I’ve lived in London for over 10 years now and there’s still so much of this wonderful city which I have yet to see; so many cake shops to visit (and sample!), so many markets to discover.
I thought I’d put that right this weekend and yesterday (Saturday) I went to Northcote Road Market in Clapham. As I discovered on my way home, it’s a mere 1 1/2 miles from my front door, which is eminently walkable. The market itself isn’t the biggest in the world, but it’s friendly and there’s a nice selection of fresh food. If the market doesn’t grab you, there are a number of bars and coffee shops in which you can while away a few hours.
I had two reasons to visit the market (or three, if you include my desire to visit the local area!) – I wanted to get some ideas of how to sell my cakes at the fair and I wanted to meet Laura Amos. Laura owns the Dessert Deli. http://www.thedessertdeli.co.uk/ I’ve been following her for a while on Twitter and wanted to say hello as I only live down the road. Laura very generously allows people to sample all of her goodies on sale and her cakes are really rather tasty. If I ever need a dinner party dessert and can’t be bothered to make one myself, I’ll definitely be ordering something from Laura!
Today (Sunday) saw me venture further afield – all the way to West Croydon. I’d be honest in saying that it wouldn’t be my number one destination of choice of a Sunday afternoon, but after today, I’ll be going back. Through the power of Twitter, I stumbled across the Underground Tea Party and I’m very glad I did! http://undergroundteaparty.blogspot.com/ Two friends host an informal gathering of tea and homemade cakes (one of which is featured above) and it’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. There was delightful company, interesting tea (I’d never tried peony and rose tea before today, but I’m so very glad I did) and very tasty cake. (It’s always nice if someone else makes it!) Underground tea parties and supper clubs are springing up all over the place and it’s a terrific opportunity to spend time with lovely people who enjoy good food and good company!