Monday, 9 February 2015

Kingly Court | Wandering London

Welcome to what I hope will be a new feature on the blog - 'Wandering London'. I've realised sometimes there's nothing better than getting lost in a city that you call home. It's great to head off the 'beaten track' and explore the hidden areas of London. Just like I did back in October with Yannick's Macaroons & Mews tour. There's a whole lot more to see by just going a few streets back from where you would typically be heading.

I've been waiting for this day for a few weeks, a chance to casually wander around Soho. The main focus would be Kingly Court. I've been to Kingly Court a few times since living in London, the first time I went I remember a few craft shops and vintage gift shops. Now it seems like the foodies have taken over and therefore it's a great place to visit. In fact I visisted SeƱor Ceviche just a few weeks ago. It would appear Kingly Court comes alive in the evening. There's a whole host of lovely restaurants and cocktail bars to try.


I was really keen to take lots of photos and just enjoy the area - it's a stones throw away from Oxford Circus but surprisingly quiet and contains independent foodie establishments. Coming out of Oxford Circus station take exit 8, head down Argyll Street, until you reach Liberty. Admire greatly and then walk down Kingly Street until you reach Kingly Court. You'll spot The Detox Kitchen right next to the Entrance to Kingly Court. What a perfect place to start.

Now you may have noticed this healthy eating/juicing/ detox craze that's sweeping through the country at the moment. I'm quite keen to eat healthily but my longstanding sugar cravings mean I am rather partial to the odd cupcake or two. I'm a strong believer of 'everything is okay, in moderation'!

The Detox Kitchen (where healthy meets delicious) - I was glad to start off on a healthy foot, so to speak, as I'd skipped breakfast in favour of sleep and really was beginning to feel peckish. I went for the 'Wake Me Up' juice (blueberries, banana, pineapple, apple, soya yoghurt & almond milk). My friend had 'Pure Goodness' (spinach, apple, celery & mint). Both of which were very tasty. And guilt-free.

We then went for a little wander, and ended up in Zara and Anthropolgy on Regents Street. Where I found this book, perfect for those little weekend trips I need to plan! Remember I mentioned those in my latest post 'Unexpected Benefits of Blogging'?!


Having wandered a little more it was soon time for a spot of lunch we decided to head to Pizza Pilgrims, which was a place we'd both wanted to try for a while. The pizza was great - we shared a margarita with extra mozzerala and salad. The portion size was perfect, we didn't feel stuffed which was good as we knew there were cupcakes still to come. The service was great, and the food came very quickly and was extremely reasonable coming to a total of £12! Who knew you could eat so well for so little in Central London. We'll be back.. and next time I'll probably eat my body weight in pizza just to make up for being good this time.

Our final stop was Crumbs & Doilies a (relatively) new addition to Kingly Court. Now you may have had Crumbs & Doilies cupcakes before you'll find them at the Duke of York Square market and also in Covent Garden. I reviewed their cupcakes back in ... when I found a Crumbs and Doilies stall at Bellevue Summer Fair. But let's concentrate on today's visit. There are a lovely array of cupcakes to choose from..

Today's flavours included raspberry and coconut, coffee and chocolate, red velvet, vanilla rose (gluten free), lemon and poppy seed, mint choc chip, cookies and cream. As you know I've sampled many a London Cupcake, and I have to say these are up there. They may look simple and not fussy, but I think Crumbs & Doilies pride themselves on the flavour and quality of their cupcakes. For example often when I bake mini cupcakes they come out dry, not a dry crumb here - these cupcakes are perfect - soft and flavoursome. Sometimes I think less really is more. 

I choose a mini raspberry and coconut and also a mint choc chip which were both lovely. I particularly enjoyed the contrast of the texture of the coconut on the buttercream. Inside you'll find raspberry jam oozing out. My friend went for coffee and chocolate and also raspberry and coconut, which she also throughly enjoyed. The great thing is flavours vary daily. What are you waiting for?

You'll find Crumbs & Doiles at 1 Kingly Court, Carnaby, W1B 5PW. I'd grab a box of minis if I were you.

Until next time my cupcake friends. X


  1. A very successful wander I'd say! I've never been to Kingly Court so I'll make sure I add it to the list, I definitely need to visit Crumbs & Doilies, those cupcakes look fantastic!

    Chloe x

  2. Thanks for commenting again Chloe. It's lovely. You should definitely schedule it into your next London visit. xx

  3. What a lovely area of London. There are so any nooks and crannies in that city that are yet to be discovered! Looking forward to seeing more of your little adventures around town!

    1. It's very lovely - hopefully you've read my 'Macaroons & Mews' post too. Will you have time to do some wandering when you visit? Thank you, I'm looking forward to it too.

  4. This sounds like a delicious day :)

    1. Very delicious Emma, look forward to catching up over cake in March!

  5. I love Kingly court its great for a wander about!


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