Miss M Halal Bakeries
Hello my lovelies,
With the cold slowly but surely planting itself all around London, I have begun to drink copious amounts of coffee and tea to keep myself warm and cozy. Lately though, I’ve been feeling a bit peckish and I find myself wanting a little something more with my drinks. A couple of days ago, a friend of mine invited me out for afternoon tea and that was when realization hit me – cake! That was the missing component to my coffee and tea coziness!
I think this is the perfect time to indulge in a pretty slice of cake while nursing a hot cuppa. So I thought I’d make another recommendations list – this time of my favourite halal-friendly cake stops all around London. So you too can go out and feel a little bit decadent 😉
1) Bake Street (58 Evering Road, N16 7SR)
This is a sweet little family-run café, a little further away from the hustle and bustle of downtown London. But with assurances from the owner and baker, Amirah, that everything inside the store is halal, I’m happy to make the trip to this local haunt. Amirah’s cakes are just darling slices of heaven – whether you’re ordering to eat in with a cup of espresso or having a bespoke cake made for a special day, you’ll always be left wanting more. And the best thing is? You won’t even have to break the bank!
2) Cutter & Squidge (20 Brewer Street, W1F 0SJ)
If my every girlish dream came true, it would realize itself in the form of the Cutter & Squidge tea room. Decorated in soft pastels and filled with a seemingly endless stream of confectionary delights, it feels heavenly to wander into this corner of Soho after a day of battling the coldness outside. I have to admit that I’m being a little cheeky with this entry –the tea room itself does not have halal certification, but the food is definitely halal-friendly. The cakes and biskies (you’ll just have to pay them a visit to find out what marvelous creations biskies are!) are all vegetarian-friendly and do not have animal products or alcohol in them. Their lunch set is a steal – either croquet or tart and a slice of cake or biskie with a hot drink at only £10.50. Definitely worth it.
3) B Bakery (6-7 Chandos Place, WC2N 4HU)
I have to admit that the first time I went for afternoon tea at Brigit’s Bakery, I thought that I had found Modestrove’s sister establishment. Actually, I thought that if I opened up a bakery, I would have styled it exactly as it appears today. I always feel comforted in B Bakery’s feminine space, and it feels natural to discuss the future of Modestrove while sipping a cup of tea and nibbling on their yummy cakes. Just make sure you reserve your place in advance, notifying them that you would like to attend a halal afternoon tea session – if you want to really live it up, go join their afternoon tea bus tour! You’ll get the luxury of tea and cake while feasting your eyes on the gorgeousness of LDN.
4) Mamounia Lounge Mayfair (37A Curzon Street, W1J 7TX)
Alright, I’m cheating a little bit here – but in my defense, ‘cakes’ can be translated differently depending on the language you’re using! 😛 Ok, ok … none of the fares served in their afternoon tea set can really count as cake, but they are absolutely lovely to have alongside their tea! And if you really want cake, they have delicious saffron cheesecake that will just make you melt with happiness. To top it all off? Everything is certified halal, my lovelies.
5) Prêt-à-Portea, The Berkeley (Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL)
And to cap it all off, I had to include the most exquisite dining experience I’ve ever had. Pricier than your average afternoon tea, I think that it’s absolutely worth it when you have cakes made according to this season’s collection from London’s Fashion Week. I feel completely in my element among my Ralph & Russo pain de Gênes dress cake and Charlotte Olympia’s ‘Chiquita’ banana pump biscuits. I just hope that I’m able to get a reservation in the near future! And that’s my tip for you, my lovelies: remember to book at least 48 hours in advance (though I’d definitely book much earlier than that, just in case) and remember to tell them that you would like the halal option.
And that’s all for now! Whether you’re popping into a friendly local café or waltzing it up in a hotel salon, have fun with something warm and sweet as we prepare for winter!
Until then, my lovelies.