Konditor and Cook :: the best brownie in London?



I was scrolling through Buzzfeed just before dropping off to sleep sometime around the beginning of last week, and came across this article that supposedly rounds up the best places in the world to grab a hot chocolate. According to the piece, Konditor & Cook’s hot chocolate is up there amongst the best, and I immediately was obsessed with the idea of trying it out. My darling Freya and I had made plans to meet each other for an hour or so sometime near Waterloo on Tuesday lunchtime, and since when I mentioned it (on our billion-messages long WhatsApp thread) Freya was all ‘Oh my GOD I love that place!’, our date was set. Chocolate-lunchtime-winter-park-picnic a-go! {The title needs refining, sure, but that’ll do the job for now…}

I’d spent the morning in London over New Bond Street-way, at French Sole’s Spring Summer 15 press preview. The collection, by the way, is completely amazing- I could easily have snapped up at least twenty different pairs of shoes there and then! A few of my favourites are on my Instagram just here. Once I was finished oohing and aahing at the press preview, I headed back in the direction of Waterloo and met up with Miss Freya on the corner of one road that look like Coronation Street, and another that looked like real old school Victoria London. Just with a few orange traffic cones and temporary barriers added for good measure.


^^ Obsessed with the purple shop-front! Doesn’t it look like something out of Harry Potter? ^^

Nishaantishu-Cider-with-Rosie Konditor-and-Cook-cakes

We met up right inside the bakery, loaded up with sweet stuff (a brownie topped with fudge, salted caramel, and stuffed with chocolate chunks, a slice of Victoria sponge, and a hot chocolate a-piece), and then headed out to a nearby park to eat our chocolate-y picnic. The hot chocolates were good (dark and rich, just sweet enough, and not at all bitter), but maybe not good enough to be rated amongst some of the best in the world if you ask me. The brownie though? That was *totally* amazing.

The sea salt caramel on top is what makes it, of course. Of course! In what instance has salted caramel ever been added to *anything* and not made it more amazing than it was before? It was so insanely rich though that I had to save half and bring it home with me for a home-from-London treat. I know. I’ve become a ‘save the other half for later’ kind of person. Disgusted with myself. 


When Freya and I first sat down to our picnic, a crowd of hopeful pigeons came a-begging. We didn’t want to share, so shooed them away. But since Freya’s cake wasn’t as fresh and tasty as she’d hoped, it turned out that the pigeons were in luck and got to share with us after all! What started out as a bit of regular feeding, turned into Freya getting pretty up close and personal with her pigeon friends. I’ll let the photos do the talking….
  Feedingthepigeons Feeding-pigeons-by-hand London-squirrel

^^ This little guy ventured over, but wasn’t a big fan of Victoria Sponge. Or the pigeons, for that matter… ^^

London-sideroad Cider-with-Rosie-blog-London

^^ Love the old vs. new street signs. ^^


We spent the remainder of our hour together playing photography (Freya had a new lens with her, which has done nothing to help my craving for a new piece of camera kit!), and also talking about everything from weddings, coats, and hair dye, to whether or not you can catch bird flu from pigeons and how stealthily strong the cocktails were that we’d drunk the previous Saturday. And then, just like that, our hour was up and we parted ways. Freya headed back to her office, I meandered back to Waterloo to catch the next train home, and snacked on little broken-off chunks of brownie the whole way back.

If you’re ever in the Waterloo area, promise me you’ll swing by Konditor & Cook for a brownie and a hot chocolate, okay? And hey, K&C- if you ever fancy opening a Surrey branch…I’ll be first in line on opening day!

What I wore :: Tweed jacket {past season Toast, similar here} || Scarf || Shirt || Trousers {past season Zara, similar here} || Ballet flats || Satchel bag

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  • http://www.littlemisskaty.co.uk Katy

    You look so different with your hair up like that Rosie! Very grown up and smart haha :)

    Salted caramel topped brownies are the BEST THING EVER. I had one at the Cake and Bake show last month that also had chopped pecans scattered over the top. They were called Turtle Brownies which kind of sold it to me even more! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • Cath

    I love everything about this post. Perfect Monday morning reading. Love the photos, love the brownie&hotchoccy focus. Love your hairdo. Yup. It’s good. Oh and I know this is a dreadful thing to admit, but I love the pigeons, too. They always love me, also. Much landing on and fighting to be my friend. I know everyone hates them but pigeons and starlings always feel like true Londoners to me and I can’t be cross with them…

  • http://www.bluebellandbumpkin.com Beccy

    All I can think about now are chocolate brownies – look absolutely delicious! x

  • http://www.notquiteenough.co.uk Lisa

    Their Fudgepacker brownies are amazing, although their Curly Whirly cake is also really good. I bought their cookbook recently but unfortunately no Fudgepacker brownie recipe (although the others are all in there).

