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Artisan cakes, pastries and chocolates
Tucked between buzzy, Arab-friendly Edgware Rd and Hyde Park is a villagey London pocket marked by pretty-pretty best-kept-secret Connaught Sq — the armed guards testify to Tony Blair's continued residence — and its genteel tributary of shops, Connaught St, which is where you'll find this excellent, rustic-like and rather precious tea room, patisserie and chocolatier. Not unlike what you'd see at Ottolenghi [see entry], eye-catchingly beautiful cakes and pastries haughtily show themselves on plates positioned at various heights for mouthwater-inducing theatrical effect. Prices reflect the high quality on display. Owned by a trio with a pedigree stretching from Agent Provacateur to Liberty. Opened October 2009. Tube station: Marble Arch. Further outlets can be found in Chelsea – just off Sloane Square at Unit 10, 186 Pavilion Road – and in Knightsbridge at 235 Brompton Rd.