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My family and I are planning a trip to the UK next June/July (traveling from Australia)  and I want to start researching any must see's.  We will be visiting Scotland predominantly but will spend some time in London and hopefully Paris as well.

 

Any suggestions please?

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How long will you be here?
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Probably a couple of weeks in Scotland, then a few days in London and Paris

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If it's a short visit and time is limited I would hop on andd off city bus tours and you get to see a lot o london in one trip, then pick specific must sees and hop off at these points.you can get good deals on th internet.
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Thank you, I actually was thinking cake oriented things, as in shops etc.  I don't think I made myself very clear.  doh!

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Hmmm, I don't know about any shops specifically (I don't live in London and tend to buy online) but a lot of our celebrity/famous bakers have shops and cafes which you can visit and buy cakes from.  I am planning a 'cake pilgrimage' with a friend into London to go around them all when I have time!

 

If you have time and can venture a bit out of the city, you could go and visit Squires Kitchen?  They both run courses and have a large range of products in a shop... Hope you have a lovely time :-)

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Choccywoccydoodah
www.choccywoccydoodah.com

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30-32 Foubert's Pl, Carnaby, London
Great place to see
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Oooooh thank you both so much.  Snowflakebunny, I'm a bit vague on names of London bakers, I know Peggy Porchen has a shop and I think Zoe Clark, any others you can think of.

 

I really appreciate the advice.

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I'd say the main ones are Peggy Porchen and Zoe Clark (the Cake Parlour), then Choccywoccydoodah as Debcons said, maybe also The Hummingbird Bakery (they have a few coffee shops so best check the website to see which is most convenient).  I would love Mich Turner of The Little Venice Cake Company to open one but so far, no such luck.  She does do courses though if you have the time (and money!) to spend :-)

 

Not sure if any other UK-ers can think of any others?

HTH x

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I've yet to hear anything good about Choccywoccydoodah!  8-O

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I've heard mixed things...hence the need to do extensive research (testing) for myself icon_wink.gif. That said, even if you don't like the style, you have to appreciate the work that does into the window displays...
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I think Jane Asher has a shop?
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I've heard mixed things...hence the need to do extensive research (testing) for myself icon_wink.gif. That said, even if you don't like the style, you have to appreciate the work that does into the window displays...


I do appreciate the work that goes into *some* of their stuff.  But in the shop, EVERYTHING is overpriced (ie bars of choc, choc lollies, etc).

 

My sister's nephew had a cake from CWDD for his Bar Mitzvah - cake was dry.  And it isn't the first time I've heard that...  have heard several people say the same.

 

Another friend of mine has picked up two cake orders from people who were disgusted with the lack of service offered by them.  You have to pay a non-refundable £400 just to talk to someone about having a wedding cake.  And that's just from their off-the-peg range!  It's £1000 to have an appt to talk about a bespoke cake.

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That's the same feedback as what I've heard as well. I have always been surprised at how far in advance they seem to be made on the tv show.

£400+ for a consultation!!?? That is one epic deposit! *trying to find a smiley which imply a a suitable level of jaw dropping-ness*. Can I ask if it is common for people to charge for consultations in London? I have yet to meet anyone around my area who charges for a first meeting but have read a lot about it here on CC X
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Maison Bertaux in Soho. I can't remember the exact address, but its on Greek street, Can't miss it.
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