  • http://www.thisparticular.blogspot.com Ala Skrakowski

    I love Konditor & Cook, I had one by my old office! But more importantly… that jacket! Spot on! x

  • Fruzsina

    Oh Rosie, you did it again! Delivered a lovely bloodspot with beautiful pictures. I love your outfit and those ballet flats are on my wishlist! Thank you for your hard work :) Amazing post! ps: I want a brownie now with hot chocolate! Might actually bake yours next weekend!

  • Fruzsina

    Sorry! I meant blogpost and not bloodspot haha!

  • http://www.asimpleelegance.com arielle

    oh my word, this post is right out of hogsmeade! the brownie looks delicious and I’m super curious where you found that buzzfeed article?

    looks like a gorgeous day in london for you!

    love, arielle

  • http://letuswanderlust.blogspot.com Carly

    Gosh I’d love to travel to London JUST for one of these hot chocolates and brownies (although I’d love to visit for a whole heap of other reasons too!). This outfit is one of my faves ever! You look so beautiful! And that squirrel is SO cute!

    Carly xo

  • http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk Lauren

    It’s a shame Freya’s cake wasn’t as good as expected, but that Salted Caramel Brownie looks insanely delicious! Wowwwwww

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://ginevrella.blogspot.co.uk/ Jennifer

    Looks delicious! I have really fond memories of Konditor and Cook from when I was little. My dad worked nearby and often would return from work with one of their flapjacks. They were amazing- so soft and buttery- and they were such a treat. It lead to years trying to perfect a recipe for them at home, and we did get close but I since lost our recipe again! We were passing by a few months ago and popped in to see if we could get a flapjack, but apparently they stopped making them a few years ago. I would love for them to start again!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  • http://www.thenextactivity.com Meryl

    Oh em gee. THose brownies are THE BEST> I’m lucky enough to work next to Leather Lane near Chancery Lane and they have a little stall there. You really ought to try the Blondie one too. DREAMY!

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    During the last show Sam was in at the National, one of his castmates got everyone personalised tea cakes from there as a first night present. Needless to say, I was pretty darn jealous! x

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.com Mimmi

    Konditor & Cook looks lovely, and that brownie looks incredible. There’s a nice wee bakery close to where I live that does amazing brownies, although not ones with salted caramel. Salted caramel would make them even better!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • http://todaysthedayi.com Lydia

    oh WOW, that brownie looks glorious! Gorgeous photos – it’s a lovely one of your friend :)

  • http://www.adventuresofanicegirl.co.uk Charli

    Their Boston Brownies are the stuff dreams are made of! Definitely the best in London.

  • http://pils13.blogspot.com Pili G

    I love your outfit! That place looks so cute!! Love the post!
    great job

  • http://ninegrandstudent.co.uk/ Chloe Ellen

    The brownie looks awesome. Got to admit that pigeons scare me slightly though! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • http://sheiswhatevershewantstobe.blogspot.co.uk/ Sarah

    Oh wow, I’m a little bit obsessed with brownies at the moment and these sound and look amazing! Is it bad that I’m now half considering a trip to London this weekend just so I can try them?x

  • http://www.sheandtell.com/ she

    lovely photographs

  • http://www.moreaboutcat.co.uk Cat

    Nothing beats a good brownie – I’m rather jealous! Shame the hot chocolates didn’t live up to their reputation. Back where my family live there is a little cafe up the road which does *real* hot chocolate that uses pure chocolate instead of powder – it creates the most dreamy drink EVER. x

  • http://www.louisasnotebook.blogspot.co.uk Louisa

    I walk past this every day on my way to uni and I am so tempted to buy something every time! Now you’ve given me some justification… Your photos are beautiful as always!

    Louisa’s Notebook

  • http://www.alittlefreckle.blogspot.co.uk/ Emma

    Gorgeous photos! I love anything with salted caramel mmmm :) There’s something wintery about it. You can’t beat a hot drink when it’s this cold too!! x

  • http://thedreamsailor.blogspot.com/ Katie

    Ohh my goodness the photograph of the pigeon landing..! Those brownies look amazing. Lovely post

  • http://www.jemimajaneblog.com jemima

    Freya is one brave lady for getting up close and personal with those pigeons… the ‘rats of the sky’ as my grandmother used to say! Eep!!! Haha. Glad the hot chocolate pilgrimage was fruitful! Story of my life is reading about a mulled wine or a specific type of biscuit online and then being completely obsessed with getting one. I will gladly schedule a whole day around acquiring whatever it is!

    :) x x jemima


  • http://acertainadventure.blogspot.co.uk/ Tamsin | A Certain Adventure

    You and Freya are the cuuuuutest! Such a lovely brownie date. I’m a big fan of K&C too – I used to work around the corner from the very same Waterloo branch which was a bit dangerous, especially given the calibre of their red velvet cake! Lovely photos of your hour together – I’m a bit in love with that one of the pigeon with its wings outstretched, and with the street of workers’ houses – I’d happily buy one if money allowed! xx

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