of jewellery.
- Theatre and performance: I was really pleased with this collection, loving the costumes they had as well as the publicity material.
So to summarise, cakes and culture characterised our trip!!