Tea and cake are two of my utmost favourite things. They are up there, on my ‘what makes me really happy’ list, along with bubblebaths, marmite, mugs, Sunday mornings and winning at Connect 4. So you won’t be surprised to know that I know some tea and cake haunts in my city, that are SO GOOD, you’ll want to woot and toot and do handstands. Even if you can’t.
(Do I need a disclaimer here? *If you do a handstand after going to Drink, Shop & Do and hurt yourself I am not to be held responsible. But I will come and play Backgammon with you in hospital.)
Drink, Shop & Do is one of the most bright, quirky and gorgeous cafés in London and is just a couple of minutes walk from King’s Cross Station. It’s a place to meet friends for a cup of tea and slice of one of their many, many (many) cakes (I think there were 14 when I was there last week – and that’s only counting the big ones)… or you could go all out and have their full afternoon tea with one (or several) of their yummy boozies too…
Drink, Shop & Do is not just a place for cake though… it is the place for stellar cocktails and parties, late night dancing to old skool tracks on their juke box (free before 10pm, £3 after), crafting, making Lego robots, learning calligraphy, learning how to do vintage hair and makeup and many, many other workshops and events. That’s the ‘Do’ bit. Although, I definitely ‘Did Cake,’ when I visited.
And on top of all of that, they have their wonderful shop, where you can buy all kinds of sweet bits and pieces… including retro sweets, which will be carefully measured out for you on their vintage scales.
The wonderful things is that everything is for sale! The chair you sit on, the spoon you stir with – even the art on the walls. It’s all up for grabs, so if you fall in love with your plate or table, you don’t have to leave it behind.
You wouldn’t believe it if you saw it from the outside – a small and sweet white shop front with a little door… You’d never know that a veritable extravaganza of fun and frolics lies behind it!
It’s like the Narnia of cafés. It just gets better and better….
Drink, Shop & Do
9 Caledonian Road
Rail/Tube: King’s Cross St Pancras