Forget cupcakes, the current must-have pastry accessory is the macaron, and nowhere does them quite like Ladurée. Hanging onto the edge of the Burlington Arcade, this tiny space is coated in crumpled gold, ringed by three exceedingly in-demand tables and stocked with row upon row of trendy petite conceits with luscious creamy fillings. Flavours always include bitter chocolate, blackcurrant and violet, vanilla and salted-butter caramel, with seasonal guest slots taken by spices and soft fruits, citron, praline or chocolate and passion fruit; if you can’t decide, pick up a prestige box of every sort to take away. Also on offer are striking pastries (Mont Blanc, savarin or rum mille-feuille), less striking sandwiches, and a choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate in dainty china cups.
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