Culture and cakes in London

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!

Hummingbird BakeryHummingbird Bakery London

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.

V&A fashionV&A fashion 2

V&A fashion 3

  • Gold and silver: An extensive collection of gold and silver artefacts that is just beautiful to look at.

V&A gold and silver

  • 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!

V&A trinkets

  • 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.

V&A Theatre V&A theatre 2V&A theatre 3V&A theatre 4 So to summarise, cakes and culture characterised our trip!!

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