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London shopping guide: SW1 for sweet tooths

Self-confessed chocoholic? Cupcake addict? Or perhaps you are more of a fizzy sweet fanatic?  If you fall into any (or all) of these categories then read on as we share our guide to discovering SW1’s highlights, for those of you with a sweet tooth.

Make your own chocolates

Wander past the window of Belgravia’s William Curley boutique and you may find it hard not to take a closer look inside. Why? Well apart from the obviously delectable delights on display, there is also the chance to dine at their ‘Dessert Bar’ and experience an alternative take on afternoon tea, with a menu offering…you guessed it, just desserts. Heading behind the scenes and into the kitchens, you can also get back to chocolate making basics with their in-house expert chefs, by taking part in a truffle or salted caramel making classes, tasting as you learn:

Cupcakes courtesy of Flickr.com photo by Kelly Sue

Take five

Cake designer to the stars, Peggy Porschen now has her own boutique bakery located on Ebury Street. Here you can sample Peggy’s famous freshly baked cupcakes, cookies and layer cakes while you relax with one of the café’s specially blended teas. We’re glad Peggy took some time away from making cakes for Elton, Gwyneth and Stella, as her parlour is by far one of the area’s sweetest highlights:

Peggy Porschen courtesy of Flickr.com by George Rex

Step back in time  

With three hundred different types of sweets to choose from, Tachbrook Street’s Chocodeli will definitely bring out the inner child in (almost) everyone. With wall-to-wall treats from handmade chocolates to fizzy flying saucers, this place is a bit of a one-off and a favourite with the locals. And if sweets aren’t really your thing, the foodies at the Evening Standard believe that Chocodeli serve one of the five best hot chocolates in London, so it may be worth warming up here after a browse around the stalls at Tachbrook Street Market.

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