Sweeten up your meetings
Here’s something most people can relate to. Checking in after a long day at your desk only to find that everything reminds you of work. You head to a bar and, in your computer-addled mind, the bricks lining the walls start to take on the familiar grid-like shape of an Excel spreadsheet. The stairs cease to look like stairs – more like a staggered line of code. Talking to your friends, you cannot help but spill out a little corporate speak. In fact, is that actually one of your friends, or the Microsoft help wizard? You can’t really tell, all you know is that you need a pick-me-up, something to save the day. And then something magical happens: someone walks in with cake.
We think that most of the world’s problems can be solved with a visit to your local patisserie. The chocolate frosting on a handmade cupcake is like a trigger for stress to just dissolve away. But where are these magical local cakeries? And more importantly, which ones are the best for that truly special gateau? Fortunately for you, Uncommon don’t deal in normal (it’s in the name), so whether you’re impressing a client or sneaking in a sponge cake during lunch, read on. We’ve compiled some of the best places for a sweet treat around our London coworking spaces.
Highbury & Islington
The Family Cake Company
If you’re one for the grand plan, make sure to check out The Family Cake Company, based near King’s Cross. Formally known as Amato Patisserie, this eccentric little business is the definition of charm, with the sheer range of offerings available making any adventure truly worthwhile. They’re renowned for their personal touch, able to make pretty much any cake you can think of. From colourful birthday sponges overflowing with accessories, to complex and multi-layered wedding cakes for your special day – although probably not in the office! Whatever the occasion, The Family Cake Company can cater for it. All you need is an idea, a description and at least a weeks notice for any bespoke cake to be made.
No-one does cake quite like the Americans. Whether it’s a decadent peanut butter and jelly cake or a particularly outlandish Kentucky bourbon number, The Hummingbird Bakery don’t really believe in subtlety when it comes to new and exciting flavour combinations. Located only a stones-throw from Angel underground station, it’s impossible to miss. And that’s largely due to the wonderful smell of fresh batter that wafts down the streets from its ovens in the morning. Although famous for their red velvet, it’s worth taking a look at their chocolate mayonnaise bundt cake. Yes, it’s made with real mayonnaise, but don’t let that put you off. With a dedicated corporate ordering system, it’s now easier than ever to get it delivered straight to the office, ready to make a lasting impression with your client. What kind of impression that is, well, that’s up to you!
Konditor & Cook
It would be a shame to roam the streets of Borough and not head into its world famous market. However, after taking a wander, look outside the market and you’ll find the artisan world of Konditor & Cook, the brainchild of German baking royalty, Gerhard Jenne. Serving an array of central-European and British delights (including an exquisite Lemon Chiffon and a unique G&T cake), one visit simply isn’t enough. When it comes to making friends in your Borough office, Konditor & Cook is in a league of its own. Their large corporate brownie platter is an especially generous offering, fit to feed whole the whole team. And just in case that wasn’t quite enough, it also offers bottomless cake and prosecco one Wednesday every month, all for £25.
The Free From Bakehouse
As the name suggests, The Free From Bakehouse is the ideal stop for any treats that cater to specific dietary needs. Found in the depths of Borough Market itself, this award winning bakery does away with the notion that gluten and dairy free products are somehow inferior to more common varieties. With a huge range of cakes, tarts and cookies deliverable to any London postcode, The Free From Bakehouse is a truly inclusive option. Not only is it kind to think of those with dietary requirements, it also comes across as genuinely attentive when doing business with someone – for example, if you remember that a client is a coeliac and you bring some gluten free cupcakes to their meeting as a result.
Nestled upon the banks of the Thames, Cake Boy isn’t the sidekick of a second-rate superhero. It’s actually a delightfully stylised cafe and bakery offering an endless range of sweet treats, savoury meals and artisanal coffee. With breathtaking patisserie cakes available to order in the evening and pick up in the afternoon, it’s a great option for more sophisticated pieces – guaranteed to impress. For something more low-key, try bringing in a collection of their wonderful macrons and tarts, or simply download their app and learn to bake them yourself.
Already the recipient of two great taste awards, Flavourtown really does live up to its name. Ordering from the neon-lit counter feels like being a young a child again: everything bright, colourful and full of possibilities. This theme runs through its decor and into its handmade cakes, boasting names such as the unicorn (a rainbow cake with a golden horn bursting from the centre), the snickers champ (complete with syringes full of caramel sauce) and the human catnip layered brownie (erm… your guess is as good as ours). All cakes are available to order to London postcodes or pick up in store, while custom branded cupcakes and bespoke flavours are just a few of the corporate options they have available. Their accolades speak for themselves: Facebook, The Telegraph and Samsung are just a few of the companies that have fallen for their goods so far.
A spin-off from its series of high-end Chinese restaurants, Yautatcha Patisserie is a surprisingly affordable oasis of calm in the bustling streets surrounding Liverpool Street train station. Specialising in stunning minimalist designs, Yauatcha mixes rich french baking heritage with the fresh and defined flavours of classic Chinese desserts. A particular highlight is their apple shiso fan, made with crunchy sable biscuit and shiso leaf bavarois. Their decadent range of small chocolates and macarons don’t just taste great, they’re also an unbelievable style statement. Just take a look at their sudachi vanilla – a sure way to bowl over clients and colleagues alike.
This modern bakery prides itself on serving ‘the best of British baking’, serving up handmade breads, cakes and sandwiches since its inception in 1999. The airy opening is a great place to meet and discuss whatever the day throws, while the cosy backroom is the perfect venue for an intimate conversation (and brilliant cake of course). The banana tart is the perfect compliment to a lunchtime coffee. However, if you really want to know what Euphorium Bakery is really about, ask for a slice of their peach, pistachio and ricotta loaf cake. Admittedly, it might not be the most classic of British recipes, but it sure is delicious.
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