My hairdresser in London recently opened a new business in Hammersmith. Regardless of where I live in the world, I always take advantage when I’m in London to come back to her to get my hair cut. She just does it best. But it also gives me a chance each time to try a different hot chocolate in the area. Three months ago it was Lola and Simon. This time it is Upsy Daisy Bakery.
My terrible old iPhone camera completely fails to show how gorgeous and bright this little spot is. It is like a smile, if that is possible. The place was quiet on a Thursday at 3pm. When I ask the girl if she has hot chocolate she seemed to light up when she says they do. Good sign? I order one with little marshmallows and sit myself at a table near the front window overlooking busy King’s street. In front of me is a case with glass containers filled with sugary treats with colourful names, pink shrinks, apple bon bons, jelly babies and fizzy cola bottles. The ceiling has been painted a gorgeous blue with white fluffy clouds. This combined with the skylights in the back make you feel like you are outdoors. The walls are covered in a white wallpaper with sweet blue flowers which match not only the cups and saucers but also the outfit of the girl at the counter.
My hot chocolate is as smiley as the café. Once I get through the sea of mini marshmallows dusted with coco powder the chocolate itself is lovely. I’m instantly happy. Above me the speakers are playing motown and jazz and everyone who walks through the doors seems as happy as I am at this moment.
Verdict: What more can I saw, a chocolaty smile in a cup. And what a great name for a bakery! Upsy Daisy Bakery, 387 King Street, London, UK www.upsydaisybakery.com