This little gem of a book was a birthday gift from BFF Tach last year. It's perfect for a day when you don't have much planned so rather than grabbing a tea or coffee on the go (which inevitably ends up being a Starbucks or Costa's) you can make going to a bakery/tea shop/tea room the actual day's excursion. There's all sorts here- everyday cafes, grand affairs, tea with a twist, vegan treats and more besides.
One of my favourites is Foxcroft and Ginger on Berwick Street- it does lovely Earl Grey and amazing sandwiches. Also High tea of Highgate (in Highgate obvs) which has cow shaped milk jugs. Amazing (see above). However for once D and I fancied somewhere a little less chintzy-mismatched crockery and doily-ish (Yes I know such a blogger faux pas), so the obvious answer was The Nordic Bakery- you can't get more Spartan than Scandinavian! The Bakery is down a little street near Marylebone High Street, no floral tea cups here, but heavenly hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls. I also quite liked that there was no background music- just the gentle hubbub of half a dozen conversations, and people expressing their disappointment that they'd missed out on the last cinnamon roll of the day.