Peggy Porschen is a cake designer extraordinaire, whose creations are so stunningly beautiful and elegant, it’s almost a shame to eat them! Known as the Baker to the Stars, she has created bespoke cakes for A list celebrities such as Madonna, Stella McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss. The Parlour, with its utterly charming, feminine decor, serving cupcakes and layer cakes, is one of the best tearooms in London.
The Parlour is located on the corner of Ebury Street and Elizabeth Street. Its distinctive, pastel pink facade is hard to miss and resembles one of Peggy’s own cake creations. It’s located in London’s exclusive Belgravia, an area renowned for its expensive real estate, a little oasis between Buckingham Palace and Sloane Square. However I’ll let you into a little secret The Parlour is tucked away just behind busy Victoria Coach Station so it’s makes the perfect choice for that final special treat before boarding your coach.
Stepping inside is like walking into a lady’s boudoir elegantly decorated in pastel shades. Inside there are only a handful of little white tables and clear plastic chairs with some additional seating outside. It is unbelievably cute and if cake shops are your thing I challenge you to walk in and not have a big smile on your face.
At the counter, where you order, there is a dazzling array of cake. From individual cupcakes to layer cake (slice of cake)
German born Peggy moved to London in 1998 to study French patisserie at the Cordon Bleu school. She then went on to work at the Lanesborough Hotel and Konditor & Cook before establishing her own business her husband Bryn Morrow. Her edible works of art are popular for special occassions such as birthdays and weddings. In 2010 she opened The Parlour which is also is also home to Peggy's Bridal Boutique, available by appointment only. More recently in 2011 she launched the Cake Academy dedicated to baking and cake decorating.
The store’s shelves are stocked with Peggy’s books and her signature cookie cutters, cake stands and other cake accessories.
Peggy’s cupcakes come in a dazzling array of flavours. From the more traditional chocolate ones through to black forest with Kirsch liqueur and strawberry and champagne topped with Marc de Champagne & cream cheese frosting and a a fresh strawberry.
More cupcakes - can't have too much of a good thing!
The layer cakes, as they are called, are sold in slices or as an entire cake if ordered in advanced. Depicted above left to right are carrot cake, Luscious Lemon infused with Limoncello liqueur and a very decadent Strawberry & Champagne cake topped with a pink champagne truffle.
I have a soft spot for Victoria sponge and Peggy Porschen’s Glorious Victoria gives this traditional favourite the WOW factor. Beautifully presented and elegantly decorated, it consisting of a moist Victoria sponge baked with real vanilla, layered with raspberry jam and vanilla bean buttercream.
Pistachio and vanilla macaroon and a slice of Glorious Victoria
The loose leaf teas are inspired by ingredients found in Peggy’s kitchen. I like the gingerbread tea which has an infusion of cinnamon, almond and vanilla.
It may come as no surprise that I have made several visits here and am working my way through the menu. My favourite remains Glorious Victoria, it’s totally heavenly and is the best Victoria sponge I have ever eaten.
Address: Peggy Porschen Parlour, 116 Ebury Street, SW1W 9QQ
Nearest Tube and Train Stations: Victoria or Sloane Square both in Travelcard zone 1. The Parlour is located an easy 10 - 15 minute walk from both stations.
Opening Times: Open daily but please check website for details.
The author of this blog is a qualified City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads guided walks combining world famous landmarks with hidden treasures often missed by the crowds