I have two favourite places in South Kensington – one of them is called Snog. No, not saliva swapping, but a far superior orgasmic experience. Snog is a café serving fat-free frozen yoghurt made with organic dairy ingredients, found just around the corner from South Ken tube station at 32 Thurloe Place. The outlet is fun and funky with lumo-pink and white as the decor colour combo and a blue sky (ceiling) with fluffy white clouds that move. Seriously, the clouds really do move! Snog frozen yoghurt comes in three different flavours: there is the Natural Snog for those with a penchant for a honey aftertaste, a Chocolate Snog for the decadent and daring and a Green Tea Snog to get rid of all those oxidants. Snogs come in three different sizes: small – for a quicky, medium – to satisfy the craving and large – to indulge. To make your snog that much more exciting, there are a variety of toppings, ranging from fresh fruit to chocolate brownie and cookies to nuts and granola. Yummy Yummy! Definitely a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday…or any day for that matter. Your Snog adventure will be as cheap or expensive as you make it, depending on how long you want it to last. Two medium sized snogs with two toppings on each will cost you less than a tenner. If you are a snog virgin, the cafe assistant, or yoghurt concierge as I like to call him, will ask you if it’s your first time and if you would like a taste. You will be hooked.
My other fave in the South of Kensington is the The Hummingbird Bakery. It was one of those coincidental discoveries that leaves me wondering what life was like before Red Velvet Cake came into my life. The coffee shop is decked out with red velvet chairs and pearly pink mosaic. It is my great and absolute pleasure to bask in the awesomeness of this colour vision whilst marvelling at, and tasting, the wonder of the bakery’s menu. My only piece of advice: if you feel the need for some sponge therapy on a Sunday, early afternoon is a good idea if you would like to avoid the yummy-mummy traffic. There are so many delicious cookies, cakes, pies and cupcakes to try that I have developed a technique – I order a couple…or maybe three or four…or five cupcakes so that I have a taste of all flavours. Then I go for the full-on cake slice next visit. Your first Hummingbird experience will be trying, as it is quite an ordeal to consume such beautiful cupcake artistry but your taste buds will thank you dearly. Your outing to Hummingbird may prove pricey (particularly if you have a Red Cupcake addiction) but not ridiculously pricey. It is a lovely treat.