Everyone needs a rest from city madness sometimes, and what better way than to take a moment and munch on a delicious macaron. Having just recently returned from Paris my mind is on all things French, including a craving of a good old pastry Parisienne and I couldn’t think of anywhere more suitable than Ladurée.
Lucky for us Londoners, we don’t have to traipse all the way to Paris for a decent Madeleine. Ladurée has spread its pastry paradise to four locations in our city, spots easily accessible to all. I visited their hideout in Harrods not long ago with fellow blogger Nathan when I needed a sugar-coated reason for a coffee break. Of course, what had happened was that I had spent my morning nosing around Harrods lusting after too many pretty things which would, unsurprisingly, totally demolish my bank account! So, as a pick-me-up I thought a visit to one of my favourite tea-houses was a must. I know you’re probably all thinking that it’s a little bit naughty of me, since the UK is the tea capital of the world…but if what you’re really after is a pastel palette of sweet macarons, let’s just say you can’t beat the French.
What I love most about all of the Ladurées I’ve visited, other than the wonderfully plush interiors and the delectable bonbons, is how much it feels like a secret place to getaway and have a good old gossip with a friend. That it was created back in 1862, in a time when Paris was becoming a new city and women too were changing, is the exact explanation for its sanctuary feeling. How wonderful to dine in a spot where women first had chance to properly meet and make new friends, where they began to have their own say, all in the atmosphere of a beautifully, elegant pastry shop. Its story represents something for women then and even now, I mean, isn’t it the perfect place to treat your mum on her birthday? I love how much its delightful delicacies, décor and charm still manage to steal our hearts all these years later, whether in the bite of a pastel pink macaron or, my favourite, a tarte aux framboises.
Ladurée in London: