Lately, I’ve been feeling exhausted and stressed out with all the practical matters that I need to sort out. So when Wednesday looked down upon me with no lectures, I wanted to give myself some well-earned time off, a break from everything that is filling my head with worry, anxiety and stress.
For my time-out I chose to treat myself with a little visit to the lovely little Patisserie Deux Amis on Judd Street, just down the street from where I live. I have already walked past many times on my way to campus or grocery shopping and I have been dying to try it out.
I love quirky, little places which are different from the mainstream bakeries or cafés. Whenever I’m in Sweden my mum makes it a point to take me to these sorts of places, the secret gems of the locals. There are plenty of branches in Bloomsbury selling everything from coffee, to sandwiches and cakes but is it the unique places that really help to remind me why I wanted to move to London in the first place; to explore, to go on adventures, to see special places that you wouldn’t have found at home.
The pretty façade lured me in and the inside was even more lovely. It was small and charming. The whole mood of the place seemed cheerful and positive to me, which was such a contrast to my mood. The pot of tea I had was great, the sugar lumps cute and the cake. Oh. My. G… The lemon curd tart which I had was the best I’ve ever had in my life, a perfect combination of sour and sweet. It’s one of my all-time cake favourites so this says a lot. I tried to eat it slowly, to make it last longer but it was simply too good. While I sat there I completely forgot that I was tired, stressed out and in a bit of a grumpy mood. When I left, I realized that I felt so much happier and more peaceful than I had when I walked in. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that a lovely place like that is so close by, because I will definitely be coming back.
If you’re ever in Bloomsbury you should go there for a piece of divine cake and even if you’re not in that part of London, it is worth taking a detour just to taste that lemon tart.*