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On grey July days, when the weather just won’t play ball and you’re on the most exciting countdown of your life, there’s nothing else to do but have a ‘favourites’ day. Don your favourite top and your comfiest jeans and your old faithful Birkenstocks, leave your hair scruffy, and head into London armed with a camera and an appetite for sweet stuff.

Violet cafe is always a safe bet on favourite days. The cake is unfailingly fantastic, and the iced coffee’s pretty great too. Through a very arduous process of testing and trialling, we’ve found that the  spelt cake with cherries and the salted caramel rum cake (I can’t remember the full name, but you’ll know it when you see it), are without doubt outstanding. Oh, and the buttermilk banana loaf hits the spot too. As you an imagine, testing was hard work! ;)

Once cake’s been consumed (and a few other admin-stops have been made along the way), Liberty’s is the next and best place to visit on ‘favourite’ days. Fragrance testing in Diptyque, photo-snapping outside the flower department (don’t they always have the most incredible blooms?), colour-swatching in the cosmetics hall- it’s a total haven! And a bank balance-damaging haven it is too…

What does a ‘favourite’ day look like for you?

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  • http://brunchataudreys.com Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Cafes are my favorite place to go to for a relaxing afternoon! The cafe near my home that I like to go to is Maan Coffee. They have the most delicious waffles, toast, and coffee, and the interior is gorgeous. I would be more than fine sitting there all day just reading :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Megan McMahon

    Salted Caramel Rum Cake?! That’s my two favourite things in one, ahhh don’t tease me like this!
    Such gorgeous photos lovely!
    Megan x meguana.co.uk

  • http://unciaandtigris.com/ Clare | Uncia + Tigris

    This is my idea of a favourite day, too – it generally involves taking my mum out to a sweet little cafe not far from where we live, wandering in all the little shops, maybe popping to a garden centre on the way home, and getting some new flowers.

    Uncia and Tigris

  • Dressed With Soul

    I love it really to visit cafes but unfortunately here in the Bavarian country we don’t have really a lot of them … but this cafe you show here looks indeed as a wonderful place with yummy stuff :)
    xx Rena

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Violet is certainly one of my very favourite places – perfect for a casual day in London! Their coconut cream cake never fails to elevate my mood! xxx

  • http://fjordsandbeaches.com Lisa // Fjords & Beaches

    A favourite day starts with a lot of coffee and a slow morning, then spending the day with my closest friends and finishing it off with girly predrinks and going dancing!

  • emily couture

    Lovely photos and yummy food :)

    emily xx


  • Pili G

    This pictures are so lovely! Love the place, it looks amazing! Glad you had a great time.



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  • Cathryn Daws

    Those cakes look amazing! The perfect rainy day cure.

    There is nothing better than a day that involves going out for cake.

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.com Mimmi

    Sounds like the perfect day. And those cakes look amazing! I want to be sat there, eating one of those cakes right now.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • Sarah by the Sea

    Ahhh those cakes are so sweet! Even the name of this cafe is just simply lovely :)
    We need a Violet Cafe in Cornwall ^_^!

    A favourites day for me would involve an evening swim in the sea, strawberries and cream and some stargazing! :D

    Sarah xxo | thesaltyseablog.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.ameldi.com Amy Eleanor | Ameldi

    A favourite day would definitely include a visit to a cafe for cake and tea and to read a good book for a bit. Oo or cuddled up on the sofa under a blanket with hot chocolate and watching movies, I love those type of days! I like the sound of buttermilk banana loaf and salted caramel rum cake, might have to try and find a recipe or something! Hope you’re having a lovely time in Thailand! x


  • http://www.shiftingtales.com/ Patti Blue

    Sounds great! If I come to London again I will definitely go to the Violet café! For me a favourite day would be to go to the Raw Food House in Malmö and eat one of their delicious cakes (I really love the Snickers cake they do!) because they are so good but still not bad for you ;)
    Patti http://www.pattiblue.blogspot.com

  • http://www.mochaandmoccasins.com/ Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

    I need to have my own favorites day! It would start with a trip for iced coffee, a nice walk on the trails, perhaps a stop at a local bakery (I NEED a salted caramel rum cake slice in my life) and the rest of the day would be spontaneous!

    Monica / Mocha and Moccasins

  • http://stampplease.blogspot.com/ Camille

    I like the idea of a favorites day! There’s a cupcake shop not far from where I live, so I’d definitely go there. Then I might sit by the lake and read and book in between playing with my Mom’s dog and chatting.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • http://nevermindnm.blogspot.com/ Nevermind

    Great photos! :) Everything looks amazing.

    x M.

  • Andrea

    I have to admit I´m a bit jealous, your favorite day looks divine! The lemon drizzle cake looks so so good and the flowers look lovely!


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

    OH wow, can this be what I’m greeted with when I get to heaven? The window display looks incredible!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • http://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Rebecca

    That cake looks amazing

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Jordan1414

    Great stuff, thanks. http://www.micro-scooters.co.uk/

  • ophelia murphy

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous as per!

    I have nominated you to do my Summer Bucket List Tag! Follow this link to find out more: http://shutupophelia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/my-summer-bucket-list-tag.html

    I’m looking forward to reading your summer bucket list!

    Happy summer!

    Ophelia xx


  • http://meandorla.co.uk/ Sara Tasker

    This is my favourite and my best. Unfortunately I just gained half a stone reading this!

  • http://www.samantharosesays.com Samantha @ Samantha Rose Says

    Beautiful pictures! I wish I could find a cute little cafe like this where I live. I need that lemon cake ASAP :)

  • https://swanlake1701.wordpress.com/ NGOC LAN

    Violet cafe is a beautiful and peaceful place to enjoy the lovely cakes and drink tea.

  • http://cuddlesandcocktails.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1 Cuddles and Cocktails

    My no ‘sugar diet’ latest about 5 minutes after reading your post!

  • http://helensfashionblog.blogspot.com/ Helen

    Such a gorgeous post. You have a fab photographic eye and those cakes ooh my!! Makes me hungry! Glad you had fun :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

  • http://www.annanuttall.com Anna

    Hi Rosie, I’m going to look for this cafe next time I’m free in London as it look gorgeous. xx http://www.annanuttall.com/

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