On our last trip to London this November I managed to check out the latest pastel extravaganza at the Peggy Porschen Parlour. I hadn't been back since Halloween a couple of years ago, so a visit was way overdue.
Iv said before, id literally go just to the parlour just to see the latest decor, but thankfully the cakes and cupcakes are just so amazing that its definitely not a wasted journey.
This year the theme is very much Sugar and Ice and all things nice. Think powder pink and minty greens with lashings of snowflakes. Not to mention arctic polar bears and pink penguins!
Not only is Peggy Porschen doing its things for Pastel lovers everywhere, its also aiming to increase awareness of the at-risk status of the Arctic, home to the iconic polar bear as well as four million people, the Sugar & Ice Christmas Collection will support WWF-UK's work in the region to turn the tide on climate change, by donating 5% of each Arctic cupcake sold. And this definitely helped me feel less guilty about my cupcake consumption!
I tried the spiced Gingerbread cupcake, topped with lemon cream cheese frosting and I may have also had the peppermint with ice blue frosting topped with an a shimmering snowflake! Both amazing but my favourite was definitely the gingerbread!
Have you checked out the Christmas dec's at Peggy's yet?
I have always wanted to stay at The Grand hotel, but never quite had the opportunity. When we recently spent the weekend in Brighton I knew the place to stay immediately
I'm a big fan of Victorian seaside architecture so i'm sure you can see why The Grand was on my list.
Its a Iconic hotel has truly beautiful architecture, the kind they don't build anymore... you could say its very grand (sorry)
We didn't have time on this visit for afternoon tea, but its served in the super pretty Victorian terrace and i fully intend to check it out on my next visit.
The workman ship is everywhere here. Such pretty detail to be found on everything.
I especially loved the blue and white detailing as you make your way up the atrium
Speaking of which, doesn't it remind you of intricate crochet work? Atrium's are such an amazing feature of those hotels lucky enough to have one, and I don't recall seeing a finer example although it did remind me a little of The Beekman hotel in NYC
We had a lovely time at The Grande Hotel Brighton... I would truely go back in heartbeat
A few weeks ago, the hubs and I went to Brighton for the weekend. It was such a nostalgic weekend as we used to visit quite often (my husband is from worthing, so this is his neck of the woods)
Its nostalgic for me as id never been to Brighton until I met Tony, so just being here reminds me of when we started dating nearly 15 years ago.
There really is something special about being by the seaside. And the unique architecture here makes it stand out even more so.
Even the 80's architecture (i'm not always a fan) here is that little bit more exciting.
I find I have little areas that I frequent when visiting Brighton. The laine's (both north and south) are always on my list.
And the utterly magical and truly stunning Brighton pavilion is so unique and simply can't be missed ( literally, you won't miss it)
The Pavilion was built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, and mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China.
Black sweater is ZaraHERE
We headed to our favourite Coffee place - Bond street Coffee for the best Cappuccino in Brighton ( pastry's are pretty epic too). Definitely worth checking out.
Before heading to my absolute favourite North laine's. The north laines are quite different to the south Laine's. They are truly unique and vibrant, in contrast to the more commercial south laine's . A mix of small, unique shops and independent traders. You can find clothing, fashion, gifts, services, arts, crafts, entertainment, shops, pubs, bars and cafes and lots of colourful buildings.
An absolute must is the north laine bazaar. It is a treasure trove of amazing finds. I found the most amazing vintage pink and gold dinner set here (so amazing I was happy to try and get it back to Spain on an air plane) which im sure will be making a feature on my blog soon :)
We finished our day with a cappuccino and cake at Jolliffee's. I really don't think there is much to rival a slice of Victoria sponge cake on a cold day in England...
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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